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Like all new beginnings, the city is brimming with possibility. The Dubai events calendar for 2024 is already shaping up with heaps of mega events, gigs, and new venues. If you’re making plans, these are the most exciting Dubai events to get in your diary now, from gigs and festivals to new hotels opening soon. Another year, another jam-packed line-up of brilliant things to do in Dubai. We’ll see you out and about…

Dubai events: February

Feb 2-24: Celebrate Chinese New Year in Dubai

The Lunar New Year is upon us as celebrations take place across the world to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. We have a comprehensive list of all the best places and deals to mark the occasion. Expect fireworks, dragon dances, Chinese rituals, and some of the finest food the emirate has to offer. Throughout the city, Fri Feb 2 – Sat Feb 24.

Feb 15-18: Party at UNTOLD Dubai

UNTOLD Dubai 2024 is going to be the biggest music festival the city has ever seen at Expo City. The four-day-long event will feature a huge line-up of music spanning genres. Tickets will give partygoers four-day access to the event, and there’s the option for VIP access from Dhs1,200 per person. From Dhs700. Thu Feb 15-Sun Feb 18 2024. Expo City, untold.com/dubai.

Feb 15-Feb 25: See a world champion crowned at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The FIFA beach soccer World Cup will be held in Dubai Design District with 16 countries competing. Tickets are still available for most of the tournament but the final is sold out. From Dhs20. Thu Feb 15 – Sun Feb 25. Dubai Design District. FIFA

Feb 18-Mar 2: Watch the action at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Some of the world’s best tennis players will battle it out for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Last year saw Novak Djokovic and Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Zverev on the line-up. Sun Feb 18-Sat Mar 2. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

Feb 23-Mar 3: Go to Sikka Art & Design Festival

Sikka Art and Design Festival will bring an explosion of local art, music, and food to Al Shindagha Historic Neighbourhood. The festival will champion the local art scene with installations, workshops, food stands, film screenings, and music performances. Fri Feb 23-Wed Mar 3. Al Shindagha Historic Neighbourhood, Dubai Creek, sikkartandesign.com.

Feb 23-25: Eat your way around Taste of Dubai

Dubai’s annual foodie festival returns to Skydive Dubai. Celebrity chefs and home-grown restaurant concepts will serve up tasty food alongside masterclasses, workshops, and family-friendly activities. Ticket price TBC. Fri Feb 23-Sun Feb 25. Skydive Dubai, JBR, tasteofdubaifestival.com, dubai.platiumlist.net.

Feb 27: Rock out to Simple Minds

Scottish rock band Simple Minds will perform at Coca-Cola Arena’s stage in City Walk in February. Named after a lyric from David Bowie’s song, Simple Minds have become one of the UK’s most successful bands. From Dhs195. Tue Feb 27. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk. coca-cola-arena.com.

Visit new hotel The Lana

The Lana by the Dorchester Collection will open in Business Bay offering 225 rooms with Burj Khalifa views, a rooftop pool, evening restaurant, and a patisserie. Opening Feb 2024. The Lana, Business Bay, dorchestercollection.com/dubai/the-lana.

Feb 28: Witness the world’s first jet suit race

Dubai will host the first jet suit race as part of the Dubai Boat Show. Competitors will navigate a predetermined course using jet engines strapped to their backs. Wed Feb 18. Dubai Boat Show, Dubai Harbour. Gravity.co

Feb 29: See AP Dhillon in Dubai

Canadian singer and rapper AP Dhillon will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena in February. AP Dhillon has garnered over five billion streams across all platforms and has sold out arenas worldwide. From Dhs195. Thu Feb 29. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, coca-cola-arena.com.

Workout at SIRO One Za’abeel

SIRO One Za’abeel will be Dubai’s first fitness hotel offering various activities and a team of experts to help guests reach their goals. Opening Feb 2024. SIRO One Za’abeel, World Trade Centre Dubai, sirohotels.com.

Dubai events: March

Mar 1 – Mar 3: Art Dubai returns for its 17th edition

Art Dubai will feature major new commissions and premieres by internationally renowned artists. More than 100 leading galleries from 40+ countries will showcase their work at the event. Tickets start from Dhs100. 2pm-9pm Fri Mar 1 and Sat Mar 2, and noon-4pm Sun Mar 3. Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, Al Sufouh 1, Dubai. Free parking at Dubai Police Academy. www.artdubai.ae (04 563 1400).

Mar 1-2: Go to REWIND festival

One of the world’s biggest ‘80s and ‘90s music festivals is making a comeback in March for a two-day event at Bla Bla. From Dhs399. Over 21s only. Fri Mar 1- Sat Mar 2. Bla Bla, JBR. reserve@blabladubai.ae (04 584 4111).

Mar 4: See funnyman Kevin Hart

American comedian Kevin Hart will perform in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena on Monday March 4. From Dhs295. Mon Mar 4, 7pm onwards. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, coca-cola-arena.com.

