Discover Dubai

Events, activities & one of the world’s best luxury escapes!

With a range of events and activities to suit every type of traveller, there is no place quite like Dubai. Whether you are planning a holiday with your kids, a romantic break for two or a stopover on the way to Europe, Dubai ticks all the boxes. Regular direct flights from Australia and a huge range of onward flights to airports all over the globe make this a destination not to be missed.

When it comes to luxury escapes, Dubai is top of our list. Aside from the ease of getting there, there are a lot of reasons to visit, and plenty of exciting things to do in Dubai this year.

Dubai Shopping Festival

Now – Jan 27, 2018

Dubai is a melting pot of cultures from around the world. You can shop at traditional Middle Eastern markets in the morning and then at state-of-the-art shopping malls with all your favourite Western brands in the afternoon. The Dubai Shopping Festival has been running for over 20 years and is a celebration of all things shopping. Save money during the festival with their huge discounts, topped off with special events including nightly fireworks displays, parades, live entertainment, and pop-up market stalls.


If there is one thing Dubai does well, it is opulence. From the décor to the service, and everything in between, Dubai is not shy when it comes to entertaining, and celebrating is something the Emiratis excel at. We know it is a little far ahead to be thinking about New Year’s Eve plans for 2018/19, but this is one party you will not want to miss.

Year-round Family Fun

You will never be short of things to do in Dubai with your kids. Whether you have young tots or older teens the entertainment and activity options are endless, with something to suit every budget. From a free dancing fountains show at the Dubai Mall, to outrageous activities you wouldn’t find anywhere else such as the Seabreacher ride at Rixos The Palm Dubai, this fully submersible vessel can travel up to 100kph and is shaped like a shark! It doesn’t get more entertaining than that.

Dubai Desert Classic

January 25 – 28, 2018

If you are golf mad, this is the event for you. In its 29th year, the Dubai Desert Classic is a well-established event on the international pro golf circuit.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Champs

February 19 – March 3, 2018

Watch world class players battle it out on the court. Buy tickets for the games or watch for free on big screens in the Tennis Village.

Dubai World Cup Carnival

January 11 – March 10, 2018

Culminating in the 23rd annual Dubai World Cup on March 31, complete with live music from world-famous artists, the Dubai World Cup Carnival is the must-see horse racing event of the year. With several hospitality options available there are tickets to suit every taste and budget. Don’t worry if you can’t make it for the Carnival, there are race meetings year-round to enjoy.

Rugby 7s

November 29 – December 1, 2018

Experience the amazing atmosphere at the Dubai Rugby 7s. With teams from all over the world competing, this is sure to be an exciting tournament. The Sevens Stadium offers interactive kids clubs and childcare, plus live entertainment and a host of food and beverage options.

By Sarah Tayler

Sarah is an avid traveller. When not writing for My Dubai, she can be found gallivanting around the globe. Sarah has a soft spot for Barcelona because she’s a sucker for Gaudi and tapas! She’s also a big fan of leisurely river cruising and loves nothing more than stopping off along the banks of the Loire Valley for a spot of wine tasting, visiting Bordeaux for the history and amazing French food.