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Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 – What, When & How

By Chandni Jani on Dec 3, 2016
Themes:  Food & Shopping  Popular Events  Wine and Dine  | Category: Family Vacation | Country:  Dubai

The Dubai Shopping Festival, popularly known as DSF started on 15th February, 1996 as a retail event with a purpose of boosting retail trade in Dubai. Since then it has become a very popular festival of Dubai and has been promoted as a tourist destination. This mega event happens once every year and it attracts approximately 4-5 million tourists to Dubai.

The best part of the Mega Shopping Event and Entertainment Extravaganza is that it caters to almost every age segment and offers different choices for people with different interest. Numerous Shopping Malls, Souks, Various High End Brands, Different Countries, Fun Fair Vendors, participate in the Dubai Shopping Festival, offering best deals, offers and discounts on their products. It paints the city in a different festive mood.


DSF i.e. the DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL is the largest shopping festival of the Middle East. It is the longest running festival of its kind. The interesting facts about Dubai Shopping Festival are that it is celebrating its 24th Anniversary in 2019 & it includes everything from amazing events, fashion flash mobs, various cuisine options, themed activities, great deals, live raffle drawings, high end shopping experiences to cultural shows and entertainment. Dubai Shopping Festival will be hosting various activities from Global Village to Themed Fun Fairs. Be ready to witness something bigger, grander and more extravagant during this edition of Dubai Shopping Festival.

The most special thing about DSF is that,families can have fun together.It becomes a dream come true for shopaholics, offers sumptuous cuisine for foodies& lets children indulge in numerous stalls and activities. Generally, most of the items and products at the Dubai Shopping Festival are available at amazingly affordable rates. The items that you can specifically focus on for a guilt free budget shopping experience along with the unforgettable experience are mentioned below-

  • Clothes at great prices at Global Village, Dubai Malls and markets
  • Electronic items like Mobiles, Tablets, Laptops & Television’s at great bargain deals
  • Gold from Souks at lower prices compared to other places
  • Dubai’s special chocolate dipped dates & almonds

HANDY TIP – You can download the Dubai Shopping Festival Application to stay updated on the latest deals and offers available at the Shopping Festival.


The Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 will start on 26th December 2018 and continue till 28th January 2019. The Dubai Shopping Festival Opening ceremony starts with extravagant fireworks. This vibrant fireworks display stretches up to 6 kilometers approximately which is synchronized with the Theme Song of Dubai Shopping Festival. It illuminates the skyline of Dubai from Dubai Creek and Business Bay till Shindagha area. If you are visiting Dubai Shopping Festival with your kids, they will be awed by the opening ceremony.


The best time to visit Dubai Shopping Festival is around the first week of January. You can also visit it during December end. Visiting it in December end will double the celebrations as you can enjoy New Year’s Eve also in Dubai.  The fireworks during New Year’s Eve and during the opening ceremony of Dubai Shopping Festival will leave you spellbound.

HANDY TIP – Book a spot at The Amazing Dubai Shopping Festival at great prices now to make the most of the event and enjoy an unforgettable shopping experience.


DSF has a lot more to offer other when compared with other shopping extravaganzas across the world. There are many must-visit attractions at The Dubai Shopping Festival, including mesmerizing celebrity performances, Dubai food explorations, Magic shows, themed activities, live musical performances, Desert Safaris, and Fireworks.


Dubai Shopping Festival features a Global Village that offers you a chance to experience cuisines and cultures of different countries around the Globe. Performers representing different countries put up world-class acts for visitors. Different countries also have their own pavilions where you can savor their local cuisines, learn their traditions, and take advantage of available shopping deals.There is something for the whole family, including fun rides for your kids to enjoy while you satiate your shopping appetite.


The Al Rigga Street at the Dubai Shopping Festival features street performances, a circus tent, fun fairs, and a night soak for visitors every day.

The Al Seef Street, on the other hand, hosts theater shows by groups from countries such as Egypt, India, UAE, and Syria.

Children can have loads of fun at the Global Village but they can even enjoy rides at funfairs held in places like Al Rigga Street or Dubai Festival City.


Dubai Shopping Festival also includes the DSF Desert Camp which highlights the Emirati Heritage. If you get tired of shopping, you can visit the DSF Desert Camp. You can go for Desert Safari, relax, enjoy horse and camel rides, indulge in local cuisine at food courts or enjoy barbecues and you can even shop traditional or local items at the camp souk.


