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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 […]

Where the global aviation world comes to do business The Dubai Airshow is one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, connecting aerospace professionals across all areas of the industry to facilitate successful global trade. The 2017 event saw a 20% increase in trade visitors on 2015 with some 79,380 attending the exhibition and an order book of US $113.8 billion. The biennial event takes place at Dubai World Central, Dubai’s airport of the future. When completed, it will be the world’s largest airport with an ultimate capacity of more than 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per annum. Head down to the Dubai Airshow to check out the latest trends and technologies in the aviation industry.

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.

Gulfood The world’s largest annual food trade show Gulfood is the world’s largest food trade show, and it’s set to return to Dubai World Trade Centre for its 24th edition from 17-21 February.  More than 97,000 visitors attended the 2018 event, and there were also more than 5000 exhibitors from around the world. The four-day event will feature international brands showcasing their latest food and beverage products and services. Visitors will be able to meet with suppliers, sample new foods, and learn about the latest culinary trends. The Gulfood Conference will also feature a line-up of industry leaders giving talks on everything from public health to the latest food manufacturing technology.

Dubai Food Festival 2019 A celebration of all things gastronomic, the Dubai Food Festival celebrates the diverse culinary offering of the city with a jam-packed schedule of mouth-watering events and offers. From dining on special set menus at Dubai’s finest eateries during Dubai Restaurant Week to discovering wallet-friendly hidden gems, Dubai Food Festival satisfies all tastes and budgets. Other highlight events of Dubai Food Festival include Beach Canteen, which brings together the city’s best home-grown food concepts at a fun-packed family event, and Taste of Dubai, where foodies get the opportunity to sample delicious dishes from top restaurants and meet celebrity chefs from around the world. In addition, malls and restaurants across the city join in the festivities by hosting special events and offering exclusive menus and discounts. The exact dates will be announced closer to the event.