Y es we know, Christmas and New Year are long gone, and we’re all in that detoxing state of mind. But while your body and mind are having a quiet January, your credit card needs to be in the no-chill zone as the annual Dubai Shopping Festival is back, bigger and better than ever.
Running until Saturday January 28, the 34-day shopping extravaganza is now in its 22nd year and is still the longest-running shopping event in the world. With a few more weeks left for you to give your credit card a workout (just forget about the Christmas shopping), as well as trolleys to fill and check-out counters to queue at, there’s also a raffle being hosted by Infiniti cars on Sama Dubai TV, daily at 10pm, where one lucky shopper will win an Infiniti QX70 and Dhs150,000 in cash – every day of the festival. Raffle tickets for this draw can be purchased from ENOC petrol stations and Global Village until Saturday February 4.
Nissan is also hosting a raffle, and that too will be drawn live, every day, on Sama Dubai TV from 10pm, with the lucky winner taking away one of eight of the brand’s most iconic wheels. This prize draw ends on Saturday January 28.
Dubai Festival City Mall is another spot you’ll want to visit during DSF, for its nightly waterfront attraction. Expect a multisensory light, water and fire show similar to those seen in Las Vegas and Singapore.
And that’s not all. Those who spend Dhs250 at any outlet in Dubai Festival City Mall will be in the running to win a night’s stay at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. There will be fireworks every weekend until Saturday January 28, so make sure those phones are at the ready, too.
Three top DSF events
Some of the biggest fashion brands will put on a show this weekend, with a surprise musical performance.
Jan 12-14. Mall of the Emirates.
Market outside the box
With views of the Burj Khalifa, this outdoor event will see local designers set up a fashion and design market.
Until Jan 28. Burj Park.
Win a kilo of gold
One hundred shoppers will win a ½ or ¼ kilo of gold courtesy of Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, or a kilo on day 34.
Until Jan 28.