Top Choice Cultural 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, exh…
Top Choice Fair in Dubai

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 lots…
Cultural in Marina Breakwater

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 acts. T…
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 where …
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 usurped by t…
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 classic …
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 across…
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 – a…
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 wi…
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, Ra…