A new overnight Arabian Dreams safari The Arabian Dreams overnight safari will take place in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the UAE’s first national park. This unique enclosure was created for the protection of endangered species and for the conservation of the natural desert habitat. This new tour is the first overnight safari that has permanent tents, each furnished with a queen-sized bed. The camp has permanent showers and toilets. There are no additional hidden charges for food, beverages or activities once you arrive. Guests will discover the culture and history of the desert, watch a falconry demonstration and then get to enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars. Dhs895 per person. Pick-ups from across Dubai, www.arabian-adventures.com (04 214 4888).
Celebrity Cricket League starts On February 1, four teams starring Indian celebrities will compete against each other to win the cup in the fourth season of this event. Stars of film and TV, such as Salman Khan, Sunil Shetty, Venkatesh, Riteish Deshmukh and Mohanlal are due to step up to the crease in this one-day event. February 1. For more information on the Celebrity Cricket League, visit www.facebook.com/auraeventmanagement.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2014 The annual event returns, bringing top international tennis stars with it, from Monday February 17 to Saturday March 1. Tickets prices yet to be confirmed. February 17-March 1. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com (04 601 9222).
2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil On June 12, the much-anticipated 2014 World Cup kicks off in the South American nation, and Dubai’s football-loving population all but move in to the city’s pubs and sports bars. You can expect many of the emirate’s most popular hangouts to host special tents in which to watch the action – in the past, big crowds have flocked to the likes of Barasti and Atlantis The Palm, though far smaller venues have also found themselves swamped with supporters. Keep your eyes on issues of Time Out Dubai for your guide to the best places to catch the big games. www.fifa.com.
Dubai Adventure Studios The first of Dubai’s planned theme parks is expected to be ready in 2014, located in Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid City. Dubai Adventure Studios will include attractions based around Bollywood movies, water and marine life, a kids' zone and a night safari, themed around adventures in the desert.