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When is the best time of year to visit Dubai?

15 Sep 2014 2 PM

When is the best time of year to visit Dubai?
If you’ve ever been to Dubai, you’ll know that it has world-class events happening all over the city, all year round.

There’s a jam-packed events calendar of sporting events, concerts, film festivals… and to really make the most of your stay, it’s essential to time your visits around the events you’ll enjoy the most.

Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the top events happening in Dubai this year - from sport to culture, there’s something for every visitor.

Culture vultures won’t want to miss…


The Gulf Film Festival

Now in its 7th year, April’s Gulf Film Festival celebrates the talent and creativity of Arab film makers – both amateur and professional.

Taking place at DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre) and the Mall of the Emirates, it’s the best place to experience the current and up-and-coming films in Arab cinema.

And it’s just minutes from the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, making the films easily accessible to you throughout your stay.

Children’s International Film Festival

Also taking place at the Mall of the Emirates is the annual Children’s International Film Festival in May.

It runs for nine days in total and all the films are made by partnerships between schools and film makers.

And while its aim is to encourage a new generation of film makers, it also aims to feed children’s curiosity by screening meaningful and inspiring films from the Arab world and beyond.

Dubai Music Week

Running for four days in September, Dubai Music Week brings not only amazing performances, but workshops and lectures about how to make it big in the music industry.

Fascinating for music fans and musicians alike, it’s a great week for anyone who wants to listen to and learn about great music.

Pack your running shoes for the…


Dubai Desert Triathlon

If you’re planning on packing your running shoes for your April trip to Dubai, why not enter the Dubai Desert Triathlon?

It’s one of the most unique triathlon events you’ll ever experience – combining a 25km endurance horse ride, a 25km cycling stage and a 5km desert run.

It’s not for the faint-hearted but if you’ve got time to train for it, it’ll be one of the most unforgettable and rewarding experiences of your life.

Dubai Desert Road Run

If you’re not quite ready for a full triathlon, you could take part in the Dubai Desert Road Run. It’s for both social and experienced runners and takes place a few times throughout the year.

There’s a 10km race for adults and the over-14s, a 3km junior race and a 3km untimed fun run.

The race starts early in the morning so that you miss the heat of the day and participants can register online.

Something for city lovers


The Dubai Festival of Lights

Each March the Dubai Festival of Lights lights up Downtown Dubai – transforming it into a magnificent spectacle, the likes of which you will have never seen before.

Just a few minutes away if you stay at the Hilton Dubai Creek, this magical experience starts at the waterfront promenade, past the Dubai Mall, all the way to the Burj Khalifa.

For ten days you’ll witness Dubai sparkle like a star in the sky and the lights are so bright they can be seen all the over the city.

So really there is no perfect time to visit Dubai – but choose your accommodation wisely to ensure you are at the heart of its jam-packed events schedule.

Dubai Hilton hotels offer luxury accommodation close to Downtown Dubai and Palm Jumeirah and if you stay here you’ll be just minutes from the main event venues.

Can you recommend any other unmissable Dubai events for the culture vulture, sports enthusiast or city lover? Let us know!

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