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32 things to do this Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai Shopping Festival — the month-long shopping and entertainment event — is back with a bag full of attractions. Gulf News takes a look at the offerings. There are so many things you could do, but we have listed 32 attractions for the 32 days of the event.

  • Gulf News
  • Published: 08:50 January 5, 2012
  • 1 DSF opening
    1 DSF opening

    DSF will open with fireworks at 8:30pm tonight. The spectacular display will stretch for about 6km, the longest in the history of the festival. The musical display will be synchronised with the theme song of DSF and will illuminate the night sky along the stretch from Business Bay, Dubai Creek right up to the Shindagha area.

  • 2 The Layali Dubai
    2 The Layali Dubai

    The Layali Dubai concerts will feature some popular artists and entertainers from the region. To be held on the Burj Steps, the Layali Dubai shows are making a comeback to DSF with two nights of Arabic concerts over the

  • 3 Global village
    3 Global village

    Global Village is the place to experience the cultures and cuisines of different countries. Visitors will be entertained by performers from each country represented at Global Village.

  • 4 Al Seef Street
    4 Al Seef Street

    This year, Al Seef Street will host folk dances and activities by entertainers dressed in colourful national costumes. Al Seef Street will also host the DSF Bazaar.

  • 5 Al Rigga Street
    5 Al Rigga Street

    Al Rigga Street will feature family-oriented activities throughout the 32 days of DSF. The entertainment will include street performers, a night souq, the Monte Carlo circus tent and a fun fair area.

  • 6 Promenade at Dubai Festival City
    6 Promenade at Dubai Festival City

    The newly-opened Promenade at Dubai Festival City is the newest DSF destination. A host of entertainment activities will be available for visitors.

  • 7 Night Souqs
    7 Night Souqs

    The Night souqs will feature products and cuisines from different cultures. Participants will sell arts and crafts and clothing . There will also be family entertainment and children’s activities.

  • 8 Fireworks!
    8 Fireworks!

    A big hit with visitors, firework displays have become synonymous with the festival since its inception. The 17th edition is no different with daily fireworks on both sides of the Creek.

  • 9 Al Fahidi Fort
    9 Al Fahidi Fort

    Dubai Museum lets visitors take a look at the history of Dubai through artefacts and an audio-visual presentation, among others. Traditional gift items are available as souveneirs. Close to the Museum lies the old Bastakiya area in Bur Dubai that offers a glimpse of the UAE’s culture and heritage.

  • 10 City-wide sales
    10 City-wide sales

    City-wide sales and discounts, offering the visitors the best value for money, are the big attraction of DSF.

  • 11 DSF Desert Camp
    11 DSF Desert Camp

    The DSF Desert Camp focuses on Emirati heritage. The attractions include horse and camel rides, in addition to barbecue facilities and a food court that will serve local cuisine amongst many others. Those who would like to indulge in a bit of shopping will even find a souq selling traditional items.

  • 12  Handicrafts
    12 Handicrafts

    Handicrafts offer an ethnic flavour for the visitors’ shopping list. Global Village and the night souqs will be the places for bargain hunters.

  • 13 Global Village
    13 Global Village

    A number of cultural activities add flavour to the month-long festivities. Global Village, among other venues, will host about 10-15 performances every day by national groups.

  • 14 - Heritage Activities:
    14 - Heritage Activities:

    The rich Emirati heritage will take pride of place during DSF 2012. The Heritage and Diving Village will host a display of horses, traditional folklore, classic car shows and many activities that will rekindle Emirati traditions.

  • 15 Fashion
    15 Fashion

    DSF fashion shows have inspired local design talents to bring out their best traditonal dresses and other creations.

  • 16 Souqs
    16 Souqs

    Souqs are part of Dubai’s shopping culture. The downtown souqs offer great bargains on scarves, shawls, handicrafts and leather items.

  • 17 food
    17 food

    Dubai is known to offer the widest choices of cuisines. Although Global Village has the widest selction , other venues also offer ethnic food.

  • 18 Kiosks
    18 Kiosks

    Kiosks, on streets and in malls, can offer bargains on accessories, electronics and other products.

  • 19 Mega Raffle!
    19 Mega Raffle!

    The Infiniti Mega Raffle gives coupon buyers the opportunity to take home a luxury Infiniti QX 56 model worth Dh350,000, in addition to Dh100,000 in cash every day for the 32 days of DSF. In addition, three bonus winners will be drawn as part of the bumper raffle on the final day. Each raffle coupon costs Dh200

  • 20 Carpet and Arts Oasis
    20 Carpet and Arts Oasis

    The Carpet and Arts Oasis, located at Dubai Airport Expo, hosts 150,000 carpets and art pieces from all over the world, making it the largest display of these products in the region

  • 21 Redemption
    21 Redemption

    Redemption games are available in all the funfare areas in Al Rigga Street, Al Seef Street, Global Village and Dubai Festival City.

