UAE is like a combination of seven different worlds in form of its seven different Emirates. A vacation in these Middle- Eastern states leaves indelible prints in your memory, what with its warm hospitality, unmatched environment and exciting and beautiful events and festivals. So whether its shopping, sports or cultural festival, each state of UAE that you visit, has its own calendar of events that will light up your holiday with its fervor and lights.
Dubai Air Show : Considered to one of the major aviation shows of Middle East, the Dubai Air show is one of the fastest growing air shows of the world. This biennial event sees participation from some of the leading decision makers and aviation companies of the world. Attracting major players of the industry, the show goes on for more than 5 days of exhibitors exhibiting their larger than life wares and performances of some of the latest entrants into the arena. However, this is a secure trade event where only the visitors above the age of 16 are allowed in and that too, after subjecting them to various on site security checks.
Dubai International Boat Show : Bringing together some of the latest innovations of the marine industry, Dubai International Boat show is one of the most established and largest event of its own kind that is fast growing its reputation as one of the foremost leisure marine industry exhibitions. It is a major highlight in the world marine calendar that witnesses participation from some of the leading dignitaries and royals of the world. In fact, the show is commonly touted as one of the established platforms of Middle East for various leading yacht launches and other global products.
Sharmila’s Dance Extravaganza : Held at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Sharmila’s Dance Show is a one of its kind dancing extravaganza that brings together some of the leading dancers of all ages. If you are a dance lover, it is the perfect place for you to be to catch them perform some of best Latino, soul, hip hop and Indian moves. Named after the dynamic Sharmila Kamte, this dance show is choreographed by her dance academy and has been showcasing a unique blend of dance styles since last few years.
Dubai Tango Festival : Learn some cool new moves with your partner by visiting this annual Tango festival. Enroll in their classes as a single or with your partner and you could learn some cool new steps of this traditional yet beautiful form of dance. In addition, you even get an opportunity to watch some of the true dancing masters at work. Top it off with an extravagant dinner and you are sure to have an exciting snippet to tell your friends about your vacation in Dubai.
Dubai Shopping Festival : For all you shopaholics out there who love to shop till they drop, Dubai Shopping Festival is a treat for senses. This 32-day internationally acclaimed shopping extravaganza combines triple treats of shopping, entertainment and winning at a single stop. Having something for everyone, the place is a haven for people of all age groups. Introduced in 1996, the festival attracts millions of tourists every year to buy some of the major brands of the world at lowest prices. In fact, today it has become an inseparable part of the Dubai Economy what with its growing importance in the tourist calendar every year. There are various entertainment programs that are hosted right along the festival to provide some artistic relief to the shoppers. One of the major feature of the Festival is the duty free products on display for the shoppers. In addition there is the Carnival, the Global Village, the Carpet Oasis, the children show, the sound and light show, the Desert Camp, the Aqua Fantasia and a huge array of gourmet choices that will leave your taste buds wanting for more.
Dubai Summer Surprises : Launched as a part of an initiative to make Dubai an international summer destination, Dubai Summer Surprises Festival is one of the major highlights of the city’s calendar. This much awaited shopping fiesta has over 6000 stores participating with the special attraction of the Modhesh World, the very famous edutainment center of the city. In addition to various luxury brands and shopping centers, there are various shows, concerts, exhibitions and contests that make the festival much more than just a shopping event. In fact, considered second only to the Dubai Shopping Festival, the Dubai Summer Surprises is one of the largest events of Middle East with an attendance of over millions of people from round the world.
Dubai International Film Festival : Launched in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival brings together some of the finest filmmaking talents from Middle East, Asia and Africa together on one platform. Proving to be a groundbreaking success for the region’s cinematic movement, the festival offers a stage to mainstream premieres, regional films, documentaries and short stories- often on subjects tackled rarely elsewhere. With the addition of Asian and African cinematic talent, the festival has truly grown to showcase the real multicultural and cosmopolitan character of Dubai. In addition to its international nature, the festival also serves as a premier showcase for the Arab cinema thus helping the local talent to gain global recognition. If you are a cinema buff, visit the event to catch films that cross boundaries, ideas and stereotypes to bring together some of the finest talents from each continents. Thus you can watch a Bollywood blockbuster or a Hollywood thriller or a thought provoking documentary or even a controversial short story all at the same place.
Dubai Jazz Festival : Showcasing the diverse multicultural nature of Dubai, this annual Jazz Festival of Dubai is in fact an amalgamation of all these different cultures. In addition to the beautiful melodious tunes of this popular form of music, there is also the legendary Jazz Garden for those who want more than just the concert. Considered to be one of the UAE’s most sought-after musical events, the festival gets bigger and bigger in terms of performers and the audiences as the years pass by.
