The Dubai Shopping Festival will run from December 8, 2023 to January 14, 2024.
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The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) returns on December 8 for its 29th edition, promising 38 days of shopping deals, discounts, events and promotions.
All-new attractions and events joining DSF for the first time this edition include CanteenX at Mushrif Park, Dubai Police Carnival, Anooki at Dubai Lights, Dubai Lights at Al Seef and the Old Gold Souk, Sole DXB at d3, the Emirates Classic Vehicles Festival and much more
DSF will run until January 14, said Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE). Here’s what to expect:
This DSF brings with it the chance to win incredible prizes – from cars to cash, from gold to a brand new luxury apartment. These include the chance to be an instant multi-millionaire with the IDEALZ Dubai Shopping Festival Grand Prize of Dh2 million; the DSF Mega Raffle offering an unmissable opportunity to drive away with a brand-new Nissan Patrol V6 and incredible cash prizes, the chance to win a whopping 25 kilos of gold with a mega raffle by the Dubai Jewellery Group plus a chance to shop, spin, and win up to an incredible Dh1 Million with the Digital Raffle Promotion by Dubai Shopping Malls Group. There’s more to win – spend the minimum requirement when shopping at any of the ENOC outlets Zoom, Tasjeel or AutoPro to get raffle coupons to take home incredible prizes worth more than Dh100,000 daily.
Dubai Lights will return with five one-of-a-kind installations across the city from December 8 to January 14. Famous inflatable duo Anooki will illuminate Al Seef and d3, providing an adorable never-seen-before larger than life experience. Visitors and residents can interact with the characters, capturing instagrammable moments with the Anooki illustrations. Also, keep an eye out for Dubai’s own Modesh and Dana bring a glow to City Centre Mirdif. The giant, inflatable and loveable friends will be hard to miss.
The DSF Drone Show will grace the night skies each evening from December 10 to January 15 over The Beach and Bluewaters. The skyline will be illuminated by a symphony of colours and shapes, a sight that will leave viewers awestruck, as 800 drones take flight.
As part of Dubai Lights, neon lighting on 40 Abras will transform Dubai Creek into a mesmerizing canvas of colours. The historic Old Gold Souk will also transform into a neon wonderland during DSF. Visitors can stroll through the ancient marketplace adorned with vibrant neon signs, radiating uplifting messages, creating an inspirational and insta-worthy ambiance as visitors and residents sail or walk along the creek in Dubai’s wonderful winter weather.
Amazon Wonder at West Beach in Palm Jumeirah will feature breathtaking walkable scenes that include life-size installations of Amazonian parrots, intricate floral artwork and more, all inspired by the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
Check out the outdoor markets and not-to-miss retail and foodie experiences as part of DSF. Among the highlights, the outdoor destination at Dubai Festival City Mall, The Bay by Social, invites visitors to experience a variety of food trucks, a market full of unique shopping finds, and family-friendly activities from 4pm to 10pm until April 30.
This DSF will also see the return of the free-to-attend DSF Markets that will bring outdoor and pop-up community shopping experiences to iconic locations across the city, creating unrivalled opportunities to discover new brands, and pick up unique items. A must-visit is the DSF Al Rigga Night Market.
The annual Etisalat MOTB begins its 11th edition and will showcase homegrown F&B and retail vendors with unique pieces and on-trend finds, on-ground experiences alongside live entertainment by local and regional artists at its home in Dubai Design District (d3) from 5 to 14 January. Make sure to stop by the exclusive Fenty Beauty activation while you’re there.
Look forward to the first ever edition of CanteenX, a spin off from one of Dubai’s favourite cool and casual gastronomic experiences, the much-loved Etisalat Beach canteen. Head over to Mushrif Park between December 15 and 31 to check out this exclusive experience, fusing together food with entertainment, making it an ideal hangout spot for the whole family. What’s more, families can keep the kids busy with all the amazing activities set up just for them, including inflatables, trampolines and bungee experiences. Keep an eye out for the one of a kind outdoor cinema experience exclusively for the CanteenX community, showing retro English, Bollywood and Arabic movies from the parking area, where visitors can tune in from their cars.
The Dubai Police Carnival will take place from January 4 to 8 at City Walk, bringing many incredible performances and showcasing music through the ages, along with an impressive line-up of vehicles for visitors to view.
The Emirates Classic Vehicles Festival is a treat for automotive enthusiasts everywhere, as City Walk transform into a platform to showcase timeless vehicles down through the eras of automotive history, from December 15 to 24.
Visitors to City Walk will also get to experience Music through the Ages through live singing and dance performances on the stage. The first set themed ‘Granly Decadence’ taking place from December 15 to 17 will feature artists Ryann Gibb, TOI and Hard Kandi, while the second set ‘Back in the Day’ will take place between 22 and 24 December, with artists Mbali, Chinua Hawk, He Knows She Knows, and Diana O’Sillivan & The Show Girls. Keep an eye out for more details on the themes and schedules for this exciting line up.
Visit the Dubai Opera Garden from January 8 to 14 to experience the confidential world of Armani/Privé, with the exclusive Armani/Privé Haute Couture Fragrances L’Exposition.
Makeup enthusiasts can be sure to have an extra special time at Etisalat MOTB this year, with the all new Fenty Beauty Drive-in set up at the parking lot from January 5 to 14. Drive by and get your shade matched, bag some of the best products and get an exclusive sneak peek on upcoming launches. You can also listen to your favourite tunes on the Fenty Style Juke Box and maybe even receive a few extra Fenty goodies.
From December 8 to January 14, catch out-of-this-world acts and discover performances at some of the top shopping centres in the city, featuring a wide range of entertainment such as dance, music, acrobatics, beatboxing, drumming, theatre, aerial shows, water shows, and more unique talents, by homegrown and internationally beloved stars alike. Don’t miss out on these incredible showcases taking place at City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, Mall of the Emirates, Nakheel Mall, Khawaneej Walk and Last Exit, Al Seef, Ibn Battuta Mall, City Walk, Dubai Festival City Mall, Bluewaters, and Palm West Beach.
From January 5 to 14, embark on a musical adventure with the diverse array of performances that Tunes DXB has to offer. Between 4pm to 11pm every day, visit locations across the city to be discover some of the Dubai’s up-and-coming artists, from social media personalities, to dancers, musicians, and beatboxers, with more than 50 artists busking daily at destinations city wide including Al Khawaneej Walk, Last Exit Al Khawaneej, Al Seef, Bluewaters, Boxpark, City Walk, Dubai Festival City Mall, DxBike, and Global Village.
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