Dubai Shopping Festival 2020: 25 things to do in January

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Dubai Shopping Festival 2020: 25 things to do in January

January is here and Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 is now in full-flow. It’s the 25th anniversary for the world’s biggest retail event, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

From concerts, to theatre shows, to marathons or giveaways with millions or dirhams, here’s what’s happening throughout January to make the most of during Dubai Shopping Festival 2020.

Plus there are loads of family-friendly activities too. For a full rundown of events between now and Saturday February 1, click here

Events, experiences and concerts

Amr Diab
The Egyptian legend and singing superstar will be heading back to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre later in January. On Friday January 24, expect to hear big tunes like Nour El Ain and Ana 3ayesh.

Light Art DXB
See an outstanding interactive light installation as Light Art DXB will be installed at Emaar’s Burj Plaza for 26 days, from Tuesday January 7 until Saturday February 1.

Daily Fireworks
As we’ve come accustomed to year in, year out, Dubai Shopping Festival is home to some spectacular fireworks displays every day of the festival. You can head to The Beach, Al Seef, La Mer and Dubai Festival City.

Dreamworks Trolls live in Dubai

Meet Princess Poppy and other Trolls characters across the city. Don’t miss out on watching the hilarious antics with free stage shows starting at 5pm. There are also meet and greets, parades, games, activities and more. Catch the Trolls at City Walk, Al Seef, La Mer, The Outlet Village and The Beach.

Dubai World Cup Carnival
Love horseracing? If you’ve never been to Meydan racecourse, now’s your chance. The 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival season kicks off on Thursday January 2, and runs every Thursday night through until the 2020 Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 28. It’s a must-try experience that’s fun, exciting and you don’t need to know the ins and outs of the sport to enjoy it.

Jo Koy

US comedian Jo Koy will be bringing his Just Kidding world tour to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on Monday January 20. Famed for his stand up shows, his podcast The Koy Pond with Jo Koy by Starburns Audio and his recent Netflix special Comin’ In Hot, the comedian is currently on his first leg of the Just Kidding Tour – which promises all new material. He will also be performing in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Philippines. You may also know him from US talk show Chelsea Lately, in which he’s appeared in more than 140 episodes.

Lolita live at Burj Al Arab
Famed singer Lolita Milyavskaya, known more commonly by her stage name Lolita, will be performing at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah on Tuesday January 7. The world-famous hotel will play host to the singer who has released eight studio albums, and there will be a reception starring Morozov’s Quartet.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

The 31st edition of this prestigious golfing tournament sees the return of the European Tour to Dubai, just two months after the conclusion of the tour at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Bryson DeChambeau returns as defending champion, alongside Tommy Fleetwood and some absolute titans of the game for a brilliant weekend of golfing action from Thursday January 23 until Sunday 26.

Al Quoz Arts Fest
On Friday January 24 and Saturday 25, Al Quoz’s Alserkal Avenue will celebrate community, culture and art. Gather your pals, your family and even your pets, and head along for a bunch of curated activities, exhibitions, performances and more.

Spongebob Squarepants
Take a trip to cool seaside location La Mer with the family during DSF and meet the popular cartoon character. He’ll be doing singalongs and stage shows, as well as live meet and greets from Thursday January 2 until Saturday January 11. And while you’re there you can enjoy I Heart Dancing shows at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. There will also be a play area with Spongebob-themed arts and crafts if you have creative kids. Plus if you spend more than Dhs100 your kids can meet Spongebob at 5.35pm, 8.05pm or 9.33pm, or enjoy Under the Sea World activities from 4pm until 10pm. The character will move to City Walk from January 16 to 25, so don’t miss a singalong show.

Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet
Head to Dubai Opera to see this impressive performance from the Georgian National Ballet on Friday January 3 and Saturday January 4.

Shopping and promotions

Daily discounts
Throughout the festival, you’ll be able to get daily deals in-store at malls across the city. Get 25 to 75 percent off fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle brands at more than 3,500 stores.

Dubai Shopping Festival Markets
A series of pop-up markets bring the city alive this year. Head outdoors to the winter-themed Al Khawaneej Market, enjoy the nostalgic charm of Al Rigga Market or get a taste of the future at City Walk Market. You can also experience different cultures at Al Seef Market or head out of the hub of the city to Hatta Market to have a memorable day of shopping.

