It’s the best time of the year again! With crazy shopping sprees going on all around, and prices slashed down like anything, it’s your time to make the best out of everything! Yes, we’re talking about the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021. Popularly known as the DSF, this event is held annually, and is the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East. Christmas and New Year are the festivities of giving but Dubai Shopping Festival is all yours to own.

VoucherCodesUAE presents to you some of the best places to shop at the DSF on your Dubai trip and everything else you need to know about this extravagant festival.

Dubai Shopping Festival 2021: what is it all about?

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Dubai might be famous for a nice desert safari or even the Dubai Creek, but this another event to look forward to. The first day of the shopping festival opens 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.

Major shopping deals and unbelievable discounts from luxury brands at retail outlets are not the only parts of this festival. You will witness celebrity performances and products from authentic Emirati artisans, Abu Dhabi & other Emirati neighbourhoods. You can also expect delectable menus, authentic Emirati cuisine, holiday package, raffle coupon, live concerts, live raffle draws, 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 DSF different and more attractive from other shopping festivals is that it is not just about huge discounts from retail outlets. They organize live music performances, in-mall fashion shows and also performances by street performers, magicians, jugglers and other entertainers. It’s not difficult to find these places as most of them are located close to domestic landmarks and Dubai metro stations.

This month-long festival is organized by Dubai Festivals Retail Sector Promotion Establishment (DFRE). This is done together with Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Celebrating its 26th anniversary, the DSF 2021 will be held from December 17, 2020 to January 30, 2021.

How did the Dubai Shopping Festival start?

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The DSF was first held on February 16, 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 travellers 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.

Best places to shop for Dubai Shopping Festival 2021

Dubai Festival City Mall

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Address: Crescent Rd, Dubai Festival City, Dubai United Arab Emirates.

Your ultimate destination for shopping, dining and living, this Dubai shopping center definitely has to be your go-to stop for shopping during the DSF. One of the best shopping malls in the emirate, they have the best local and international fashion brands under the same roof.

Mercato Mall

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Address: Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah 1 – Dubai, UAE.

This mall is designed to look like a Mediterranean town during the European Renaissance in Italy. It houses some of the best global brands like Armani Jeans, Aldo, Gap, Charles & Keith, Massimo Dutti, Diesel and more.

The Dubai Mall

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Address: Financial Center Road, next to Burj Khalifa Tower, Downtown Dubai, UAE.

This is the city’s second-largest shopping center and if you are looking for designer and high-end products, this is your must-visit place. Besides, the attraction is an archipelago of sophisticated stores like Armani, Gucci, Balenciaga, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and many others. Don’t forget to visit the Dubai Aquarium while you’re here!

Mall of the Emirates

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Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.

Another shopping center having high-end designer products and offers, this is one of the busiest and best places to go to during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. Besides Ski Dubai, another of its biggest attractions is the daily cash and cashback prizes which draw in huge numbers of customers every year.

Ibn Battuta Mall

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Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

This is the world’s largest themed mall and offers during Dubai Shopping Festival 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. It is filled with locals and travellers alike all through the year.

Boxpark Dubai

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Address: Al Wasl Road, Jumeriah 1, Dubai, UAE.

This is definitely another happening place to be during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021. All through the DSF, this retail establishment transforms calm Jumeriah into a fun-filled, urban hub. This place is all set to unveil month-long entertainment for the whole family from December 24, 2020 to January 23, 2021. The Freej Village will be hosting a petting zoo, rodeo rides, as well as a face painting corner and arts and crafts area. All you need to spend is AED50 at any Boxpark outlet, and the whole family can enter the dedicated Freej Village.

Global Village

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Address: Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311), Dubai, UAE.

This destination 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, this is a place for people and travellers of all age groups.

Dubai Gold Souk

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Address: Deira, Dubai, UAE.

For those obsessed with jewelry, this is the place to be! A traditional market for jewelry trading, this Gold Souk consists of over 380 retailers. The major items of the establishment are Gold, Platinum, Diamonds and sometimes Silver. You can even visit the spice souk while you’re there.

Other places to visit at the Dubai Shopping Festival would be the Dubai Marina Mall, Al Rigga Street, Night Souk, The Layali Dubai Concert. And also Festival Waterfront Centre, Dragon Mart, City Centre Diera, City Centre Mirdif, DSF Desert Camp among many others.

What to expect at the Dubai Shopping Festival this year?

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The Dubai Shopping Festival has completed more than 25 festivals in the year 2020. It is the longest-running and one of the most successful shopping festivals in the world. You can easily expect a 12 hour sale from your favourite brand.

This year’s DSF is all about sales. More than 3500 shops and malls around the city are offering crazy deals and never-seen-before deals to their customers. Amidst all the shopping, you can also expect Infiniti Mega Raffle draw, DSF Supercar raffle, and cash prizes for a lucky winner. There will also be food, live entertainment, shows and fireworks. So just relax and enjoy these colossal deals like never before!

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