Dubai is such an amazing kaleidoscope of style and opulence that it brings vacation seekers here from every corner of the world. Out of so many reasons to visit Dubai, a reason stands above all. It is ‘The Dubai Shopping Festival’ which is organized across malls and shopping centres of the city. Excellent discount on high-end luxury products is the reason why it pulls the shopaholics from all around the world.
If you are planning to visit Dubai this year to be a part of the shopping festival then here is the definitive guide on everything you need to know about this amazing time of the year.
1. Planning to attend the Dubai Shopping Festival 2019?
A lot of first-timers get a really hard time when it comes to cracking awesome deals on their favourite products during the DSF 2019. Of so many malls and shopping centres, it is kind of tough to figure out where one can go to buy the best Armani and Burberry or find the best deals on the state-of-the-art laptops and tablets.
But you don’t have to worry, with this well-researched guide; you will get an idea of making the most out of Dubai Shopping Festival 2019.
2. When and Where to find the best deals?
Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 dates are out and it will run from 26th December 2018 to 26th January 2019. January is the recommended month to be in Dubai when the weather is nicer and the crowd of shopaholics starts to go down comparatively.
During the shopping festival, you can find some amazing deals on electronics, perfumes, carpets, jewellery, clothing, watches, art and crafts across the city. The discounts go as high as 75% of the MRP. A shopping enthusiast will have a time of their life with their love for the branded products like Gucci, Versace, Armani, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, etc.
Dubai Tourism is always bustling with entertaining programs and activities for kids and adults during this time. You can be a part of music concerts, fashion shows, kids’ events and even watch pet parades at different places on different days. You’ll have to be updated with the program and there is a very easy way to make sure that you do.
3. The Dubai Shopping Festival Apps
We live in the age of smartphones so how can Dubai Shopping Festival not make its presence feel on the screens of the iOS and Androids? Wondering that what a smartphone has to do with a shopping festival? Then you should know that there are apps that are especially designed for the festival. The motive of these apps is to make the shopping process for the visitors easy and hassle free.
- Among these apps, the ‘#MyDSF Offers app’, ‘Dubai Mall App’ and ‘Mall of Emirates App’ are some of the most used ones among the travellers and locals alike. ‘#MyDSF offers app’ is a holistic app that updates itself in the real-time with notifications about all the exciting offers on the products from every shop and mall of the city.
- This app also notifies you about exciting activities in which you and your loved ones can indulge for a memorable experience. Be it any mall, shopping centre, plaza of Dubai, this app will keep an eye on the on-going sales, price drop, price rise and will keep notifying you so that you can enjoy DSF without fretting and getting exhausted.
- ‘Dubai Mall App’ and ‘Mall of Emirates App’ are the specialized apps designed to provide an overview of two the most popular malls in Dubai. During the shopping festival, these apps will be updated with exciting offers in every outlet. It will also notify you of the best time to come shop at the malls and when the best deal is available on your favourite product.
4. Where to Shop
While the shopping festival is organized across every mall and shopping centre of Dubai with many of the local outlets also taking part in the extravaganza, there are few of the not to miss places that act as the centre stage of the festival.
Here is a small list of the most happening spots that come alive with shoppers during the festival.
- The Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai Gold Souq is the home of everything shining and glittering. This market is popular as a window shopper’s destination for the rest of the year. But during the Dubai Shopping Festival, the aura of this market changes and one can find the posh retail shops offering huge discounts on the gold products.
Exploring the traditional gold market is one of the most amazing aspects of shopping in Dubai. Anyone who has a love for gold and has great bargaining skills needs to visit this market to find some amazing discounts.
The gold products range from the lovely designer jewellery to huge gold blocks. A shopper can take home some artistic bangles, bracelets, necklace, chains, and rings on excellent discounts. Apart from gold, there are a lot of outlets that deal in diamonds, silver, and other valuable stones.
- The Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the home of approximately 1200 stores with brands ranging from luxury to semi-luxury categories. This mall is located in Downtown Dubai and is bustling with shoppers all year long.