Dubai World Cup Horse Race: Organized annually since 1996 by the Emirates Horse Racing Authority, the Dubai World Cup Horse Race offers spectacular views, racing excitement and fine food all in the midst of luxurious suites and outstanding restaurants. The race is also named as one of the ‘World’s richest Race’ with a purse of over US$10 million. Classified as a ‘Group 1 flat Race’, the race is one of the most popular sporting events of Dubai and witnesses attendance and participation of some of the finest horsemen from round the world. In addition to the beautiful views of the Meydan Racecourse, you have a range of specially tailored hospitality packages including the top restaurants, luxurious lounges or suites and the social action hub at the Apron Views.
Ramadan in Dubai : One of the most significant months of Islamic religious calendar, Ramadan holds special significance in the hearts of Dubai citizens. During this month, various special events are organized by the Dubai Events and Promotion Establishment to cash in the popularity of the festival. In fact, visitors from round the world specially visit the city to enjoy the hospitality and traditions that mark this month. Iftars are hosted round the city and people from all walks of life and all nationalities and religions come together to share the spirit. In fact, there are various government organized family oriented events that are lined up during the month to emphasize on the spiritual side of the occasion.
Eid in Dubai : Celebrating the Islamic values of brotherhood, Eid in Dubai is a special time that witnesses various events for families and children. Highlighting the festival spirit of sharing and giving, the event brings together people from all nationalities to celebrate the festivities.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix : Get , set and go on to visit this exciting world where its not just the cars and their drivers, but the environment who is the true hero. This Formula 1 event promises an exciting festival atmosphere where you watch some of the real world champions race it out for the championship. Off track, there are countless things to fill your plate with. There are the driver autograph signings, fabulous food, after race concerts and many more. There are also some special post race events that take place at the Sky Lounge and the Amber Lounge for those of you who love the glamour and glitz of a race.
Abu Dhabi Festival : Initiated in 2004, the Abu Dhabi Festival is one of the premier showcases of the classical artistic excellence. It seeks to present Abu Dhabi as one of the global destinations of the respect, tolerance and cultural enlightenment. In order to bring artistic intelligence and creative innovations in the forefront, the festival regularly gets new national and international commissions, often in partnership with other major international festivals. The festival is a tool to reinforce the city’s burgeoning role as an international arts metropolis and helps in cultivating a new arts renaissance in Middle East.
Al Gharbia Watersports Festival : For all you beach and water junkies, this water sports festival offers a wonderful time filled with frenzied water sports and beach extravaganza. The festival witnesses participation from various world class athletes for the top award in sports like parasailing, surf sea kayaking, dhow racing, swimming, sand sculptures, and others. Enjoy a chilled out camping trip at this festival where there is fun, DJ on beach, cooking competitions, and various other kids’ activities too.
Gourmet Abu Dhabi : This gastronomic extravaganza features some of top stars of the food industry. With a special star studded cast of the top Michelin Star chefs and other special guests. There are these master classes that you can visit and gourmet dinners that will leave you wanting for more. This festival is hosted by range of the top hotels of UAE.
Monster Jam : With its inaugural show in 2013 all set to wow the audiences with its exciting horse powered stunts and tricks. With two different competitions lined up for its first showing- racing and freestyle, these 12 feet tall, five ton trucks are all set to take the city by storm. Watch them soaring and smashing it out on the giant custom made track full of obstacles.
Al Ain Aerobotic Show : This annual aerobatic event is organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism authority in association with UAE Air Force and Air Defense at the Al Ain International Airport. In fact, the evnt is often considered as one of the five most important aerobatic events of the world, what with its themed aerial displays and other on ground attractions, activities and performances. Expert pilots from round the world participate in these four hour aerial shows and competitions. Reaffirming the commitment to making UAE one of the world’s top tourist destinations, the show promises some breathtaking aerobatic displays by world’s best aerobatic squadrons, thus offering a perfect opportunity of offering entertainment and edutainment for the family and aviation enthusiasts.
Sharjah Heritage Days : This active annual carnival celebrates the cultural richness of UAE through its various traditional events and ideas. Highlighting the beauty of the old literature and vocabularies to the coming generation, the event signifies the true cultural identity of the locals. It brings forth the old habits and cultures thus showcasing the pride locals have for their identity as an emarati.
Sharjah Water Festival : This annual festival is an important tourist attraction in the city calendar what with its wide range of international shows and other recreational activities planned for the period. Offering a fun time for the families to enjoy, the festival is growing by leaps and bounds every year in terms o innovative ideas and creative activites that are being planned for the public, both locals and tourists alike.
Sharjah Summer Promotions : This annual entertainment festival takes place at the popular sea beaches and parks of Sharjah. These include Etihad, Abu Shagara and Almajaaz. In addition, there are various other shopping promotional activities and other contests that are held by the shopping centers.
So, Visit UAE this vacation and discover a new world of experiences !!!!