There are Open markets, known as Ripe Markets, across three locations in Dubai – Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Zabeel Park, and Al Barsha Pond Park. The stalls feature artistic items, jewellery, art and craft, gifts, and homeware collections. You will also find numerous kid’s activities, yoga and fitness workshops, organic grocery shopping stalls with gluten-free items, local honey, fresh produce, and other super food items. Some of the city’s best cafes and food trucks serve delicious cuisines in the market.

The Dubai Shopping Festival also hosts a Dubai Carnival featuring musical performances, fireworks, laser shows, and entertaining performances.

HANDY TIP – Refer the Schedule guide and link given below in the article so that you don’t miss out on some of the most exciting events of Dubai Shopping Festival 2018.


DSF i.e. the Dubai Shopping Festival is a mega shopping festival which is held for approximately a month every year. It is the longest running festival of its kind.

After the huge success of Dubai Shopping Festival’s last year’s marketing campaign, this year DSF i.e. the Dubai Shopping Festival will again market its slogan – ‘Dubai at its Best’. It will be signifying its rich Emirati Heritage, showcasing the best that it offers across all sectors and services.

Also, for this year’s festival, the shows are across 2 locations of Dubai. It will be covering both, the Traditional Dubai and Modern Dubai. You can try your luck at various raffle drawings like Gold Raffle, Cash Raffles, Nissan Grand Raffle, etc at Old Souks or at the Modern Dubai Shopping Malls to win attractive prizes including cash and cars.


You can also check out an in depth schedule of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 at  this link: http://www.visitdubai.com/en/dsf



Dubai Shopping Festival highlights a shopping experience like never before. From numerous shopping options, you can focus on the below mentioned ones to make your shopping experience an easier and memorable one. From branded, traditional, cultural to local souvenirs and items, some of the best things to buy in Dubai Shopping Festival are-

APPARELS Shop with great deals from brands like Jack & Jones, Rodeo Drive, Billionaire, Armani, Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Verri, BOGGI, Prada and many more brands
GOLD JEWELLERY Available at comparatively lower rates at Gold Souks & Night Souks, Malls and Local Markets
PERFUMES & COSMETICS Shop Duty Free from high end brands like Chanel, Bvlgari, Burberry, De Beers, Mac and Much more
WATCHES Shop Discounted and Affordably Priced watches from your favourite brands like ICW, Burberry,Cartier, Michael Kors, Rado or your Favourite brand
LEATHER BAGS AND JACKETS Shop for leather goods at bargain prices from brands like Sharief, Burberry, Condotti, Jashanmal or Prada
HOME DÉCOR Explore Carpet Oasis to shop for colorful carpets at big discounts
GADGETS Gadget lovers can shop latest products of various brands like Apple, Sony, Vertu, Acer, Lenovo, etc. for unbelievable low prices and that too duty free
SPICES AND DRY FRUITS Shop for exotic spices and dry fruits like black cardamom, saffron, chocolate dipped dates and almonds and much more


Dubai Shopping Festival has numerous locations around Dubai. Some of the best places to shop in Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 are as mentioned below-

  • Global Village
  • Dubai Mall
  • Gold Souk
  • Night Souk
  • Al Rigga Street
  • Al Seef Street
  • DSF Desert Camp
  • Dubai Festival City
  • Dubai Duty Free
  • Promenade at Dubai Festival City
  • Carpet and Arts Oasis
  • ENOC
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Deira City Centre
  • Mall of Emirates
  • Burjuman Centre Dubai
  • IBN Battuta Mall
  • Dubai World Trade Center
  • Dragon Mart
  • Paris Gallery
  • Wafi Mall
  • Lamcy Plaza
  • Festival Waterfront Centre
  • Mercato Shopping Mall
  • Lulu Hypermarket
  • Lulu Village

                    …And many other places, making it an endless list.

HANDY TIP – Try to reach early than the rest of the people at shopping venues to avoid long queues and waiting time periods.

We offer some of the best packages for Dubai Shopping FestivalDon’t miss the opportunity of indulging in shopping, food and entertainment, all at one grand venue – Dubai. Have a look at our Dubai holiday tour packages and have a gala time enjoying shopping with Dubai Shopping Festival Offers.

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Comments :
  1. Kunal Parmar says:December 7, 2016 at 12:23 am


  2. Mohit Syal says:January 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I want to know the results of the draw which was on 7 th jan 2017

  3. Wanderlust Asia says:January 23, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Good Work, looking forward to more useful posts like this one.

    1. Flamingo Transworld says:February 18, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Glad to know that. Lots more to come!

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