Sales of electronic goods have jumped by as much as 20 per cent since the Dubai Shopping Festival began, traders said.

"[There has been] a lot of interest [since Dubai Shopping Festival began]," said Faisal Vahedna, director of Vahedna Trading Company. The company has two electronics outlets and a wholesale unit in Deira.

"I think [sales are] up maybe 20 per cent compared to the usual level. This year's Dubai Shopping Festival is much better than last year," he said.

He has noticed large numbers of buyers from countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia, he said.

Travellers from Western Europe were also contributing to the sales success, he said.

"Mobile phone sales have also been busy this year. The local agents are giving us good prices, and we're passing these on to the customers," Vahedna said.

Cash tills were also being kept busy at Jumbo Electronics in Bur Dubai, said Neil Bisquera, the showroom manager.

"I think sales are about 10 per cent higher than last year's DSF, particularly with cameras and TVs," he told Gulf News.

"We have a great number of tourists more than we expected."