For shopaholics, nothing beats the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) which offers plenty of retail therapy and family fun too. Concluding at the end of January this year, it’s not to be missed and here’s a sneak peek into what to expect.

What and When

If you haven’t heard of it before, the Dubai Shopping Festival sees this cosmopolitan emirate transform into a retail hub offering exclusive discounts on some of the leading international brands ranging from 25% to 75%. It’s an annual event and this year marked its 28th edition; launched on 15th December 2022, it will run up to 29th January 2023 so hurry and plan your shopping spree before it ends! Look to stay at properties like Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites that are within easy reach of key malls like those mentioned below.

Top Shopping Malls

As you would expect, many of the top malls in Dubai take part in this shopping festival including one of the world’s largest, the Dubai Mall which is a hotspot for designer fashion as well. Those based at a hotel near Palm Jumeirah also have easy access to the Mall of the Emirates, Nakheel Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and The Beach Opposite JBR, each offering diverse deals and discounts. Don’t forget retail hubs like City Walk, Dubai Festival City, Ibn Battuta Mall and Mercato Mall just to name a few more!

Competitions & Prizes

Amongst the highlights of the Dubai Shopping Festival are the amazing competitions, raffle draws and prizes on offer; amongst these is the chance to win a whopping AED1 million in cash when you shop at Dubai Festival City Mall and spend at least AED300 at a participating store or venue! At select malls including the Mall of the Emirates, you can also win one million SHARE points; also of interest is the DSF Mega Raffle which features AED100,000 in cash daily and the chance to drive away with a new Nissan Patrol model!

Free Experiences

If you maxed out your credit card or are just running on a tight budget, don’t worry, there are free things to do and events to enjoy. Amongst these is Tunes DXB (6th to 15th January 2023) which features free outdoor shows in various city locations. Not to be missed is the spellbinding DSF Drones Light Show up to 29th January 2023 at The Beach, JBR and Bluewaters and the nightly DSF Fireworks Nights at places like Dubai Festival City Mall. You can also take in the interactive installations at City Walk as part of Dubai Lights: The Spark Within.