Dubai has long been a popular destination for Pakistanis looking for a quick escape. Just a short flight away, one can enjoy a variety of experiences that Dubai has to offer, from beautiful landscapes and cultural events to exciting concerts with an amazing line-up of artists and musicians.
With New Year’s Eve around the corner, there’s plenty of excitement for tourists there, and here’s how you can make the most of your trip.
Experience eclectic music by world-class artists
As a global entertainment hub, some of the biggest names in the music industry will be making an appearance in Dubai in the coming months.
Visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment, from Dutch DJ Martin Garrix’s concert on 30 December to multi-award winning German music composer Hans Zimmer bringing his European tour Hans Zimmer Live to Dubai in January 2023.
However, it is not only international artists who will make waves in Dubai, as Pakistani artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will dazzle crowds on December 29 with his powerhouse vocals.
Also, don’t forget to catch the Grammy Award-winning band, the Gipsy Kings, as they fuse flamenco-style tunes with Western pop in 2023.
It’s clear that music enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice with all the concerts lined up for late 2022 and early 2023.
Discover a great list of shopping, literature and food festivals
Besides live concerts, a variety of festivals are scheduled in 2023. Dubai has a festival for everything from food to art to retail therapy.
One thing that Dubai is synonymous with is shopping, and it’s no surprise that they have a full-fledged event dedicated to it in the form of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF): music, lots of great discounts and offers and prizes that are on the game for buyers from mid-December to the end of January.
After DSF, you can let your mind feast on the arts at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Running from February 1 to 6, Emirates Lit Fest offers workshops and activities, and may even give you a chance to meet your favorite authors.
Those planning their visit in the spring will also have an opportunity to embark on a gastronomic adventure at the Dubai Food Festival, which runs from 28 April to 7 May. Be it street food or exotic delicacies, you will have a chance to appreciate them all and get a taste of Dubai’s fantastic dining scene.
Join the exciting energy of sports tournaments
From tennis to cricket to football, Dubai has become a favorite destination for sports enthusiasts. This is the perfect place to broaden your horizons and indulge in sports that are not too popular in Pakistan. For example, earlier this month, individuals learned the basics of rugby at the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s (one of the world’s most loved IRB Sevens competitions), topped off by exciting musical performances by international artists and DJs and food stalls.
For tennis fanatics, the 2022 World Tennis League takes place in the city from 19 to 24 December on hard courts at the Coca-Cola Arena. See 18 world-class tennis players and six international artists at the “biggest show on the court”.
Golf fans can rub shoulders with top international players, such as Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland and Lee Westwood, among others, and watch them take their shots live at the Dubai Desert Classic.
Held from January 26 to 29 at the Emirates Golf Club, the event is a great place for families to spend time together while enjoying tasty treats and exploring other off-course activities.
Dive deep into art and lifestyle events
With a breathtaking skyline, Dubai is an architectural wonder, but there’s more to the concrete jungle than meets the eye, as it’s also home to a thriving art scene.
For example, Al Serkal Avenue is a district dedicated to art and is an excellent platform for young artists to showcase their work and is truly a must-visit site for tourists. Likewise, the art fair Art Dubai will be held in March 2023 – a must-see event that showcases brilliant pieces of art.
Breathtaking performances such as the touring circus Ovo by Cirque du Soleil are quintessential Dubai events that you can also add to your to-do list. Marvel at captivating performances by trained artists in elaborate costumes who will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena from January 12 to 16.
You can catch a play and enjoy live productions like West Side Story at the iconic Dubai Opera from April 25 to 30.
You can also visit some of the best museums in Dubai, including the newly opened Museum of the Future, an architectural wonder in every sense.
Finally, visit Old Dubai to explore the centuries-old souks and be transported to a bygone era.
Whether you are a sports enthusiast, music lover or art lover, your travel goals will be within reach in Dubai. And here’s the best part: they’re all a short flight away.
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