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The World of the Hunger Games The World of the Hunger Games is the latest attraction to open up at Motiongate Dubai, in the Lionsgate Zone. It’s the world’s first theme park zone inspired by the Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins, and the film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence. There are two new rides in the Hunger Games area. The Capitol Bullet Train is a 1,870-foot-long rollercoaster, which reaches speeds of up to 50mph. The Panem Aerial Tour, meanwhile, is more sedate – it’s a flight simulator ride that takes guests on a tour of the world of Panem. Screens in both of the rides show messages from some of the films’ characters, including Caesar Flickerman (played by Stanley Tucci) and Effie Trinket (played by Elizabeth Banks), filmed especially for the park. In addition to rides, visitors to the World of the Hunger Games will be able to enjoy Coal Miners’ Clash, a live show in the streets of the park, which sees the miners of District 12 coming together for a creative high-energy musical show. Visitors will also be able to browse shops and restaurants in the area – the Panem Supply Co. sells Hunger Games merchandise, and guests […]

Sole DXB returns later this year for its sixth edition. The event is a celebration of street culture, encompassing everything from fashion and music to art and sport. It started out back in 2012, as a one-day event dedicated to sneakers, but has grown and grown since then, playing host to film premieres, art exhibitions, concerts, and more. Some of the world’s biggest brands have taken part in past events, including Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry, Stussy, and more. Attendees have also been able to see artists such as Skepta, Kano, and Mobb Deep take to the stage, as well as a line-up of Dubai-based bands and DJs. The dates and price of tickets for this year’s event are yet to be announced, but keep an eye on this space for more details.

Dubai Muscle Show The region’s leading fitness and bodybuilding show Dubai Muscle Show is the Middle East’s leading international fitness and bodybuilding show. The exhibition is the best place for fitness enthusiasts to meet with some of the stars of the industry and get expert advice, as well as learn about the latest services and trends. There’ll also be competitions, giveaways, and live demonstrations of new products. The two-day event will also feature a line-up of competitions and tournaments in boxing, bodybuilding, mixed martial arts, and more.  There are more than 600 athletes expected to attend from all over the world, including Eddie Hall, the winner of last year’s World’s Strongest Man contest.

China Homelife Dubai The exhibition of Chinese businesses returns for its ninth edition China Homelife is the largest trade fair for Chinese businesses, and it’s set to return to Dubai this December. The event is held annually in cities around the world, including Johannesburg, Mexico, and Warsaw, and the Dubai event attracts visitors from across the Middle East.  This year’s event will focus on nine separate product segments: agriculture and food; building materials; consumer electronics; furniture; home appliances; textiles and garments; home products; gifts; and lights and lamps. Visitors can expect to find more than 50,000 of the latest products and innovations from more than 2500 suppliers. The event is an ideal opportunity for importers, traders and buyers to meet with manufacturers and source products directly from them.

Al Marmoom Ultramarathon Elite ultra runners from around the world have Dubai marked in their diaries from 11-15 December with the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon offering three gruelling distances to choose from: the world’s longest desert run at 270km, plus continuous 100km and 50km ultra runs. Competing for a total prize purse of US$60,000, this super challenging self-sufficient event covers five stages and includes tents and water, and breathtaking scenery courtesy of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

Paper Arabia One of the biggest events for the Middle East’s paper industry Paper Arabia, one of the biggest events for the Middle East’s paper industry, returns this December, for its fifth edition. The three-day event is an international trade fair, and is a chance for professionals to meet with people from all sectors of the industry, including manufacturers, dealers, wholesalers, exporters, and more. All aspects of the industry will be represented, from writing paper and newsprint to paper mill technology and paper cutting machines. There’ll be opportunities for visitors to view the latest products or showcase their own products, as well as network and make deals.

Dubai Shopping Festival Dubai’s malls and shopping destinations come to life at this annual event, where shoppers will find unbeatable deals on everything from fashion and jewellery to electronics and accessories. The world’s biggest shopping festival, this month-long celebration isn’t just about searching for bargains and shopping till you drop. There’s also a line-up of thrilling entertainment, such as firework displays, fashion shows, and live concerts, and visitors will also get the chance to win unforgettable prizes, such as SUVs and gold. The exact dates of the festival will be announced soon

New Year’s Eve Every New Year’s Eve, Dubai comes to life, and this year will be no exception, with celebrations taking place all over the city. There’s plenty to do, for tourists and residents alike. Whether you’re looking to watch the sky light up with spectacular fireworks displays, enjoy a live performance from world-class musicians, or spend the night camping out under the stars in the middle of the desert, there’s something for everyone in Dubai.

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2019 .The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is set to return in February 2019, for its 17th edition. In 2019, the festival will take place over 10 days, with performances from local and international jazz and blues artists at venues throughout the city, before the main event takes place over three days at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The 2018 edition saw three international acts headlining the festival – Duran Duran, John Legend, and Ricky Martin. Past years have seen megastars like Tom Jones, Kool & The Gang, and Mariah Carey take to the stage, but the 2019 line-up is yet to be announced. Watch this space for more details.

Middle East Electricity 2019 The home of the power industry in the Middle East Middle East Electricity offers its exhibitors access to thousands of potential customers from across the Middle East, Africa and the rest of the world. As the region’s leading gathering of power industry professionals, companies can expect to find new customers, strengthen relationships with existing clients and develop or expand their business in MEA. The event covers the following sectors: power generation, transmission and distribution, lighting, solar, energy storage and management and is a must-attend event for those in the region’s power industry.

A leading international art fair, Art Dubai aims to broaden the conversation on art beyond the traditional art centres and galleries. The event is highly regarded in the international art world and provides a platform for emerging talent, showcasing them alongside firmly established centres and well-known artists. Artists, gallerists and art collectors flock to Dubai from all over the world to attend the fair, which is one of the main pillars of Dubai’s art season.

SIKKA Art Fair A flagship initiative of the Dubai Art Season, the SIKKA Art Fair is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Office at Dubai Culture. The event was created to support and showcase Emirati artists as well as up-and-coming artists based throughout the region. The SIKKA Art Fair is built around artist-led practices, initiatives and discourse  and runs a diverse programme of events for all  the community to enjoy including  fascinating art exhibitions, inspiring installations, live music from local musicians, thought-provoking film, interactive workshops and more. The exact dates will be announced closer to the event.