Dubai’s cultural ideology is firmly embedded in the Islamic civilization. Here, Islam is more than just a religion, it is a way of life that governs even the smallest of everyday events, from marriages to what to eat and drink.
Ramadan is the sacred 9th month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Holy Koran. Muslims observe fast from dawn till dusk. While fasting, Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual affairs. Visitors are also required to abstain from consuming these items in public.
Eid Al Fitr also called as ‘Feast of Breaking the Fast’ is a major Muslim festival and is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. The festival is celebrated for three days and starts after the morning prayers. Gifts are also exchanged between the friends and relatives.
Eid Al Adha also called as the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ it is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and it honours the keenness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son for the command of god. The celebrations lasts for four days and a sacrifice is made of a cow, camel, ram etc. depending on the region.
Dubai Shopping Festival is first up on our list of the biggest annual events in Dubai. Dubai is known to be a shopper’s paradise and DSF brings to life every shopper’s dream of discounted prices, in stores across all of the best malls in Dubai.
(JANUARY – FEBRUARY)
Dubai Marathon is one of the biggest annual events in Dubai.Considered to be one of the richest races in the world
Dubai Jazz Fest is another one of the most anticipated music festivals in Dubai. The event has seen big names from the Jazz community such as Duran Duran, John Legend, and Ricky Martin Mariah Carry and more perform their hits in Dubai, with line-ups getting more interesting every year.
(February – March)
The annual Dubai Food Festival is one of the most exciting annual festivals in Dubai with main events such as the flagship Etisalat Beach Canteen, Dubai Restaurant Week and Taste of Dubai returning, to give visitors a chance to enjoy amazing discounts at restaurants, meet their favourite celebrity chefs and see some amazing cooking demos.
(February – March)
Dubai World Cup is known to be the world’s richest horse race and is one of the most prestigious annual events to take place in the city.
(MARCH – APRIL)
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is one of the yearly festivals in Dubai that aims to provide a platform for showcasing original films from the region, highlighting Arabic culture and honouring local talent.