Six ways to a fabulous February in Dubai
Food, Glorious Food
Dubai Food Festival
(23 FEBRUARY TO 11 MARCH)
Beach dining, live cooking, food trucks, celebrity chefs… it must be time for Dubai Food Festival! Indulge your cravings at the celebration of all things food during the annual 17-day extravaganza. Head out to Beach Canteen for affordable seaside bites, or explore Dubai’s best gourmet restaurants during Restaurant Week (featuring the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Heinz Beck, Jason Atherton and Gary Rhodes, plus many more). Looking for something on the go? Eat the World DXB brings an international line-up of street food to Dubai for three days only (23 – 25 February), while Taste of Dubai melds music and munching for all (9 – 11 March) .
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Ring in the Year of the Rooster
Welcome the Chinese New Year with a host of activities celebrating the rich culture of China starting from 27 January. Be entertained by traditional Dragon Dances and in-mall performances, feast on special delicacies served at the city’s best Chinese restaurants (from Beijing Duck to delectable dim sum) or head down to the Chinese-themed Dragon Mart, where mascots, musicians, Kung Fu performers and fortune tellers will roam (26 January – 8 February). Plus, catch a spectacular fireworks show on the first night of festivities, and don’t miss the iconic Burj Al Arab light up in red to mark the occasion.
Live it live
From Mariah Carey to Demi Lovato
From old school classics to pop hits, this February features top-notch artists hitting the high notes. First up on the festival circuit is RedFestDXB, which brings Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, The Veronicas, Sean Paul, G-Eazy, Daya and Mike Posner to Dubai over a two-day pop music fiesta (2 – 3 February). Fast forward a few weeks, and we’ll welcome the soothing sounds of Enrique Iglesias, the vivacious vocal range of Mariah Carey and the classic crooning of Tom Jones at the Jazz Festival (22 – 24 February), now in its 13th year. But that’s not all: Emirati songstress Ahlam performs at the Dubai Opera on 2 February, while widely-acclaimed musical West Side Story comes Dubai-side in its first ever run from 14 – 18 February.
Love is in the air
A Valentine’s Day like no other
There’s no better way to celebrate your love than with a date (or two) in Dubai. This Valentine’s Day, treat your significant other to a private dinner for two or a relaxing day at the spa, followed by a special shopping spree. Looking for a memorable escape? Check into one of Dubai’s mostromantic hotels. And if you’re in need for something truly unforgettable, why not head into the desert for a unique dining experience at Bab Al Shams? Enjoy the soothing views of the dunes from your very own private tent, as a dedicated butler caters to your every whim and a violinist sets the soundtrack for what is sure to be an evening to remember (14 – 18 February from 6pm-midnight).
Al Marmoom Heritage Festival
Camel racing competition
Make your way down to the Al Marmoom Camel Racing track for a chance to experience something off the beaten path. The region’s finest creatures convene amid cheering crowds to compete for coveted titles and cash prizes, in what is one of the Arab world’s oldest sporting traditions – taking place from 18 – 28 February. There’s fun for the family as well, with cultural activities, tasty treats and traditional festivities to keep you occupied.
Tennis, cycling and golf galore
There’s no shortage of world-class sporting competitions in Dubai this month. Whether it’s on the court or the course, sports fans have much to keep them entertained. Golfing great Tiger Woods makes a comeback at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (2 – 5 February), while top tennis stars led by Andy Murray battle it out on court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (19 February – 4 March). Cricket lovers can catch all the action at the Pakistan Super League from 9 February, while cycling enthusiasts can keep track of the Dubai Tour until 4 February.