If you’re all about glitz and glam, you’ll want to plan a trip to the Dubai Shopping Festival. Happiness is only a pair of shoes away…
If you’re like us and like your money where you can see it (hanging in your closet), then waste no time shopping ‘til you drop at Dubai’s annual Shopping Festival. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to luxury goods that you just can’t find back at home. Think slash sales of all your luxury favourites, from Prada handbags to Gucci loafers and those stunning Chanel sunnies you’ve been longing for all your life – this festival has the lot. Then there’s the DSF Markets, AKA Dubai’s biggest outdoor bazaars, filled with authentic Arabian souvenirs and perfumed spices.
One of the most popular is the Gold Souk, overflowing with shimmering jewels of every kind – from decorative evening pieces to traditional Middle Eastern designs – all beautifully crafted with unique gems. To add to this, the festival also has a bunch of fun family-friendly activities, including film screenings, fashion shows, concerts and fireworks galore.
Immerse yourself in the most elaborate festival of them all and take your senses on a journey that’ll last a lifetime.
After all, everyone needs a little retail therapy from time to time…
Everything you need to know
When is it?
This year’s Dubai Shopping Festival runs from 15th December 2022 – 29th January 2023. Prepare to celebrate in the most spectacular way, with entertaining concerts by famous musicians, as well as magical firework displays on New Year’s Eve.
Where does the Dubai Shopping Festival take place?
The shopping festival will be held at all major malls across Dubai. Get ready for fantastical window displays, brimming with sparkly diamonds and aromatic spices everywhere you look. If you’re out and about in the city, you’ll notice restaurants will also be teeming with delicious Dubai delicacies, waiting for you to try.
Did you know…
The Dubai Shopping Festival features in the Guinness World Records for being one of the longest-running festivals, complete with an assortment of insane deals, extravagant performances, and impressive events.
Why is it popular?
It’s one of the most anticipated festivals in the world, with something to suit everyone. From fun fashion flash mobs to live raffle drawings with some incredible cash and car prizes – guaranteed to make you go wow!
Must-see malls during the Dubai Shopping Festival
1. Mall of the Emirates
This is the world’s first shopping resort, as well as one of the biggest shopping malls in Dubai. The multi-level shopping experience is complete with 630 international stores, featuring all your favourite lavish designer labels, luxury lifestyle retailers and amazing eateries. Yep, you need to add this one to your list!
2. The Dubai Mall
Located in Dubai’s iconic glittering hub, next to the famous Burj Khalifa, it’s no wonder The Dubai Mall has over 80 million visitors every year. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to variety – there are over 1,200 stores for you to choose from. Don’t miss the three bespoke retail areas, including Fashion Avenue, boasting 150 opulent shops and The Souk, for handcrafted Arabian jewellery. This is a great place to treat yourself and grab some souvenirs for the ride home!
3. The Pointe
The Pointe is positioned on The Palm Jumeriah’s picturesque waterfront. This shopping mall offers you a peaceful retreat where you can peruse over 80 shops at ease while taking in all of Dubai’s famous skyscraper buildings which line the glistening promenade. After you’re done, grab a bite to eat by the fabulous fountain display. This is the perfect place to bring the whole family, with a mix of entertainment, foodie hotspots and countless fashion stores.
4. Ibn Battuta Mall
Get ready for a shopping fantasy frenzy at Ibn Battuta Mall. The world’s largest themed shopping centre has 270 shops, 50 restaurants and a 21-screen cinema, plus an IMAX theatre. This mall takes you on a cultural trip around the world – shops are divided into six courts: Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China, to reflect where Ibn Battuta travelled. If you’re an art lover, you’ll adore marvelling at the hand-painted dome in Persia Court, while the India Court boasts decorative dragon figures.
5. Souk Al Marfa
For an authentic shopping experience, look no further than Souk Al Marfa. It’s the largest market in the heart of Deira Islands, with 400 sublime shops, located on the waterfront, between Nakheel Malls and DP World. You’ve got everything from intricate Aladdin-style carpets to perfume-scented spices and all the latest tech equipment your heart could desire. Make sure you stop by the Thai market, to check out the plentiful street food, cashmere clothing and handicrafts on sale.
Book your flights to Dubai with Travel Republic for the shopping experience of a lifetime. Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go!
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