3 Biggest Shopping Festivals in Dubai

Sightseeing, heritage, food, festivals... Dubai has tremendous reasons to draw the tourists. To top it all, there is no better way to unwind and relax during the holiday than retail therapy. 

Channel your inner shopaholic and get ready to upgrade your wardrobe, or even buy a new closet, at the wide-ranging shopping festivals. The desert country has set the benchmark for being one of the fanciest places to shop big, better and bolder. It homes high-end brands in fashion, lifestyle, furnishing, cars and gadgets giving you access to all kinds of products under one roof.

Synonymous with the luxe life and radiating exuberance, the city proudly hosts 3 biggest shopping festivals in the world. 

  1. Dubai Shopping Festival 

Location: Throughout the city

Upcoming Dates: 26th December to 26th January 2019

Edition: 24th

Highlights: Freebies, Up to 90% Discounts, Live concerts, Luxurious and global brands, Huge range of products

Participating Malls: The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Boxpark, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai Gold Souk

Conquering the first place not only in this list but amongst many other shopping destinations, Dubai Shopping Festival is a celebration of 31 days of discounts. The city-wide festival is held in the first quarter of every year and sometimes extend to the first week of February too. Millions of travellers flock during these events to grab the jaw-dropping offers, deals and raffles. This shopping extravaganza is grand and can be experienced in every nooks and corner. Thousands of stores and malls participate in this bonanza and from small retailers to big owners bump up their discounts as high as 70%-90%.

The highlights are; DSF weekend surprises which include 700 brands and are announced 24 hours before the big day, spectacular fireworks on the opening ceremony as Global Village, The Beach at JBR, and Old Dubai, performances of musicians, jugglers, magicians and other entertainers, and combo tour and shooting options. Apparels, perfume, gold jewellery, cosmetics, home furnishings, electronics, leather bags and jackets, spices and dry fruits, carpets and a lot more items are purchased on deep discounts. 

Don’t leave without trying your luck in the raffles and prizes, which are way beyond imagination and offers cash of AED150,000, an Infiniti QX50, Nissan car, and 32 kilograms of gold. Download the app, remain updated about what’s happening where, wear multiple layers of clothes for instant trial, and make the best use of this unseen sale. 

  1. Dubai Summer Surprise 

Location: Dubai

Upcoming Dates: 21st June- 3rd August 2019

Edition: 21st

Highlights: Up to 90% discounts, Offers on hotels and parks, Competitions

Participating Malls: Al Barsha Mall, West zone Mall Al Khail, Al Bustan Centre, Al Manal Centre, Times Square Center, Al Mulla Plaza, Arabian Centre, Bin Sougat Centre, Burjuman, Century Mall, City Centre Me'aisem, Dubai Outlet Mall, Etihad Mall

If you are visiting Dubai this summer vacations, get ready for the shopping spree. This six-week sales and unique retailing experiences will be the top things in your itinerary. With a huge collection of world-renowned brands and massive discounts, the excitement and enthusiasm shoot up. And what’s more interesting is that these deals are valid for malls, hotels, attractions, and entertainment too. That means on one side you are shopping products from fashion, beauty and decor at great prices and on another side, you can also watch attractions and get staycations at unbelievable prices- a complete win-win situation. Find the luxurious suites in 5-star hotels at prices of regular rooms, let kids revel in waterparks at reduced ticket prices, or have unlimited family thrill at theme parks. 

The bargain-hunters and deal-seeker can enjoy the deal of the day, weekend destination, weekend sale, final weekend sale that have promotional offers and price cuts. Some attractions of the festival that are available with incredible offers are Dubai Dolphinarium, Burj Khalifa, Wild Wadi, Charlotte Tilbury, Uber, Game Shows, Marina Beach Party and more. 

Get your spirits high with the splendid live performances, musical concerts, and dance shows. Treat yourself with exciting gifts, prizes and giveaways, such as an Infinity Q30 car every week, cash, stays, and tours. There are also shop and win competitions. 

  1. Gitex Shopper 

Location: Dubai World Trade Centre

Upcoming Dates: 24th September- 28th September 2019

 Edition: Spring -April and Autumn- October

 Highlights: Latest electronics on slashed prices, new product launch and extraordinary sales on

 Participating Shops: E-Max, E-City, Jacky’s Electronics, Jumbo Electronics and Sharaf DG

The word is 'unexpected'. Gitex Shopper has epic discounts on IT and electronics, exclusively. It is the largest consumer electronics event. Since it announces some amazing deals on gadgets, it is highly demanded and celebrated twice a year. It has spring and autumn editions. In the 4-day retail event, rummage through the best retailers at the Dubai World Trade Centre and other malls. 

The event includes product launch, new promotions, exclusive deals and combo offers. Get your hands on latest smartphones, laptops, tablets, HD TVs, digital cameras, speakers, printers, wearables & smartwatches, washing machines, Playstations and other gaming consoles. And family can win lots of prizes and gifts by interacting games and flash sales. The entrance to children below 5 is free! 

With discounts and entertainment galore, Dubai will make an unforgettable trip.

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