Mark your calendars!

So many amazing things will be happening in the UAE this January and you don’t want to miss out. From art festivals to show-stopping concerts, there is no better way to kick off the new year.

From Abu Dhabi to Dubai, here is your cultural guide for January:

The Dubai Shopping Festival


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Nothing compares to retail therapy, so shop your worries away this month while enjoying some incredible deals. January is the best time of the year for shopaholics in Dubai as Dubai Shopping Festival runs annually throughout the month.

Details: Malls across Dubai, daily until February 1.

LEGO festival


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If you are a LEGO’s fan, then you don’t want to miss this festival. Kicking off on Wednesday January 8, the event will run until Saturday March 14. Dubai Festival City Mall’s popular IMAGINE show has been given a LEGO makeover which includes a firework display at 8pm on January 8. So head down there to meet your favourite LEGO characters.

Details: Dubai Festival City Mall, daily from January 8 to March 14, 8pm onwards.

Dine at CÉ LA VI


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This long-awaited Singaporean contemporary Asian restaurant is finally opening its doors to the public on January 16. Located on the 54th floor of the newly-opened Address Sky View, the eatery will have an incredible view of the Burj Khalifa, paired with must-try Asian dishes. It will sure be the spot to be seen in Dubai.

Details: CÉ LA VI, Address Sky View, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai,  January 16. 

Abu Dhabi Classics


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Fans of classic music will flock to Abu Dhabi this month to enjoy a week packed full of classical masterpieces. The line-up for Abu Dhabi Classics, 2020 includes the likes of Lebanese vocalist Magida El Roumi and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Details: 28 January – 7 February, 2020.

Bride Abu Dhabi 2020


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If you are getting married soon, then you know that there is no harder decision than what wedding dress to buy. But don’t worry, Abu Dhabi’s Bride 2020 has you covered. From the dress to catering to the interior design, all you need will be found in this convention and per your budget. So head down to the capital’s four-day long wedding fair for the nuptials of your dreams.

Details: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. 22 – 25 January, 2020.

Run the annual Dubai Marathon


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Run Dubai’s annual 10km marathon to start your morning on the right note. You can take on the full Dubai Marathon or sign up for the 10km race. Starting at 6 am, participating for the 4km race will cost AED 184 and the 10km race will cost AED 313. Meanwhile, to be part of the marathon, you must put forward AED 551.

Details: Umm Suqeim Road, January 24, from 6am.

Dance to Robbie Williams


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British superstar and former Take That band member, Robbie Williams is coming to Dubai for an evening filled with some of his greatest hits. He will take to the stage at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah on January 24 as part of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE)’s Dubai Shopping Festival 2020. Doors open at 4pm with a line-up of DJ’s followed by a magical firework display to welcome Robbie onto the stage later in the evening. Snap up your tickets now on Dubai Calendar App and priced from Dhs295.

Details: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah on January 24 at 4 pm. 

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