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5 festivals to try in Dubai this month



Winter is here (we’re not joking, it was 12 degrees Celsius early this morning) and that’s why staying indoors isn’t an option anymore. You don’t have to opt for adventurous stuff (though we’ve told you about the new XDubai Marina zip line and some fun outdoor activities to try), but you can still have fun. How? Check out a festival.

Here are four festivals that are happening in Dubai this month.

1. Dubai Pet Festival
Take your furry friend along to Dubai’s Pet Festival next weekend. The day-long event promises enough to keep you both occupied. There’s a dog show, cat show, agility rings and a fancy dress competition. While their fur babies strut their stuff, pet owners can meet with animal behaviourists and trainers as well as buy accessories for their four-legged friends and learn about the world of different animal welfare organisations. Feel free to bring your children to the event as there will be games and a petting zoo as well as food and entertainment outlets.
Where: Birds & Pets Market Grounds, Al Warsan
When: 10am-9pm, December 15
Price: Free entry
Contact: website

2. Dubai Travelers Festival
Expect to meet adventurers who have accomplished impressive feats and achieved significant records during their many journeys across the globe using not only planes but cars, bikes, boats and camels. You might just find the inspiration for your next adventure here.
Where: Mushrif Park
When: 4pm, December 12-17
Price: Free entry
Contact: website

3. Gulf Car Festival
If you want to see unique and exotic cars, drive to Dubai Festival City this weekend. Cars from the UAE and neighbouring countries will be on display at the three-day event. Car enthusiasts are in for a treat with day one dedicated to muscle cars, day two to super and classic cars while day three is dedicated to trucks and jeeps.
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall
When: 4pm-10pm, December 7-9
Price: AED55 (one-day pass) and AED110 (three-day pass)
Contact: website

4. Dubai Shopping Festival
The annual shopping event will return on Tuesday, December 26 and, like always will see a number of brands like Forever 21, New Look and Home Centre hold some great discounts. Aside from retail stores and pop-up markets, the weekend fireworks at Global Village, The Creek and The Beach at JBR are worth a visit too.
Where: Various locations across the city
When: December 26 -January 27
Contact: website

5. Dubai Winter Festival
Gather the family and head to Dubai Media City’s Amphitheatre as this popular festival brings a host of winter attractions to one venue. These include a snow play zone, a snow slide and a winter market. Plus there are activities such as Christmas carolling, gingerbread house making, a festive pub quiz and a fun fair.
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
When: 3pm-10pm, until 9 December
Price: child tickets from AED45 and adult tickets from AED75
Contact: website

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