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Dubai’s winter season brings many international Festivals & Events for visitors to enjoy

Check out the 2018 Dubai calendar of events


The winter month of February in Dubai kicks off with an exciting array of sporting, music and cultural events, each growing annually and adding new additions.

For your clients visiting Dubai in this period or at any time throughout the year, please encourage them to look at the calendar of events before they arrive in Dubai to add to their experience.

2018 Dubai Calendar Brochure > 



Dubai Food Festival

22nd February – 10th March

Experience the Dubai Food FestivalDubai Food Festival is the only truly citywide food festival in the Middle East. Held every year, it celebrates Dubai’s emergence as a gastronomic destination. The festival offers a calendar of exciting food-related events and promotions, highlighting Dubai’s unique food scene, its personalities and its world-class dining experiences. With over 200 nationalities living in Dubai, the Dubai Food Festival reveals the diversity and creativity in our culinary offerings—from gourmet and avant-garde restaurant concepts to local haunts and hidden gems.

There is something for everyone to get a taste of including gourmet creations, scrumptious, street-side bites, or the very best homegrown fusion food. Whether you are a foodie enthusiast in search of the latest food trends, or a couple eager to try the finest celebrity chef offerings, Dubai has it all. In addition, you'll be spoilt for choice this DFF, with many special dining offers to choose from, such as the much-awaited Dubai Restaurant Week, Beach Canteen and Hidden Gems.


Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2018

2nd – 10th March

The 2018 edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature takes place in March, with exciting activities based around all things literature. The festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with its strongest-ever line-up of international writers.

View the brochure for full session times >

Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature


Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2018

19th February – 3rd March

As Tennis fever here comes to a close following the end of the Australian Open, Dubai starts its preparations for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, as the top tennis pros make their way to Dubai.See every spin, slice, and smash from world’s best in tennis over the course of 13 action-packed days. Learn more >

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Dubai World Cup 2018

31st March

The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest events on the region’s event calendar. With USD 10 million going to the overall winner, and a staggering total pot of USD 30 million, and it’s known as ‘the world's richest horse race’. The Dubai World Cup is a star-studded affair and concludes with an A-list concert and a monumental fireworks display. Learn more >

Dubai World Cup


Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

21st – 23rd February

Music lovers will be sure to flock to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on 21-23 February, as the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival returns for its 16th edition. Visitors will be able to see a spectacular line-up of international bands and singers taking to the stage over the three days. Headlining the first day of the festival will be British rock band Duran Duran, who’ll be performing some of the biggest hits from their forty-year-career, including 'Rio' and 'Hungry Like The Wolf'.

Performing on the second night of the festival, on Thursday 22 February, will be the ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend and Latin music star Ricky Martin will close the festival on 23 February.

Emirates Airlines Dubai Jazz Festival


RedFest DXB 2018

8th – 9th February

The two-day music festival will see some of the world’s biggest artists take to the stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

For the 2018 edition, DJ duo The Chainsmokers will be headlining day one. They’re joined on the line-up by American rapper Russ, English singer-songwriter Kelli-Leigh, and the French-Lebanese artist Anthony Touma. Headlining the second day of the festival will be the singer Kesha, who’s hits include Tik Tok, We R Who We R, and Timber. Also taking to the stage on the Friday will be British R&B star Craig David, singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, and dance music producer Marshmello. Read more >


2018 Redfest DXB