Whatever your interests are, Dubai will have something to suit. From basketball championships, to polo on camel back, Dubai’s event calendar is never empty.
The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7evens is the best call for a brilliant party, great atmosphere and action-packed rugby. When you’re not at a match, explore the Rugby Village, find loads of great kids’ activities, and let yourself get drawn into the cheering, chanting tournament.
Tennis and golf have a large following in Dubai, so check out the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, for a culmination of top international sportsmen and women, furious competition, and no expenses spared facilities.
Why not get involved yourself? The burning heat and tough environment could be the challenge of a lifetime for any serious runners and triathletes out there. Dubai has many events throughout the year that focus on marathons and triathlons: from the Dubai Desert Road Run to the JLL Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon, you’ll find an event to cheer on – or start training for.
For something more laid back, the Dubai Summer Surprises offer months of competitions, shopping fiestas, music, and film screenings to suit anyone of any age. Go to exhibitions, visit luxury spas at discount prices, and enjoy the cool and calm of Dubai’s malls away from the sweltering summer heat.
For something different, why not visit in April and watch the Julius Baer Beach Polo – or something entirely out of this world, in December for the Dubai Parachuting Championships.
From cricket and football to cross-desert rally races, there’s an event for every sporting enthusiast, while jazz orchestras, art exhibitions and film festivals are music to the ears of art lovers. Dubai’s cultural festivals are worth being part of: Ramadan and Eid will open up a new world of culture, tradition and customs for any traveller.