With summer coming to an end and school starting back up again at the start of September Dubai is pulling out all the stop with a list of big city-wide events, promotions and plenty of prizes.
The biggest retailers at malls and outlets throughout the city are putting on an extensive calendar of events so kids, parents and teachers can enjoy the last couple of weeks before school is back in full swing.
If you’re wondering about all the ways to prepare for the new school term, check out the five essential ways to do it right here.
Check out all the events, raffles and promotions below. The countdown to the next school year begins.
School bus market at The Dubai Mall
Set off on an adventure to shop at The Dubai Mall's special school bus market. Based at The Souk Atrium at The Dubai Mall, kids can take on a range of activities and entertainment, while the market itself will have plenty of school essentials on sale.
Until Saturday August 31. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai.
Market at Dragon Mart 2
Looking for half-price deals on school supplies and accessories? Dragon Mart 2 is the place to be, as it’s hosting a dedicated back-to-school market with a huge 50 percent off all things school. Expect everything from personal care items to clothing, electronics, accessories and lunchbox items.
Until Sat Sep 7. Dragon Mart 2, International City.
Customise your school necessities at City Centre Mirdif
Going back to school with one-of-a-kind gear? How could we say no? When shopping at City Centre Mirdif until Saturday September 7, any back-to-school necessities purchased within the mall will be customised for free in the Central Galleria. That’s not all, as those who dine in any of the restaurants within the mall, kids can eat for free when with any main course.
Until Sat Sep 7. City Centre Mirdif, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
Customise your backpack at Dubai Festival City Mall
Get any back-to-school bag or rucksack at Robinsons from brands East Pak, Kipling, Thermos, Stuck On You, Rex and Skip Hop and get a free initial or name embroidery, along with ten percent cash-back when bought with an Al Futtaim credit card.
Until Sat Sep 7. Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City.
A stylish backpack is essential for the new term. Head to Aeropostale stores around Dubai and check out its new range of 13 backpacks, all for Dhs129 until Monday September 30.
Dhs129. Until Mon Sep 30. Various locations including The Dubai Mall; Mall of the Emirates.
Accessorize is offering a free tote bag for all shoppers who spend Dhs200 until Saturday September 7. Head to Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and The Dubai Mall and get shopping
Until Sat Sep 7. Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and The Dubai Mall.
Choose from a range of trainers, tracksuits, accessories and sportswear at Sports Market until Saturday September 7 and get up to 75 percent off. That’s gym class covered.
Until Sat Sep 7. Wafi Mall, Dubai Health Care City.
Want to be in with a chance to win up to Dhs250,000? It’s a great way to start off the new year, and all you have to do is shop.
Taking place until Saturday September 7, Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) is giving away a host of prizes, and to enter, shoppers will need to spend Dhs200 at any of the participating malls to receive a raffle coupon that will be entered in to the raffle draw.
Ten lucky customers will win a windfall of Dhs10,000 each, as well as four tickets for the family to Dubai’s spectacular show, La Perle by Dragone.
Here’s a list of participating malls to shop at: Al Barsha Mall, Al Bustan Mall, Al Mulla Plaza, Arabian Centre, BurJuman Centre, City Centre Me’aisam, Century Mall, Dubai Outlet Mall, Etihad Mall, Oasis Mall, Reef Mall, Bay Avenue, Mudon, Shorooq Mirdif and Times Square Centre.
Raffle draw announcements will take place on Saturday August 31 and September 7.
Lego takes over Dubai Opera
If your little ones are big fans of Lego, be sure to head to the Grand Circle Foyer of Dubai Opera, as Lego will be taking it over. That’s not all, as those who spend Dhs200 will get a free Lego mini build.
Fri Aug 30, 9am-8pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai.
Fancy one last break before the school begins, a number of hotels across the city are offering some huge discounts. Save up to 20 percent on rooms at Address Hotels + Resorts and Rove Hotels, along with 50 percent off a second room at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi.
There’s plenty more going on, and for more information on all the discounts, promotions and events throughout the city, visit www.visitdubai.com/en/back-to-school.