Empty those suitcases! It’s time to visit the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020.
Most holidays begin with packing your bags — not this one. When you’re visiting the world’s biggest retail extravaganza, you’ve got to travel light. After all, you’re going to have your hands full on your way back. So take those empty suitcases and make your way to the 24th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival.
After over two decades of enticing and satisfying millions of shoppers from across the world, DSF 2020 promises to be bigger and better than ever. With discounts and deals as explosive as the firework displays, a carnival atmosphere that sweeps across the entire country, spectacular live events curated to make every traveller happy and a host of other brilliant moments between all the main action.
There’s a lot to take in — even for the most accomplished shopper. So to give yourself the best experience of the festival, read on and discover all the handy details compiled for your convenience.
The festival begins on 26 December of this year, until 1 February 2020. You can plan your trip anytime in-between as the deals last throughout but remember that items are so quick off the shelves, that visiting towards the end can lead to a hit-and-miss experience. You could find some of the best deals but also notice less overall availability of products.
At the DSF 2020, everything under the sun is on sale. As Dubai turns into the ultimate shopping paradise, even the most luxurious brands fall well within budget. Over 1500 brands will be offering discounts ranging from 25% all the way up to 95%. You can even find reduced rates for items from participating traditional souks and marketplaces.
Apparel: Treat yourself to that much-awaited wardrobe update, with extraordinary fashion deals available on designer and boutique clothing.
Gold and Jewellery: DSF is one of the best places to buy jewellery, especially gold. You can find pure gold, platinum, diamond and precious gems jewellery, exquisitely designed and affordably priced.
Cosmetics: Trending brands from across the cosmetics and fragrance industry have their stores across Dubai, so the festival is perfect to start a collection or stock up on your favourites.
Accessories: From premium watches to leather jackets and bags, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the accessories on sale at DSF 2020. Make a list so that you don’t miss out on any of the things you want.
Home Decor: Give your home a luxurious makeover with some of the best deals on furniture, furnishings and appliances from renowned global brands. Dubai is well-known for its carpets, which would make a great souvenir.
Gadgets: Give in to your gadget cravings with all the latest products available at incredibly low prices. Every mall has electronic stores selling all your favourite brands.
Exotic Goods: Look beyond the brands and discover local speciality items on sale such as dry fruits, spices and perfumes. It’s a great way to explore the local souks and brush up on your bargaining skills.
The amazing thing about the Dubai Shopping Festival is that it encapsulates the whole country. It’s not restricted to just the biggest malls or shopping centres, but every size of the marketplace that exists. However, there are certain standout venues you simply must visit.
The Dubai Mall: Located right beside the towering Burj Khalifa is the equally iconic Dubai Mall — the largest shopping mall in the world. You could easily go from day to night exploring its many world-class stores and other services.
Ibn Battuta Mall: A themed mall that was built around the travels of Ibn Battuta, with sections designed around the places he visited and discoveries he made. You’ll find amazing stores and dining options here.
Deira City Centre: The local favourite DCC Mall in Deira is another great shopping destination during DSG 2020 as it has not just big international brands but great local companies too.
Burjuman: A premier establishment that’s conveniently located and has every kind of store imaginable, including the only Saks Fifth Avenue Centre of the UAE.
Dubai Festival City: Favourites such as IKEA, Ferrari and Aldo call this mall home. And if that’s not enough, it’s got a stunning creekside setting, unparalleled view of the Dubai skyline, on ground fun fair and fountain show too.
Outlet Mall: It’s worth going out of the way to visit the Outlet Mall for its amazing factory rate sales that can touch up to 90%, across 240 stores.
Souks: Dubai is filled with souks or traditional marketplaces, giving you the opportunity to shop and sightsee at the same time. The most famous ones include the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Perfume Souk and Old Souk.
When you’re done shopping for the day, recharge by indulging in some funfilled and engaging activities held during the festival. Every weekend and on special occasions, witness incredible firework displays at locations like Global Village, Dubai Creek and Al Seef. From Thursday to Saturday you can visit the Dubai Shopping Festival Carnival with some amazing performers, games and rides in the store. It’s an absolute hit with the kids! Apart from big events, malls have their own daily activities planned, while workshops and exhibitions are organised across the city.
The whole city becomes a playground, when you visit during the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 promises to be an experience of a lifetime that will leave you with not just suitcases full of your favourite things but a mind full of cherished memories. It’s a truly indulgent getaway that you can easily make, with the best Thomas Cook Dubai Tour packages.