Dubai Shopping Festival is at full throttle, and we are happily in for the ride. Eyes will bulge at the sheer magnitude of savings to be had and activities to be enjoyed, from makeup masterclasses to ice skating and aquariums. We’ve rounded up ten of the best for you to take retail therapy to new and dazzling heights. Bargain-hunters at the ready.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Fancy an iPhone Xs? How about a 2018 Jeep Cherokee? What a coincidence – we do too! And furthermore, Dubai Festival City Mall are giving them away this DSF. Shoppers will get a chance to win an iPhone every week, and one lucky so-and-so will drive away in the Jeep, just by spending Dhs250 in the mall. And perhaps even more excitingly, the first ever Paddington World in Festival Square will be open to shoppers during DSF until January 27 during mall operational hours. Throw in a couple of roaming entertainers and a special IMAGINE show dedicated to Star Wars and you’ve got all the makings of a smashing day of retail therapy.
Open Sun-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Until 27 Jan. Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City (800 332).
Four Seasons Suite Life
A stay in a luxury hotel, a personal shopping experience, a nice pamper and a mani-pedi - what more could you want from a day of retail therapy? Well, a post-shopping afternoon tea, of course. Four Seasons Hotels Dubai has partnered with Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols-Dubai to curate the ultimate shopping experience including all of the above and more at The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. The experience is available to all guests staying in a suite at one of the Four Seasons hotels and must be booked 48 hours in advance. Sounds like one for the serious shopper.
Ongoing. Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach; Four Seasons Hotel DIFC www.fourseasons.com.
DSF is set to be more enjoyable than ever with Emaar Entertainment’s fun passes for friends and families, giving pass holders access to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Reel Cinemas and Dubai Ice Rink, at a fraction of the cost. Family passes also include a ticket to KidZania. Sounds, well – fun.
Dhs135 (friend’s passes); Dhs230 (family passes). Valid until 27 Jan, www.dubaifunpass.com.
Galeries Lafayette Beauty Week
The beauty department in Galeries Lafayette will be throwing on a beauty week from Thursday so we can all sashay into the New Year looking our absolute best. Shoppers will be able to try the latest products, take part in competitions to win exclusive prizes and get some tips from renowned beauty bloggers. So tell us, spiderlashes123, how do you wing your eyeliner so perfectly?
Jan 11-20. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
Homeware offer of the week
Fancy starting 2018 with a spruced up dining room, living room or bedroom? Spend more than Dhs1,000 at Home Centre at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, Oasis Centre or Karama Montana Building and you will be in with a chance of getting one for free.
Shoppers who visit this week from January 9 until January 15 and spend a grand will be eligible to enter into the draw to win a beautiful concept room, which has been created specifically for DSF. The winner will be announced on January 16.
Furniture store, Cottage Chic, will also be offering a fancy concept room prize throughout the entire festival. Shoppers who pick up a piece from the store in City Centre Mirdif from now until January 27 will all be in for a chance of winning a room that would make Linda Barker proud.
Dhs1,000 spend to enter. Jan 9-15. Home Cente; Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, Oasis Centre and Karama Montana Building, www.homecentre.com/ae/en/.
Inglot and Mahira Abdel Aziz Dubai Eyes and Lips Palette Collaboration
Pucker up and give those lashes a flutter with a Dubai-inspired palette for lips and eyes from Inglot and celebrity TV anchor, Mahira Abdel Aziz. To celebrate the DSF promotion, shoppers can attend a meet and greet event at the Inglot store in The Dubai Mall on January 11 from 7pm until 9pm to meet Mahira and learn more about the unique creation. Patriotism never looked so good.
Jan 11, 7pm-9pm. Inglot, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 8865).
Juicy Couture – Personalise Your Style
If you like a bit of bling on your tracksuit then head to Juicy Couture throughout the festival to personalise your in-store purchases adorned with sparkling Swarovski lettering. There will also be discounts across the collections.
Until Jan 27, 7pm-9pm. Juicy Couture, Mall of the Emirates (04 347 5591).
If you fancy learning how to put your face on properly then head to the Mall of the Emirates on January 22 for a beauty masterclass with famous Kuwaiti make-up artist, Hanan Alnjadah. Contour away all of those mince pies and start 2018 fresh faced and lovely-looking.
22 Jan, 3pm-6pm. KIKO Milano, Mall of the Emirates (04 320 9236).
Market Outside the Box
If you like your fashion a bit quirky then Market Outside the Box will be right up your alley. The annual market will feature 120 emerging and talented regional designers offering up their unique wares, from textiles and fashion to eclectic jewellery creations and even original soft furnishings and home accessories.
There will also be a load of activities includes Pilates, an outdoor cinema, hip hop performances and even a magician, to make all your receipts vanish.
Free entry. Sun-Thu 4pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai (04 366 1688).
Urban Decay Anniversary
To celebrate the anniversary of the Urban Decay store opening in City Walk, there will be two exclusive in-story makeup classes on January 18. As well as swotting up on your brush stroke, you’ll also receive a complimentary gift with purchases over Dhs500. But that’s not all, the first 20 beauty fans in the store will bag a luxury gift worth Dhs1,500. Now, get out of our way.
Jan 18, 7pm. Urban Decay, City Walk (04 243 2096).