  • 22 Music!
    22 Music!

    Musicians will play three sets an evening with traditional instruments like the Riq and Qanoon, as well as modern ones like the electric guitar. They will perform different genres of music; from classical to jazz to hip hop and more at Dubai Festival City.

  • 23 The Nissan Grand Raffle
    23 The Nissan Grand Raffle

    The Nissan Grand Raffle is giving shoppers the chance to drive home one of eight Nissan models every day. They include the Tiida Sedan, Tiida Hatchback, Altima, Juke, Qashqai, Xterra, Murano and Patrol — with the lucky winner receiving a different model each day. Raffle coupons will be available at ENOC and EPPCO stations and can be obtained with a minimum purchase of Dh20 for all non-fuel purchases.

  • 24 Hang with celebs!
    24 Hang with celebs!

    Celebrity look-alikes from Hollywood, sports and royalty will pose for pictures with visitors at various venues.

  • 25 Asianet Film Awards
    25 Asianet Film Awards

    DSF 2012 will host the Asianet Film Awards. There will also be events to coincide with Indian Republic Day and the World Arab Boxing Championships.

  • 26 Dubai Duty
    26 Dubai Duty

    Some of the world’s biggest tennis stars will gather in Dubai for the annual championships. The tournament starts from 26Dubai Duty February 1 at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.

  • 27 Exhibitions
    27 Exhibitions

    Several exhibitions are being held during DSF. They include the Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East, the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, Intersec Middle East and the Weight Loss show.

  • 28 Gold Raffle
    28 Gold Raffle

    Every day, the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group will give away half-a-kilogram of gold to a winner. On the last day of DSF, three kilograms of gold await a shopper. Shoppers will receive coupons to enter the raffle after spending Dh1,000 or more on gold purchases at any of the participating outlets across the city. A scratch-and-win campaign also offers shoppers the chance to win gold and diamonds worth up to Dh2 million.

  • 29 Al Seef Street
    29 Al Seef Street

    Al Seef Street will host theatrical shows by troupes from the UAE, Egypt, Syria and India, among others.

  • 30 Street Performers
    30 Street Performers

    There will be performances given by ‘Sound-alikes’ of famous artists at the Dubai Festival City. Solo musicians will also keep visitors entertained.

  • 31 Funfares!
    31 Funfares!

    DSF funfares offer a grand selection of rides to thrill children and adults alike. They are available at the Global Village, Al Rigga Street, Dubai Festival City among other places.

  • 32 Street carnivals
    32 Street carnivals

    Carnivals are among the most popular events of DSF. The Dubai Carnival will have the theme of ‘One World, One Family, One festival’. There will be floats, performers, music, and fireworks and laser

Comments (7)

  1. Added 17:23 January 5, 2012

    The Dubai Shopping festival is the time to Shop and win and Enjoy the festival activities throughout the month... Unfortunately this is the first time I missed the Dubai shopping festival...which i was enjoying the Most... I witnessed the Dubai shopping Festival since from the Begining in the (I think it was from 1995) not sure.... I really missed it.. and I don't know whether I will going to witness it in my life again or not.. I urge the people to shop,win and enjoy the moments which you are getting in your life in Dubai...I love Dubai the most since I spent more then 16year and unfortunately this year I am in India... God help me to visit Dubai onemore time... regards... to all the Overseas Indian especially who worked /visited Dubai.

    Mariano, Goa, India

  2. Added 15:19 January 5, 2012

    Dubai Shopping Festival always brings lot of surprises, attractions and really good deals, thanks GN for this wonderful calender for DSF, now I know where to see amazing fireworks, what is the place for singers, performers. I love handicraft items, traditional work so I can ask my parents to visit Global village and other places for enjoying DSF. I hope this year also we catch good shopping and gifts.

    Prachi Kala, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:42 January 5, 2012

    The Long Awaited DSF Has arrived. Its the best time of the year for us to shop around and availe amazing offers for discounts and at a reasonable price. Since my wife is in town i will certainely head to the Global village and Take a walk around various pavilions trying to grab hold of some great offers. While flipping through GN this morning i was glad to see many ads posted. Its a great time for all of us and we should not loose this amazing opportunity.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:35 January 5, 2012

    Start a party!!!!!!

    vinz,,,, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:06 January 5, 2012

    Really it is Great Event- DSF 2012. I will really make use of this Great EVENT with my family. I wish I could bring my Daddy. But circumstance is not making it possible. I am looking for any one who can help me .

    Mathew Philip, Dubai, India

  6. Added 10:31 January 5, 2012

    Gulf News thanks a lot for providing the data for DSF. DSF is most populer in it all events and colours.

    Manzoor Hussin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:30 January 5, 2012

    Truly Amazing Festival for 32 consecutive days. What else can we ask for? Dubai Shopping Festival - Let's get it on!!!

    Winston Tan Parandas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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