Dubai Shopping Festival – The Entertainment Extravaganza

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In our last post, we have explored the many unique things that make Dubai truly amazing and gives you a reason to add it to your bucket list journey. Out of so many reasons, a reason stands above all – ‘The Dubai Shopping Festival.’ 

A fairy’s kingdom, an artist’s heaven, a shopaholic’s dream, and all things dazzling – that’s the perfect picture of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Some still wonder about the glory of the dazzling event; some have already witnessed the cultural extravaganza. Month-long pomp and grandeur, the shopping celebration in Dubai bring a multitude of activities and merriments. It is during this time, the desert country gets all lit and ornamented in an entirely new avatar, spreading happy and lively vibes. 

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If you have been planning to go on a solo trip or even for a family vacation, Dubai is a great holiday choice, and the Dubai shopping festival is the most talked-about activity. If you have already made the decision to venture into this gala event, then here is a detailed guide on everything that you need to know about this bouquet of shopping dreamland. 

When is it happening this year?

The next edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will be held from December 17, 2020, until January 30, 2021.

What to Expect?

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The yearly shopping spectacle, presently in its 26th release, will begin seven days sooner this year, coordinator Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) confirmed. DSF will include diversion, live shows, markets, art exhibitions, stage shows, deals, promotions, and opportunities to win amazing prizes. The occasions line-up will start on December 17 with light and fireworks shows, attractions in malls, and initiations by retail brands. Organizers have emphasized that each of the participating malls and event venues will maintain the health and safety standards keeping in line with the Covid-19 protocol

Where to Shop during the Extravaganza?

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The month-long mega fest has many colorful and exciting destinations that never fails to amaze die-hard shoppers. However, there are a few shopping destinations that are not to be missed and brim in glory with shoppers during the festival. Here are the top picks:

  • The Dubai Gold Souq – All that glitters is … actually gold at the Dubai Gold Souq market. One who loves yellow gold would fall in love with this market. And anybody who has great bargaining skills might as well win a chance of availing amazing discounts. 
  • The Dubai Mall – One who has a fetish for designer brands and apparel, the Dubai Mall is the best place to visit. 
  • Mall of the Emirates – This mall is home to a variety of brands and offers products at a dirt-cheap price, due to which it is a huge crowd puller. From high street to haute couture, Mall of the Emirates has the latest trends that shoppers won’t find anywhere else. 
  • Ibn Battuta Mall – A visit to the Ibn Battuta Mall will take one to fantasy land. It is the world’s largest themed shopping mall named after the Arab traveler Ibn Battuta. The architecture and opulent interiors of the mall reflect the journeys of the famed traveler. 

Apparels, Jewellery and All things Glittery – What to Buy in Dubai Shopping Festival 

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  1. Gold Jewellery –Women who adore gold do not miss any chance to buy gold ornaments. So, if you are in Dubai, take advantage of this shopping festival by investing in gold.From antique to contemporary designs, you can avail of gold at jaw-dropping offers. 
  2. Apparels – ‘I need clothes no more,’ said nobody! The Dubai Shopping Festival will spoil you for choice with the latest fashion trends by all the reputed brands. If wearing a Prada or an Armani was your crazy dream, then grab this chance of owning it from the shopping festival without burning a hole in your pocket.
  3. Gadgets – Gadgets at this mega festival sell like hotcakes. Apple, Bose, Sony – name any brand, and they have it. What’s more exciting is the fact that all these brands are sold tax-free. Buy any gadget of your choice at the best price and flaunt your style while heading back home. 
  4. Perfumes & Cosmetics – A treat for all the beauty lovers’ shopping bags; Dubai will leave you awestruck with its huge collection of beauty products and fragrances. So, if you are there during the shopping festival, you can grab all your heart’s content at super affordable prices and discounts. From blush to contour, you will find everything here. 
  5. Watches – Wristwatch is one of the most elegant attires that one can flaunt. However, it comes with a hefty cost. But not at the Dubai Shopping Festival. Grab your chance to wear a Rado, Michael Kors, or Cartier. 

Things to Do at the Dubai Shopping Festival 

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There is plenty of enjoyment available at the grand Dubai fest than just shopping. Take a look:

  1. Skiing – If you are not a shopaholic, then head to the skiing spot and indulge in an hour-long of skiing in the snow. You can also enjoy snowboarding, ziplining, and occasional penguin encounter at Ski Dubai. Also, witness the transformation of the skating ground into a ‘fashion on the ice runway.’
  2. Live Concerts – The stage at DSF offers the biggest celebration for a party lover or a music lover. Once done with the day’s shopping, one can unwind to the beauty of this celebration. Plenty of concerts take place, so you can tap your feet to the beat of your favorite music artist. 
  3. Fireworks – Another eye-catching beauty of this festival is the massive fireworks show. Who wouldn’t love to see the night sky lit with deep sparkling colors? This annual ritual is a mesmerizing experience to witness, irrespective of one’s age or gender. 
  4. Food – Shopping and food go hand-in-hand. The Dubai Shopping Festival is a gastronomers heaven. It offers a wide range of food cuisine prepared by renowned chefs in the world. Satiate your taste buds with the magic of delicious food; we can ensure that you will keep asking for more!

Inspired much by the magnificent grandeur of the Dubai Shopping Festival? Then, hurry up and plan a trip to explore Dubai at its best. 

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