With areas including Sheikh Mohammed Boulevard, Al Seef Street, Al Rigga Street and The Walk at JBR all getting a taste of the action this year, there’s no missing out on Dubai Shopping Festival festivities no matter where you live. Likewise, those not keen on venturing into Dubai’s busy malls can also find hot bargains at the city’s boutiques and standalone stores dotted all over the city. Here, we round up our pick of the must-see events (running until February 2), which sales to scamper to and some of the cool prizes up for grabs.
1 See a vertical fashion show On Monday January 20 prepare to be wowed (and perhaps even strain your neck while doing so), as trained dancers perform choreographed vertical acrobatics in front of the gravity-defying Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Free. www.mydsf.ae.
2 Visit an eco-friendly pop-up shop Promoting sustainable fashion and eco-friendly lifestyle choices, the Market Outside the Box pop-up market concept, running in Burj Park from January 23 to February 2, incorporates a recycled element and features local labels as well as global brands, cafés and food stalls. Put this high on your agenda if you’re a fashion fiend with a conscience. Free entry. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.mydsf.ae.
3 Get a free makeover at The Cocoon Head down to this beautifying enclave in The Dubai Mall on Monday January 13 and Tuesday 14 to undergo an external transformation. The fun design space is offering customers the opportunity to get their hair, make-up and nails done free of charge. Free. The Cocoon, The Dubai Mall, www.mydsf.ae.
4 Sale at Shoe Mart The brand known for its consistent bargain basement prices is offering a further 25 to 60 percent off selected items during the shopping festival. A great chance to stock up on shoes for all occasions. Until February 2. Shoe Mart, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 330 8988).
5 Get bargains on designers at Valleydez Both the Sunset Mall and Wafi branch are offering discounts of up to 75 percent, which means you’ll be able to drape yourself in hard-to-find labels such as Romance Was Born, Yohan Kim and Emma Cook for a steal. Until February 2. Valleydez, Wafi Mall (04 324 2883) and Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 9024).
6 See fireworks Catch a fireworks display every weekend at various locations along the Dubai Creek from 8pm, as well as daily explosions at Al Seef Street in the same area. Free. Daily. Until February 2. Various locations including Dubai Creek, www.mydsf.ae.
7 Win a luxury car It could be the cheapest car you ever buy. Purchase a raffle ticket for Dhs200 at the Gold Souk, all main shopping malls, Global Village and Enoc and Eppco petrol stations to be in with a chance to take home two luxury Infiniti cars (Qx60 and G25), daily. Until February 2. Various locations, www.mydsf.ae.
8 Check out carpets at Dubai Festival City This exhibition and sale celebrates the region’s love of carpet-making and features some of the rarest and largest carpets and rugs from around the world. As well as carpets, shoppers can pick up other works of art and handicrafts. Until February 2. Dubai Festival City Mall, www.mydsf.ae.
9 Win a car, kilos of gold and diamond rings Spend a minimum of Dhs20 on non-fuel items at selected Enoc and Eppco stations during DSF and you’ll go into the Nissan Grand Raffle to win one of 14 Nissan models. Until February 2. Various locations, www.mydsf.ae.
10 Watch acrobats at The Mexican Circus Clowns and jugglers descend on Al Rigga Street to perform a series of special acts and gasp-inducing stunts. The world famous circus includes risky manoeuvres, as well as the Globe of Death, the Cyclone and the Wheel of Death. Those who gag at the thought of animals kept in captivity should steer clear, as the show also includes performing bears and other animal shows. Until February 2. Al Rigga Street, www.mydsf.ae.