Isreal Peak periods include the hot, dry summer (Jun-Sep) and major holidays such as Passover (Apr, dates vary) and the High Holy Days (Sep/Oct, dates vary). Events include the international Israel Festival of performing arts (May/Jun), the open-air Wine Festival (Aug) and the Sacred Music Festival (Aug–Sep, dates vary), which includes an all-night concert in the Citadel. The Old City is illuminated May-Jun (dates vary) and Islamic holiday Lailat al-Miraj (May/Jun, dates vary) marks Mohammed’s ascension to heaven from Temple Mount
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Most visitors arrive Oct-Apr when the weather is warm and dry. With a desert climate, temperatures soar in the summer (Jun-Sep). Major events include the Dubai Shopping Festival (Jan–Feb); Dubai International Jazz Festival and Dubai Tennis Championships (both Feb–Mar); the Dubai World Cup horse race (Mar-Apr); and the Dubai International Film Festival (Nov–Dec). The major religious holidays are Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha (all dates vary) when some restaurants may close temporarily.