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Tourists take to DSF discounts

Some retailers offering price reductions of up to 60%

  • Staff report
  • Published: 23:00 January 18, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Luxury items on sale throughout Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) venues are proving to be a big hit for tourists and residents alike, organisers say.

Overseers of the DSF said in a statement on Thursday that shoppers taking in the annual shopping bonanza are raking in the deals with fervour. In some cases, DSF organisers said shoppers are taking advantage of prices slashed by up to 60 per cent.

Tourists are snapping up big-ticket items such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, organisers said.

Russian tourists Dariane Avdeeva and Varava Alexander Dariane told DSF authorities: “I am a shopaholic. I love bags, shoes, clothes. And, I adore the items from the high-fashion brands. Here in Dubai, because of this shopping festival, I find a lot of things I like come with discounts. The shopping discounts here are the best. I can’t stop buying things — they’re so beautiful and affordable.”

“This season, savvy shoppers indulge in luxury shopping at the city’s most stylish venues such as the Fashion Avenue at The Dubai Mall and the Fashion Dome at Mall of the Emirates. At Burberry, select items of dresses, bags and shoes from fall/winter 2012-2013 collections are being sold with 30 per cent discount. A beautiful Burberry winter coat is available from approximately Dh11,000 to only Dh7,000 this DSF,” organisers said.

Shoppers also get to take home bags from Coach for only Dh1,200 this DSF. The luxury American brand, which is now proclaiming discounts of up to 50 per cent, has started selling off their items on promotion since the start of DSF this year. With 25 per cent to 40 per cent discounts, Mulberry is also giving the best deals in its roster of “it” bags where its iconic Bayswater is sold for only Dh3,825 this DSF.

Shoppers can find an amazing selection of Gucci bags that are also for the taking with 30 per cent off during this festival period. At Bottega Veneta, only two bags are left for sale with 40 per cent discount. The classic Yves Saint Laurent Muse bag is also available with a great promotion, with the high fashion label offering 30 per cent off.

Meanwhile, fashionistas who crave on stocking up more shoes in their closets should check the sale at Christian Dior. With 40 per cent off on its Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collections, women can buy the adorable shoes imprinted with the fashion house’s signature style from Dh4,000 or less. Those who are fanatics of Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo should also visit the shops during this DSF as these shoe designers are coming with 30 per cent to 50 per cent discount.

Men can also take delight in shopping this season since they can update their wardrobe from Brioni, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Paul Smith, Alfred Dunhill and Corneliani without worrying too much about their budgets. These big brands are giving 30 per cent discounts. Ralph Lauren is offering a wonderful selection of menswear with about 30 per cent off on the original prices.

Furthermore, mall goers who are on the lookout for practical indulgence this DSF have the option to go for multi-brand stores such as Harvey Nichols and Boutique 1 at Mall of the Emirates, and Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette at The Dubai Mall. Other than offering about 30 per cent to 50 per cent discounts on a wide array of fashion, beauty and lifestyle items from high-end labels, these shops also offer a chic shopping experience to its visitors.

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