When you are visiting Dubai with a holistic purpose to enjoy the days and nights there, it demands careful planning – be it, fascinating cultural events, captivating art exhibitions, enjoying some timeless performances or family-friendly activities.
Here is our handy list of the greatest festivals and events in the UAE for 2022, so you do not have to worry or feel like you are missing out. All we can think about when summer sweeps in and the temperatures spike is taking a vacation from the monotony of our daily routine. Dubai has promised its citizens an exhilarating 2022, full of thrilling events and enjoyable things to do. We have picked all the activities you must not miss this year.
Dubai Shopping Festival
The best time to shop for deals and indulge in retail therapy is now. Get hold of your shopping carts because the time to shop till you drop is here! The fantastic yearly Dubai Shopping Festival starts on December 26 and lasts through February 1. Every market, mall, retail store, and shopping centre in Dubai decks itself out for the festival by offering discounts and offers that can reach up to a slash of 90%.
Everything from designer and premium brands, including clothing, electronics, toys, automobiles, jewellery, and a tonne more, will be sold at rock bottom prices. Avoid missing it! International celebrities, chefs, ordinary people, royalty, and more attend the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. This festival, which is one of the greatest things to do in Dubai in December, is so popular that everyone who is anyone will be there.
Dubai National Day
The UAE will celebrate its 51st National Day in 2022. On December 2, Dubai is completely transformed into a festive metropolis. A whole week of fun events is planned for you, including amazing automobile parades, vibrant carnivals, breathtaking fireworks, entertainment at all malls and venues, and much more. Typically, Kite Beach puts on a magnificent show. We can bet that you are curious and interested to see what ornaments Kite Beach will display in 2022.
Crossing fingers, eh? Everyone looks forward to it every year since it’s one of the most intriguing mysteries in Dubai in December. Long weekends are the perfect opportunity to check out some of Dubai’s newest attractions, such as Ain Dubai, the View at the Palm, etc. Or you can also go on an unusual excursion to one of the adjacent emirates, like a Sharjah City Tour from Dubai or a Jebel Jais Zipline tour.
Crystal White Christmas at Ski Dubai
Yes, Christmas is being celebrated in one of the world’s trendiest cities, but the sun’s heat prevents it from feeling festive. Then what? Go to Ski Dubai, where the entire ice resort is turned into a wonderful white Christmas country, complete with a large Christmas tree nailed to the top hill.
Santa will travel quickly in his car, and the small elves will move around on the ice on their sturdy little feet. Enjoy your white Christmas by dipping into a warm chocolate fondue at the Après café while looking out over Ski Dubai. You will love it!
The great British Christmas Ball
The 2018 edition of the British Business Group’s big Great British Christmas Ball will take place on December 7 from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Though the location has not yet been chosen, save the date. After the enjoyable festivities, savour a classic British Christmas dinner with a yule log and Christmas pudding. Don’t miss this yearly Christmas ball with its traditional dance and British etiquette if you adore everything British. For a night, you will feel completely English!
The Lion King Musical
The Lion King musical will perform at the Etihad Arena later this year for the first time in the UAE. Later this year, from November 18 to December 10, the renowned musical adaptation of the beloved Disney animated film will make its stage debut. The Lion King’s story will be brought to life through puppetry, costume, and song thanks to the magnificent costumes, creative stage production, and talented cast members. Both adults and children will find it to be a thrilling performance.
Emirates Airline Dubai 7’s
If you have lived in Dubai for a long, you probably already know about the biggest sporting event of the year. The largest sports and entertainment event in the Middle East is the Emirates Airline Dubai 7’s, and this year it promises to be even better than before. We’re confident that this one will be spectacular and boast better music, bigger sport, and bolder entertainment.
La Perle’s Christmas Aqua Acrobatic Show
This year, the famous Franco Dragone will go above and beyond to perform breathtaking aqua acrobatics at La Perle. A massive aqua stage with around 2 million gallons of water is where 65 gifted artists will execute breathtaking aerial performances and stunts. More interest will be added by cascading waterfalls, streams, and refreshing water features. The quick-paced acrobatics, 25-meter-high dives, and imaginative costumes will create a spectacular show.
Dubai International Film Festival
Prepare for the newly released, glitzy Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). At every cinema avenue in Dubai, you may catch glimpses of international celebrities and see big-budget movies. The most acclaimed films of the year, including Venom, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Tomb Raiders, Avengers, and many more, will be shown in open-air theatres as well. Keep an eye out to see who wins the prestigious IWC Filmmaker Awards!
Dubai Winter Festival
From December 6 to December 9 at the Dubai Media Amphitheatre, there will be a delightful weekend of holiday fun known as the Dubai Winter Festival. Examine the white wonderland, visit Santa’s grotto, browse at the winter market, and participate in the tree lighting ceremony. There will be funfairs, giant snowmen, snowball battles, and live stage performances. Both children and adults can have fun there throughout the entire month of December.
Christmas at Atlantis The Palm
Get ready for Atlantis The Palm’s celebration of the New Year, which will be the most magnificent event of the year. The Atlantis becomes a beautiful winter wonderland that boasts traditional foods and snacks. Grand feasts will be prepared by Atlantis’ many award-winning restaurants. Additionally, Poseidon’s Court’s Santa’s Elf Workshop will keep the small ones occupied while supplying them with delectable delicacies. The festivities will start on December 1 and will last until January 28.