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Festivals in Dubai in February: What to Look Forward To?

Dubai hosts several astounding celebrations throughout the year. We help you unlock and explore a range of festivals in Dubai in February from our superb festive series as compiled by travel experts. Dubai is full of surprises and adventures with a host of activities planned during the festivals. The city’s vibrancy hails music, art, film, sports, romance, and much more. Here is the list of festivals to look forward to in Dubai in February and how to celebrate the month in this city of gold.

Most-Awaited Festivals And Events in Dubai in February

1. Emirate Airline Dubai Jazz Festival

Festivals In Dubai In February - Dubai Jazz Festival

Look forward to the most anticipated music festival, Dubai Jazz Festival. Get ready to beat to the various genres of music from pop, rock, funk, R&B, and soul. You get to witness performances from global stars such as Lionel Ritchie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, One Republic to name a few. Don’t forget to book your tickets through Virgin Megastore, Book My Show, Platinum List, and more. Come, join the spectacular atmosphere and rock and roll to the music.

What to Look Forward to?

  • Listen to amazing music in the electrifying atmosphere at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.
  • Learn about the history of various music groups and their music journey.
  • Revel in the performances of world-renowned musicians, artists, legendary musicians and critically acclaimed Jazz Music groups.
  • Feel a sense of high to be a part of a large music lover audience from across the world.

Festival Dates: Vary

Festival Venue: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre


2. Valentine’s Day

Spend the perfect Valentine’s Day with your loved one in Dubai. Celebrate the day with some of the most exciting activities that happen in the city. Experiences and out-of-the-box ideas are in store for a foodie, adventure-seeker, or the romantic in you. Dubai guarantees to make your day a memorable one. 

What to Look Forward to?

  • Indulge in a candlelit dinner against Dubai’s glamorous skyline in the magnificent ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth 2.
  • Take a romantic staycation, tucked away in a cozy luxury resort for the day.
  • Cruise down the shimmering waterway on a traditional dhow boat, for a perfect day on the Dhow Cruise at the Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina.
  • Whisk your sweetheart away for a memorable hot-air balloon ride and catch the first rays of the sun.
  • Pamper your partner with a Dubai Helicopter Tour and sweep them off your feet.
  • Pick any of the swanky restaurants for a romantic dinner date with panoramic views and floral settings.

Festival Dates: 14 February

Festival Venue: Dhow Cruise at Dubai Creek, Queen Elizabeth 2 Floating Hotel, Resorts in Fujairah & Ras Al Khaimah, Hot Air Balloon Ride at 1303 Control Tower, Restaurants in 5-Star hotels.


3. Dubai Food Festival

Festivals In Dubai In February - Dubai Food Festival

Get ready for one of the ultimate gastronomic experiences in Dubai in February. The Dubai Food Festival gives you a taste of fabulous food at the most amazing deals. Enjoy new favorites and gorge on a sumptuous meal. Flock to the Beach Canteen and sample an extraordinary range of delicious cuisine from various culinary cultures. The Dubai Food Festival organized by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) presents exciting events from world-renowned chefs, engaging cooking shows, sampling sessions, and more.

What to Look Forward to?

  • Enjoy a celebration of satiating cuisine at the Jumeirah Beach, behind Sunset Beach. The arena welcomes you with exclusive Foodie Experience dining tours, masterclasses, chef’s tables, and more.
  • A whole range of street food events with entry free.
  • Dubai Restaurant Week where you could enjoy dining at a range of restaurants with world-class cuisine at fabulous prices.
  • Pop up chains and restaurants with top-chef culinary with minimum spending deals, so you can eat plenty with unmissable deals on offer.
  • Look out for cooking lessons, workshops, and food photography sessions during the annual festival.

Festival Dates: February 3rd week (tentative)

Festival Venue: Etisalat Beach Canteen, Jumeirah Beach, behind Sunset beach, various Dubai restaurants


4. Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships

Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships have presented blockbuster tennis in the desert from 1993 to the present. Players from all over the globe with tennis stars such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Martina Hingis, Goran Ivanisevic, Justin Henin among others participate in the thrilling event. The fabulous outdoor event is played on hard courts and is an important tournament in both the men’s tour (ATP 500 level event) and the women’s tour (WTA Premier Event). Watch the best of tennis stars battle for the trophy in an exciting tennis tournament held annually in Dubai. Cameras for still photography are allowed inside the stadium, so take some amazing tennis moments on a frame.

What to Look Forward to?

  • Observe prominent players and famous participants such as Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Andy Murray, and others who play top-class tennis.
  • Watch 2021 ATP Dubai Open live streaming all of the matches from the comforts of your home.
  • Stay entertained for two weeks when top-class tennis players compete in the event that serves as a warm-up to the Miami Masters and Indian Wells scheduled for March.

Festival Dates:  14 February – 27 February

Festival Venue: Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, Dubai


5. Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

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The festival brings together famous authors from across the globe. The 13th annual Emirates Airline Festival is a great venue to meet authors from all across the world. The program highlights include debates, education, and fun boggling sessions around the world of literature. Writers, thinkers, and doers congregate at the festival. So you can enter competitions, join a book club or tune into DubaiLitFest Radio among other interesting activities. The festival is held under the patronage of the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

What to Look Forward to?

  • Don’t miss the fresh online streaming format conducting live digital events and a lot of recorded content.
  • Participate in a mix of physical events staged outdoors, exciting workshops, programs for publishers and businessmen and online streaming events.
  • The official YouTube channel of the Emirates Literature festival presents Literary Conversations Across Borders, Team Recommendations, Boundless Book Club and other events in the line-up waiting to be announced.
  • Look out for the ticket price that will be announced soon.

Festival Dates:  4 February – 6 February

Festival Venue: Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City


6. Gulfood Festival

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Reboot and register your stall at the global event in the F&B industry. Dubai welcomes back tourists like you to an incredible experience for global F& B businesses. Mingle among exhibitors who showcase innovations and the latest in the food industry. Gulfood debuted in 2018 to enhance customer experiences and launch food products based on research. The exhibition allows you to network with customers across GCC and helps you meet clientele from across the globe. Be a part of the world`s largest annual food & beverage trade show in Dubai.

What to Look Forward to?

  • Registration notifications are available online if you are an exhibitor or a sponsor.
  • Learn about the best practices in catering and hospitality at the international exhibition.
  • Wander 120 country pavilions that showcase the taste and flavors of global cuisine.
  • Be a part of 5000 international exhibitors to understand markets and business practices. Attend educational conferences, training sessions, and food & beverage industry events.
  • Grab the opportunity to meet experts, professionals, and decision-makers at the Gulfood Exhibition, with the biggest assortment of food experiences on a global scale.

Festival Dates: Varies

Festival Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre


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