There is never really a bad time to take a trip to Dubai, but there are certain periods when it becomes even more appealing…

That’s because each year there are various festivals and events that take place that will be of interest to foreign visitors - some of which are the primary reason for people flying in to Dubai in the first place.

Here, we take a look at some that might be worth checking out if they fit in with your own travel plans.

Dubai Sevens:

The Dubai Sevens is a rugby sevens tournament that takes place on an annual basis in Dubai and has done since the early 1970s, making it one of the oldest sporting events in the whole of the Middle East.

Taking place in late November or early December at The Sevens Stadium around half an hour from Downtown Dubai, the event is now the first leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series and is one of the most popular sporting events in Dubai.

Expect to see action from the very best Sevens teams, including multiple winners South Africa, New Zealand and England.

Dubai Food Festival:

Still a relatively new addition to the scene, the Dubai Food Festival hasn’t taken long to cement its position on the schedule of events that take place in the Emirate on an annual basis.

Running over a number of weeks, the festival is a true treat for food lovers who want to experience the very best cuisine from across the globe - including, of course, plenty of dishes with a local flavour.

From street food fayre to gastro cuisine from Michelin-starred chefs, there is something for every palate.

Dubai Shopping Festival:

Dubai is home to some of the largest shopping centres in the world, headlined by the huge Dubai Mall in the Downtown area which houses more than 1,000 stores.

It’s little surprise then that Dubai is a prime shopping destination in the Middle East, so much so that it even has a shopping festival that takes place early every year and has done since the mid-1990s.

During the festival, you can expect to see special offers in stores across Dubai, making it a great time to try and grab a bargain!

The Dubai World Cup:

The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest events on the horse racing calendar, and holds the honour of being the richest race in the world with a purse of more than $10 million.

Held at the Meydan Racecourse close to Jumeirah Beach, the race attracts the very best horses and riders with the Godolphin Stable - based just down the road from the course and owned by the House of Al Maktoum - having more wins than anyone else.

For anyone with a love of horse racing, a trip to the Dubai World Cup is right up there alongside the likes of the Kentucky Derby, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Melbourne Cup.

New Year:

New Year celebrations are a big thing in destinations all over the globe and Dubai is no exception, with the festivities each year being a highlight on the social calendar.

Across the city you’ll find parties galore in the main hotels and restaurants whilst the firework display that lights up the sky around the Burj Khalifa is a match for anything that you’ll find anywhere in the world as people see the New Year in in style.

World Art Dubai:

World Art Dubai is another emerging festival that has become a fixture on the Dubai calendar, with the seventh edition having been held in 2021. As well as providing local artists with a chance to display their talent, you’ll also be able to see work from more established names - with the likes of Christie’s and Sotheby’s present to oversee sales.

You’ll also find workshops for all ages, children’s activities and live performances that combined, make this an art event you don’t want to miss.