Dubai is all set to lined-up with branded jewelry, clothing, electronics, carpets, art and crafts, watches, perfumes sold at discounted prices. Popular brands like Gucci or Prada, Versace or Armani for the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2015 starts from January 1, 2015. You name it, and it will be available here.
In January 2015, the 20th anniversary edition of the most popular retail celebration DSF 2015, the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the region will kick-start in Dubai once again. Organized by Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), together with Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), it is one of the well-known shopping fiestas in the world. The month-long festival will conclude on 2nd February 2015.
The Global Village is associated with DSF, but usually starts a little before opening of DSF and runs a little longer than DSF. Global Village has the unique concept of bringing globe in one place. It displays every country with its own pavilion and they display products that are popular in their home countries. For instance, on visiting Thailand, you get to taste all fresh fruits that they sell. Similarly, in Indian pavilion, you get to see handicrafts on sale, while China can offer deals that suit the pockets of many.
However, Global Village also has various entertainment shows organized, food stalls to satisfy taste buds, big rides for kids, water sport activities and daily lucky draws. The 19th edition of Global Village featured 12,000 performances during the season, which drew large crowds. Overall, there were at least 2000 unique performers and 60 firework displays, apart from several children’s shows.
Global Village is located far from main city, but, you may arrange a private car to reach the place. Entry fee is about USD5 per person. The travel packages offered by several travel agencies include visit to Global Village.
The DSF Carnival
This year too DSF expected a spectacular parade with performances by renowned international artists, shows by acrobats, percussionists, dancers and more. The carnival is usually held every weekend during the month-long DSF. It is fabulous display by various performers including musicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, cyclists, apart from live concerts and jazz are performed by renowned artists. The Carnival will be held in various platforms, with different themes including Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. At least 300 performers participate in the Carnival annually.
The Carpet Oasis is a treasure-trove of carpets, wherein, traders from across the world come up with good offers on a range of floor coverings. It is an exhibition-cum-sale of some of the rarest, largest and unique carpets and rugs from across the world. Carpets and rugs from renowned carpet producing countries, works of arts and handicrafts would all be displayed. There will be unique and exclusive handmade, oriental and Perisan carpets from across the globe, and a large collection of antique souvenirs.
The Dubai Dolphinarium will organize an exclusive show for kids during DSF, and there are other events too to keep children engaged like Children of World Olympiad, and cartoon and circus shows.
Discounted shopping upto 75 %
Apart from offering visitors from around the world with some mind-boggling and life changing moments, the festival also offers shoppers several million dollar worth of prize money, including luxury cars, gold and cash, apart from an extensive line-up of world-class events, all of which makes the festival more attractive.
Also known as Layali Dubai in Arabic, the festival offers a range of activities, besides discounted shopping of up to 75% on jewelry, electronics, clothing and perfumes, attractions like raffle draws, children events, fashion show and other vibes of excitement that Dubai has to offer.
DSF is the right place to experience anything from the merriment of childhood at a Cartoon event with Pokemon, Casper and Tarzan, or explore the international heritage at Global Village. As for shopaholics, there is Carpet oasis, and for fashion lovers, there is the Dubai Fashion Week being organized, while you could also try your bit of luck at the Raffle draw for an opportunity to win a fabulous prize.
The malls that are part of the DSF 2015 are Burjuman, Reef Mall, Mercato Mall, Paris Gallery, Visa, Jumbo Electronics, Emirates NBD, Al Ghurair, Damac, Emax, Lamcy Plaza, and Arabian Centre.
The first day of the shopping festival would open with an amazing display of fireworks and jaw dropping discounts and freebees, which attracts numerous tourists to this festival. The opening night would include light shows and fireworks across Dubai Creek, and this would continue all through the festival. Thereafter, there would be in-mall fashion shows, street performers, musicians, jugglers and other entertainers.
Not just shopping
It is not just about shopping. There are live music performances, street performers and magicians to keep up the excitement of the festival. It is entirely different from the common shopping festivals. Several travel agencies arrange holiday deals and help families, groups and individuals to participate in the shopping festival every year.
The souks of Dubai will also be a hub of activity this festive season, with Gold Souk being the most popular. All shops here are lit with glittering gold jewelry. The spice souk is also usually busy this season, with aromatic spices which are a riot of colour.
The organizers of the event add unique and innovative programs every year to make DSF more attractive and alluring from the previous year. Visitors from across the globe visit Dubai during DSF, and hence, the festival also plays a major role in promoting Dubai tourism.
DSF 2015 can even be booked as a tour package, with return airfare. Several destination management companies are ready to help visitors planning to visit DSF 2015. Visitors can choose the best one based on their individual requirement.