Dubai becomes global case study

As one of the first few cities in the world to safely and effectively restart the events sector, Dubai has become a global case study in hosting live events, with the full reopening of its leisure events sector on September 15, paving the way for event organisers to host a packed programme of live entertainment under social distancing rules and other safety guidelines due to the pandemic.

Dubai is providing UAE residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular lineup of live entertainment, lifestyle and sporting action following the restart of the city’s events sector, further reinforcing the emirate’s position as an international events hub and one of the world’s safest destinations. In organising the feast of entertainment, event organisers have made the health and safety of attendees and artists their top priority and are committed to ensuring there is full compliance with the wide range of precautionary measures implemented at event venues. Among the safety requirements are thorough sterilisation of venues before, during and after events, provision for contactless payments and digital tickets and mandatory thermal scanners or contactless temperature checks, in addition to wearing of face masks by venue staff, performers and attendees at all times and adherence to 30 per cent audience capacity to allow for sufficient social distancing space during the event.Below is a snapshot of the upcoming events that the city has in store from Dubai Calendar.


PaRUS Music Festival 2020, 3 – 5 November 2020, Jumeirah Beach Hotel : One of Dubai’s biggest music festivals featuring artists such as Soso Pavliashvili, Grigory Leps and Leonid Agutin, is making a grand return with exciting performances due from artists of various genres.


Omid Djalili, 7 November 2020, Dubai Opera: A multi-award-winning comedian, Omid Djalili is a familiar face both on the screen and on stage for his work in films such as Mamma Mia 2, and the West End in London.

Laughter Factory, 12 – 20 November 2020: Dubai’s longest running comedy night returns with a brand new lineup with Yorkshire funnyman Tom Wrigglesworth, Markus Birdman, one of British comedy’s most experienced performers, and the highly talented Jimmy McGhie, who completed a 2019 sellout tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The schedule:

12 – 13 November: Movenpick JBR

14 November: Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens

19 November: Grand Millennium Barsha Heights

20 November: Grand Millennium Business Bay & Hilton


Dubai Design Week, 9 – 14 November 2020, Dubai Design District: The six-day event brings the regional and international design community together to promote creativity and showcases a variety of innovations such as architecture, products, furniture and interior design.


Dubai Fitness Challenge, 30 October – 28 November 2020, Citywide: Dubai Fitness Challenge, the city’s flagship fitness initiative is returning for its fourth edition with a packed programme full of free classes, sporting events, group workout sessions and healthy eating tutorials across the city.

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