Dubai Shopping Festival

Introduction to the Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival is one of the top attractions in the emirate. The month long extravaganza is an event that not only helps the retail industry but also boosts tourism. Popularly called the DSF, the festival is a paradise for shopaholics. The annual festival started in the year 1996 and returns in 2019 for its 24th edition. The festival usually takes place around the new year and dates of the current festival are 26 December 2018 to 2 February 2019. Dubai is magical this time of the year and buzzing with excitement!

Dubai already has about 70 malls and is hailed as the ultimate shopping destination, and this festival is just the icing on the cake. Something new and innovative is added to the program every year to bring in more people and offer them a unique experience. The festival takes place all over Dubai which means every mall and retail store is a part of it.

What’s in Store?

The Dubai Shopping Festival is by far the biggest shopping festival in the world and attracts people in millions. Anything and everything you can find in the markets – will be on discount! All the malls and retail stores slash their prices on the best products – whether it’s fashion, electronics, gadgets, jewellery, vehicles and even food! Apart from the big discounts, there are prizes to be won as well. There are lucky draws and raffles that take place every week as well as at the end of the festival where people can win prizes, money and even cars!

The Festival Experience

The Dubai Shopping Festival is promoted wide and very well – not only in the UAE but also in other countries. The UAE thrives on tourism and the shopping festival serves as a big attraction to the tourists from worldwide. Along with the shopping deals, the entertainment part is taken care of as well – there are special performances, fashion shows, grand opening and closing ceremonies, and fireworks that will leave you spellbound!

The Dubai Shopping Festival is truly the ultimate shoppers paradise! You can plan your travel and make your lists in advance, and have a wonderful time!

Highlights of Dubai Shopping Festival 2019

Shop brands on sale – Discounts are the top-most attraction of the shopping festival, this year the 6-week long mega-sale at 700 brands in a total of 3,200 outlets. Each weekend, there’s a brand new surprise and not to forget the outdoor markets, boutique shops, waterfront shopping at La Mer, late-night shopping, ‘Shop the Night Away’, product launches, perfume shopping, souvenir shopping and much much more.

Market OTB – Shop outdoor at Market Outside The Box, Dubai’s most stylish open-air market at Burj Park, Dubai Downtown. Here, you can enjoy dance, music and theater performances, this open-air bazaar will let you enjoy the sun and you can also watch a movie at the pop-up cinema at the venue. Curb hunger at the many food trucks and local eateries available at the marketplace.

Grand fireworks – See Dubai coming alive with multi-coloured skies at night with enchanting fireworks on the weekends at locations like Global Village, The Beach at JBR and Dubai Creek. You can admire the gorgeous themes lighting decorations that light up the city at night, these are an attraction on their own.

Prizes – Try your luck at a raffle as these will continue till the 2nd of February, 2019. You can win an Infiniti QX50 along with a cash price of AED150,000 and a lot more every day. For participating in the Mega Raffle, you have to buy a ticket worth AED200, available at all the ENOC/EPPCO outlets, Zoom stores, Dubai metro stations, the Gold Souk and Global Village. At the weekly draw, 5 lucky participants can win AED20,000 each and one lucky winner will take home a mega-prize of AED500,000. There are many more lucky draws at the DSF.

Nissan Grand Raffle – You can take home a brand new car at the Nissan Grand Raffle starting from the 15th of October, 2018 to the 26th of January, 2019. If you spend more than AED20 on a non-petrol product at any Eppco and ENOC stations then you’ll automatically enter the Nissan Grand Raffle. Draws will broadcast live on television daily at 9 PM on Sama Dubai and the list of the 7 models that you can win include Sunny Sedan, Sentra, Kicks, Altima, Xtrail, Pathfinder and Patrol.

Al Seef Street – Shop and try your luck at Dubai’s historical souk at Al Seef district, a blend of modern and old Dubai located at Dubai Creek. Here, you can buy traditional designs blended with today’s modern touch beside the relaxing waterfront. This market was created in 2017 to celebrate Dubai’s past as a pearl-diving village so you can enjoy the old-world charm of Dubai as well as many lip-smacking cuisines at Al Seef Street. Al Seef is recently beginning to be counted as a shopping destination in Dubai with so many options for all kinds of tourists. Spending more than AED200 at Al Seef Heritage Souk makes you eligible for winning a Meraas gift card worth AED5,000 every week.

Gold Raffle – Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group are letting shoppers try their luck and win 32 kilograms of gold, 5 luxury BMWs or high-end Samsung televisions. For this, you have to spend at least AED500 at any of the 200 gold retail stores in Dubai. 152 winners will get lucky with gold this time at Dubai Shopping Festival! During the festival, you can buy the best designs in gold jewellery from brands like Chopard or Bil Arabi.