31 Things To Look Forward To In Dubai This 2024: Dining, Concerts, Activities, Hotels & More

We’re only a few days in, and 2024 is already shaping up to be one exciting year. I can hardly contain all my excitement. Brace yourself for an incredible year filled with sensational concerts, luxurious hotels, delectable dining experiences, and a plethora of activities. Who needs expensive trips to Europe or island getaways when Dubai is bringing everything you need and more straight to your doorstep. (JK who doesn’t love a good vacation, and we here at Gulf Buzz are just the people to help you find the most perfect travel destinations, anytime and any place). So, let’s dive into this Dubai 2024 list together.

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1. Market Island Extravaganza at Dubai Festival City Mall

Step into culinary paradise at Market Island, the Middle East’s largest food hall, located at Dubai Festival City Mall. With 53 unique culinary concepts from around the world, live entertainment, and dedicated spaces for dining and lounging, this 70,000-square-foot food haven is set to be the talk of the town.

2. J1 Beach – A Chic Day-to-Night Escape at La Mer

Say hello to J1 Beach, the new beachfront destination at La Mer, housing three beach clubs and nine restaurants. From the award-winning Gaia to the chic Bâoli and the St Tropez hotspot Gigi Rigolatto, this place is a melting pot of international flavors and trendy vibes.

3. New Hotels Opening in 2024

Dubai never sleeps, and neither does its expansion. Get ready for a slew of new hotels, each offering a unique experience. From Mama Shelter Dubai to Ciel Tower, Mandarin Oriental, Wasl Tower, and more, there’s a destination for every taste, whether you’re seeking a beachside escape or some Luxurious city centre bliss.

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4. Sanskara – Wellness Retreat in Jumeirah

Discover Sanskara, a wellness space, day retreat, and chic eatery in Jumeirah. With a mindful approach to wellness, Sanskara offers clean, locally-sourced dining options, along with spaces for self-reflection, an open-air library, and cutting-edge wellness experiences.

5. Real Madrid World – World’s First Theme Park Of Its Kind

Football fans rejoice! The world’s first Real Madrid theme park, Real Madrid World, is opening in Dubai. Immerse yourself in audio-visual displays, interactive experiences, and attractions inspired by the spirit and success of Real Madrid.

6. Untold – Dubai’s First Mega Music Festival

Dubai is set to host its first mega music festival with Untold in February 2024. Get ready for four days of epic music madness featuring headliners like Ellie Goulding, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and more. Get your tickets here.

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7. Swingers Crazy Golf Club Lands On Bluewaters

London’s popular crazy golf venue, Swingers, is coming to Bluewaters Island. Expect adults-only fun with four nine-hole crazy golf courses, street food, cocktails, and live DJs, promising a party atmosphere.

8. Ed Sheeran Live at The Sevens Stadium ‘+ – = ÷ x’

Sing along to Ed Sheeran’s biggest hits as he performs live at The Sevens Stadium on January 19 and 20. Experience his signature 360-degree central stage for an immersive and close-up concert experience. Get your tickets here.

9. Floating Mosque on Dubai Canal

Dubai is getting a first-of-its-kind floating mosque at Dubai Canal in 2024. With three floors, a submerged prayer hall, and welcoming spaces for all, it’s set to become a unique place of worship.

10. Timbuktu Market – Culinary Delights in Barsha Heights

Inspired by global markets, Timbuktu Market in Barsha Heights will bring a fresh culinary energy to Dubai. With various eateries, local products, and even a cycling studio, this market curated by food blogger Hani AlMalki promises a delightful experience.

11. Arte Museum – Immersive Art at Dubai Mall

Get ready for an immersive art experience at Arte Museum, opening soon at Dubai Mall. Created by d’strict, known for the mesmerizing ‘Wave’ in Seoul, this space will showcase artworks using the latest media technologies for a unique visual experience.

12. Chaos Karts – Live-Action Karting Experience

Dubai’s first live-action part-gaming, part-karting experience is arriving in Al Quoz in January. Picture Mario Kart in real life, with state-of-the-art technology creating a next-level immersive kart gaming experience.

13. New Restaurants & Bars Galore

Dubai is welcoming a fleet of new restaurants and bars in 2024. From fancy eateries to beach clubs and rooftop bars to casual diners, there’s something for everyone. Here are some restaurant highlights that we are looking forward to seeing;

  • Andaliman – One Zabeel – Indonesian
  • Gigi Rigolatto – La Mer – French Mediterranean
  • La Baia – La Mer – Italian
  • MiMi Mei Fair – Downtown Dubai – Chinese
  • Qabu by Paco Morales – One Zabeel – Spanish

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14. Dubai World Cup – Horse Racing Extravaganza

Witness horse racing’s elite at the Dubai World Cup on March 30. With a staggering prize pot of $30.5 million, it’s not just about racing; the day boasts fashion and off-track entertainment.

15. The Phantom Of The Opera Returns To Dubai Opera

The internationally acclaimed production, The Phantom of the Opera, is making a comeback at Dubai Opera from February 22 to March 10, 2024. Don’t miss the chance to experience this phenomenal theatre act. Get your tickets here.

16. K-pop Extravaganza with The Kid LAROI and Jonas Blue

Get ready for a K-pop extravaganza featuring The Kid LAROI and Jonas Blue at Coca-Cola Arena on January 14. It promises chart-topping hits and energetic performances. Get your tickets here.

