The Top 9 Adventures to Discover in Dubai this January

By Megan Millisky

Dubai is a major hub in the United Arab Emirates.The dazzling city never fails to delight with its offerings, and January is no exception! The most popular event is the Dubai Shopping Festival - it's perfect for travelers who want to pick up some souvenirs, visit Dubai’s Glow Garden, or cheer on a horse race! Here are nine events that will inspire you to pack your bags for Dubai this January.

1. Dubai Shopping Festival

Don't miss your chance to see the biggest shopping extravaganza in the Middle East! The festival brings concerts, fireworks, and nonstop entertainment to the city through January 24. And of course, you’ll find the fantastic deals on just about everything.

Address: Dubai United Arab Emirates

2. Dubai World Cup Carnival

January 16, discover the exciting world of horse racing! Dubai’s World Cup Carnival is free to attend. The race track is a popular attraction surrounded by restaurants and shops.

Address: Meydan Grandstand

3. Dubai 10k Marathon

Join thousands of runners from Dubai and all over the world in this exciting race! It begins next to the Burj Khalifa building in downtown Dubai. Don't miss out on an athletic way to see the city on January 25.

Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

4. Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Head to Emirates Golf Club for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament. This four-day event, which runs from January 23-26, is a hub for all golf lovers. Children will love the kid zones, and you can watch all the action from the Barasti Deck overlooking the 15th hole.

Address: Near Nakheel Metro - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

5. Dubai Kizomba Fusion

January 22-26, dance all day (or all night!) at this amazing Kizomba Fusion Fest. The event draws big crowds to dance to live music or go for a swim at a pool party! International DJs will spin dance music at a late-night party each evening.

Address: East Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

6. Visit Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is a popular indoor skiing resort boasting five ski zones! No matter what the weather is outside, at Ski Dubai conditions are perfect for skiing, tobogganing, or even having a snowball fight. The arena is open through January.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

7. Dubai Polo Silver Cup Series

Polo fans from all over the world head to Dubai for the Polo Silver Cup Series. Hosted at Al Habtoor Polo Resort, this exciting sporting event takes place from January 24-February 7.

Address: 39H9+6W Dubai - United Arab Emirates

8. Sight-Seeing River Cruise at Dubai Marina

Through January, spend a relaxing night gazing at Dubai’s famous skyline. This peaceful cruise sails through Dubai Marina in a traditional dhow. Boats have 360-degree glass walls so you can snap the best vacation pictures no matter where you sit!

Address: Dubai Marina Dubai United Arab Emirates

9. Garden Glow

This amazing exhibition is a must-see when in Dubai. Garden Glow blends light and music to create its unique installations. Through January, take a stroll through this colorful illuminated garden.

Address: Zabeel Park, Gate No- 6 & 7 Area - B - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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