Top ChoiceCultural in Muscat

Muscat Festival

Lasting for a month from around the end of January, Muscat Festival is a highlight of the capital’s year, featuring nightly fireworks, a ‘living’ replica of an Omani village with sweet-making and craft displays,...

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Global Village

Global Village

The carnival-like Global Village is a bit like a ‘world fair’ for shoppers. Each of the 30-something pavilions showcases a specific nation’s culture and – of course – products. Aside from shopping, there's also...

Cultural in Marina Breakwater

Mother of the Nation Festival

Mother of the Nation Festival

For 10 days in March, cultural exhibitions sit alongside zip lines, play areas, cooking demonstrations, concerts, food trucks, arts and crafts workshops, a handicraft market, wandering musicians and artistic...

Cultural in Salalah

Salalah Tourism Festival

During the khareef, Ittin Rd is the main location of the Salalah Tourism Festival. Arab families from across the region come to picnic in paradise. Their favourite haunt is under the street lights of Ittin Rd,...

Sports in Downtown Dubai

Dubai World Cup

Horse racing has a long and vaunted tradition in the Emirates. Racing season kicks off in November and culminates in March with the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race until 2017 when it was surpassed...

Music in Bahrain

Bahrain International Music Festival

This long-established festival presents a series of regional and international music concerts across the country at various venues including the Bahrain National Theatre and the Tree of Life. Genres include...

Cultural in Riyadh

Janadriyah National Festival

Saudi Arabia's largest cultural festival runs over two weeks at Al Janadriyah heritage village, 42km northeast of Riyadh. Commencing with the King’s Cup (an epic camel race with up to 2000 participants racing...

Literature in Sharjah

Sharjah International Book Fair

This major book fair, held over 11 days, has been bringing together publishers, authors and translators since 1982 in presenting the latest tomes in Arabic, English and other languages. Plenty of cultural events...

Sports in Sharqiya Sands

Oman Desert Marathon

In 2013 the first Oman Desert Marathon attracted only 30 runners. By 2018, 100 international participants took part in the gruelling 165km challenge, run over six days. Runners must be self-sufficient and able to...

Sports in Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

Mubadala World Tennis Championship

This three-day event kicks off the tennis season and is a chance to see six of the world's best players in action. In 2017 stars of the women's game joined in the championship for the first time. Serena Williams,...

Sports in Yas Island

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the city's top annual events, attracting visitors from across the region as well as international racing fans. This annual day-night race has one of the most...

Cultural in Dubai

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

This long-running annual festival brings authors and thousands of book fans together to celebrate all things reading and writing. Held over nine days in early March, expect talks, discussions, panels,...

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai Shopping Festival

Held throughout January, Dubai's best-known shopping festival lures bargain-hunters from around the world. There are huge discounts in the souqs and malls, and the city is abuzz with activities, ranging from live...

Sports in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Air Race

This spectacular, low-altitude air race virtually skims the water at 370km/h, flying only 20m above the water's surface. Pilots have to navigate a pylon obstacle course – thrilling viewing from the Corniche.

Food & Drink in Dubai

Dubai Food Festival

Discover new trends, meet chefs, take a cooking class and, above all, sample fabulous fare during this month-long foodie festival held throughout the city.

Sports in Bahrain

Formula 1 Bahrain

One of the biggest events in Bahrain, this glamorous race is held annually as part of the international Grand Prix circuit. Tickets start from BD30.

Cultural in Fujairah City

Bull Butting

Every Friday evening in the cooler months, an unusual spectacle takes place in a muddy patch off the Fujairah corniche: the ancient sport of bull butting. In the arena, two sumo-sized, humpbacked animals lock...

Sports in Taif

Camel Races

Every other weekend (Friday and Saturday) during July and August, Taif departs for the races. These spectacular events have been taking place in Arabia since antiquity. Watching as part of the raucous crowd as...

Shopping in Kuwait City

Hala Festival

The city goes crazy with the annual shopping festival. There are lots of draws giving away valuable prizes in the shopping centres, and special promotions lure customers in. Many shops offer discounts of up to...

Sports in Dubai

Al Marmoum Heritage Festival

Held at Al Marmoum Heritage Village some 40km south of Dubai, this four-week festival celebrates traditional Emirati culture with music, crafts, food and carnival rides. The main focus, however, is the camel...