Events in the UAE

The UAE has an eventful calendar all year round. The country receives several thousand visitors around the year. Global Village is a big draw. The UAE has several permanent exhibition spaces such as Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre and Expo Centre Sharjah.

Variety of events

Shopping festivals around the year distinguish the shopping experience in the UAE. Discounts and bargains are an important feature of these festivals. The UAE also hosts arts and culture events that are of great importance across the world. Ministry of Culture and Youth promotes the cultural sector in the UAE.

In addition, several big budget international sports and leisure competitions, tournaments and events involving high prize money are held in the UAE. The UAE is also a hub for trade shows, conferences and exhibitions.

Events are held in all emirates. Click on the respective icons alongside to check details about the events or view the list of events in the UAE (Word file, 200 KB). Meanwhile, below are some of the important events that will be held in the UAE.

 

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UAE Innovates 2022

‘UAE Innovates 2022’ engaged UAE government entities, the private sector, academia and community members in futureproof initiatives that improve wellbeing. The event concluded with the ‘UAE Innovates Award’, which recognised the most impactful innovations implemented by the UAE Government over the last year.

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World’s Coolest Winter

Explore the hidden gems of the seven emirates, rediscover the UAE’s landmarks, reconnect with nature and share your experiences on social media platforms.

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Expo 2020 Dubai - Closing ceremony

Expo 2020 Dubai was the first World Expo to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Through the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the event showcased the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world and inspired people to take a similar path.

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Dubai Shopping Festival

Do not miss Dubai’s annual mega event, ‘Dubai Shopping Festival’ from 15 December 2022 to 29 January 2023. The festival will feature city-wide incredible retail deals, stunning light and fireworks shows, raffle draws, live entertainment at malls and extra special celebrations on New Year's Eve.

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Global Village

Global Village is a venue, a destination for family entertainment. It offers facilities and options for shopping, dining, recreation and amusement. It is open from 26 October 2022 to April 2023.

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UAE Nation Brand

People all over the world voted for the ‘7 Lines’ design to be the UAE’s logo for the next 50 years. The logo represents the seven emirates and the seven founding fathers, and complements the slogan ‘Make it Happen’. The UAE Government calls on all entities to use this logo in their initiatives and events to convey the UAE’s story to the world.

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50th Union Day

The 50th UAE National Day Celebrations will mark the country's Golden Jubilee through a floating theatrical experience, highlighting the deep connections between people, nature and technology. Staged in Hatta Dam and surrounded by the Hajar Mountains, the celebration will showcase the UAE's history, present and future through spectacular creative ...

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Wahat Al Karama

Wahat Al Karama is home to a permanent memorial to the UAE’s brave soldiers and other Emiratis who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the nation. It is open to public who wish to pay homage to those heroes, daily from 9 am to 10 pm. Access is free of charge.

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