Dubai Shopping Festival – DSF 2016
Organized by Dubai Festivals Retail Sector Promotion Establishment (DFRE), together with Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is one of the well-known shopping fiestas in the world. The month-long festival will begin on 1st January 2016 and conclude on 2nd February 2016.
Apart from offering visitors from around the world with some mind-boggling and life changing moments, the festival also offers shoppers several million dollar worth of prize money, including luxury cars, gold and cash, apart from an extensive line-up of world-class events, all of which makes the festival more attractive.
Also known as Layali Dubai in Arabic, the festival offers a range of activities, besides discounted shopping of up to 75% on jewellery, electronics, clothing and perfumes, attractions like raffle draws, children events, fashion show and other vibes of excitement that Dubai has to offer.
DSF is the right place to experience anything from the merriment of childhood at a Cartoon event with Pokemon, Casper and Tarzan, or explore the international heritage at Global Village. As for shopaholics, there is Carpet oasis, and for fashion lovers, there is the Dubai Fashion Week being organized, while you could also try your bit of luck at the Raffle draw for an opportunity to win a fabulous prize.
Dubai Shopping Festival 2016 attractions can be experienced at Global Village, Dubai Mall, Al Rigga Street, Night Souk, Gold Souk, Al Fahidi For, The Layali Dubai Concert, Al Seef Street, Promenade at Dubai Festival City, DSF Desert Camp, Asianet Film Awards, Mal of the Emirates, Carpet and Arts Oasis, Burjuman, Deira City Centre, Ibn Battuta Mall, Festival Waterfront Centre, Lamcy Plaza, Dragon Mart, Wafi Mall, Mercato Shopping Mall, Lulu Village, and Lulu Hypermarket.
The first day of the shopping festival would open with an amazing display of fireworks and jaw dropping discounts and freebees, which attracts numerous tourists to this festival. The opening night would include light shows and fireworks across Dubai Creek, Al Seef Street and Festival Promenade, and this would continue all through the festival. Thereafter, there would be in-mall fashion shows, street performers, musicians, jugglers and other entertainers.
Further, the DSF is not just about shopping. There are live music performances, street performers and magicians to keep up the excitement of the festival.
DSF is not just a shopping venue to purchase electronic products or others. It is entirely different from the common shopping festivals. Several travel agencies arrange holiday deals and help families, groups and individuals to participate in the shopping festival every year.
The souks of Dubai will also be a hub of activity this festive season, with Gold Souk being the most popular. All shops here are lit with glittering gold jewellery. The spice souk is also usually busy this season, with aromatic spices which are a riot of colour.
The organizers of the event add unique and innovative programs every year to make DSF more attractive and alluring from the previous year. Visitors from across the globe visit Dubai during DSF, and hence, the festival also plays a major role in promoting Dubai tourism.
Having completed 20 editions, DSF is also the longest running and most successful shopping festivals in the world. DSF 2016 can even be booked as a tour package, with return airfare. Several destination management companies are ready to help visitors planning to visit DSF 2016. Visitors can choose the best one based on their individual requirement.
Highlights of DSF 2016
During the DSF period, the malls of Dubai are lined-up with branded jewellery, clothing, electronics, carpets, art and crafts, watches, perfumes sold at discounted prices. Popular brands like Gucci or Prada, Versace or Armani, you name it, and it will be available here.
Some major highlights of Dubai Shopping Festival are:
The Global Village is associated with DSF, but usually starts a little before opening of DSF and runs a little longer than DSF. Just as the name suggests, Global Village has the unique concept of bringing globe in one place. Global Village displays every country with its own pavilion and they display products that are popular in their home countries. For instance, on visiting Thailand, you get to taste all fresh fruits that they sell. Similarly, in Indian pavilion, you get to see handicrafts on sale, while China can offer deals that suit the pockets of many. However, Global Village also has various entertainment shows organized, food stalls to satisfy taste buds, big rides for kids, water sport activities and daily lucky draws.
The last edition of Global Village featured 12,000 performances during the season, which drew large crowds. Overall, there were at least 2000 unique performers and 60 firework displays, apart from several children’s shows.
Global Village is located far from main city, but, you may arrange a private car to reach the place. Entry fee is about USD5 per person. The travel packages offered by several travel agencies include visit to Global Village.
The DSF Carnival
As always, the DSF this year too, will see spectacular parade with performances by renowned international artists, shows by acrobats, percussionists, dancers and more. The carnival is usually held every weekend during the month-long DSF. The DSF Carnival is fabulous display by various performers including musicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, cyclists, apart from live concerts and jazz are performed by renowned artists. The Dubai Carnival will be held in various platforms, with different themes including Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. At least 300 performers participate in the Carnival annually.
- Carpet Oasis
- Children Show
- Tax-free shopping
- Prizes and lucky draws
- Cultural/Entertainment Events
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