The Dubai Shopping Festival is a unique festival in the world, which has become the cultural identity of United Emirates of Arab. The shopping festival organised each year in the month of January-February in various shopping malls of Dubai simultaneously. This landmark event is coordinated and hosted by Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) and Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). This shopping festival since its inception in 1996 has been an immense contributor to Dubai’s GDP.
Heavy shopping discounts, plenty of fun activities, events, entertainment and top-notch dining makes it a shopper’s paradise. The entire Dubai city seems to be in a festive fervour and shopping is the buzzword all around. A visit to Dubai’s Shopping Festival is not just limited to shopping only as there are plenty of additional activities which will keep you busy throughout your time here. Check out Things to do in Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival!
1. Enjoy the fireworks display
There are special fireworks display shows performed by several international fireworks teams and the Dubai Marina and the Dubai Fountains are the best place to enjoy the fireworks. Global Village is another amazing place to enjoy a great day. This enormous village is famous for several international stalls from all over the world. Shopping is fun along with plenty of entertainment which showcases the culture of every participating country. Fireworks display is one of the highlights of the shopping festival and must feature in your things to do in Dubai.
2. Indulge in some retail therapy
The Dubai Mall is one of top malls to get the best out of Dubai shopping festival. Do not miss out on check the various offers. You can also enjoy a glass bottom tour or you can swim with the sharks in a huge aquarium filled with 140 species of marine life and ecology. Dubai fountains and the Dubai Mall waterfalls are equally wonderful. Enjoy the ice skating ring, DubaiDino, Airbus A380 experience and SEGA Republic for world class entertainment. Check out the top 10 shopping malls of Dubai to enjoy shopping during DSF.
3. Make the most of DSF with your family
The Mall of the Emirates is another grand shopping centre with 11 main anchor stores and plenty of international retail outlets. This mall is famous for first of a kind indoor winter ski centre – Ski Dubai. In this huge artificial ski centre, you can enjoy ice skiing, snowboarding, zip line, cable car ride and enjoy a penguin encounter. There are two international food courts where you can savour delicacies of various cuisines. Check out the best malls for good deals on electronics.
4. Be a part of the live concerts
There are plenty of live concerts starting from traditional Arabic music to the modern era jazz, blues, pop and rock music which are a huge hit among the visitors. Live concerts are certainly among the top things to do in Dubai during DSF.
5. Satiate your taste buds
The foodies will have a field day here as the shopping festival is the best time to savour the culinary art of chefs from around the world. Large number of expats have brought their style of cooking into Dubai which has resulted in a unique assortment of delectable fares and coupled with world class restaurants, offers an unmatched dining experience.
6. All that glitters..
Gold plays a key part in the Dubai Shopping Festival, being one of the famous shopping commodity for the shoppers. Dubai is also known as the Gold City and you can get a glimpse of it during the visit to Diera Gold Souk, which are lined with many international gold, diamond and silver jewellery outlets. Dubai’s easy, tax- free gold policies and haggling makes it even more alluring to purchase gold.