Travelling is not only about seeing a different place; it is more about experiencing different cultures and values. And in a place like Dubai, cultures and festivals can be best enjoyed during the world-class Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). It’s been 20 years since Dubai is been hosting this shopping festival, which is not only popular but also eagerly awaited shopping fiestas globally. Although this festival was initially designed to make Dubai as a global shopping destination for tourists and set benchmark for events across the world, it has today become the most exciting all-age entertainment junction.

Shopping is a must indulge activity if you are in Dubai to experience other aspect of this lively place. Dubai Shopping Festival starts every year in January that offers some unbelievable discounts/deals on extensive array of products and irresistible prizes including cars, gold, cash and expensive items. Besides shopping, DSF is known as the biggest festival of United Arab involving loads of amusing activities like sound and light show, fireworks, street performances, street carnivals, art exhibition, awesome food, desert camp and much more that will make your stay a memorable one.

Key Attractions of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF)

Global Village – Just like the name goes, Global Village is organized especially to bring entire globe into one place. Here, you will get to shop for retail products that are popular in different countries. Right from Indian handicrafts to China’s Toys to Thailand’s fresh fruits, all come under one roof called Global Village. The place will also keep you entertained with its food stall, performances, quiz, lucky draws, water spots and kids rides.

DSF Carnival

Desert Camp at DSF – Desert Camp is another key attraction at DSF for tourist who loves to do some horse and camel ride. Especially for adventure enthusiast visiting desert camp is must, as it offers endless activities like dune bashing, quad biking and other desert sport. You can find clothes, handicrafts and a range of traditional items for shopping. Desert camp is a great fun for kids as well that incorporate kiddy and inflatable zone for real excitement.

Desert Camp DSF

Tax Free Shopping – Shopaholic gets an opportunity to buy products much cheaper than at home during DSF using Tax-Free Shopping. Further, buying products such as watches, jewelry, perfumes, handicrafts, handbags, carpets, clothing, electronics and more at about 75% discounts is not something you can miss.

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DSF Carnival Parade – DSF Carnival Parade is filled with spectacular performances by more than 300 famous international artists hosting every weekend during DSF. You can watch various performances including jugglers, gymnast, musicians, clown, cyclists, stilt walkers, jazz dance and more during parade. Watching all events based on themes such as Arabic, Russian, Chinese etc is even more fun.

Global Village DSF

Other Attractions of DSF

Layali Dubai Concert – Music lovers should not miss Layali Dubai Concert that is held during DSF bringing some amazing singer/artist performing live in concert.

DSF Firework DSF Firework generally takes place at Dubai Creek or Al Seef Street during night that can be viewed from various point of city.

Al Seef Street – Apart from hosting Dubai Shopping Festival bazaar, Al Seef Street accommodate various entertainer from different countries presenting their own talent.

Carpet Oasis – Get to carpet oasis to shop for some of the unique carpet and rugs and other art things at unbeatable price.

Gourmets – Whether you love Chinese, French, Italian or Arabic food, Gourmets has everything in store. Also get involved in events for some cool prizes and gifts.

Carrying some extra luggage while returning home will not be of trouble after shopping for such attractive discounts, so go ahead and enjoy this outstanding shopping festival of Dubai!

Although there are various reasons to plan a holiday in Dubai, considering shopping festival during you visit can be very impressive. This can be the biggest opportunity to bag some real cool stuff for you and your loved once.  

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