8am Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Java U café (04 422 4303) at the Dubai Marina Cascade Building before hopping on the Metro next door, to get to the Mall of the Emirates (04 409 9000).
10 am Time to shop. There are plenty of discounts to be had from half off regular prices at Boutique 1 to up to 50 per cent off at Diesel. If you spend Dhs300 at MOE, you could win a weekly shopping spree worth Dhs300,000 or the grand prize of one of two luxury getaways to Paris!
1pm Have lunch at Tribes (04 395 0663), the African-themed steakhouse at the mall’s Fashion Dome. There’s plenty of familiar carnivorous offerings to choose from, as well as new taste experiences like the ‘multi-Tribal sausage platter’ and camel meat.
3pm Take a taxi and head to Mercato on Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4161) and soak in its new look with a coffee at Starbucks (04 344 9611). The main atrium, balconies and arches of the mall are designed to replicate parts of the lush Palace of Versailles, to fit in with the Marie Antoinette theme they’re celebrating during DSF.
4pm Have your little ones join in the arts and crafts workshop organised daily between noon and 8 pm at the Porto Vecchio Village on the first floor of Mercato. They’ll learn how to make fun items like masks and puppets, while you shop for bargains (some stores have discounts of up to 75 per cent). Anyone who spends Dhs200 can enter a draw to win one of two Infiniti cars - an Infiniti M 37 and the Infiniti FX 35.
5pm Gather around the main stage of Mercato, which has been transformed to look like ye olde European court, and watch special stage shows that have been created exclusively for the event. There’ll also be majestic waltz routines, a string trio, opera singers and all the brilliant baroque you can handle. Fun.
7pm End the night by heading to Shu (04 349 1303), also on Jumeirah Beach Road, for a shisha session while nibbling on Lebanese classics and talking about all the shopping you’d still like to do.
8am Set out for Bur Dubai and enjoy an early morning stroll by the Creek before taking the Metro to the Mirdif City Centre (800 6422). You’ll need to get off at the Rashidiya Metro Station and then take the RTA Feeder bus to reach the mall.
10am If you spend Dhs300 at Mirdif – not a problem when stores such as Stradivarius and Sacoor Brothers have sales with 50 per cent off – you’ll have the chance to enter a draw to win weekly shopping sprees worth Dhs300,000, like at the Mall of the Emirates. The same promotion is on at Deira City Centre (04 295 4486) too…with gold bars thrown in.
1pm Have a quick lunch at More Café (04 284 3805), known for its delicious soups and salads, at Mirdif City Centre before catching the Metro to BurJuman (04 352 0222), by the Khaled Bin Al Waleed station.
3pm BurJuman is running a special ‘Win 10 Times Your Shopping Amount Back’ raffle where, for every Dhs200 spent at the mall, shoppers could head home ten times richer. If ever you needed an excuse to shop some more…
6pm Head to The Observatory at BurJuman to catch the Quick Change Show on three times a day at 6:30pm, 8pm and 9pm where a talented duo performs a series of costume changes in ‘a blink of an eye’. In February, don’t miss the musical shows presented by West End professionals from the UK.
7pm Either stay for more shopping and entertainment at BurJuman or make your way to the Creek Park (04 336 7633) to watch the fireworks show on every night during DSF and enjoy a barbecue with family and friends. It’s the perfect end to a packed, shop-tastic weekend.
After the shops close, check out
When: February 11
Where: Dubai Festival City
Tickets: Dhs300 - Dhs1,000 from www.timeouttickets.com
Pharrell Williams with N.E.R.D featuring Mike Posner
When: February 10
Where: Dubai Festival City
Tickets: Dhs250 - Dhs500 from www.timeouttickets.com
Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival
When: Jazz World, January 20 – 28. Jazz Garden, February 8 – 15. Main gigs, February 16 - 18
Where: Jazz World, The Walk at JBR. Jazz Garden and main gigs are at Dubai Media City.
How much: Free (Jazz World), free for online registration (Jazz Garden) and Dhs275 – Dhs975 for main concerts. See www.dubaijazzfest.com for more information.