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Useful Tips

Visit Visas:

To obtain information on visit visas to Dubai and the UAE, a good place to start is the website of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). You can also see the instructions related to getting a visit visa for a family member. Book a flight online with Emirates or book a hotel in Dubai, using the DTCM unified portal.
 
Tips and Attractions:

Here are some significant tips and useful information from DTCM. As a visitor, you will find that Dubai has much more entertainment available for you and your family. From Dubai Summer Surprises to the world-famous Dubai Shopping Festival and the Global Village, there’s always something exciting going on in this vibrant emirate. Whether you are looking for online cinema reviews and listings, skiing or Dubai public parks, DTCM has excellent resources on Dubai attractions and shopping. Upcoming attractions include tours in Burj Khalifa, and the dinosaur theme park at Restless Planet, in City of Arabia, part of the amazing Dubailand. Dubai has a great deal of tourist sites, both ancient and modern, including some prominent landmarks of Dubai.
 
Dubai Hotels & Guides:

Book or browse for information online for Dubai hotels, hotel apartments and restaurants. If you are not completely familiar with Dubai roads, see the interactive map of Dubai. The website of Dubai International Airport features a city guide, which contains useful information including permits and visas.
 
Taxis:

Taxis are the most common way of getting around. Metered cabs from Dubai Transport Corporation, recognised by their cream colour, are efficient and have well-trained and courteous drivers. Dubai Transport taxis also operate a service from the airport. For fares please visit the Roads & Transport Authority website.

Additionally, most hotels offer transport for their guests. There are also a number of radio taxi companies that have cars on call and whose numbers are available at all hotels.
 
Car Rental:

Cars are available from car rental companies for visitors who have an international driving licence. Customers must produce their passport along with the valid licence.

Driving in the UAE is on the right-hand side.
 
Metro:

Dubai Metro trains currently run at 10-minute intervals, between stations located across the city. Upon completion in 2012, it will be the world’s longest driverless metro system.
 
Water Taxis:

An interesting way to travel between Bur Dubai and Deira is by water taxi across the Dubai Creek. In 2007, the RTA launched fully air conditioned water buses to enhance Dubai's water transport.

News & Events

Ramadan in Dubai 2015
2015-06-19

Date: Friday, 19th June - Friday, 17th July 2015
Duration: 29 days
Category: Community, Family
Telephone: + 971 600 555 559

The holy month of Ramadan is one of the most important and reflective times in the Islamic calendar. In Dubai, the period is marked by a host of Ramadan-related activities with both private and public organisations hosting events for families and friends throughout the month. Residents of different nationalities come together to share the spirit of Ramadan and Emirati hospitality and traditions including Iftars (the first meal to break one’s fast), the Holy Quran recital competition, Ramadan Night Market and the Ramadan Forum.

http://www.visitdubai.com/en/discover/ramadan-in-dubai
 
Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2015
2015-06-20

Date: Saturday, 20th June - Sunday, 12th July 2015
Duration: 23 days
Category: Sports
Venue: NAS Sports Complex
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: + 971 50 507 0311

The annual Nad Al Sheba sports Tournament takes place during Ramadan each year and hosts a number of exiting sports. From Paddle Tennis and Archery to Volleyball and Running, there are many sports tournaments to attend. Developing the mind and body are an integral part of Ramadan and nohting portrays the hight of such self developments than a series of sports tournaments. Register online on the link below to be a part of the action, with separate competitions for women only.
http://www.nasst.ae/
 
The Outlawz Live in Dubai
2015-08-06

Date: Thursday, 6th August 2015
Duration: 1 day
Timings: 9:30 PM
Category: Live Entertainment
Venue: The Music Room - Majestic Hotel - Bur Dubai
Admission: Early bird- AED 100, At the door- AED 150
Telephone: + 971 4 359 8888

The Outlawz are a Hip-Hop/Rap group formed back in 1995 by the late and legendary rapper Tupac. With hits such as ''Hit Em Up'' and ''California'' and their platinum selling albums ''Still I Rise'' and ''Perfect Timing'' this superstar group are no small deal. They will be coming to The Music Room for their first ever performance in Dubai. Tickets will be available soon.

