Dubai’s pleasant winter weather brings a wealth of events and attractions to the city. Here are some of the top events taking place this winter that you shouldn’t miss...
Meydan Race nights
These preliminary races are considered the route towards the premiere leagues such the Dubai World Cup and give local and regional talent a chance to show their potential. Book a table at Winner's Circle Restaurant and enjoy the races while dining. A total of nine races will be held at different dates.
5 November 2015 - 11 March 2016, dubairacingclub.com/visit/calendar/racing-calendar
Source: Flickr/Mujib MK
The perfect destination for families, shopaholics and deal hunters Global Village offers a huge selection of both modern and cultural products. With 3,500 shops and kiosks plus an outdoor theme park to keep children entertained for hours. Shoppers can take in a little culture whilst at the Village choosing from over 12,000 performances during the five month season that include street performances, musical acts and cultural shows with entertainers from around the world.
A particular highlight is the international retail outlets that are sectioned into countries. Each country exhibits products from its region like handcrafted items and traditional cuisine.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be covering a lot of ground. Serious shoppers may want to bring along a rolling suitcase to carry all of your goods.
November - April 2016, globalvillage.ae
Dubai Shopping Festival
Attracting visitors from across the globe the annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) takes place every January and is one of the city’s most anticipated shopping events.
Dubai doesn’t know the meaning of the word small, and this is certainly the case with numerous giveaways and prizes during the DSF. Shoppers can participate in various weekly draws organized by participating shopping malls and retailers. DSF to date has offered more than Dh.1.7bn by way of prizes including 33 Rolls-Royces and 734 kilos of gold.
1 January - 2 February 2016, www.visitdubai.com/en/discover/festivals/dubai-shopping-festival
Dubai Motor Show
The region's largest indoor motor show with more than 600 cars on display including new launches and a collection of some of the world’s most luxurious supercars and motorbikes.
The Dubai Motor Show is an automobile enthusiast's heaven with 15 halls of exhibitions that include the latest in car designs, driving technology, auto tuning tips and bespoke gear.
10-14 November, www.dubaimotorshow.com
Dubai Show Jumping Championships
Source: Emirates Equestrian Centre
This three day show jumping competition takes place in late January at the Emirates Equestrian Centre (EEC). Olympic medalists, elite international riders and the region’s most talented show jumpers will compete for an array of prizes. This family-friendly outdoor event includes food and beverage stands, pony rides plus plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained.
January 28, www.emiratesequestriancentre.com