Long Weekends, Sales, And Festivals To Watch Out For In Dubai In 2020

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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We know we know! There are still two months for 2019 to end. But we are almost done with all the long weekends this year. And we cannot wait to plan out our long weekends for next year. So what are the long weekends we should be looking forward to next year? Here’s a list of all the public holidays and long weekends to look forward to.

1. New Year’s Eve- 1 January, Wednesday

Dubai is always big on New Year’s. With its famed fireworks show in the Burj Khalifa, and it’s hydro, fire and laser show at Dubai Festival City, Dubai has created quite a few records. And we all love being part of the celebrations. However, there is more to the New Year than just the countdown. Head to one of the resorts in Ras Al Khaimah, or bring the New Years down in privacy at this luxury resort in Dubai. Whatever your preferences, plan ahead and reserve your plans asap!

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New Years In Dubai

2. Eid Ul Fitr (May 23/May 24 for 4-5 days)

Now this one is a longer of the holidays in Dubai. With 4-5 days off on cards, you are sure to get a long break from work. The month of Ramadan and Eid has all of Dubai in a festive mood. From Iftar buffets to Eid brunches, there is a lot of leisure and food for us to enjoy. However, if you want a quick getaway from the city, this really is the best time!

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Eid In Dubai

3. Arafat Day, Eid Ul Adha (July 29/July 30 for four days)

This is the other big festivity Dubai celebrates. With a four day break from work, this is an excellent time for a trip out of the city, especially if you are not taking a summer vacation. After all, with the temperatures soaring, we need all the breaks we can! So here are a few things you can do over the summers while you relax over the long weekends.

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Eid in Dubai

4. New Hijri Year (19 or 20 August)

Depending on when the moon is sighted, you can be getting an off either on Wednesday or Thursday. While we hope we can take an off on Thursday and have a long weekend, planning this one can be quite tricky! So we suggest road trips during this one are the way to be!

Hijri New Year Holiday in UAE

(Credits: The National)

5. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Birthday (28 or 29 October)

So this holiday can be falling either on Wednesday or Thursday. While we all wish its a longer weekend, we really don’t know! So while this will be a dry day, this time of the year is one of the cooler months of Dubai. So if you wanna go camping or barbecuing, this might be the best time to mark your calendars and go outdoors.

(Credits: GulfNews)

6. Martyr’s Day/ Dubai National Day (December 1 – December 3)

Now, this is a sure shot holiday we know of! So if you have already planned for this year’s national day celebrations, plan for the next ones! While a lot of folks like staying in and enjoying the national day celebrations, there are many making use of the holidays for a staycation or a weekend getaway.

So what are you planning to do with the long weekends? Stay indoors, or have a quick getaway? We would love to hear it!

Festivals For 2020

Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai’s festive calendar for 2020 is packed with a host of events. The two major highlights however will be the 25th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and the Expo 2020. The 25th edition of DSF will kick off on December 26, 2019 with an impressive line up of concerts, family-oriented performances, stand-up comedies, street carnivals as well as a grand sale of up to 90% off across 3500 outlets. Besides, there will also be raffle draws, where you can bag big prizes and fireworks adorning the UAE skies.

Dubai Food Festival

A one of its kind gastronomic experience, the Dubai Food Fest will run from 20 February to 7 March 2020. During this period, the city will be decked with events and activities allowing foodies to go on a memorable gastronomic journey. From fine dining restaurants to the hidden gems, residents and travelers can witness Dubai’s vibrant food scene in its full glory.

Other Mega Sales In 2020

Spring/Summer Collections: 5-21 March 2020
Fall/Winter Collections: 2-15 October 2020
Dubai Home Festival: 9-23 April 2020
3 Day Super Sale in May and October 2020
Sales period: 4-24 June 2020
Dubai Summer Surprises 25 June – 8 August 2020
Dubai Summer Surprises Final Weekend Sale: 6-8 August 2020

Author

  • Research, science labs and of course nerdy glasses – that’s what my life was all about until I finally woke up to realise how much I loved food, travel and telling tales. A chai addict, a moody writer and mother to a smallie, my journey as a writer began with The Times of India. And now, here I am in Dubai pursuing my passion and exploring a new city, all in one go!