January is in full swing – as is Dubai Shopping Festival 2020, and there’s heaps to do around the city this week.
We’ve rounded up the pick of family fun, comedy shows, historical festivals, huge prizes and more for you to enjoy.
For a full rundown of events between now and Saturday February 1, click here.
Events, experiences and concerts
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.
A room without a carpet just doesn’t feel as homely, handwoven carpets and high-quality modern rugs, DSF’s Carpet Oasis in Mina Rashid Marina is your best bet. Check out an array of rare and unique carpets made by talented craftsmen from around the world, all while the little ones can enjoy games and activities. It runs daily until Saturday February 16.
As we’ve come accustomed to year in, year out, Dubai Shopping Festival is home to spectacular fireworks displays throughout the festival. You can head to The Beach, Al Seef, La Mer, Dubai Festival City, The Frame and The Pointe.
See the best of Arab stand-up comedy when as Mo Amer, Nemr, Bader Saleh and Ali Al Sayed take to the stage at Dubai World Trade Centre as part of DSF Comedy Nights. Tickets start at Dhs195 and it’s sure to be a hilarious evening.
Get cultural at Al Seef Market
Visit the waterfront destination daily until Saturday February 1 to experience different cultures, all while enjoying top-notch shopping, dining, art and cultural entertainment from around the world. There’s also a host of installations, music shows, workshops, activities for the little ones, arcade games, theatre plays and more. This is one the whole family will enjoy.
Futuristic LED Tunnel
If you’re looking to travel ahead in time, City Walk’s DSF Market has just the tunnel for you to head through. Wonder through its futuristic and interactive LED tunnel, boasting some of the latest in technology, and explore VR and gaming pods, and a brainwave racing game, in which a car is powered around by your brain's activity.
Hatta Outdoor Market
Take a trip to Hatta to escape the city and regular life, and enjoy an outdoor souk. It will have different themes throughout, as well as cultural activities and sports including climbing walls, trampolines, VR games and an outdoor cinema. The market will also host collectors groups for classic cars, bikers, caravans and kites. It takes from 4pm until 10pm every weekend until Saturday February 1.
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.
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.
A show like no other, if you’re up for a traditional Venetian masque from an Italian carnival featuring formers and all manner of beautifully crafted masks, Mercato Mall is the place to be. Shows will be going on daily until Saturday January 18, giving you plenty of time to check it out – maybe even more than once.
Mohamed Ramadan and Saad Lamjarred live
Get ready for two of the biggest stars in the Arab world to the share the stage – for the first time ever. Catch Mohamed Ramadan and Saad Lamjarred live for a double bill concert on Friday January 10 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It’s going to be a big one.
Little kids (and big kids alike) will be thrilled to hear that some of Nickelodeon's most popular characters are coming to town. Catch Dora the Explorer and her best mate Boots, Paw Patrol’s Marshall and Chase, and the Shimmer and Shine stars at City Centre Mirdif from Thursday January 9 until Saturday January 18 and at City Centre Deira from Monday January 20 until Wednesday January 29.
Sonu Nigam live
Sonu Nigam is without a doubt one of Bollywood’s biggest stars and the award-winning singer is set to rock the stage Dubai World Trade Centre Arena on Friday January 10. Expect hits such as Bole Chudiyaan, Kal Ho Naa Ho and many more.
The LEGO & IMAGINE Show
Get ready for a whole heap of brick-tacular fun at the region's first, not to mention world's largest, LEGO Festival. Grab the gang and head to Dubai Festival City Mall between Wednesday January 8 and Saturday March 14, where you can get your hands on over one million LEGO bricks in order to build remarkable creations. Little kids and big kids alike can show off their master building skills at 11 themed zones across the shopping mall for Dhs29.99. But the brick-tastic fun doesn't stop there. Little LEGO fans can watch their LEGO Ninjago heroes come to life in a 3D show complete with lasers and water, absolutely free. The IMAGINE Show will be taking place every day outside at Festival Bay.
The Voice live on stage
MBC’s popular adaption of worldwide hit TV show, The Voice, is taking to the stage at City Walk from Wednesday January 8. Expect stellar performances from the eight talented finalists, last season’s winner and many more. Plus on January 9 Ragheb Alama and Ahlam will perform together for the first time ever.
Watch a Khaleeji comedy play
In need of a good old laugh? Catch Tariq Al Ali and a cast of star actors at Antar Al Mufaltar at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium on Thursday January 9 and Friday January 10. We won’t give you any spoilers away but the story is of Antar, his wife and son who are forced to take refuge with relatives and hilarious and unexpected situations arise.
Shopping & Deals
From Thursday January 2 until Sunday 26 as long as stocks last, there will be a special massive sale at a different location every day. Keep an eye on timeoutdubai.com to find the latest deals near you.
Cashback promotion with RAKBANK
Bank with RAKBANK? You’re in for extra bonuses thanks to DSF. The bank is getting on board with the celebrations by offering 25 percent cashback on its Mastercard credit card spends during the 25th anniversary of DSF. You can opt-in to participate by sending ‘DSF’ to 7010 from a registered mobile number, and all you need to do is make 75 transactions of any value with your card to be eligible to receive 25% cashback on purchases made throughout DSF.
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.
Raffles & Prizes
DSF 25 Home Makeovers
In partnership with Home Centre until Wednesday January 29, 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, with one revealed every day, 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 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.
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 stations and Zoom delete-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.
Yalla DSF Game
Why not turn DSF into a game? The first-ever mobile game just for DSF launches on January 9, and there’s a whopping Dhs60,000 across more than 50 club apparel brands up for grabs. Shoppers will have to complete challenges and compete with other players, and the more they conquer, the bigger prizes they’ll get. Get those phones out to start clicking and winning.
For all event information about the best things to do during Dubai Shopping Festival 2020, visit www.visitdubai.com/en/dsf/experience.
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