If Dubai’s glitz and glamour have you clamoring for more, and if retail therapy is your thing, then the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is the place to be. Now in its 18th year, this annual shopping festival is a collage of culture, entertainment, good food, fun and retail. This time around, the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) has come up with the slogan “Dubai at its best” to promote the 32 day long festival that commences on the 3rd of January and goes on till the 3rd of February, 2013. Extremely attractive Dubai tour packages await eager shoppers from all over the world.
Every year the Dubai Shopping Festival is an extravaganza that has something for everyone. Are you looking for jewelry? There are gold souks where you can pick out some of the most exquisite pieces to take back home. Are you lusting after that Gucci bag? Well, you may just get a heavy discount on it at the DSF. So right from branded products to antiques and handmade carpets, you have it all under one roof. Kids are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment, what with an amusement park open throughout the duration of the festival. A Global Village which showcases culture and heritage from different countries is a huge hit among tourists.
This year, the highlights of the festival include a street fashion show, performances by the famous Cirque de Soleil, and a Carpet Oasis which will display Persian and other exquisite carpets. Dubai’s famous landmark, the Burj Khalifa will host the world’s highest catwalk. Shah Rukh Khan, popular Bollywood star, will kick off his tour “Access All Area” with a performance at the DSF 2013, and this is a lure for not just Indians, but fans from all over. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic, a golf tournament slated to take place between January 28th and February 3rd, is expected to see some big golfing names in attendance. A Tea Oasis which will offer gourmet teas from around the globe will thrill tea drinkers with its variety.
Dubai holidays are elevated to a different level by the Dubai Shopping Festival, and if you’ve been waiting for great deals on anything ranging from cellphones to cars, this is the place to check them out. Dubai tours and Dubai tour packages around this time of the year come at very tempting fares and you can go shopping guilt-free!
Nandini Muralidharan is an engineer-turned-writer, possessive bibliophile and a travel junkie. She loves love collecting random bits of information about any place she visits, and weaving a story out of it. An obsessive photographer, she records any memory of a place from the beautiful Helsingor castle to the “Delizia icecream – keeps you tongue tied” signboard on the highway. Currently, she writes for WeAreHolidays.