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The ultimate shopping bonanza is here! Dubai Shopping Festival 2020, also known as a shopper’s paradise, is here to let you experience the ultimate shopping delights. This year, this fabulous shopping event is scheduled to be held from 17th December 2020 to 30th January 2021. This is the time to lay your hands on huge discounts and amazing deals as well as take part in the competitions and win prizes. Dubai Festival and Retail Establishments (DFRE) is organizing the 26th edition of this festival in the grandest way that will feature concerts by world-famous music stars and also have an extra celebration on New Year’s Eve.
Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is also the recipient of Guinness World Records. One of the longest-running festivals, it comprises irresistible deals, starry performances, and lots of amazing events. DSF has something in store for everyone, ranging from fashion flash mobs to live raffle drawings. Besides all this, this festival is also accompanied by spectacular fireworks, one of its hallmarks. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. When you happen to be exploring the old souks or the glamorous modern malls, you will come across numerous ways of saving and winning money and other prizes during the course of the festival. You could also choose to try your luck at one of the daily raffles with prizes that offer visitors the opportunity of winning cash and cars.
Dubai Shopping Festival – What is it all about?
Dubai Shopping Festival is an event where happiness comes in the form of shopping prizes, exciting offers, and irresistible discounts. Here, you will come across every kind of conceivable item, with most of them being tax-free. The range of items to be found here is enormous – gold, electronics, cars, household items, street wares, the latest luxury brands, jewelry, gems, and much more. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons behind the event being attended by almost 3 million people.
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Apart from the incredible deals and discounts on offer, the festival also organizes family-friendly activities and family-themed entertainment. Some of these are film screenings, street plays, nighttime fireworks, games, international fashion shows, rock concerts, and other kinds of cultural programs. Clearly, the event caters to people of all ages and lets you have an unforgettable experience. The raffle draws, in particular, draw large crowds due to the opportunities they present of winning attractive prizes.
When is Dubai Shopping Festival?
In 2021, the Dubai Shopping Festival will be held from 17th December 2020 to 30th January 2021. During the last year, the festival was filled with several amazing events. The highlight of the last year’s event is from the powerhouse performance of Liam Payne, John Legend, Hussain Al Jassmi, to the outdoor markets, breathtaking fireworks, and engaging fashion, which makes Emirates’ most anticipated festival extravagant. This year too, this event promises to be one of its kind. For shoppers, this promises to be a shopping paradise.
Venue for the Dubai Shopping Festival
DSF is one of its kind. Indeed, the festival will be held at all the major malls, desert camps, and city centers. The souks of Dubai will also be abuzz with activity during this time, with one of the most popular souks being the Gold Souk. The shops here shine with glistening jewelry on display. The spice souk, too, witnesses a lot of visitors during this time, thanks to the vast range of spices on display. In other words, the entire city participates in the festival. What enhances the entire experience are the multi-cuisine restaurants offering sumptuous cuisines and delicacies of the region.
The Malls of Dubai
The glitzy shopping malls of Dubai are a haven for shopaholics. They house every kind of conceivable item under the sun – international hi-end clothing brands, luxury watches, electronics, jewelry, and cars, among others. Stepping into a Dubai mall is akin to an experience in itself. The top shopping malls in Dubai aren’t just about stores displaying ultra-expensive items, they also house attractions ranging from the world’s largest aquariums to an indoor ski slope. Some of the most popular shopping malls of Dubai are Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates, BurJuman Centre, Ibn Battuta Mall, and Festival City Mall, among others.
The ancient Souks of Dubai
Dubai souks are considered famous the world over. Some of the most famous souks in Dubai are Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Perfume Souk, Textile Souk, and Souk Madinat, among others. All of these are housed within the vibrant Deira area of Dubai. Although they have been functioning since the time of the earliest spice trade, these markets have now been modernized to meet the requirements of the time. Each of these markets displays something special, although knowing the art of haggling is an enormous advantage. Some of the items that you would come across on your visit here include gold, jewels, spices, jewels, perfumes, clothing, bags, shoes, and fake replicas.
Covid Guidelines for Dubai Shopping Festival:
- All the passengers visiting Dubai are required to have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which is being issued a maximum of 96 hours (four days) prior to their arrival in Dubai. The negative test certificate must be printed in English or Arabic. The passengers may be required to take another test at Dubai Airport.
- Handwritten, SMS, or digital certificates will not be accepted.
- Children under 12 years and passengers with a severe or moderate disability are exempted from the PCR test.
- It is a must to have medical travel insurance, which covers international coverage.
- Tourists are also required to sign a health declaration form to bear all the costs of treatment and quarantine.
- Tourists must download COVID-19 – DXB Smart app.
- Follow the safety measures applied in Dubai including wearing masks, maintaining two-meter social distance, and washing hands regularly.
The shopping destinations of Dubai are now operating with 100 percent capacity. The venues will have high health and safety standards in line with local regulations to keep the locals and tourists safe from the spread of COVID-19. During this annual shopping extravaganza, the shopping malls and Centres will follow all the safety regulations and carry out strict sanitization processes in a frequent manner.