Know Dubai

Islamic holidays are timed according to local sightings of phases of the moon. The precise dates are confirmed less than 24 hours in advance. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday is usually taken at the beginning of the next working week.

When a member of the ruling families or a government minister or the head of a neighboring state dies, a three–day mourning period is usually announced. Government offices, and some private companies, will close for the period.

The world has its eyes on Dubai. The city has a very busy social calendar ranging from the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race, to the famed Dubai Shopping Festival. Dubai regularly hosts regionally significant exhibitions and trade shows. You may like to time your trip to coincide with one of the many exciting events, so check the dates before you go.

New Year
1 Jan 2016
1 Jan 2017
Leilet Al Mirag
5 May 2016
24 Apr 2017
Eid Al Fitr
7 Jul 2016
27 Jun 2017
Eid Al Adha
11 Sep 2016
1 Sep 2017
Al Hijri New Year
2 Oct 2016
21 Sep 2017
Martyrs' Day
30 Nov 2016
30 Nov 2017
UAE National Day
2 Dec 2016
2 Dec 2017
Al Mouled Al Nabawi
12 Dec 2016
3 Jan 2017
Christmas
25 Dec 2016
25 Dec 2017
Event Date Location
Hospital Build, Upgrade & Healthscape 30 May - 1 Jun May (2016) DWTC
Dubai Summer Surprises 9 Jul - 20 Aug May (2016) All Over Dubai City
Cityscape Global 6 - 8 Sep September (2016) DWTC
Gifts & Premiums - Dubai 6 - 8 Sep September (2016) DWTC
The Hotel Show 17 - 19 Sep September (2016) DWTC
Paper Arabia 26 - 28 Sep September (2016) DWTC
DISF - Dubai International Seafood Expo 26 - 28 Sep September (2016) DWTC
Telecoms World Middle East 27 - 28 Sep September (2016) Conrad Dubai Hotel
Middle East TELCO World Summit 29 - 30 Sep September (2016) Habtoor Grand Hotel
GITEX Shopper 1 - 8 Oct October (2016) DWTC
WETEX 4 - 6 Oct October (2016) DWTC
Al Fares - International Equine Exhibition 5 - 7 Oct October (2016) Meydan Race Course Dubai
GITEX Technology Week 16 - 20 Oct October (2016) DWTC
Vision-X Dubai 25 - 27 Oct October (2016) DWTC
PALME 31 Oct - 2 Nov October (2016) DWTC
IP & TV Forum Middle East & Africa 31 Oct - 2 Nov October (2016) Westin Al Habtoor City
Light Middle East 31 Oct - 2 Nov October (2016) DWTC
Sea trade Middle East Maritime 31 Oct - 2 Nov October (2016) DWTC
The Speciality Food Festival 7 - 9 Nov November (2016) DWTC
Gulf Laundry Tech 13 - 15 Nov November (2016) DWTC
MECLEAN - Middle East Cleaning Exhibition 13 - 15 Nov November (2016) DWTC
IPM Dubai 13 - 15 Nov November (2016) DWTC
Character Dubai 14 - 15 Nov November (2016) DWTC
Foot Wear Expo Dubai 14 - 16 Nov November (2016) DWTC
Big Five Exhibition 21 - 24 Nov November (2016) DWTC
PMV 21 - 24 Nov November (2016) DWTC
ME Concrete 21 - 24 Nov November (2016) DWTC
Obstetrics and Gynecology Exhibition & Conference 24 - 26 Nov November (2016) DWTC
Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo 29 Nov - 1 Dec November (2016) DWTC
Rugby 7 1 - 3 Dec December (2016) The Sevens Stadium
TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East 6 - 7 Dec December (2016) Le Méridien Dubai
MEBA 6 - 8 Dec December (2016) Airport Expo Dubai
MEBA - Middle East Business Aviation 6 - 8 Dec December (2016) Airport Expo Dubai
International Jewellery Dubai 7 - 10 Dec December (2016) DWTC
Arabplast & Tekno 8 - 10 Jan January (2017) DWTC
Sign & Graphic Imaging 15 - 17 Jan January (2017) DWTC
Arabplast & Tekno 8 - 10 Jan January (2017) DWTC
Sign & Graphic Imaging 15 - 17 Jan January (2017) DWTC
Dubai Marathon 20 Jan January (2017) Dubai Media City
INTERSEC Dubai 22 - 24 Jan January (2017) DWTC
Arab Health 30 Jan - 2 Feb January (2017) DWTC
Dubai Desert Classic 30 Jan - 5 Feb January (2017) DWTC
MEDLAB Middle East 6 - 9 Feb February (2017) DWTC
AEEDC / DWDM 7 - 9 Feb February (2017) DWTC
Aircraft Interiors Middle East 8 - 9 Feb February (2017) DWTC
The Bride Shows 15 - 17 Feb February (2017) DWTC
Dubai Open 20 Feb - 4 Mar February (2017) Dubai Tennis Stadium
Jazz Festival 22 - 24 Feb February (2017) Dubai Media City
Middle East Rail 7 - 8 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Wood Show 7 - 9 Mar March (2017) DWTC
DUPHAT 7 - 9 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Middle East Coatings Show 13 - 15 Mar March (2017) DWTC
ISS World MEA 13 - 15 Mar March (2017) JW Marriott Hotel
GESS 14 - 16 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Middle East Electricity 14 - 16 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Solar Middle East 14 - 16 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Paper World ME 14 - 16 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Playworld Middle East 14 - 16 Mar March (2017) DWTC
ART Dubai 15 - 18 Mar March (2017) Madinat Arena
Dubai International Horse Fair 15 - 18 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Cabsat Middle East 21 - 23 Mar March (2017) DWTC
DIHAD Dubai 21 - 23 Mar March (2017) DWTC
IECM Dubai 21 - 23 Mar March (2017) DWTC
DERMA 27 - 29 Mar March (2017) DWTC
Gulf Print & Pack 27 - 29 Mar March (2017) DWTC
International Property Show 2 - 4 Apr April (2017) DWTC
AGRAME 10 - 12 Apr April (2017) DWTC
VETME 10 - 12 Apr April (2017) DWTC
Gulf Education and Training Exhibition 13 - 15 Apr April (2017) DWTC
ATM 24 - 27 Apr April (2017) DWTC
Automechanika Middle East 7 - 9 May May (2017) DWTC
Beauty World Middle East 14 - 16 May May (2017) DWTC
Airport Show 15 - 17 May May (2017) DWTC
Aluminiun Middle East 15 - 17 May May (2017) DWTC