Dubai Mall is fascinating and is known as the ‘world’s biggest mall”. The shoppers get to find everything under one roof and hardly get to run from a place to another to find their favourite product. The Dubai Mall is a shopper’s paradise. This stylish mall is bound to enchant you with its sophisticated architecture and decorous interiors. This mall also houses a magnificent aquarium and a grand ski-rink along with a multitude of food outlets.
During Dubai Shopping Festival one can find amazing discounts on luxurious and high-end brands from Europe and The US.
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- Mall of the Emirates
With 560 international brands, more than 700 stores and 11 anchor stores, Mall of the Emirates is the one-stop destination for the luxury shopper. Located on Shaikh Zayed Road, this mall is the home to an abundance of products like clothing, perfumes, sports, watches, electronics, designer jewellery, furniture, etc. everything under one roof.
This mall has a number of outlets where you can find brands like Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Carrefour hypermarket, Debenhams, Paris Hilton, etc. With retail options ranging from high street to haute couture, this mall has everything latest in the market that you won’t find anywhere else.
- Wafi Mall
A trip to Wafi City takes you to Giza. Adorned with Pyramids, Sphinx, and images of Pharaohs in every corner, Wafi City takes you on a trip to Egypt. Wafi Mall is the place to be during the Dubai Shopping Festival. This spacious mall has an array of stores with more than 200 outlets specialized in luxury and premium products.
Apart from the branded stores, The Wafi Mall also houses elite boutiques being run by some of the world-famous designers. The world famous Wafi Gourmet will only enhance your experience of shopping in Dubai with its array of tantalizing cheese and pickles.
The aesthetic collection of décor items like lamps, carpets and other Arabian artefacts at Khan Mujran is a place to be for anyone of loves collecting antiques.
- Dubai Outlet Mall
Dubai Outlet Mall is located in the happening Dubailand. This mall is one of the best places for a shopper. Every shop at Dubai Outlet Mall offers unbelievable discounts during DSF. Apart from the branded items, you can find products like sportswear, shoes, electrical goods, sunglasses, perfumes, beauty products, cosmetics and watches at unbelievable prices.
- Bur Dubai Souk
Bur Dubai is the local textile market of Dubai which is located near the beautiful Dubai Creek. During Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Souq offers excellent discounts on colourful fabrics and clothing that is exported here from India, Persia and other Middle Eastern Countries.
You can find extravagant saris, decorative wedding gowns and stylish dupattas in every corner of this market. You can also visit one of the traditional tailoring shops to get your personal outfit made.
- Ibn Battuta Mall
As a tribute to the Arab Traveller Ibn Battuta, this world’s largest themed shopping mall named after him is the place to be while visiting Dubai. Ibn Battuta Mall makes sure that the shopping doesn’t get dull. With its opulent interiors and architecture influenced from the journeys of the famed traveller Ibn Battuta, a visit to this mall will take you to a fantasy land.
The vibrant atmosphere of this mall is divided into four sections, Family & Convenience, Up-Market Brands & Lifestyles, Entertainment & Leisure and Major Department Stores and gives you freedom to access the area as per your convenience and needs.
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5. Quick Tips to get the Best of Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival is a competitive affair. Millions of shoppers hop from one destination to another to make the best out of their trip. The shoppers themselves have a limited amount of time as they cannot stay here forever and have to return to their respective countries soon.
Here are some of the quick and easy hacks on how you can make the best out of your shopping trip and experience the best.
Start with early morning shopping – The best way to get your favourite item is to start as early as possible. You won’t like to reach the mall at the same time when most of your rivals will enter. This will help you enjoy shopping and will also save you from the long queue outside the malls, shops and dressing rooms as the day will go brighter.
Stay updated – The best offers of Dubai Shopping Festival are updated on different websites, newspapers and through emailers. Make sure that you do all your research of the day before setting off to buy your favourite products.
Avoid shopping on weekends – Common sense says that the malls gets the most crowded on the weekends. Especially when there are stores offering discounts as high as 75%, it is bound to create a frenzy. The best way to avoid the weekend rush is by not coming to the shopping centres on weekends at all. Keep the weekdays safe for your shopping spree if you wish to shop in peace.
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