 
Nancy Ajram at Modhesh World
2015-08-24

Date: Monday, 24th August 2015
Duration: 1 day
Category: Family , Live Entertainment
Venue: Modhesh World (DWTC)
Admission: Modhesh world entry fees apply

Nancy Ajram needs no introduction in the Middle East. Known to many as one of the biggest ever music stars in the history of Arabic music and popular even outside the Middle East, Nancy Ajram is a musical megastar. She will be performing at Modhesh World this DSS. Don't miss out on the opportunity to listen to her sing to the kids at Modhesh World.
 
Madagascar Live!
2015-08-28

Date: Friday, 28th - Sunday, 30th August 2015 Duration: 3 days
Category: Community, Family , Live Entertainment
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Admission: Bronze- AED 125, Silver- AED 175, Gold- AED 225, Platinum- AED 350, Royal Box- AED 650

Dubai Summer Surprises brings the famous characters of Madagascar to the stage at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Follow Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, the plotting penguins and the incredibly hilarious King Julien as they go on crazy adventures on stage just as they did in their popular film. Recreated faithfully and with all the laughs and thrills from the film, this show of song and dance will run twice daily at 2.30pm and 7pm.
 
Swan Lake Acrobatic Ballet by The Great Chinese St
2015-09-03

Be mesmerized by incredible acrobatic ballet performances.

Date: Thursday, 3rd - Saturday, 5th September 2015
Duration: 3 days
Category: Live Entertainment
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Admission: Starting from AED 300
Telephone: + 971 4 338 3911

Combining the traditional art and skills of Chinese acrobatics with opera and ballet dancing, the Great Chinese State Circus brings the story of Swan Lake to the stage during the Dubai Summer Surprises. Having performed over 150 shows around Asia and winning multiple awards, this talented group have finally made their way to Dubai and will be putting on a show that is sure to amaze all who attend.

 
Cityscape Global 2015
2015-09-08

Date: Tuesday, 8th - Thursday, 10th September 2015
Duration: 3 days
Category: Business
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Admission: Online Registration

Cityscape Global has been running for years and has now become the key event during which real estate investors, developers, regional and city investment promotion authorities, architects, designers and other real estate professionals gather together to share thoughts and ideas and drive growth in the real estate markets around the world. Cityscape is the annual opportunity to build and maintain your presence across Middle East real estate markets.
 
World Classical Music Series presents French Wind
2015-09-10

Date: Thursday, 10th September 2015 Duration: 1 day Timings: 8:00 PM
Category: Arts / Culture / Theatre, Live Entertainment
Venue: The One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Telephone: + 971 4 331 3832

The Dubai Concert Committee brings a mesmerizing night of music with five musicians playing chamber music at The One and Only Royal Mirage.

The French Wind Quintet comprises of Phillippe Bernold on flute, Olivier Doise on oboe, Patrick Messina on clarinet, Julien Hardy on bassoon and Herve Joulain on the horn.

Formed just over a year ago, the French Wind Quintet have all been trained by maestros and performed around Europe and are coming to Dubai for the very first time.
http://dcc.ae/event/french-wind-quintet/
 
Dubai International Dance Festival 2015
2015-09-14

Date: Monday, 14th - Monday, 21st September 2015
Duration: 8 days
Category: Arts / Culture / Theatre, Community, Lifestyle, Live Entertainment
Venue: Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Admission: 250 AED
Telephone: + 971 50 277 7475
The Dubai International Dance Festival is a unique multi-arts event and has a reputation for attracting some of the well-known dance companies, classical dance academies, youth orchestras, bands, and music ensembles from around the region and the world.

The Festival is also a catalyst for the creation of new work and creative activity, with an education programme and artistic collaborations with organisations throughout the UAE, the Middle East, and the rest of the world.

The 8th Dubai International Dance Festival 2015 features four days of performances, live entertainment, workshops, themed dance parties, dance competitions, international guest DJs and more.

Visit the event's website for the programme and various ticket pricing options.
http://www.dubaidancefestival.com/
 
Dubai Music Week 2015
2015-09-23

Date: Wednesday, 23rd - Saturday, 26th September 2015
Duration: 4 days
Category: Live Entertainment
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

Dubai Music Week is the premier international music festival in the Middle East. The four day program includes celebrity guest speakers, master classes, an interactive entertainment village and four concerts with an award-winning line-up of A-list performers. The concerts feature talent over four categories - Rock, Pop, Urban and Latin and Arabic. This season of DMW is the biggest ever.

