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The Dubai Shopping Festival

It Gets More Than 2 Million Annual Visitors!




Hi, Kish here to talk about the Dubai Shopping Festival…

The best time to hit Dubai for a shopping spree would be sometime in the first quarter of the year.

Known in Arabic as ‘Layali Dubai’, the DSF was first started by the Dubai government as a retail event aimed to promote trade in Dubai.

If you are on the lookout for the phrase ‘bargains galore’, then this is the time and the place that you should be at.

If there is one thing that brings the shopping bonanza to the forefront, it is this festival that does it time and time again since its inception on the 15th of February 1996.

During the time of the Dubai Shopping Festival, the whole city comes together to celebrate it, almost as though it is a real festival.

You could say that the whole city has gone cuckoo and you would not be that far off the mark either. More than two million visitors attend the event each year. Yes, holly cow!

The traders start off the whole festivities by offering huge discounts in addition to the ones that are already there. In addition to the ‘discount madness’ that seems to grapple almost every single shop in this city, there are daily car raffles and other exciting prizes that would tempt even the most cynical of tourists.

Pretty much anything goes at this time of the festival and if you are looking for some great bargain buys, this would be the time of the year to look for them. The idea of Dubai festival shopping was started off as a strategy to give a boost to Dubai’s retail trade and ever since then, the retail market has never had it so good.

With the number of tourists on the increase year after year, it is no wonder that shops here are offering such huge discounts. The Dubai Shopping Festival also gave rise to the ‘global village’, a kind of a shopping village where every nation from the world gets to take part in by hosting their wares in their own cultural ambience and thus giving the Dubai citizens as well as the expat crowd here a taste of the world without having to leave Dubai itself.



The annual Dubai Shopping Festival is commenced with a big celebration


The main purpose behind this festival has long since shifted from giving the retail sector a boost to providing every form of entertainment available to the tourists. The flash of fireworks in the Dubai skyline at night is bound to make many an American tourist think of the Macy’s July 4th fireworks show in New York City.

The Dubai Shopping Festival is indeed the best time for all shopaholics of the world to visit Dubai. Many items (including designer) are available here at rock bottom prices! From jewelry to fashion goods, from electronic items to leather goods, bargains are to be had in almost every sector like nowhere else in the world.

It is almost as if the private industries as well as the government agencies are trying to outdo each other in providing the best show on the planet. Dubai becomes literally transformed into a stage from where a multitude of events designed to entertain the tourists are hosted.

Think Mardi Gras and you will get an idea of the fever that grips This City come the time of the festival; so if you are still looking for that best buy at the beginning of the year, you better head down to Dubai. The event may only last a month long, but your memories will stay with you a lifetime!


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