Christmas and New Year are the festivities of giving but Dubai Shopping Festival is yours to own. Beginning from December 26 to February 1, Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 aka DSF is a treat to give yourself and those around you.
You’ve worked hard all year round, why not take a winter break and find solace in the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East. Organized by Dubai Festivals Retail Sector Promotion Establishment (DFRE) together with Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), expect the 2020 Dubai Shopping Festival to be even grander as it is the event’s 25th anniversary.
VoucherCodesUAE presents to you some of the best places to shop at the Dubai Shopping Festival and everything else you need to know about this extravagant festival.
How did the Dubai Shopping Festival start?
The DSF was first held on the 16th of February, 1996 as a retail event. It was an event intended to benefit retail trade in the UAE. In the year 1996, Dubai was a city ‘in transit’ but the DSF changed the face of Dubai globally. Soon, it was promoted as a tourist attraction and now it attracts over 3 million visitors from in and around the Middle East as well as all over the world. Even though the DSF had a very humble beginning, the far-sighted vision of the Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashin Al Maktoum made it a success and gradually turned it into one of the biggest festivals in the world.
Dubai Shopping Festival: what is it?
The first day of the shopping festival will open with an amazing display of fireworks. The DSF is a huge sale and sometimes, you can find shops cutting prices by up to 90 percent. Apart from major shopping deals, you will witness celebrity performances, lights glamour, shopping, multi-cuisine food, fashion flash mobs, live raffle draws, fireworks, sports, adventure, and many other amazing events. There are various promotions and offers at every mall as well as entertainment shows for children and families.
What makes the Dubai Shopping Festival different and more attractive from other shopping festivals is that it is not just about shopping. They organize live music performances, in-mall fashion shows and also performances by street performers, magicians, jugglers, and other entertainers.
Best places to shop for DSF 2020
THE DUBAI MALL
Address: The Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road, next to Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai, UAE.
This is the city’s second-largest mall and if you are looking for designer and high-end products, this is your must-visit place. The mall is an archipelago of sophisticated stores like Armani, Gucci, Balenciaga, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and many others.
MALL OF THE EMIRATES
Address: Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.
Another mall having high-end designer products, this mall is one of the busiest and best places to go to during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. One of its biggest attractions is the daily cash and cashback prizes which draw in huge numbers of customers every year.
IBN BATTUTA MALL
Address: Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
This is the world’s largest themed mall and offers some of the best shopping deals. From fashion and lifestyle to healthcare and driving services, here, you will find an extensive range to choose from.
Address: Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Jumeriah 1, Dubai, UAE
Another happening place to be at during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 would be Boxpark Dubai. All through the DSF, this mall transforms calm Jumeriah into a fun-filled, urban hub. You need to spend just AED100 to take part in weekly prize draws that total up to AED1,000,000 in Meraas gift cards. This would be the perfect place to take kids to on the weekends for the arts and crafts activities from 4 pm to 10 pm and a display of fireworks at 9 pm.
Address: Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311), Dubai.
This was introduced in 1997, the second year of the introduction of the DSF. It combines cultures of 90 countries across the world at a single place and is claimed to be the world’s largest tourism, leisure, shopping, and entertainment project. Being part theme park, part market, and the region’s largest funfair, Global Village is a place for people of all age groups.
DUBAI GOLD SOUK
Address: Dubai Gold Souk, Deira, Dubai, UAE.
For those obsessed with jewelry, this is the place to be! A traditional market for jewelry trading, Dubai Gold Souk consists of over 380 retailers. The major items of the mall are gold, platinum, diamonds and silver.
Other places to visit at the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 would be Lulu Village, Al Rigga Street, Night Souk, The Layali Dubai Concert, Promenade at Dubai Festival City, Festival Waterfront Centre, Dragon Mart, City Centre Diera, City Centre Mirdif, DSF Desert Camp, Mercato Shopping Mall.
What to expect at Dubai Shopping Festival 2020?
Having completed more than 24 festivals in the year 2019, the Dubai Shopping Festival is the longest-running and one of the most successful shopping festivals in the world.
This year is all about the sale. This year’s edition of DSF 2020 will begin with a crazy ‘Five Week Sale’ that features more than 700 brands across 3200 participating outlets. The 12-hour super sale across Majid Al Futtaim malls on 26th December offers 25 to 90 percent discounts, exclusive offers and more.
So just relax and enjoy these colossal deals like never before!