As the New Year dawns, Dubai transforms into a shopper’s paradise, thanks to the larger than life – The Dubai Shopping Festival. It’s the perfect time to plan a holiday in Dubai, as it gives you a chance to be a part of the world’s biggest shopping and entertainment extravaganza. The Dubai Shopping Festival 2017 is going to delight shoppers from around the world yet again.
If the thought of clothes, electronics, perfumes, accessories, etc on a sale has got you excited, read on to get all the important details of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF).
Opening Day: 26th December, 2016
Closing Day: 28th January, 2017
What’s on sale?
You name it and it’s on sale at the Dubai Shopping Festival. The biggest brands from across the globe offer some of the most unbelievable discounts for all their products. Clothing, apparel, gold, jewellery, perfumes, cosmetics, watches, leather goods, home decor, furniture, gadgets, exotic spices, dry fruits, etc.
If there’s a brand you can name, you’ll surely find its store and its products on sale. So make sure to go prepared with a checklist.
Tips for shoppers:
- Make a list of things you absolutely need
- Keep an eye out for things you don’t need but don’t mind buying
- Splurge, and buy things you really want
- Find out which stores have your favourite brands, head there accordingly
- Download the #MyDSF 2017 Offers app to stay up-to-date with the latest offers
- Start shopping as early as possible to avoid the crowds and get the products you’ve had your eye on.
Where to shop?
Dubai is home to countless luxury brands offering countless products on sale. With so many places to visit, you may get confused. Hence, we’ve narrowed down the shopping hotspots for you.
- Dubai Mall
This mall is located just next to the Burj Khalifa and houses close to 1200 luxury and premium brands. The best way to get here is by hailing a cab or via metro until Burj Khalifa station, followed by a cab or shuttle to the mall.
- Deira City Centre
One of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai, it is located near the Port Saeed Road waterfront. Here you’ll find major brands of clothing, electronics, ornaments, rugs, silk, cashmere and a lot more. Getting here is easy, either take a metro to Deira City Centre, a shuttle bus from either of the 11 major hotels in the city or a direct cab.
- Gold Souk
One of the most famous souk in Dubai, a visit here is a must even if you have no intention of buying Gold. Located in Deira, next to the Dubai Creek, it is home to many jewellery shops and can be easily spotted. If you think you’re lost, just ask the locals for directions, you’ll be on track in no time.
- Perfume Souk
Right from local Arabic ittars to branded international fragrances, Perfume Souk is the most aromatic destination for shopping in Dubai. You can also check out some scented incenses in their rock, crystal or powder form. If you’re heading here, ditch the car due to lack of parking space and take the metro to Al Ras Metro Station instead. Most Dubai packages will include this souk in their travel itinerary, making it close to impossible to miss this spot.
- Meena Bazar
Right from wedding jewellery to luxurious textiles and furniture, Meena Bazar has it all. Simply take the metro until Al – Fahidi Metro Station and you’re at the spot.
- Mall of the Emirates
Hosting more than 470 premium stores of fashion, sports, lifestyle, electronic and home decor brands, Mall of Emirates was named the World’s Leading New Shopping Mall at the World Travel Awards in London. What makes a visit here unique is the Ski Resort that must be visited to relax once you’re done shopping for the day. Getting here is as simple as taking the metro to the Mall of Emirates Station and then a skywalk to the mall itself.
- Ibn Battuta Mall
One of the largest themed malls in the world, the Ibn Battuta Mall has 6 major sections (India, China, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia and Andalusia) within its structure. It has close to 275 shops with each section depicting the regions Battuta travelled. To get here, simply take the metro and get off at the Ibn Battuta Mall Station.
Now that you’ve been armed with everything you need to know to make the most of your time in this shopper’s paradise, let us know what you plan on buying first on your visit to Dubai Shopping Festival 2017.
If you’ve visited the Dubai Shopping Festival before and have some tips that we missed out on, let us know in the comments below.