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A world-class fireworks display will take to the skies specifically for the opening celebrations on December 26.

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Dubai Shopping Festival opening weekend: full guide

 

DUBAI – The 25th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will launch with an all-encompassing two-day Grand Opening event at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai on December 26 and 27.

The shopping festival will run for 38 days until February 1, 2020; bringing the city together for a non-stop calendar of thrilling entertainment, promotions and chances to win big.

12 hour sale

DSF will commence with a 12 Hour Sale; which offers 25 to 90 percent off at six of Majid Al Futtaim’s (MAF) malls on December 26, starting 12pm until midnight. In addition, mall-goers spending over Dh300 at any of the participating stores will be eligible to become one of the 25 winners of MAF gift cards worth Dh10,000. Participating outlets include Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Me’aisem, My City Centre Al Barsha and City Centre Al Shindagha.

Fireworks show

Stay tuned for a world-class fireworks display, brought to you by DSF and Al Zarooni Group, that will take to the skies specifically for the opening celebrations on December 26 at pm at The Beach, La Mer, Al Seef, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Creek. And that’s not all – the fireworks displays will continue at specific locations across Dubai throughout the festival in true DSF fashion.

Liam Payne and stars

Cheb Khaled, Sherine Abdel Wahab and Emirati singing sensation Hussain Al Jassmi will perform on DSF launch day at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai on December 26, while British pop star and former One Direction member Liam Payne, and singer-songwriter Jorja Smith will wow audiences on December 27. Admission to the event is completely free, and fans need to register on DubaiCalendar.com, Platinumlist.net or via the Dubai Calendar app, which is available on iOS and Android, to book their spots. Entrance is on a first come first served basis. Ticket holders will receive a QR code by email which will be scanned upon arrival and exchanged for a wristband. The Grand Opening of the greatest edition of DSF is sponsored by SanDisk, PepsiCo, Emaar, Lacnor and Oasis.

Dubai Opera hologram concert

Music fans who miss out on the DSF Grand Opening concerts can also enjoy performances by other global superstars from around the world during the 38-day long festival. Fans of late Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum can head to Dubai Opera to see her in a hologram concert, accompanied by a live orchestra of 20 musicians on stage and a performance by Sana’a Nabil, the granddaughter of Umm Kulthum.

The concert will take place on December 26 and 27, with tickets starting from Dh195, which can be purchased via www.dubaiopera.com. The Coca-Cola Arena in City Walk will also host the Pakistani sensation Rahat Ali Khan on December 27, with tickets starting from Dh125 and available for purchase on www.dubaicalendar.com.

Pop-up markets

A series of pop-up markets will appear across the city for the opening weekend, combining the heritage of Dubai with innovative retail experiences and entertainment for all. Al Seef Market will be launching on December 26 from 3pm to midnight, packed full of shopping, dining, art and cultural entertainment from around the world, as well as the chance to enter the draw to win one of 25 Meraas gift cards worth Dh1,000 on spends of Dh100.

Last Exit Al Khawaneeji Market will officially open on December 26 at 6pm until midnight, where visitors will be able to enjoy a plethora of attractions including a custom ice rink, a snowman building zone and a dedicated snow fight pit. The market will also host a live calligraphy artist for the first 10 days of the event, so shoppers can see the art come to life.

Al Rigga Market is kicking off on December 26 from 4pm to 10pm, which will be transformed to the original DSF Market 25 years ago; bringing everyone in Dubai a touch of nostalgia. From African dancing, flash mobs and talent contests, there will something for everyone to enjoy.

Finally, the Hatta Market located in the heart of Hatta will officially open on December 26 starting at 4pm, offering guests a traditional outdoor souk experience with cultural games and experiences. There will also be an outdoor cinema showcasing classic blockbusters for the whole family to enjoy.

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