It’s time for the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021! This year’s edition of the spectacular shopping and entertainment extravaganza promises to be even bigger and better than the previous editions. Without further ado, let’s discover all there is to know about the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021!
ALL ABOUT THE DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL
Popularly known as DSF, the Dubai Shopping Festival runs for 6 epic weeks and features exclusive discounts from the region’s biggest shops, malls, stores, brands and retailers. This makes it one of the most anticipated annual festivals in Dubai.
The first edition of the festival was held in 1996 and the idea for it was conceived by none other than H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Dubai Shopping Festival 2021 will be the 26th edition of the event which has played an important role in promoting the retail industry, as well as tourism in Dubai.
When it comes to the Dubai Shopping Festival, the sky is the limit and you can expect anything to happen. Over the years, multiple world records have been set at DSF, such as records for the world’s longest chain, world’s longest sofa, the largest bowl of biryani, largest shopping bag, and other incredible feats that you are likely to only encounter in Dubai. In 2013, the first-ever moving train fashion show was held inside the Dubai Metro!
Retailers often begin preparing several months ahead of the festival’s schedule in order to welcome millions of overjoyed shoppers. You can find exclusive Dubai Shopping Festival offers on electronics, apparel, perfumes, jewellery and much more. The discounts and deals are hugely anticipated to the extent that Dubai residents hold off on buying anything for months, just so they can buy things on discount with the amazing Dubai Shopping Festival deals. Those looking for some excitement will find that you can see fireworks, concerts, fashion shows and promotional billboards all over the city as part of the DSF events.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL 2021 DATES
The Dubai Shopping Festival 2021 will be held from 17th December 2020 to 30th January 2021. This means that you don’t have to wait any longer to enjoy the amazing discounts, deals and everything else that the mega event has to offer.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL DEALS
The DSF Sale Season will run from 26th December 2020 to 30th January 2021 and will feature discounts of 25% to 75% on more than 800 brands across 3,500 outlets.
VAT-FREE SHOPPING WEEK AT DSF 2021 with Club Apparel x 6thstreet.com
DSF 2021 has organised a great deal for bargain hunters in the city. Fashion savvy shoppers can now shop without paying the additional 5% VAT from January 3rd to January 9th 2021 at participating Club apparel member stores and online via the 6th Street website. Some of the brands offering this discount include Duve, Aldo, Calvin Klein, Birkenstock, Levi’s, Naturalizer, Nautica and more!
ETISALAT MARKET OTB
The Market Outside The Box (OTB) is one of the highlights of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Located at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai, the market is a testament to Dubai’s multicultural environment. The theme of this year’s MOTB is Asian and Korean pop culture and it will be open on weekdays from 04:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and until midnight on the weekends.
If you enjoy such outdoor retail experiences, you can also head over to the Al Khawaneej Market and Al Seef Market to enjoy the various products, food and live entertainment.
FAMILY OFFER AT MAGIC PLANET
You can have a wonderful time with family and friends at Magic Planet with a DSF Family Pack. Purchase the pack for AED 400 and you’ll receive a whopping 40 blue swipes which you can use to enjoy rides and attractions at any Magic Planet location across Dubai. The offer is valid for the entire duration of Dubai Shopping Festival 2021.
LITTLE EXPLORERS ULTIMATE PACKAGE
This DSF, you can take your kids to Little Explorers at City Centre Mirdif where they can play and have fun till their heart’s content. They have a special DSF offer for AED 130, which gives entry to a parent and a minimum of two children whilst also including coffee, action-packed workshops and meals for the kids. They also have a Drop and Play package which allows you to enjoy hassle-free shopping whilst your kids have the time of their lives.
THE SMASH ROOM
There is no better way to blow off some steam than to enter The Smash Room and, well, smash things up! It’s the only place where you pay to break things. All you need to do is book a package for as low as AED 99 and you are given a hammer. Use it to break appliances, furniture and whatever else comes your way. You can even get 20% off on all add-ons.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL OFFERS ON RESTAURANTS
Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy dining at your favourite restaurants with these wonderful deals:
THEMED FOOD NIGHTS AT MOVENPICK GRAND AL BUSTAN DUBAI
At Movenpick Grand Al Bustan Dubai, you can enjoy the most sumptuous of meals and also enjoy their Buy One, Get One Free offer with your friend or loved one.
BARGAIN BUFFET AT SWISSOTEL AL MUROOJ DUBAI
You can enjoy your shopping with a full stomach after hitting up this epic ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ offer on the buffet at Swissotel Al Murooj Dubai. You can enjoy the Seafood soiree on Thursdays or the Italian night on Fridays.
SALT CAMP X DSF
The wonderful restaurant, Salt, will be organizing a unique camping experience in conjunction with the Dubai Shopping Festival. It will allow you to enjoy their signature burgers while camping, as well as the newly launched SUGAR desserts.
