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Organized by Dubai Festivals Retail Sector Promotion Establishment (DFRE), together with Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is one of the well-known shopping fiestas in the world. Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the Dubai Shopping Festival will be held during the month of January with the climax from 26th to 1st February. The Dubai Shopping Festival is the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East.
The month-long festival, with its unbeatable deals, has already made way into Guinness World Records. The festival is marked by celebratory performances, and major shopping deals. There is an attraction for everyone at the DSF, from fashion to live raffle draws and fireworks, which is the hallmark of DSF.
The shopping festival will open with display of fireworks and discounts and free bees, which attract numerous tourists to this festival. DSF transforms the city during the month-long extravaganza with mega sales and plenty of other activities and entertainment for people of all age groups. The calendar of events during this month is jam-packed with enthralling performances, raffles, flash sales, concerts and pop-ups, all of which, brings the city to life.
Further, the DSF is not just about shopping. There would be in-mall fashion shows, street performers, musicians, jugglers and other entertainers. There will be live music performances, and magicians to keep up the excitement of the festival. DSF is entirely different from the other common shopping festivals.
Dubai Shopping Festival attractions can be experienced at Global Village, Dubai Mall, Al Rigga Street, Night Souk, Gold Souk, Al Fahidi For, The Layali Dubai Concert, Al Seef Street, Promenade at Dubai Festival City, DSF Desert Camp, Asianet Film Awards, Mall of the Emirates, Carpet and Arts Oasis, Burjuman, Deira City Centre, Ibn Battuta Mall, Festival Waterfront Centre, Lamcy Plaza, Dragon Mart, Wafi Mall, Mercato Shopping Mall, Lulu Village, Lulu Hypermarket, and various other malls and retail stores, the list is endless.
12-hour super sale
This season is all about sale. This year’s edition of DSF will kick-off in style, beginning with an incredible ‘Five Week Sale’ that features more than 700 brands across 3200 participating outlets. The 12-hour super sale makes a return this year too, across the Majid Al Futtaim malls on 26th December, wherein shoppers are offers 25 to 90 percent discounts, exclusive offers and more, from noon to midnight for just a day. Further, DSF also offers the Weekend Deals that are announced every weekend, just 24 hours earlier. So just relax and enjoy the markdowns and bargains like never before!
Other attractions at Dubai Shopping Festival are:
Visitors and residents flock to the popular Global Village in Dubai. The Global Village is associated with DSF, but usually starts a little before opening of DSF and runs a little longer than DSF. Just as the name suggests, Global Village has the unique concept of bringing globe in one place. Global Village displays every country with its own pavilion and they display products that are popular in their home countries. Global Village also has various entertainment shows organized, food stalls to satisfy taste buds, big rides for kids, water sport activities and daily lucky draws.
Drawing in more than 5 million guests annually, Global Village is also one of Dubai’s major shopping destinations, featuring 27 themed pavilions, which represent over 75 cultures. Everything from traditional Indian spices to handmade Iranian rugs are available here, so that you can travel the world, without even leaving Dubai. This season of Global Village remains open October to April . Timings are 4pm to midnight on weekdays and 4pm to 1am on weekends and public holidays.
The DSF Carnival
DSF offers spectacular parade with performances by renowned international artists, shows by acrobats, percussionists, dancers and more. The carnival is usually held every weekend during the month-long DSF. The DSF Carnival is fabulous display by various performers including musicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, cyclists, apart from live concerts and jazz are performed by renowned artists.
The Carpet Oasis is a treasure-trove of carpets, wherein, traders from across the world come up with good offers on a range of floor coverings. The Carpet Oasis is an exhibition-cum-sale of some of the rarest, largest and unique carpets and rugs from across the world. Carpets and rugs from renowned carpet producing countries, works of arts and handicrafts would all be displayed. There will be unique and exclusive handmade, oriental and Persian carpets from across the globe, and a large collection of antique souvenirs.
DSF brings along plenty of entertainment for kids. For instance, the Dubai Dolphinarium will organize an exclusive show for kids during DSF, and there are other events too to keep children engaged like Children of World Olympiad, and cartoon and circus shows. There are various fun activities to keep them occupied. They also get to meet their favorite cartoon characters such as Pokemon, Casper and Tarzan.
Sports lovers visiting Dubai during the festival will get the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting events including Open Tennis Championship, Hockey on Synthetic Surface, Ice Hockey, and Football Tournament. The DSF Desert Camp offers adventure activities like quad bikes, camel rides, horse riding etc. If you love adventure, opt for a desert safari and go dune bashing as well.
Tax-free shopping is a major attraction of DSF. Shopping in Dubai, by itself, is largely tax-free, as merchants re-permitted to import products from other countries with little custom duties. Further, DSF offers high-discounts, wherein, the shopping malls and retailers offer up to 75 percent discount on a range of items, including watches, jewelry, carpets, electronics, textiles, handicrafts of major brands. Some of things to consider purchasing from DSF are cars, electronic items, gold jewelry, clothes, almonds and dates, carpets, perfumes, cosmetics, watches, food, spices, and textiles. Some shopping malls and online retailers will offer attractive discounts on gadgets and electronic items like computer, laptop, cameras, tablets, smart phones, and more.
Moreover, Dubai is an excellent shopping destination in the world for Gold. The Shopping Fest will offer heavy discount and best deals for Gold, every year.
Raffles and Prizes
This year’s DSF edition brings in some exciting raffles before you. Beginning October, until February , you have before you an opportunity to win an Infiniti QX50 apart from Dh.150, 000 cash daily, and lots of other exciting prizes. Just participate in the Infiniti Mega Raffle by purchase of ticket worth Dh.200 at any ENOC/EPPCO outlet, Dubai Metro Stations, Zoom Stores, Gold Souk or Global Village. Five lucky participants would be awarded Dh.20,000 at the weekly draw of Dh.100,000 all through the festival, concluding with a mega-prize of Dh.500,000 for a lucky winner.
Another offer in line is that any non-fuel spend of more than Dh.20 at EPPCO and ENOC will automatically enable your entry into the Nissan Raffle, with a grand total of seven cars to be won, sponsored by Nissan. You can begin spending at your nearest ENOC/EPPCO petrol stations, zoom stores, global village, metro stations or Gold Souk to grab this opportunity.
The raffle draws would be telecast live at 9pm on Sama Dubai TV. So plan well and win big this DSF, for you may drive away with a brand new car!