Dubai events lined up for the first quarter of 2020.


Round-up of top events for Q1 of 2020 to celebrate the start of a spectacular new year


DUBAI – With Dubai’s event season well underway, here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for you in Dubai in the coming months.

Musical entertainment

Chart topping star Robbie Williams is set to inspire fans with an energising performance at The Pointe on January 24, while Delhi-based singer and songwriter Prateek Kuhad is set to perform his Hindi and English indie rock tunes at the Rotunda, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Island on the same day.

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) Closing Celebrations will feature two nights of magical concerts as international artists hit the stage at Coca Cola Arena. Musical sensation Rashed Al Majid, one of the most famous singers in the Middle East, will be performing many of his classic favourites on January 30 at Coca-Cola Arena, alongside popular Iraqi singer and composer Majid Al Mohandis, who will wow fans with his talent, grace and style.

On January 31, international musical superstar, John Legend, will perform some of his legendary hits including ‘All Of Me’ and ‘Ordinary’ with Syrian singer Faia opening the show.

The annual RedFestDXB returns for its seventh edition in 2020, bringing a line-up of global music icons at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 6-7. Get ready for exciting performances by Martin Garrix, Bastille, Stormzy, Young Thug, Cheat Codes and Machine Gun Kelly.

Latin music fans can gear up for a memorable valentine’s night with Maluma, live at Coca-Cola Arena as part of his 11:11 World Tour on February 14. The city will also welcome the return of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, featuring mega artists such as Lauryn Hill, Bruno Major, Lionel Richie, Spyro Gyra, OneRepublic, Sammy Miller and The Congregation from February 26-28 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Coca-Cola Arena is marking the return of US rapper Russ to the city for a performance on March 27.

Dubai Opera’s stellar line-up of live music to start 2020 includes a performance of as the mesmerising story of Le Petite Prince comes to life with stunning sets, jaw dropping acrobatics and video mapping on January 23-25.

For a trip down memory lane, Abba fans can enjoy a live tribute by the energetic Swedish group Bjorn Again on February 7. The venue is also set to host Norwegian trio A-ha as they bring back their much loved 80s hits as part of their Hunting High and Low tour on February 10-11. Lea Salonga will return to the theatre from March 5-6, following a debut concert in 2017, taking audiences on a musical journey of her Broadway and Disney tunes.

Comedy nights

Mark your calendars for a star-studded line-up of comedy performances at some of the city’s state-of-the-art venues. Romesh Ranganathan will hit the stage on March 20 for his first show in Dubai at Dubai World Trade Centre, promising a night of relatable humour. Kapil Sharma is set to perform at Coca-Cola Arena on January 24, bringing infectious energy, hilarious banter and family-friendly humour to the stage.

Comedy lovers can also enjoy special performances from Peter White, Matt Reed and Stephen Grant as part of The Laughter Factory’s ‘Start 2020 Completely Wrong! tour’ and an exceptional performance by Chris Betts, Karen Bayley and Tez ILyas on the ‘Do yourself a favour and laugh more! tour’ at several venues around Dubai between February 6 – 14. Malik Bentalha will take over The Rotunda, Caesars Palace on March 26 to round out the month.

Arts & Culture lovers

Art lovers can head to Al Serkal Avenue to celebrate community culture at Quoz Arts Fest, a two-day event taking place on January 24-25  under the theme ‘In Search Of’, or head to the leading international art fair in the region, Art Dubai, which returns for its 14th edition from March 25-28.

Returning for its 12th edition is the highly anticipated Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, celebrating written and spoken words through literary debates, featuring workshops and competitions at InterContinental, Dubai Festival City on February 4-9.

Visitors can also head to Middle East Film and Comic Con taking place at DWTC between March 5-7 to meet their favourite characters, attend workshops, and signing sessions with their favourite characters.

Sports action

Marathon runners and aspiring amateurs are welcome to take on the 4km and 10km challenge during the 21st edition of the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 24. Golfers, meanwhile, are invited for the 31st edition of Omega Dubai Desert Classic, featuring golfing champions such as Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood and many more, from January 23-26 at the Emirates Golf Club.

Polo lovers can head to Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club from February 10-12 to enjoy top-notch competition and entertainment during the Polo Masters Cup and Silver Cup, or head to Al Marmoon Camel Racing track from February 1 – 13 for the Dubai Crown Prince Camel Festival.

Tennis enthusiasts can catch Roger Federer, Novak Djokavic, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep among others at the 2020 edition of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium from February 17-29.

The Dubai International Boat Show moves to Dubai Harbour this year welcoming visitors for a first-hand look into luxurious boats and yachts from March 10-15. The 25th anniversary of the Dubai World Cup will hit the track on March 28 March and is sure to be a day of thrilling race, entertainment and fashion action.

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