best festival of dubai

Dubai has become one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world and every year the number of tourists visiting Dubai increase rapidly. There is flow of tourists to Dubai throughout the year. The major festivals and events of Dubai are also spread throughout the year. Though there are numerous religious, social and cultural festivals in Dubai the five most popular festivals celebrated in Dubai are:


1.       Dubai Shopping Festival

2.       Dubai Summer Surprises

3.       Dubai International Film Festival

4.       Dubai International Jazz Festival

5.       Dubai Airshow


Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF)

DSE was started in the year 1996. The local as well as international traders take part in this festival and various deals and special events are offered by them. DSF is conducted every year during January – Frbryuary and the event continues for a month. During this festival, the retailers come up with numerous incredible deals. The visitors have a lot of opportunities to win fabulous prizes and cash awards. There will be various entertainments also as part of the celebrations. They include light shows, fireworks over the Dubai creek and various programs by the street performers. Lakhs of people from all parts of the world visit Dubai during the DSF and they and make their bookings for travel and hotel accommodation well in advance.

Dubai Summer Surprise

DSS was started in the year 1998 with the intention of making Dubai the most attractive holiday destination for national and international tourists. DSS is celebrated every year during July – August – September for 10 weeks. The events of DSS have different names as well as themes. The various governments departed organize other events in association with the hotels, shopping malls and corporate firms. Modhesh is the name given to the DSS Mascot which means amazing, unbelievable and unexpected. The various surprise events of the DSS are –

Arts Surprise

Adventure Surprise

Food Surprise

Ice Surprise

Nature Surprise

Knowledge Surprise and

Heritage Surprise etc.

The residents as well as tourists take the advantage of various special offers from the more than 6000 stores that participate in the festival. Exhibitions, concerts, entertainment programs are also part of the DSS and all these programs offer entertainment for families.

Dubai International Film Festival

The purpose of DIFF is to promote dialogue between different cultures as well as nations. This festival facilitates nurturing of both local and foreign talents as well as the growth of the film industry. The people of Dubai have immense cultural benefits also.

The credo of DIFF is “Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.” Short films and feature films of fiction as well as non-fiction type are shown during the festival. Prestigious awards like Muhr Emirati and Arab and Asia Africa awards are offered to outstanding talents.

DIFF has also made various initiatives for the development of the Arab cinema industry. DIFF is a non-profit cultural event organized by Dubai Entertainment and Media Organization. Each year the event will have a special focus section. In the year 2012 the focus was for Canadian cinemas. In the previous year it was in cinemas from China, Italy, France, Mexico and Germany.

Dubai International Jazz Festival

This is an annual music festival held every year in the month of February. It was started in the year 2003 with 8000 participants and now every year more than 20000 participants are attending this event. This festival is considered as an important cultural event in Dubai.

Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow was started in the year 1989. It is the fastest growing Airshow and in the year 2011 there were more than 900 exhibits and approximately 120 aircrafts. The Dubai Airshow recorded the largest order booking. In 2011, the total value of orders was $63.3 billion.