FESTIVE MENU AT HAKKASAN
During the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021, you would be able to enjoy the fantastic festive menu at Hakkasan for only AED 310. You will be able to enjoy various Chinese dishes in one big meal.
DSF MARKET AT LAST EXIT
While shopping at the DSF Markets at Last Exit, you can eat from any of the food trucks and also listen to the Last Exit house band serenade you with some amazing tunes.
WHAT TO SEE AT THE DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL
The highlight of the Dubai Shopping Festival is its fireworks display, but there’s much more to see and experience before you start your shopping spree:
DSF OPENING WEEKEND: HUSSAIN AL JASSMI AND TAMER HOSNY
The Dubai Shopping Festival 2021 kickstarted with an electrifying performance by Arabic music superstars, Hussain Al Jassmi and Tamer Hosny, at MOTB in Burj Park.
DSF GRAND OPENING DAY 2: ANNE-MARIE AND CLEAN BANDIT
To raise the roof even higher, Day 2 of the grand opening was headlined by singer-songwriter Anne-Marie and a performance by pop group Clean Bandit and touring vocalist Yasmin Green.
DSF FIREWORKS NIGHTS
If you have lived in Dubai for a few years and have never visited the Dubai Shopping Festival, you’ve probably still seen the majestic display of fireworks from afar. This year, you can attend the festival and also witness the spectacular display on 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th December. Opening night fireworks will take place at Al Seef at 08:30 pm and La Mer at 09:30 pm.
There will be lots more happening at the Dubai Shopping Festival, such as the dazzling light installations, the Penguin Encounter at Dubai Aquarium, American Rag Cie x DSF and Performing Arts of Dubai, to name just a few.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL DRAW: UNBELIEVABLE WINNINGS
If you’re looking to try your luck, you can buy a raffle ticket and win big, from cash prizes to a supercar! There are many different types of DSF 2021 raffles that you can enter:
DSF SUPERCAR RAFFLE
If you’re a fan of luxury supercars, then you should definitely have a go at the DSF Supercar Raffle, to get a chance at winning AED 6 million worth W Motors’ Fenyr SuperSport. The twin-turbocharged megacar can be yours if your ticket number comes up in the raffle. You can also personalise your licence plate number. All you need to do is buy a W Motors certificate worth AED 1,500 from their showroom at City Walk.
NISSAN GRAND RAFFLE
The Nissan Grand Raffle brings you the chance to win a Nissan Patrol, Pathfinder, X-TRAIL, Kicks, Sentra or Micra. All you have to do is spend a minimum of AED 25 on non-fuel products from EPPCO and ENOC petrol stations citywide. The raffle draw ceremony is held every day, so you have a greater chance of winning.
INFINITI MEGA RAFFLE
There’s no raffle that’s bigger than the INFINITI Mega Raffle, where you can win an INFINITI QX60 or AED 200,000 in cash. What’s more, one lucky winner can even win AED 500,000. You just have to spend AED 200 at any petrol station throughout Dubai.
DUBAI GOLD & JEWELLERY GROUP
If you buy gold jewellery, diamond or pearls worth AED 500, you get two tickets in the DSF raffle draw to win 1kg of gold daily, or a mega prize of 3kg of gold at the end of the DSF raffle. There are also other various prizes that you can win in this raffle.
DUBAI SHOPPING MALL GROUP RAFFLE
Would you like to win cash prizes every week worth a total of AED 1 million? Doubt anyone answered no to that one! So, all you gotta do is instigate a personal shopping extravaganza at participating community malls to receive coupons for this lucky draw.
WHERE IS DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL HELD IN DUBAI?
During the Dubai Shopping Festival, you can find discounts and deals throughout the entire emirate, but the epicentre of the event is at Burj Park, where the Etisalat Market OTB is resident.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT THE DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT DSF?
To stay in the loop about all the deals and discounts at Dubai Shopping Festival 2021, you can download the DSF App. It will keep you fully up-to-date on all the available offers and discounts.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTEND THE DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL?
According to statistics from Dubai Shopping Festival 2019, roughly 3 million people attended the 6-week long event in total. This includes locals, expats and tourists as well.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The 44-day event is a total extravaganza. Rest assured, you’ll be able to grab all your favourite products at incredible discounts prices, whilst revelling in numerous exciting events and activities. We hope we’ve done justice to this spectacular event.
The first day of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021 sale kicks off soon, so get your wallets ready for some amazing deals. Malls across Dubai will soon start announcing more epic DSF deals and flash discounts, so keep an eye out for those the next time you’re out shopping. Until then, why not prepare yourself for 2021 with these amazing New Year’s brunches in Dubai.
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