Announced for the Rock Night is Thirty Seconds to Mars and there are plenty more artists to be announced soon.

Keep checking back on this site for more information or visit the link below.
http://www.dubaimusicweek.ae/
 
Eid in Dubai - Eid Al Adha 2015
2015-09-24

Date: Thursday, 24th September - Friday, 2nd October 2015
Duration: 9 days
Category: Community, Family

Eid in Dubai - Eid al Adha aims to highlight the true values of Eid including giving and sharing; the event caters to the needs of the multinational residents of Dubai, visitors from the other emirates, GCC countries, Middle East and Levant markets, as well as tourists from Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and South East Asia.

There will be a number of activities and shows during this period and plenty of other exciting things to do this Eid. To top of the festivities, there will be a fantastic display of Fireworks throughout the Eid Celebrations around the city.
 
Thirty Seconds to Mars Live in Dubai
2015-09-25

Date: Friday, 25th September 2015
Duration: 1 day
Timings: 7:30 PM
Category: Live Entertainment
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Admission: General admission- AED 295, Fan pit access- AED 395, VIP admission- AED 550

Thirty Seconds to Mars is returning to Dubai to host their first ever concert here. After visiting the city in 2013 during their tour through Abu Dhabi, the American rock band from LA will be bringing their energetic and eclectic performance to adoring fans in Dubai. Lead by Oscar-winner actor/musician Jared Leto, 30 Seconds to Mars will be performing Live this September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

http://marsindubai.com/
 
RTEX - Robot Technology Exhibition 2015 DUBAI
2015-09-29

Date: Tuesday, 29th September - Thursday, 1st October 2015
Duration: 3 days
Category: Business
Venue: The Meydan Hotel
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: 00971 4 456 3766

RTEX is the first event of its kind in the MENA region exhibiting the latest innovations in Robotics & Automation. The Exhibition presents a distinguished source for companies and investors to enter a unique market and experience a new level of science and technology. This is a chance to meet and network with some of the leaders in the field and to discover new opportunities and build lasting relationship.
http://rt-exhibition.com/
 
GITEX Shopper 2015 (Autumn Edition)
2015-10-03

Date: Saturday, 3rd - Saturday, 10th October 2015
Duration: 8 days
Category: Business, Lifestyle
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

GITEX Shopper is the largest gathering of the region’s leading ICT retailers and suppliers. This high-energy consumer show attracts a diverse audience that includes IT professionals, technology enthusiasts, students and consumers as well as regional traders.

The event attracts visitors not just from the Middle East but also from North Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. GITEX Shopper attracts the biggest names in the retail sector, with unique launches and special offers across the best technology, communication and entertainment products.

Loyal buyers await this shopping bonanza year after year for exclusive deals and bundled offers which are not available anywhere else
http://www.gitexshopperdubai.com/
 
Gitex Technology Week 2015
2015-10-18

Date: Sunday, 18th - Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Duration: 5 days
Category: Business
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

GITEX Technology week is one of the largest trading events in Dubai, and it is back again this year. It is a gateway for global brands to access the Middle East, one of the fastest emerging investment ready ICT market. Over 1,000 media outlets from around the world gather in this annual event, which has been running for over 32 years

http://www.gitex.com/
 
Sensation Dubai 2015
2015-10-30

Date: Friday, 30th October 2015
Duration: 1 day
Category: Live Entertainment
Venue: Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba
Admission: AED 425
After an unparalleled run of more than 100 successful indoor Sensation shows for millions of ecstatic visitors in over 30 countries all over the world, Sensation is making its second trip to the Middle East after a phenomenally successful inaugural show last year. The event will be held in Meydan Racecourse, where 1000's of people will gather for an epic night filled with spectacular show elements and the best music that this world has to offer.

To purchase tickets:http://dubai.platinumlist.net/tickets/25306/Sensation

http://www.sensation.com/dubai
 
Back to all events Dubai Airshow 2015
2015-11-08

Date: Sunday, 8th - Thursday, 12th November 2015
Duration: 5 days
Category: Business
Venue: Dubai World Central
Admission: Online Registration
Telephone: + 971 4 603 3300
The Dubai Air Show is a biennial event that has been attracting visitors for the past 23 years. It began as the Arab Air Show back in 1986 and comprised a small civil aviation trade show at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Over two decades later, the show is a huge draw for all those involved and interested in the aerospace sector. The event focuses on connecting buyers to sellers from all over the globe. In 2009 the event drew over 52,000 trade visitors who connected with 890 exhibitors from 47 countries.

