January 2016 in UAE: Filled with Arts, Business and Sports Activities

The New-Year extravaganza has started in Dubai. We all witnessed an amazing display of fireworks making the night extremely colorful. However, that’s not all UAE in general and Dubai specifically has to offer. The Emirate is filled a wide spectrum of events for the first month of the new-year. We’ve short-listed some of the best events to come so you don’t miss out on anything.

Arts / Culture / Theatre

January 2016 brings some of the best culture events in UAE.  Cultural activities in UAE cover varieties of interactive, interdisciplinary, inter-cultural, site-specific, inter-generational, and multi-sensory art exhibitions and theatre plays, covering Emirati-inspired celebrations to international music festivals.

  • Global Village 2015-2016 (3rd November, 2015 to 9th April, 2016): An event that requires no introduction. Witness the diversity of each culture at a single platform like none other.
  • Al Faris (The Knight) (6th to 9th January, 2016): An epic musical play inspired by the poems of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Ballet Gala 2016 (7th to 8th January, 2016): Paris Opera Ballet Gala will be held at Madinat Theatre, MadinatJumeirah and will bring the beauty of French classical ballet to Dubai audiences from one of the greatest ballet  companies in the world.
  • World Classical Music Series (Delphine Haidan and Karine Deshayes) (14th January, 2016): World-renowned French opera singers will perform some of the greatest masterpieces by Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Delibes and Offenbach.
  • Quoz Arts Fest 2016 (22nd to 23rd January, 2016): Al Serkal Avenue will be filled with all sorts of local talent exhibiting live art, murals, workshops, film screenings, gallery openings and live music.
  • Indian Republic Day Kavi Sammelan & Mushaira 2016 (28th January, 2016): Prominent Urdu and Hindi poets will be enlightening the Sheikh Rashid Hall for a selection of readings in celebration of Indian National Day.
  • Einstein starring Naseeruddin Shah (29th to 30th January, 2016): The best of science enacted by the best of bollywood.


Business & Trade shows

The effective business events in UAE move every global business traveler. UAE provides matchless potential for anyone looking to expand their business with aims to bring global businesses at a single place.

  • Sign & Graphic Imaging ME 2016 (10th to 12th January, 2016): The leading players of MEASA region will be here in an highly anticipated event to showcase products and services in the signage, graphic imaging, screen and digital printing industries.
  • Intersec 2016 (17th to 19th January, 2016): 1200+ exhibitors will be showcasing their solutions and products in security industry.
  • Carpet and Arts Oasis 2016 (20 December 2015 to 15 January 2016): From last 20 years this event has fascinated as one of the world’s largest exhibitions of hand-woven mats.


Over the time UAE has established itself as not just a business and tourist destination but slowly has managed to cater some of the finest international sports.

  • Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (21 January to 24 January 2016): The regions best sporting event will be featuring some of the leading golf players. Here are some other reasons you shouldn’t miss this years event.
  • Liwa International Festival / Moreeb Dune (31st December to 08th January 2016): This festival offers a week-long celebration of UAE heritage with competitions and activities including bike riding and camping in the desert of Moreeb Dune.
  • Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2016 (22nd January 2016): Under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this event has become bigger and better each year, attracting many local and global sponsors.
  • Masters League Championships (28th January to 13th February 2016): The retired legends of cricket will be on the field once again for a thrilling T20 series featuring stars like Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan.


Dubai Shopping Festival (1st January to 1st February 2016): The world renowned DSF is where you can find all the renowned retailers putting on unbeatable deals trying to fill in your shopping obsession.

So in short, Dubai in January is a must! If you are planning to visit Dubai in January you should definitely check out our special package. It covers some amazing excursions this city has to offer making your trip even more memorable.

1 Response
  1. Indian Art in Dubai

    Dubai is holding a lot of amazing events in 2016. I am very happy to read about these upcoming festivals. I love art and I would like to meet artists and these upcoming events are the best option in this case. I will join!

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