The best of Dubai summer surprises and more consumer fun
A to the R to the T (Am so Ridiculously Talented) competition This S*uce initiative aims to support children’s artistic creativity. Kids aged four to 15 are invited to draw their families and submit the artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be featured in a series of gift hampers to be sold at Sikka Art Fair and Art Dubai. Ongoing. S*uce Gifts at Al Wasl Square, and DXB store at Art Dubai, Design Days and Sikka Art Fair, www.shopatsauce.com/art (no number).
Dubai Summer Surprises The summer shopping festival kicks off with discounts and prizes to be won across the city until Sunday July 14. Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre are extending their opening hours to 10am to midnight on weekdays and 10am to 1am on weekends. The Jungle Circus, featuring Africa’s finest acrobats, is entertaining shoppers with three shows daily. For more info visit the Facebook pages of each mall.
New stores & collections
Superdry summer collection 2013 The Harajuku-inspired Brit label’s latest collection features chinos in neutral colours, striped polo-style shirts, red shorts (if you insist, gents), flirty summer dresses with floral prints for her, brightly coloured backpacks, headphones and vests. Dhs139 to Dhs1,150. Superdry, available at various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 451 5166).
Ladies’ day at Mirdif City Centre Every Monday, women are invited to head down to this quieter mall in Mirdif to take advantage of freebies and promotions from 10am until 2pm. More than 80 retailers within the mall are giving female shoppers up to 60 percent off items. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre (800 6422).
Story Time with Time Out Kids at Virgin Megastore Want a couple of hours at the shops on your own? On Friday June 21, take your kids to Virgin Megastore’s Mall of the Emirates branch to hear a surprise celebrity guest read a story. There will also be prizes, games, snacks and tea and coffee for mums and dads. Free to attend. 10am-2pm. Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4353).
DSS deals and events
Candella Boutique Get up to 75 percent on a range of quirky fashion handbags, jewellery and other accessories at this Village Mall boutique. Until June 30. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 1961).
Dubai Outlet Mall The bargain hotspot is holding a number of promotions and activities throughout Dubai Summer Surprises. Spend Dhs200 in any store and enter a lucky draw to win eight BMWs and Dhs1 million worth of prizes, cash and gift vouchers. Prizes include desert safaris, dhow cruises, luxury limo and yacht packages and Wild Wadi tickets. Every Friday, children’s entertainment including balloon-twisting, magicians and face-painting will take place in McDonald’s. Until July 7. Dubai Outlet Mall (04 423 4666).
High-end designer labels Don’t miss out on discounts at the following luxe labels during DSS: Herve Leger (04 330 8205) is offering 30 to 60 percent off items at The Dubai Mall; get 40 to 55 percent off the spring/summer collection at Nina Ricci (04 330 8789) at The Dubai Mall; See by Chloe’s Mirdif City Centre (04 284 0409) and Mall of the Emirates (04 395 1880) stores are offering 30 to 70 percent off on all spring/summer items, while Weill in Galeries Lafayette (04 339 9933) is offering 30 to 40 percent off. Until July 7.
Juicy Couture and Jane Norman Both the LA label and the cheap British brand are offering 25 to 50 percent off selected items. Until July 5. Juicy Couture, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 1259). Jane Norman, various locations including Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3002).
Kurt Geiger The luxe British high-street brand is offering discounts on selected shoes and accessories. Until June 22 (Kurt Geiger). Kurt Geiger, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3883). Shoe Mart, various locations including Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4363).
Mashreq The bank launches a special promotional offer aimed at its debit and credit card holders, using their cards to make purchases during DSS. Those who spend a total of Dhs3,000 on retail purchases (through as many transactions as they wish) will receive two tickets to watch any movie any time at any Grand Cinema. Valid at over 650 restaurants and retail outlets. Until July 9. www.mashreqbank.com/uae/en/DSS
Toys R Us The fun hub is holding a part sale on all its baby and kids products during DSS. Get 25 to 50 percent off toys, games, educational items, strollers, safety gates and infant toys. Until July 6. Various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall (04 206 6552).
Valleydez Wafi boutique Get 25 to 75 percent off brands including Alice Palmer, Arrogant Cat, House of Harlow, Tahir Sultan, Tallulah and Winter Kate. Valleydez, Wafi (04 324 2883).
Zadig & Voltaire The edgy French label made popular by Texan model Erin Wasson is offering 40 percent off selected items during DSS. Until July 7. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9933).