Touted as the largest shopping festival in the world, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) attracts tourists across the globe due to its extravagant activities. It is a one-of-a-kind shopping festival which is organized by the DEPE group i.e. Dubai Events and Promotions Establishments. This year, DSF is celebrating its 24th anniversary during its one-month tenure which will start from 26th of December 2018 to 2nd February 2019.
Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 – What is it all about?
Well, I must say that DSF is not only for the shopaholics, every kind of person starting from kids to adults can go there as it is the perfect blend of the extravagant events, lights, glamour, shopping, adventure, sports, cosmopolitan culture, multi-cuisine foods, and festivity. DSF is much loved by the people who have come to visit the city of Dubai as the whole city is decorated with lights and there is a festive essence everywhere. DSF is a shopper’s paradise where you will find the abundance of every kind of products with huge discounts.
All the shops do huge promotions to draw customers and there are entertainment shows for families, kids, art lovers, food lovers, adventure lovers, etc. Well, DSF is one of the recipients of the Guinness World Records that comprises of starry performances, irresistible deals, raffles, splendid fireworks, delectable multi-cuisines, international fashion shows, film screenings, rock concerts, games, street plays, and ample cultural programs. In this blog, I am going to discuss the aspects that you will find at the dazzling Dubai Shopping Festival 2019.
Venue of the Dubai Shopping Festival:
Well, I must say that DSF is not restricted to a particular area or in a shopping mall in Dubai and neither you can consider it as one of the most popular attractions in Dubai. The entire city usually takes part in the mesmerizing shopping extravaganza.
Starting from huge malls like Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates, Wafi Mall, Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai Festival City, Ibn Battuta Mall to the local souks of Dubai like Global Village, Gold Souk, Al Seef Street, Paris Gallery, Dubai Duty Free, night souk, spice souk, perfume souk, etc. everywhere you will find the presence of the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Other areas where you can find the essence of the DSF are Carpets and Arts Oasis, Burjuman, Festival Waterfront Centre, Mercato Shopping mall, Lulu Village, Dragon Mart, Lamcy Plaza, Deira City center, DSF Desert camp, Asianet Film Awards, Al Fahidi, Al Rigga Street, and the list continues.
What to expect at the Dubai Shopping Festival 2019?
1. Market Outside the Box:
The Market Outside the Box at the Burj Park of the Downtown Dubai will portray the participation of the international as well as the local emerging brands totally at the fresh retail outdoor environment. In this year, the Market OTB will feature fun, fashion, scrumptious cuisines and lots of activities. You will get the opportunity to explore live drama, dance and musical performances. You can choose your own pop-up cinemas and latest movies there. How can you forget about foods? Your visit is incomplete without having delectable dishes. Market OTB will have a wide array of trucks which will serve local eateries.
2. 12-hours mega sale:
DSF is all about the sale. It has been revealed that in some areas you will get a discount of 90% discount this year. Like 2018, this year also DSF will organize the 12-hour mega sale across the area of Majid Al Futtaim Malls from 26th December. From noon to midnight, you will get exclusive offers on a wide variety of products. The discount rate starts from 25% to 90%. Hold on. DSF will also be having a weekend sale which will be announced 24 hours before only. So shop to your heart’s content and bargain as much as you want.
3. Global Village:
The main hub of DSF is probably the Global Village Dubai where you can shop products famous across the worldwide. You can shop from 70 participating countries which will be spread at 35 pavilions. Global Village every year during the time of Dubai Shopping festival draws more than 5 million guests. However, the Global Village will start much earlier than the shopping festival starts and it will last up to April 2019. You will get every kind of products ranging from toys, souvenirs of the countries, in the Global Village. Apart from that, this year there will be one floating market also which is already opened in the Global Village.
4. Duty-Free Shopping:
Well, I must say that Dubai is also famous for its duty-free products. Globally, duty-free products of Dubai are famous. In this DSF, you will get excellent offers and discounts as well as a wide array of varieties of duty-free products in the markets.
5. Hub of the scrumptious delicacies:
The food joints and the restaurants of Dubai will serve ethnic as well as ethnic cuisines also not only at the Global Village but also in the areas where there is DSF. The kitchens of the restaurants are mostly designed with the Emirati theme and they sell traditional Arabian cuisines. If you want to explore Arabian food at its best, then this is the right time. Don’t miss this opportunity as you will be getting many discounts too.
6. Heritage events specialties:
The culture and the heritage of Dubai will be the featured at its best at the Dubai Shopping Festival. There will be loads of events and entertainment shows which will be based on Emirati theme and will be performed by local artists also. You can able to enjoy traditional folk dances, belly dancing, tanoura dancing, musical concerts, horse shows and many more.
7. DSF is not restricted to the shopaholics:
Though I am talking about the most infamous Dubai Shopping festival where shopping is the most highlighted thing, trust me there are activities which you can do also if you are not a shopaholic. Most of the service providers of the hospitality and the tourism industry will provide the customers with immense discounts during this time. You can visit the popular attractions of Dubai as well as luxury attractions of Dubai at a discounted price.
8. Incredible Fireworks and city-wide celebrations:
Winter in Dubai is the best time to visit Dubai city at its optimum. The city decorates into a festive look where the DSF add a magical touch while accelerating the rate of the celebrations in Dubai. Since New Year and Christmas is coming and people across the world is getting ready for the celebration. Find the night sky of Dubai full of illuminations and fireworks. Enjoy the festivities and the vibrant colorful night sky at Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab, Global Village, Dubai Festival City. Dubai Creek, JBR Beach, etc.
9. Five-Week Sale:
Experience the most extravagant shopping in Dubai while availing the maximum discounts and the variety of exclusive offers and deals only at the DSF. In the Five-Week Sale, you will be able to enjoy discounts ranging from 30% to 50% for all the shops. With your shopping spree, you can avail up to 75% discounts too if you have the skills of bargaining. This year DSF will be having a Five-Week Sale which will portray 700 brands across 3200 retail outlets. The locations where the effect of the Five-Week Sale will be prominent are Al Rigga Street, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Al Seef Street, where you can shop a lot. Don’t overlook the traditional souks of Dubai also where you can get the Arabian souvenirs at the discounted price.
10. Mega raffles organized by DSF:
Well, raffles do attract people apart from the mega discounts and offer at the DSF. The traffic magnet of the DSF is very excited to take part at the events organized at the raffles where you will get the chance to win millions of Dirhams. The most popular raffles are the Nissan Grand raffles and the Infiniti Mega Raffles.
At the Nissan Grand Raffles, you can win one of the seven models of the Nissan cars which will be promoted from 15th October 2018 to 26th January 2019. You need to purchase a minimum of AED 20 from the outlets of EPPCO and ENOC petrol stations.
For Infiniti Mega Raffle, you need to purchase a ticket of AED 200 from ENOC petrol stations or exclusive booths or any participating malls, you can win an exclusive Infiniti QX50 along with a cash prize of AED 150,000. Apart from that, you can also get weekly prizes worth of AED 100,000. If you are lucky enough to win the mega draw you can get a lucky amount of AED 500,000. Isn’t it alluring?
In this blog, I have covered most of the highlights of the Dubai Shopping Festival where you will see that most of the family entertainment destinations of Dubai are participating either directly or indirectly. Plan your trip to Dubai during the last week of December and find ample things to do in Dubai at that time. Book your preferred Dubai tourist attractions with Tripx Tours at a reasonable price.