What would you sacrifice to have the scintillating fun of New Year celebration in Dubai and the mind-boggling, jaw-dropping discounts during the Dubai Shopping Festival at the same time? There is no need for any sacrifice as the Dubai Shopping Festival in 2017 is from 26th Dec to 28th January this year. It means you will have the best of both the worlds; all you need is to be in Dubai to experience it. Apart from the great fireworks, you can revel in the amazing crowd while quenching your thirst for shopping at super discounts. Here everything you need to know about the DSF and the list of best things you can do this year.
The History of the iconic Dubai Shopping festival
The Dubai Shopping festival was initially started in the year 1996 with a total spend of Dhs 2.15 million. It was launched with much fanfare and was an unprecedented success attracted over 1.6 million people from all over the world. Since then, there has been no looking back for the festival and the popularity of DSF has been increasing every year. as its popularity, the tourists visiting the city has also increased manifolds to an approximate 60 million people predicted to attend the DSF 2017. Needless to say, achieving this figure is no mean feat. As compared to its early days, today the expenses, the number of tourist footfalls along with the prize money has tremendously increased. The DSF till now has contributed its share of a whopping of Dhs 145 billion to the economy of Dubai.
Highlights of Dubai Shopping Festival 2017
- The prize distribution has always been the most sought after section of the DSF for tourists all over, and why not, when prizes, raffles, and jackpots are Ferrari, Lamborghini, infinity QX60, and Mercedes along with cash prizes are worth thousands of dollars at a time; who won’t be looking forward for the prize distribution of 2017 DSF, especially when it is coinciding with the celebrations of New Year as well.
- This year’s DSF is going to be bigger, better and more surprising in terms of sales, deals and discounts. Some great new international brand additions have made the excitement rise up to the sky. From the best of fashion to home décor, electronics, jewellery and much more; whatever it is that you need, there’s going to be jaw-dropping discounts.
- Since the Dubai Shopping Festival this year is coinciding with the New year celebrations, expect the city of Dubai to be nothing less than a fairy dreamland. Beautiful décor, exceptional lightings, world record breaking fireworks at almost all the main attractions, and so much more is awaiting your gracious presence.
Best things to do at the Dubai Shopping Festival 2017
When it’s a SALE!!! You should exploit it
With amazing discounts on various top brands such as Jimmy Choo, Chanel, or Prada, go for it. Splurge for the best picks besides taking up what’s really necessary. This year’s collection of brands and deals is sure to make you go weak on your knees and fall in love with everything that’s on sale. Go with a heavy pocket and shop till you drop.
Shhh! There’s a secret; Go Shopping Early
It is best to be early for shopping when the rest of them are yawning in their beds. That way you will have less crowd, quick response from the store attendants and changing rooms will be without any queues. Going and doing your shopping early will also give you ample time to enjoy the wonders of the city when others will be beating the queues to get their billing done. Go early and pick up the best deals with ease.
Know the stores beforehand
Before you go shopping, do some research about your areas of interest and the stores that provide them. With jaw-dropping discounts at almost all the stores, you will be spoilt for choices and that may confuse you. There are some great apps for mobile phones that will let you know which store offers what discounts. Install them before hand and be in the fifth gear to roll.
Fill-out every raffle, play every jackpot, and don’t miss any gold coupon
For those who still don’t believe in the unbelievable prizes distributed every DSF, here’s a fact figure. In DSF 2002, a record 41kilograms of gold was distributed as prizes through various coupons and raffles. It has distributed 96 Lexus cars, 45 kilos of gold, 45 Nissan cars, and the unbelievable amount of cash prizes amounting to Crores to its tourists till now, and this number is increasing every passing year. In a nutshell, DSF 2017 offers you a pretty good chance of becoming a millionaire.
The best place to see your favorite celebrities
Dubai Shopping Festival every year brings the best of the world talent to entertain its guests. Whitney Houston, Bryan Adams, the best of world DJs, Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities, singers, theatre performers and so much more people visit Dubai every year to make your trip memorable. Do check the DSF performance calendar and BE There!
This year’s DSF offers double the fun, double the excitement offering innumerable attractions for everyone. So many never seen before performances, amazing discounts, and jaw-dropping fireworks await your arrival. With best of the city malls like City Centre Deira mall, Mercato mall, Ibn Battuta mall, Burjman, The Dubai mall, Dubai duty free, Mall of emirates, ENOC, Paris gallery, Dubai world trade center and more participating in the DSF, we promise you, you’ll never fall short of choices.