Dubai is a bustling social hub with exceptional retail, sports and entertainment experiences taking place every single month of the year. Extravagant annual events in Dubai are the norm, and 2022 will be no different. From fabulous promotions and raffles at the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) to a treasure chest of exciting Dubai Summer Surprises, there are plenty of events for Dubai residents and visitors to look forward to.
So, without further ado, let’s get to our list of the biggest annual events in Dubai that guarantee a world of fun for everyone in 2022!
LIST OF ANNUAL EVENTS IN DUBAI 2022
Here are some of Dubai’s top events of 2022. Don’t forget to mark your favourites on the calendar.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL
With crazy sales and unbelievable discounts running across major brands, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) secures the top spot on our list of Dubai’s biggest annual events. The emirate is known for being a shopper’s paradise, and DSF turns every shopper’s dream of discounted prices into reality at their favourite stores across all of the best malls in Dubai. This is one of the most anticipated annual festivals in Dubai as it sees hundreds of visitors from other emirates and around the world. Apart from bargains, shoppers can look forward to a range of family-friendly events, concerts, fireworks and more.
DSF has already kicked off, so now is the best time for some much-needed retail therapy.
- Dates: Until 30th January 2022
EMIRATES AIRLINE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
One of the world’s leading international literary festivals, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, is set to return for its 2022 edition. Spread across two weekends, visitors and participants can explore the wealth of literature at the canal-side Habtoor City Hotels.
The 2022 edition of the festival is dubbed “Here Comes the Sun.” Each week will have a different focus starting from 3rd February 2022.
- Dates: 3rd to 13th February 2022
- Location: Al Habtoor City
DUBAI JAZZ FESTIVAL
Held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Jazz Festival is among the highly anticipated annual Dubai events in 2022. The event has seen musical legends such as Duran Duran, John Legend, Ricky Martin, and Mariah Carey perform their biggest hits in Dubai in years gone by. We haven’t heard about the line-up and event dates for this year just yet, but you can be sure that it will be an incredible event with lots of star power.
- Dates and location: To be announced
SLYNC.IO DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC
One of the world’s top 10 golfers, Collin Morikawa, will be returning to the 33rd staging of the Dubai Desert Classic. This immensely popular golfing event is where we can see a battle of skill and wits between some of the top golfers in the world. Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic 2022 will be held as a Rolex Series event.
Held at the scenic Emirates Golf Club, this event attracts the eyes of a global audience every year. The annual professional golf tournament has been part of the European Tour schedule since its inauguration in 1989. It is now rated as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.
- Dates: 27th to 30th January 2022
- Location: Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course
DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
This one is for all the tennis lovers visiting and living in Dubai! The Dubai Duty Free Championships is one of the most eagerly anticipated annual sporting events in Dubai. It has brought some of the biggest tennis superstars to compete in the desert.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is one of the most exciting yearly sports events in Dubai. It has been taking place for the past 26 years. Held during the cooler months (February/March), the event allows tennis fanatics to watch their favourite players in action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre.
- Dates: 14th February to 26th February 2022
- Location: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre
DUBAI FOOD FESTIVAL
To all the foodies out there, this is one of the annual festivals in Dubai that should be on your calendar. Dubai Food Festival visitors can enjoy dining at some of the most incredible restaurants and enjoy exceptional discounted deals. The best part is that you can enjoy your food with a backdrop of live music. If you fancy yourself as a chef, there is a chance to polish your skills with comprehensive workshops and cooking shows scheduled at the event. Visitors also get to try out cuisine cooked by globally renowned chefs.
- Dates: 3rd March to 19th March 2022
DUBAI WORLD CUP
The next feature on our list of the largest yearly events in Dubai is the Dubai World Cup. Held for the first time in 1996, this annual horse racing event has become one of the biggest annual sports events in Dubai. Not to mention that it is counted as one of the most prestigious horse races on the planet.
For fans of the sport, this is the chance to see the best thoroughbreds battle it out for the grand prize. Also rated as the largest social event in Dubai, Dubai World Cup is well-known for its’ statement hat’ competition. Ladies attending the event compete by wearing the most extravagant hats.
- Date: 26th March 2022
- Location: Meydan Racecourse
DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES
The Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) is a sales extravaganza that takes place right after schools close for the summer break. Parents get to take advantage of unbelievable deals on clothes, accessories, electronics, as well as ‘back to school’ discounts on school supplies. Sporting its ever-popular mascot, Modhesh, the DSS holds numerous activities for kids ensuring entertainment for the whole family.
Like every year, several hotels, restaurants and major malls will participate in DSS.
- Dates: 30th June to 3rd September 2022
DUBAI FITNESS CHALLENGE
Introduced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai Fitness Challenge has gained immense popularity since its inaugural edition in 2017. The event’s purpose is to challenge residents to opt for a healthier lifestyle by participating in 30 minutes of exercise for 30 consecutive days. The entire city turns into a playground for fitness enthusiasts as free fitness classes take place across the emirate.
- Dates: To be announced for 2022
DUBAI DESIGN WEEK
Our next feature is one of the most famous annual events in Dubai. Design Week aims to celebrate Dubai’s creative community through art installations, exhibitions and events throughout the city. In 2021, the event’s focus was reimagining the world as hit by the pandemic. Dubai Design Week is an event that all art fans should look forward to.
- Dates: To be announced for 2022
DUBAI RUGBY SEVENS
The emirate is home to the first leg of the World Rugby Seven Series. Known for being the longest-running annual sports event in Dubai, the Dubai Rugby Sevens is a yearly sporting/social event that sees top international teams competing for the prestigious trophy. This spectacular and much-loved event attracts fans (often in a fancy address!) from all around the globe to watch the nail-biting action at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
South Africa were the champions of Dubai Rugby Sevens 2021. The yearly sporting event will come back in December 2022 in the emirate. Who will you be rooting for?
- Dates: December 2022
- Location: The Sevens Stadium Dubai
NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION
Our final feature is one of the most anticipated annual celebrations in Dubai – the UAE National Day, which falls on 2nd December. The event commemorates the UAE’s independence and is a yearly festival in Dubai where the city is lit up with decorations featuring the UAE flag’s colours. Special events take place throughout the day to celebrate, with parades, fireworks and more!
The 50th National Day festivities in Hatta were a massive hit as the country celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Expect National Day 2022 to be just as spectacular!
- Date: 2nd December 2022
WHAT OTHER EVENTS CAN I LOOK FORWARD TO?
Some of the other yearly events in Dubai include the GITEX Shopper, Arab Fashion Week and Art Dubai. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is another one of the annual events in the UAE that gets a lot of attention.
WHEN WILL THE DATES OF THE REMAINING EVENTS BE ANNOUNCED?
With a social calendar filled with all these recurring events in Dubai, you’re sure to find something great to look forward to every month.
Looking for other essential UAE 2022 info? Check out our up-to-date post on the public holidays in UAE for 2022.
Which of these annual events in Dubai do you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, stay tuned to the best Dubai real estate blog for all the latest updates from your favourite emirate!