17. Kevin Hart Live At Coca-Cola Arena

Laugh your heart out with Kevin Hart’s signature comedy at Coca-Cola Arena on March 4. The Emmy and Grammy-nominated actor is set to bring the house down. Get your tickets here.

18. Khalid’s Unforgettable Live Performance

After an unexpected cancelled show in October 2023, Khalid is returning at Coca-Cola Arena on March 2. Prepare for an unforgettable night with the Grammy Award-winning singer. Get your tickets here.

19. Burj2Burj Half Marathon

Lace up for a unique sporting challenge, Burj2Burj, a half marathon stretching from the iconic Burj Al Arab to the towering Burj Khalifa on January 21. Experience live music, incredible views, and an electrifying atmosphere. Get your tickets here.

20. Break The Block – Winter Block Party at Expo City

Join the vibrant community celebration, Break The Block, at Expo City on January 26. Enjoy delicious food, upbeat music, and a lively atmosphere featuring hit-makers Jungle and a DJ set by Nightmares on Wax. Get your tickets here.

With all these exciting events and attractions, 2024 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year in Dubai!

21. Korea’s WATERBOMB Festival Is Coming To Dubai

Get ready to get soaked at the WATERBOMB Festival! This legendary South Korean event is coming to Dubai Festival City on June 7-8. Enjoy performances from top K-pop, EDM, and regional stars, including rapper CL, Big Naughty, and PH-1. With powerful water cannons and jets spraying the crowd, this festival is the perfect way to beat the summer heat while dancing to your favourite tunes. Get your tickets here.

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22. Join Jason Derulo At The EarthSoul Fest

Celebrate sustainability with the EarthSoul Fest at Coca-Cola Arena on June 15. Headlined by Jason Derulo, the festival also features Shae Gill, Benny Dayal, Akram, and Celinedee Matahari. Enjoy a night of music, art, and culture with a powerful message of eco-consciousness. Don’t miss hits like “Savage Love” and “Glad You Came.” Get your tickets here.

22. Watch French Montana At The Coca-Cola Arena

Get ready for an “Unforgettable” night with French Montana at Coca-Cola Arena on June 22. Joined by Mustafa Ceceli, December Avenue, and Amanda Maalouf, this concert is part of the Year of Sustainability celebrations. Enjoy hits like “Pop That” and “All Day” in a night filled with global talent and energetic performances. Get your tickets here.

23. Go Shopping During The Dubai Summer Surprises

Kick off the summer with Dubai Summer Surprises from June 28 to September 1. Enjoy incredible sales, family entertainment, and exciting raffles across the city. Whether you’re shopping for the latest fashion, new furniture, or unique gifts, there are amazing deals everywhere. Plus, enjoy entertainment and cool discounts at leading hotels and attractions. It’s the ultimate shopping and entertainment spree! Visit the website for more information.

24. Enrique Iglesias Returns To Dubai

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias is returning to Dubai for a one-night performance at the Coca-Cola Arena on September 13. Don’t miss your chance to see the “Hero” singer live at City Walk. Get your tickets here.

25. Macklemore at the Coca-Cola Arena – October 14

Iconic American rapper Macklemore, known for his hit “Thrift Shop,” will be performing in Dubai on October 14 at the Coca-Cola Arena. Tickets are on sale now, starting at AED 199. Get your tickets here.

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26. Dubai Fitness Challenge – October 26 to November 24

Lace up your sneakers for the 2024 Dubai Fitness Challenge from October 26 to November 24. This annual event, initiated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, encourages everyone to complete 30 minutes of activity daily for 30 days. With free classes, sporting events, and group workouts, there’s something for everyone. Whether you prefer yoga, cycling, HIIT, or dance, join in for a healthier lifestyle. Visit the website for more information.

27. Dubai Design Week – November 5-10

Dubai Design Week returns for its 10th edition from November 5 to 10 at Dubai Design District (d3). This creative festival will showcase the latest trends in design and artistry, featuring exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops, and immersive projects. Don’t miss the bustling marketplace, Downtown Design, where you can meet industry experts and discover new innovations. Visit the website for more information.

28. Defected Dubai – November 9-10

Defected Dubai is back on November 9 and 10 at the JA Resort, Jebel Ali. While details are still emerging, last year’s three-day event was a blast, and we can expect another round of great music and fun this year. Sign up for tickets now, right here.

29. Emirates Dubai 7s – November 29 to December 1

The Emirates Dubai 7s returns from November 29 to December 1. This popular event combines thrilling rugby matches with live music and entertainment. Over 5,000 athletes will compete in rugby, netball, cricket, and fitness competitions. Off the field, enjoy delicious food, family activities, and performances by top artists. It’s a weekend of sports, music, and fun at The Sevens Stadium. Get your tickets here.

30. SoleDXB – December

Sole DXB, Dubai’s top festival for streetwear, music, art, and lifestyle, returns to Dubai Design District in December 2024. Previous festivals featured performances by Central Cee, Busta Rhymes, and more. Stay tuned for the exact dates and lineup right here.

31. Dubai Shopping Festival – December 13 to January 19, 2025

I know it sounds a little scary to already be talking about 2025, but for discounts like what The Dubai Shopping Festival has, I’ll start talking about 2026 if I have to. From December 13 to January 19, 2025, experience unbeatable deals, family fun, and endless surprises at the annual DSF. Enjoy amazing discounts, daily entertainment, fashion shows, pop-ups, outdoor markets, and spectacular fireworks. Don’t miss concerts by global and regional superstars. It’s the best time to be in Dubai! Visit the website for more information.

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