Dubai Comedy Festival to return in May with 11-day citywide line-up

The event will take place at various venues across the city and promises to feature some of the biggest names in comedy

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The Dubai Comedy Festival is set to return in May, with an 11-day citywide takeover.

Taking place from May 12 to 22, the festival promises to bring some of the biggest names in comedy to several venues across Dubai, with shows scheduled to take place at the Coca-Cola Arena, The Agenda and The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates, among others.

While the line-up for this year’s event is yet to be announced, previous acts to have appeared at Dubai Comedy Festival include Maz Jobrani, Nemr, Eddie Griffin, Mina Liccione, Vir Das, Gad Elmaleh and Ali Al Sayed. Last year, more than 8,500 people attended the event.

The festival also offers a platform to local and regional talents, as well as up-and-coming comedians.

“After mapping two seasons of massive hits, we are thrilled to welcome Dubai Comedy Festival once again,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, chief executive of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

“The festival has continually set the benchmark in the region for offering a stage to some of the best regional as well as global talent bringing a diverse mix of communities together.

“We look forward to seeing a full house as Dubai being one of the first cities to resume events to full capacity with the safety of all still being a priority, and being the international hub for comedy and entertainment.”

Organisers will announce the full line-up for Dubai Comedy Festival 2022 in the coming weeks. More information is at

Updated: March 16, 2022, 12:23 PM