Dubai is all about opulence, luxury and being extravagant. Be it the size of its malls or the height of its buildings or the magnanimity of its events, nothing in Dubai is mediocre.
The same can be said about Dubai Shopping Festival, which is not only the biggest shopping festival in the world but also the most awaited one. The DSF 2019 is around the corner and this year the city celebrates the 24th year of the shopping festival. The best part is that instead of the usual 32 days, this year the DSF extends to 37 days. In other words, the DSF begins on December 26′ 2018 and ends on February 02′ 2019 instead of January 28′ 2019. As the city promises more than a month long of celebration, here are some of the best things to do in Dubai during the amazing Dubai Shopping Festival.
Shop til you Drop!
Well, this is quite obvious! The festival is all about shopping and with so many options, it is possible to go a little overboard. Be it malls, souks or markets, you have lot of avenues for shopping in Dubai during DSF. While Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of Emirates, etc. are great places to shop for branded clothes, shoes, latest gadgets, etc. you can indulge in gold jewellery, leather bags and perfumes in the souks of the city. However, what makes this shopping festival the most attractive is that you get to enjoy some incredible discounts and deals. If you are really lucky and at the right place at the right time, you can enjoy discounts from anywhere between 25% to 75% and sometimes up to 90% on several products. So, if you are in Dubai during the DSF, do not forget to splurge like never before!
Visit Global Village
While Global Village is a great place for shopping, it is not only for retail therapy. On the other hand, the Global Village has shops, entertainment and food. In short, it is a complete package. Here, you would find several pavilions, each one representing a different country. At every pavilion, you can taste the food from that particular country, shop for goods belonging to it and also learn about its culture and traditions. Apart from this, there are entertainment programs and events for people of all ages. Spending an evening or even several of them at the Global Village would surely be a fantastic experience for you and your family, especially your kids.
Watch the Fireworks
One of the things that people who visit DSF swear by is the amazing fireworks. You can watch one on the opening night of the festival and one on the last night. But that is not all! Fireworks happen all throughout the shopping festival, especially during the weekends. These fireworks are elaborate and a riot of colours. Some of the best DSF fireworks happen at Al Seef, The Beach opposite JBR, La Mer and are something that you would never forget. So, this is one thing that you should not miss when you are attending the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Enjoy the Nightlife
The Dubai Shopping Festival is not just about shopping during the day. On the other hand, it is the perfect excuse to relax your bedtime, especially for your kids, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the city. Several parts of the city host street performances, parades and night souks after sunset. You can visit Al Rigga Street and Al Seef Street for some exciting night adventures and activities. You would also be able to attend some amazing music concerts and live performances too. Moreover, most of the stores in malls stay open till late at night. So, it is also a great time to get some shopping done.
Learn about Dubai’s History and Culture
If you are on a holiday in Dubai during DSF, you do not have to spend the whole time shopping. Alternatively, it is a great time to indulge in some Dubai sightseeing. One of the most interesting places you can visit is the Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum. Get to know about the region’s history, culture and traditions through interesting exhibits and an audio-visual presentation. At the end of the tour, you can pick some souvenirs for you or your family and friends back home. Also, make time to walk on the streets of the Bastakiya Quarter (close to the museum), which is the oldest neighbourhood of Dubai.
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Indulge in Desert Safari
DSF is exciting but the city can get really crowded. If you want to take a break from all the shopping and entertainment, take a desert safari tour. The desert safari is fun, adventurous and peaceful too. For the adventure enthusiasts, there is dune bashing, camel riding and quad biking, while the food enthusiasts would love the BBQ dinner. There are entertainment programs like belly dancing and Tanoura dancing which everyone would love. If you want some peace and quietude, go for overnight desert safari and this way you can enjoy the benefits of both evening and morning desert safaris.
Take Part in Raffles
The Dubai Shopping Festival need not be only about spending money. On the other hand, it is also a great chance to win some money and other exciting prizes. You can take part in some amazing raffle draws and win luxury cars, gold and even money during the shopping festival. Infiniti Mega Raffle, Nissan Grand Raffle, etc. are some of the most important ones you would find although there are many others as well. So, take part and hope for the best!
The Dubai Shopping Festival runs for more than a month. So, get a 90 days Dubai visa and make the most of it. Be it shopping, seeing the Dubai tourist attractions or enjoying the various events, you are sure to have great fun during this extravagant shopping festival.