It’s time for the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021-2022! This year’s edition of the spectacular shopping and entertainment extravaganza promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. Let’s take a look at everything this celebration of retail has to offer.
ABOUT THE DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL
Popularly known as DSF, the Dubai Shopping Festival runs for six 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 2021-22 will be the 27th edition of the event, which has played an essential role in promoting Dubai’s retail industry and tourism.
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, the world’s longest sofa, the largest bowl of biryani, largest shopping bag. 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 to welcome millions of delighted 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 so that they can buy things at a bargain 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 2021-22 DATES
The Dubai Shopping Festival 2021 will be held from 15th December 2021 to 29th January 2022. 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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL
Dubai Shopping Festival is well know for its spectacular fireworks displays. Last year they took place on The Beach, opposite JBR and Bluewaters Island.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL DEALS
It’s going to be a memorable winter! The DSF Sale Season will feature 25% to 75% discounts on numerous brands across 3,500 outlets.
This Dubai Shopping Festival also offers fantastic bargains at the city’s world-class hotels and resorts. Whether you’re looking for a romantic couple’s trip or a family-friendly five-star beach vacation, hospitality spots across the emirate have packages to meet your needs, including meal discounts, tickets to the trendiest attractions 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.
If you enjoy such outdoor retail experiences, you can also head over to Al Seef Market to enjoy the various products, food and live entertainment.
- Dates: 16th December 2021 – 30th December 2021
- Location: Burj Park
- Ticket: Free entry
Visitors can expect plenty of entertainment as the ideal accompaniment to the citywide festivities. Aside from the top musicians performing unmissable concerts throughout the festival, Expo Dubai 2020 also has a complete calendar of exciting events, such as Late Nights @ Expo, where local and international artists play a mix of musical and cultural genres and unique New Year’s Eve performances.
Let’s take a look at the unmissable shows that will be held at the popular Coca-Cola Arena.
Enjoy the mesmerising performance of Martin Garrix during the Dubai Shopping Festival. Garrix is kicking off a good year in 2021 with a billion Spotify streams award for ‘In The Name Of Love’ with Bebe Rexha and his duet with Tove Lo on ‘Pressure.’ He will perform his top chart songs, such as “Animals,” “In the Name of Love” and “Scared to Be Lonely”.
- Date: 16 December 2021
- Timings: 08:00 pm
- Tickets: From AED 150
O KOY – FUNNY IS FUNNY
Blu Blood Entertainment and Dubai Shopping Festival presents Jo Koy and the kick-off to his ‘Funny is Funny’ World Tour at the Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai. From impersonations to stand-up, Jo Koy – Funny is Funny is guaranteed to deliver a night of entertainment.
- Date: 29 December 2021
- Timings: 09:00 pm
- Tickets: From AED 180
ME, MYSELF & I RELOADED WITH USTAD RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN
It’s showtime for the great Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as the Dubai Shopping Festival and PME Entertainment present Me, Myself & I Reloaded. The four-part concert features Bollywood superhits, iconic OSTs, Fusion and Qawwali.
- Date: 30 December 2021
- Timings: 08:00 pm
- Tickets: From AED 200
FROM RUSSIA WITH BASTA
One of the most successful Russian hip-hop musicians in history is coming to Dubai! Basta, also known as Vasilii Vakulenko, will take to the stage at Coca Cola Arena, with a slew of music awards and record-breaking albums under his belt. Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Calendar are supporting the event.
- Date: 05 January 2022
- Timings: 08:00 pm
- Tickets: From AED 150
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL OFFERS ON RESTAURANTS
Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy dining at your favourite restaurants with these wonderful deals.
Visitors can also explore the food trucks serving inventive and homegrown favourites along with unique retail booths and open-air entertainment abounding at special DSF markets.
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 2021-22 raffles that you can enter:
NISSAN GRAND RAFFLE
Until 29th January, you can enter the Nissan Grand Raffle to win Nissan Kicks, Patrol, X-TERRA or X-TRAIL and 200,000 instant prizes.
This year, you can enter the raffle by spending AED 25 or more at Zoom and AutoPro stores, Dubai Metro stations, Global Village and the Gold Souk. Or, fill up your car with fuel at ENOC and EPPCO stations across the city. Because the raffle drawing takes place every day, you have a better chance of winning.
INFINITI MEGA RAFFLE
No raffle’s bigger than the INFINITI Mega Raffle, where you can win an INFINITI QX80 or AED 100,000 in cash. What’s more? The second lucky winner can even win AED 10,000. You have to spend AED 200 or more at any petrol station throughout Dubai.
SHOP TILL YOUR DROP
The fantastic malls in the city, participating in the festival, offer enticing deals, including up to 90% off, cash coupons and lots of presents. Let’s see which malls are part of the mega festival.
DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY MALL
The mall, which runs parallel to Dubai Creek, is home to over 400 fashion and furnishing shops and stores (including IKEA). Sitting along The Dubai Creek, the mall offers excellent culinary experience food. Enjoy quick bites at the food courts or indulge your craving for exquisite cuisines at the fine dining restaurants.
Shop at the shops of popular international brands, such as Lava, Toy R Us and H&M at the Mercato Mall. You can also find family entertainment centres and gourmet restaurants.
The Wafi Mall, which takes its inspiration from ancient architecture, provides guests with the ultimate Arabian shopping experience, complete with Egyptian letters and carved figures at every turn.
