Looking for some fun activities in Dubai next month? Courtesy of Dubai Tourism, here are some events worth checking out...
What to Do
Global Village 2013 - 2014 (Feb. 1 - Mar. 1)
Global Village is the largest seasonal cultural event in the region, with festivals, shopping and entertainment in an open-air theme park. Expect more than 12,000 shows from around the world, with Germany, France and Italy added to the pavilion and themed events for Eid and Diwali.
Al Marmoum Camel Racing Season - February 2014 (Feb. 4-6, 12-13)
This racing season maintains and builds upon the local and traditional sport of camel racing. Race times are from 7am to 9am and 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
Dubai World Cup Carnival 2014 (Feb. 6 - Mar. 29)
The world's best horses, jockeys and trainers come together for a series of 11 races. Since its inauguration, the Carnival has served as an avant-garde festival and has grandly attracted the most famous stars of the international racing scene. The finale of the Dubai World Cup Carnival is the Dubai World Cup, which will be held on March 29, and is the world's richest race meeting.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2014 (Feb. 17 - Mar. 1)
Tennis, anyone? The best international tennis players gather in Dubai for one of the most eagerly awaited events, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (Feb. 24 - Mar. 14)
At the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches, the world's best polo teams will gather to compete. This final event will be held on March 14 at noon. Dine in the VIP stands, bring your friends for a picnic on the lush lawns, or party to the music in the tent.
Where to Stay
Dubai has plenty of top-notch hotels all over the Emirate, and there are several more on the way. Here are seven top picks worth checking out right now, and we're also excited by the just-opened Conrad Dubai (which soars up at 52 floors for great views of the city). Coming up, the Me by Meliá Dubai will be Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s first hotel when it opens in 2016, and construction has kicked off on the $1 billion Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah project, which is due to open in 2017. (We hear it will have top views of the Arabian Sea.)