Dubai Shopping Festival

It’s that time of the year again! The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will start with a bang on December 15, 2023, culminating on January 29, 2024. If you plan to take a vacation break anywhere this year, visit Dubai. You don’t want to miss out on DSF this year, not at any cost, as this year marks the 29th year of this grand festival. This is the much-awaited annual event when Dubai’s malls and shopping destinations come to life.

It is when shopaholics find their dreams coming true via unbeatable deals on everything they fancy, right from fashion to jewelry, electronics, cars, and accessories. It’s not all about searching for bargains, though. The world’s biggest shopping festival offers non-stop thrills and entertainment. There will be fireworks displays, live concerts, fashion shows, and prizes galore. Yes, we’re talking gold, fabulous cars, and designer goodies that are begging to be won.

Why is DSF So Popular?

For an entire month, Dubai has been hailed by one and all as the ‘Ultimate Shopping Destination’ and with good reason. Millions of tourists flock to Dubai during DSF every passing year. Dubai is now home to over 70 malls and shopping outlets, with new malls added to the city every year. Naturally, the city is a shopaholic’s dream come true.

However, regular shopping for big brands at high-end stores is beyond the reach of the common man. But during DSF, it all changes. The incredible discounts, gifts, lotteries, raffles, and prizes allow everyone to shop to their heart’s content. The DSF extravaganza gives shoppers the best offers across all fashion brands, making it possible for a wage-earner to buy something unbelievably expensive for a lower rate.

Things to Do During the Dubai Shopping Festival

Throughout the DSF month, mega activities are held at every mall, store, park, and other tourist attractions. These activities are uniquely designed, so you’ll never get bored. Here are some of the top things to do in Dubai during DSF:

1. Head to Dubai Parks

  Dubai Resorts

Every park in Dubai participates in the festival by organizing shopping and entertainment fairs. Parades, fireworks, and other colorful events are sure to delight tourists.

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2. Visit Global Village Dubai

Visit Global Village

Global Village is one of the top tourist places in Dubai, where you’ll come across thrilling cultural specialties from over 50 countries. There are some great shopping opportunities, plus exclusive dining options to experience. Global Village Dubai is an open-air theme park that literally glitters with entertainment shows by talented performers from around the world.

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3. Watch Live Bollywood Celebrity Performances

rahat fateh ali khan live concert

Are you interested in Indian Bollywood music? Then it’s your chance to experience live shows by celebrated singers such as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Neha Kakkar, and Sonu Nigam . Immerse yourself in their soulful performance as they mesmerize the audience with a list of chart-bursting music numbers.

4. Al Seef Street

Al Seef dubai

The vibrant Al Seef Street puts on a spectacular fireworks show and a fabulous parade throughout DSF. You’ll love this street’s carnival-like vibe and the many flamboyant performances. This year, Al Seef Street transforms itself into a Souk Heritage Market where the 18-kilometer stretch along the Dubai Creek offers a glimpse into old and new ways of life.

5. Night Souks

The night souks set up at various locations are simply amazing during DSF. The dynamic lighting, the glitter, the glamour, the music, and the ambiance – it’s a magical world that has been created especially for you. Check out the night souks on Al Rigga and Al Seef streets. Wholesome family entertainment awaits you at the night souks, plus great food and drinks and plenty of things to do in Dubai with kids. It’s a unique chance to pick up some cool gift items representing local art and heritage and experience true Emirati hospitality and entertainment.

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6. Kid-Exclusive Fun and Entertainment

Kids get to enjoy their fair share of excitement at Dubai Shopping Festivals, where their favorite characters and superheroes grace the city at different spots, such as La Mer, Al Seef, and The Outlet Village. Come and join in the fun of street shows and music merriments as these lovable characters entertain the crowd with their antics and meet and greet events.

7. Boxpark By Meraas Dubai

If you’re wondering what more to do in Dubai during DSF, head to Boxpark by Meraas at Al Wasl Road. Here, you can enjoy some cool fun and fashion along with plenty of dance and music performances, fireworks, carnivals, and an amazing array of crafts and activities for kids. The best part about spending time at Boxpark is that you get to be a lucky winner of the fabulous raffles happening every week. All you need to do is spend AED 100, and you can participate in one of the best raffles in DSF.

8. Desert Camp

Dubai Desert

Enjoy horse and camel riding, dune bashing, quad biking, and sandboarding at the desert camp. A fabulous barbecue dinner awaits you, and plenty of sumptuous local foods at the food courts. There are several souks at the desert camp to purchase souvenirs and traditional items. As always, fireworks and plenty of entertainment will be at the desert camp.

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9. Carpet Oasis

Carpet in Dubai

To buy a great carpet, visit the Carpet Oasis at Mina Rashid Marina. Here, you can explore countless varieties of hand-woven carpets and modern rugs, some of which are rare and priceless. You can even take one home at a discount if you like something that can enhance your home. The exhibition is free of charge.

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10. Mega Prizes to win!

This DSF, it is raining prizes everywhere. A trip to Dubai and a little retail therapy session can get you lucky and win mega prizes. Just spend around AED 350 at City Centre Mall or Ibn Battuta Mall, and you get automatically enrolled in a mega prize draw where a lucky winner gets to win a Range Rover HSE or GAC GS8.

11. The DSF Carnival

Dubai Shopping Festival

The DSF Carnival is held every weekend during the month-long festival. There’ll be a spectacular parade with performances by famous international artists. There’ll be performances by acrobats, dancers, percussionists, musicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, and cyclists. There’ll also be jazz performances and live concerts by famous artists. The Dubai Carnival is themed on various cultures each weekend, including Russian, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, etc.

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DSF 2023–24 is enriched with unforgettable experiences. Download our dedicated DSF 2023–24app to take advantage of discounts, package deals, etc. or to know where to go for the best entertainment.

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

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