The Dubai Mall is simply unmissable during DSF. Find everything from branded stores like Zara and Prada to gourmet eateries and family attractions like Kidzania, Aquarium and Ice Rink.
MALL OF THE EMIRATES
The Mall of the Emirates brings together the world’s largest indoor ski resort and stores like Harvey Nichols, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer to provide their customers with one heck of a shopping experience.
City Walk offers spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and a variety of shopping experiences. The beautiful venue in Dubai allows potential shoppers to find anything from fashionable streetwear to unique fashion boutiques.
IBN BATTUTA MALL
The Ibn Battuta Mall is known for its excellent tilework, a massive gold elephant and incredible architecture. The mall has outlets for notable brands from across the world.
DUBAI OUTLET MALL
Aside from fantastic savings on designer labels like Burberry and Marc Jacobs, electronics, and perfumes, the Dubai Outlet Mall will also give visitors 50% off at select retailers.
DUBAI MARINA MALL
Dubai Marina Mall, which houses a variety of international retailers, provides affordable high-street fashion and beauty services. Visitors can go next door to Pier 7 as well, with seven exciting food concepts to choose from.
BurJuman Centre allows tourists to shop at a selection of top merchants, including high-end designer labels such as Burberry.
DUBAI FESTIVAL PLAZA
The Dubai Festival Plaza is a one-stop shopping destination for all visitors, with mouth-watering food options, a calendar of events, and exciting offers to take advantage of.
THE OUTLET VILLAGE
The Outlet Village is another fantastic mall that guests may explore, with 1.5 million square feet of retail space, three department stores, over 125 brands and premium food outlets.
Make the most of your day by visiting the neighbouring theme park attraction Dubai Parks and Resorts. You can also get great bargains on pieces by prominent designers like Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera.
CITY CENTRE MIRDIF
The City Centre Mirdif not only has over 430 retail options, but it also has innovative entertainment concepts like iFly, an indoor skydiving hotspot, a 12-lane bowling alley, and more.
THINGS TO BUY IN DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL 2021-22
Although Dubai is an epicentre for the most entertaining festivals, this one is the finest. If you’re wondering what to buy at the Dubai shopping festival, we are here to help!
DSF is a fantastic place to buy gold jewellery for various reasons, including intricate designs, purity, and low costs. Some of the most excellent items to buy in Dubai include diamonds, stones and precious metals.
From your favourite denim labels to sultry party clothing — Jack & Jones, BOGGI, Christian Louboutin, Verri, Rodeo Drive, Armani, Billionaire, Bebe, Burberry, Prada – the festival has it all! If you’re looking for designer clothing, you’ll be spoiled for choice here.
PERFUMES AND COSMETICS
Bvlgari, De Beers, Chanel, Burberry, and other high-end brands are available, all of which are duty-free. Look for Dubai shopping festival discounts to get a better deal on your favourite scents!
We all know that diamond-encrusted timepieces are a pipe dream, but at Dubai Shopping Festival, you can pick one from your favourite collection. Through the Dubai Shopping Festival sale, you may get Cartier, Rado, ICW, Michael Kors, and Burberry for rock-bottom prices.
UAE is known for producing high-quality leather. Stock up on some unique and stylish leather goods from Sharief, Jashanmal, Condotti, Burberry, or Prada.
Go straight to Carpet Oasis, where a plethora of brightly coloured carpets fills every available square foot. Some of them have discounts ranging from 50% to 75%! This is one of the top items to purchase during the Dubai Festival in 2022.
The good news is that the best brands and latest devices are available at dirt-cheap costs, including Apple, Sony, Bose, Cross Gold, Acer, and Fujitsu. If you’re a gadget aficionado, these Dubai shopping festival deals will drive you insane.
SPICES & DRY FRUITS
At Dubai’s shopping fair, pick up pricey exotic dried fruits and aromatic spices like saffron or black cardamom.
WHERE IS DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL HELD IN DUBAI?
During the Dubai Shopping Festival, you can find discounts and deals throughout the entire emirate. Still, the event’s epicentre is at Burj Park, where the Etisalat Market OTB is located.
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 2021-22, 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.
WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR DSF?
In Dubai, safety precautions include wearing masks, maintaining a two-meter social distance, and regularly washing hands. Apart from these basic requirements, you must adhere to the Dubai government’s directives to have a safe and happy experience.
- All travellers travelling to Dubai must have a PCR test, which must be completed at least 96 hours (four days) ahead of their arrival. The certificate for the negative test must be printed in either English or Arabic. At Dubai Airport, passengers may be asked to take another exam.
- The PCR test is waived for children under the age of 12.
- Medical travel insurance is required.
- Tourists must also have a health declaration form to cover all treatment and quarantine costs.
- The COVID-19 – DXB Smart app is required for visitors.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The 46-day event is an all-out extravaganza. Download the Dubai Shopping Festival app or follow @celebratedubai and @styledbydubai on Instagram to stay up to date on the hottest bargains and discounts.
The first day of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021-22 sale kicks off soon, so get your wallets ready for some fantastic deals. Malls across Dubai will quickly start announcing more epic DSF deals and flash discounts, so keep an eye out for those the next time you’re out shopping. If you want to update your wardrobe, buy Christmas gifts, or get other products at a bargain, now is the time to take advantage of the best sales offers in Dubai.
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