Top things to do at Dubai Shopping Festival this weekend
Everything from outdoor markets to theatre productions
There’s less than ten days left of the Dubai Shopping Festival (which ends on Saturday January 27), so if you haven’t indulged in a bit of cut-price retail therapy yet then you really have been missing out. The weekend is finally here and there is shopping to be done, so get on your comfiest shoes and get ready to hit the shops. We’ll see you there.
Be part of a photomosaic Get ready to strike a pose and contribute to the #photomosaic, an activation by fashion retailer New Look to highlight its new collection through a DSF photomosaic. Photos are taken on the spot and visitors/models can participate in this activity at The Dubai Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall. Free. The Dubai Mall: Until Jan 22. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 382246255). Ibn Battuta Mall: Until Jan 27. Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 362 1900).
Damas Loves DSF On Saturday (January 20), Damas Jewellery will be launching the Damas Loves DSF, an exclusive pop-up at City Walk running until the end of DSF (January 27). The dome-shaped pop-up will feature five main corners; Made in Dubai Corner, Diamond Corner, Engagement Corner, Fashion Corner and Young Designers Corner. There will also be a goldsmith present, a kids’ jewellery design area and Dubai Gold & Jewellery raffle coupons on purchases for a chance to win 1kg worth of gold daily. Free. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight (until Jan 27). City Walk, Al Safa Street, www.citywalk.ae. Enjoy a rewarding shopping experience The Dubai Shopping Festival has always been about having fun, creating happy memories and winning loads of prizes – with emphasis on the prizes. The Infiniti Mega Raffle gives shoppers a chance to win a daily prize of an Infiniti QX60 (a car) plus Dhs150,000 in cash, and the gold promotion by the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group is giving away half a kilogram of gold to one lucky shopper and a quarter of a kilogram of gold to two other winners in daily draws. That is a lot of gold. For more information go to www.visitdubai.com/en/. Final chance to visit Market Outside the Box This weekend is your last chance to head to Market Outside the Box (MOTB) and pick up something special from one of more than 120 unique retail vendors. There’s everything from independent fashion and jewellery designers to local homeware crafters, so you’re guaranteed to find a few hidden gems. For little shoppers, there will be a special bedtime story-reading sessions every evening. Free. Until Jan 20, 10am-midnight. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.dsfmarketotb.ae.
Shop and Win with Meraas Dally down to Meraas locations this weekend for the chance to win a stash of prizes. Families who head to La Mer can enjoy kids’ workshops and family entertainment, and when spending Dhs200, they will be in with a chance of being one of two lucky families winning an all-inclusive holiday. Shoppers at City Walk can win a staycation worth Dhs30,000 when spending Dhs300 and at at Al Seef, there is a chance to win 1kg of gold when spending Dhs200. Visitors to BoxPark who spend Dhs100, can be entered to win a MiniCooper. Bargain-hunters at The Outlet Village have the chance to win a Dhs100,000 shopping spree with a personal shopper and private concierge. Finally, when spending Dhs200 at The Beach there is a chance to win both a Fiat500 and a Fiat500C. So, are you feeling lucky? For more information go to www.meraas.com.
Stick Man It’s curtains up this weekend as award-winning stage show, Stick Man, comes to the Madinat Theatre. Based on Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book, Stick Man features puppetry, songs, live music and a whole load of exceptional dance moves that the little ones (and you) will love. Dhs180 (VIP), Dhs165 (stalls), Dhs145 (balcony). Fri & Sat 10.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 366 6546).
Win a Nissan Patrol Why buy a Nissan Patrol, when you can win one? People spending over Dhs100 in participating stores, including Al Maya Group Choithrams, Aswaaq and Madina Supermarket, will be in with a chance of winning a Nissan Patrol each week until the end of DSF on the 27 January. One Nissan Patrol is up for grabs weekly with the draw taking place live on Sama Dubai TV at 10.30pm each night. Visit www.visitdubai.com/en for more details.
Witness spectacular fireworks The Shopping Festival calls for celebration! And we are happy to get involved in the party. There will be displays at The Beach, Al Seef and La Mer every weekend throughout January. Hoorah! Free. Al Seef: 8.30pm. The Creek, Dubai. La Mer: 9pm. Jumeriah 1. The Beach: 9.30pm. opposite JBR, www.meraas.com.