Reasons are endless for visiting Dubai. Besides the usual trappings such as dhow cruises, tantalising culinary delights, and dune and wadi bashing jeep safaris, Dubai also offers a world of other delights. The destination is also famed for the numerous events and festivals that are hosted throughout the year. Here are some of the major gala times to look forward to in Dubai during 2011.

Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 will play host to millions of visitors from 20th January to 20th February. All the malls and souks are gearing up to welcome this mega event, which usually sees consumers shelling out more than US$1 billion year after year. Be prepared for gigantic discounts on a galaxy of products during the DSF 2011.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

This is one of the most expensive golfing events in the world and attracts top names from the world of golfing. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is amongst the most coveted of UAE events. The ‘Emirates Golf Club’ will sizzle with the event in February.

Taste of Dubai

Gourmets will do well to check out flights with cheap airlines to Dubai with the month of March in mind. This is the time for the ‘taste of Dubai’, an open air food and drink event, which sees some of the most popular restaurants in Dubai dishing out legendary dishes.

Dubai World Cup

This is a major heavyweight event in the festival calendar of Dubai. After all, being worth some US$25.26 million, the Dubai World Cup is the richest horse racing event in Dubai. Like every year, come March and Meydan Racecourse will come alive with the world’s best horses and jockeys.

Dubai Dance Festival

For dance aficionados, July will be a good time to take one of the travel deals to Dubai. Dancers from some of the most renowned dance companies of Dubai will set the Community Theatre & Arts Centre on fire. There would be plenty of workshops as well, where one can learn different dance moves.

Dubai Summer Surprises

Those who miss out upon the Dubai Shopping Festival can catch up by visiting during Dubai Summer Surprises during June to July. The festival offers a world of irresistible discount shopping in the different souks and malls. With Dubai Summer Surprises being geared more towards families, there are plenty of things to do and see like taking kids to participate in children’s events, watching circuses, and world of other live performances. With the festival being quite a few months away, the time is ripe to start looking for Dubai flight deals.

UAE Desert Challenge

This is a heart thudding motor racing annual event, which attracts motorcyclists as well as car and truck drivers from many parts of the world. The perilous desert track is a true test of the skill and tenacity of the daredevils participating in the race.