Although most visitors are from the Middle East, this trade show also pulls in international media from over a 1,000 different global outlets. Remarkably, it is the fastest growing air show in the world - it offers access to a huge regional marketplace of decision makers and is a key event in the international aerospace calendar.

Visitors can see over 130 planes while visiting the show and some of this year exhibitors include Aerolux (UK), Alsalam Aircraft (Saudi Arabia), Gulf Aviation Academy (Bahrain) and Lockheed Martin (USA).
http://www.dubaiairshow.aero/
 
DP World Tour Championship 2015
2015-11-19

Date: Thursday, 19th - Sunday, 22nd November 2015
Duration: 4 days
Category: Sports
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates
Admission: Free admission, online registration will be available soon
The DP World Tour Championship is a world class sporting and social event and the final tournament of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai – a season-long competition spanning 48 tournaments in 26 destinations and across all five continents on he 2015 European Tour International Schedule. Now celebrating its seventh year, the championship hosts the top 60 golfers on the European Tour on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai. Last year's winner Henrik Stenson won the $8 million prize fund plus a $5 million bonus pool for the 'Race to Dubai'.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/racetodubai/index.html
 
Runway Dubai Season III
2015-11-24

Date: Tuesday, 24th - Thursday, 26th November 2015
Duration: 3 days
Timings: 8:00 PM
Category: Lifestyle
Venue: Sofitel, The Palm
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: + 971 55 301 5050
Runway Dubai is a fashion promotional agency that began two years ago and have now become a recognizable entity in the Dubai fashion scene. They will be hosting the third season of their fashion show this November. The show gives local designers a platform to express their creativity while exposing them to potential customers and brands.
http://www.runwaydubai.com/
 
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015
2015-12-03

Date: Thursday, 3rd - Saturday, 5th December 2015
Duration: 3 days
Category: Sports
Venue: The Sevens Stadium
Admission: To be announced
Telephone: + 971 4 321 0008

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is back and promises to be even bigger and better than ever. The best players in the world will converge on The Sevens stadium for the three day annual rugby extravaganza with awesome action and entertainment on offer, and fantastic fun activities for the whole family.

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is the second round of the nine-leg HSBC Sevens World Series, and the first round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series. In addition over 220 teams will take part in the Invitation Tournament.

This time around there is also going to be a womens' Netball Tournament held for the first time alongside the Rugby Sevens.

In excess of 100,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s event, so don’t miss the biggest party of the year!

http://www.dubairugby7s.com/
 
Dubai International Jewellery Week 2015
2015-12-09

Date: Wednesday, 9th - Saturday, 12th December 2015
Duration: 4 days
Category: Lifestyle
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Admission: Free Registration
Telephone: 971 4 308 6357

Taking place from the 9 – 12 December 2015, the 20th edition of Dubai International Jewellery Week is all set to showcase the very best in jewellery design, unique and elegant collections from around the world. A whole range of jewellery collections await you at the event, giving you the ideal opportunity to purchase that unique wedding, birthday or new year gift. You will find everything from diamond jewellery collections, bridal jewellery, designer jewellery and antiques all under one roof! Discover current trends and view the latest collections whilst enjoying the sophisticated ambience and fabulous show attractions for an unforgettable experience.
http://www.jewelleryshow.com/
 
Dubai International Film Festival 2015
2015-12-09

Date: Wednesday, 9th - Wednesday, 16th December 2015
Duration: 8 days
Category: Arts / Culture / Theatre
Venue: Madinat Jumeirah

DIFF is one of the most prestigious and glamorous events on the Dubai events calendar. It is a celebration of Arab and international cinema and filmmakers attracting film buffs from around the world to Dubai from Hollywood, Bollywood and beyond, DIFF’s 2014 11th edition brought Emily Blunt among other famous Hollywood stars as well as actors and celebrities from film industry around the world. The event regularly plays host to the who’s who of regional and international cinema.

http://dubaifilmfest.com/