Mar 8: See Khalid at the Coca-Cola Arena

Multi-platinum-selling global superstar Khalid will be performing in Dubai on Friday March 8. Dhs199. Fri Mar 8, 9pm. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, coca-cola-arena.com.

Mar 11: Experience Ramadan in the city

The city comes alive with sparkling lights and beautiful iftar experiences during Ramadan. Be sure to keep an eye on our comprehensive listings to find the best places to dine in the evening. Expected Mon Mar 11 – Wed Apr 10.

Mar 30: Get dressed up for Dubai World Cup

Dubai World Cup, one of the biggest horse races globally, will take place on Saturday March 30 at Meydan Racecourse. Dress up for this incredible day out. From Dhs20. Sat Mar 30, first race 5pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, dubairacingclub.com.

Look out for the new hotel FIVE Luxe

FIVE Luxe JBR is a new hotel property in Jumeirah Beach Residence opening in early 2024 with 222 rooms, 276 residential apartments, and seven restaurants. Opening Q1 2024. FIVE LUXE, Jumeirah Beach Residence, fiveluxe.fivehotelsandresorts.com

Dine out at J1 Beach

J1 Beach in Jumeirah will feature 13 luxury beachfront dining and club experiences. Opening 2024. J1 Beach, Jumeirah, j1beach.com.

Dubai events: April

April 12 – 21: Have a laugh at the Dubai Comedy Festival

The Dubai Comedy Festival will return with a line-up of the biggest names in comedy. Fri Apr 12 – Sun Apr 21. Throughout Dubai. dubaicomedyfest.ae

Apr 13: Dance the day away at Elrow XXL

Elrow Dubai XXL is hitting the Middle East on Saturday April 13 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. From Dhs250. Sat Apr 13, 2pm onwards. Media City, elrowdubai.com.

April 28: Swoon for Boyz II Men at Coca-Cola Arena

American R&B legends Boyz II Men are returning to Dubai in April for a night of harmonies and melodies. From Dhs199. Sun Apr 28. Coca Cola Arena, City Walk coca-cola-arena.com

Dubai events: June

June 14 – July 14: Get in the Euro 2024 spirit at McGettigan’s

Euro 2024 will see the best national teams in Europe compete for national pride and the European Championship crown. McGettigan’s has arranged a huge fanzone in the Media City starting with Scotland against Germany on Friday June 14. 14 Jun-14 Jul, The Agenda, Media City, www.mcgettigans.com/frontpage/fanzone-by-mcgettigans.html

Dubai events: October

Oct 25: Catch Romesh Ranganathan live at Coca-Cola Arena

British comedian Romesh Ranganathan will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena on Friday October 25. From Dhs195. Fri Oct 25. City Walk. coca-cola-arena.com

Dubai events: December

Emirates Airline Dubai 7’s

Emirates Airline Dubai 7’s is the largest sports and entertainment festival in the Middle East. December 2024. Tickets will be available at dubairugby7s.com/tickets.

Check-in to new hotel Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, opening late 2024, will be a new resort located in Jumeirah with 386 rooms, 83 hotel apartments, a three-storey spa and various restaurants. Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, Jumeirah, jumeirah.com.

Dubai events and openings: 2024 highlights

Been there, done that? These are some of the brilliant Dubai events for 2024 that may well have passed, but are still very handy to know about. With new hotels opening, new restaurants launching and events you might already want to have on your radar for the 2025 editions, here’s a quick recap of Dubai highlights so far this year.

Dubai events: January

Jan 1: Book a room at the One&Only One Za’abeel

One&Only One Za’abeel will welcome guests from Monday January 1, offering luxury accommodation with UAE’s longest infinity pool, 11 restaurants, and 229 rooms and suites. Open Jan 2024. Rates from Dhs2,900 (per night). Za’abeel 1, oneandonlyresorts.com (04 426 1099).

Jan 7: Watch Omid Djalili’s comedy gig

Omid Djalili will perform live in Dubai at Dubai World Trade Centre, Rashid Hall. From Dhs195. Sun Jan 7, 7pm. Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, omidnoagenda.com.

Jan 7: Take part in the Dubai Marathon

Dubai Marathon offers three race distances with the route passing by Jumeirah Beach Road. Dhs550 (marathon), Dhs312 (10km), Dhs183 (4km). Sun Jan 7. dubaimarathon.org.

Jan 13: Laugh out loud to Michael McIntyre

British comedian Michael McIntyre will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena on Saturday January 13. From Dhs250. Sat Jan 13, 2024. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, coca-cola-arena.com.

Jan 19-20: Sing along to Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran will perform two gigs in Dubai on Friday January 19 and Saturday January 20 at Sevens Stadium. From Dhs495. Fri Jan 19 – Sat Jan 20. Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, edsheerandxb.com.

Jan 31- Feb 6: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will return for its 16th edition at InterContinental in Festival City and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library. Ticket price TBC. Mon Jan 31-Wed Feb 6. InterContinental in Festival City & Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Em

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