Al Shindagha Days
A brand-new festival will take place in Dubai’s renovated Al Shindagha area. Enjoy ten days of activities, starting Thursday January 9, that will revive the history of the area and reflect its importance for the UAE and the region. Discover many hidden talents with homegrown arts and crafts on display.

City Walk Market
Get ready for some serious innovation and new experiences at this futuristic event. With VR pods, Brainwave racing car game (fueled by your brain activity) an interactive laser tunnel, gaming pods and a kids’ digital interaction area, there’s loads to see and do. There will be five themed weekends too, including Pop Culture (Jan 2-4), Music (Jan 8-11), Beauty (Jan 15-18), Dubai has talent (Jan 22-25) and Gaming (Jan 29-Feb 1). Shows take place at 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and 3pm until 11pm on weekends.

Hatta Market
Located right in the heart of Hatta, this market includes traditional entertainment, which allows visitors to enjoy an authentic outdoor souk experience. Plus there are climbing walls, trampolines, VR experiences, and outdoor cinema and even a petting zoo to keep the whole gang entertained. There are also themed events for fans of classic cars, bikers, caravans, kites and barbecues. It runs daily, with main events falling on weekends from 4pm until 10pm.

Celebrate 25 years of DSF at Nakheel Mall
Head to Dubai’s newest shopping destination, on Palm Jumeirah, to win five brand-new BMW cars, as well as daily prizes worth a total of Dhs250,000 in Spin to Win competitions. Just spend Dhs250 at any outlet for the chance to win. There will also be live shows including Transformers on January 2 and 3, Bugs 80th experience on January 9 to 11, Little Red Tweet Hood Live show on January 16 to 18.

DSF Surprises
From Thursday January 2 until Sunday 26 as long as stocks last, there will be a massive sale on every day at one brand at one location in Dubai. Keep your eyes close to Time Out Dubai to find out the latest deal on near you.

Raffles & Prizes

DSF 25 SHARE Millionaires
Shop at Majid Al Futtaim malls for a chance to enter a draw to win one of 25 prizes giving 1,000,000 SHARE Points if you sign up to the new rewards app. Head to Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira to shop to win.

DSF Skywards Millionaire
Every store in The Dubai Mall is taking part in this one… Once you’ve spent a certain amount in each store you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of five prizes giving away 1,000,000 Emirates and flydubai skywards miles. Simply spend more than Dhs350 and scan your receipt on The Dubai Mall app to enter between Friday January 3 to Saturday February 1 to take part.

DSF 25 Home Makeovers
In partnership with Home Centre, from 5 January 2019 – 29 January 2019, you’ll be able to enter a prize draw to win a stylish home makeover. Been dreaming about a new sofa, bed or floor lamp recently? There will be 25 winners announced daily, and each winner gets a home makeover worth Dhs10,000 in the form of a voucher from Home Centre. For every Dhs500 spent in store you’ll get a coupon to enter the draw.

DSF Souqs Promotion
Spend Dhs100 at Souk Naif, Souk Al Rashidiya or Souk Al Hamriya and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a brand-new Nissan Kicks. The draw runs until Saturday February 1 with the winner announced on the final day.

INFINITI Mega Raffle
You’ll be able to drive away from DSF in a brand-new INFINITI QX50 plus Dhs200,000 in cash every single day of the festival. Plus one lucky winner will walk away with a cash prize of Dhs1million at the end of the Festival. Buy a ticket for Dhs200 at designated locations across the city to be entered into the prize.

Nissan Grand Raffle
Five different Nissan models are up for grabs, too, and you can win one with tickets available when you spend Dhs25 or more in ENOC/EPPOC sites and Zoom at the Metro all over Dubai. In total, 37 cars will be given away. Plus there’s grand-prize of worth Dhs350,000 at the end of DSF.

Spend and win with Meraas
Meraas is giving away 1,000 vouchers worth a total of Dhs1million this year. For every spend of Dhs100 at any participating location you’ll receive a raffle ticket – with which you’ll be in with a chance of winning a Dhs1,000 vouchers. 25 lucky people will win each day until Saturday February 1. Locations include City Walk, La Mer, The Beach, BoxPark, Bluewaters Dubai, Al Seef and The Outlet Village.

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