Dubai Shopping Festival: 25 things to do this week

Markets, deals and more to check out this week

Dubai Shopping Festival: 25 things to do this week

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 Khawaneej Market
This winter-themed carnival experience at Al Khawaneej Market runs from 6pm until midnight daily – so get ready for some wintery fun. There’s an outdoor ice rink, plus you can build a snowman or join a snowball fight too. There’s even an open-air cinema and plenty of family fun. Throughout the week there will a DJ playing the tunes, plus there’s live music at weekends.

Al Rigga Market
Have a taste of history at Al Rigga Market. Open from 4pm until 1am on weekdays and from 4pm until 2am on weekends you can enjoy food stalls, crafts, games, roaming entertainment, stage shows and more. There’s also football, fitness and soap stadium tournaments for more active visitors. To mark 25 years of the festival, the market expresses how Dubai Shopping Festival has grown from its humble beginnings to propel the city to become the world’s leading shopping destination. It also amps up the nostalgic feel to reflect how the bustling and well-known Al Rigga Street, home to Dubai's first mall, was like in the historic neighbourhood of Deira.

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.

Book your tickets for Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams is set to play at Dubai’s The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah on Friday January 24, and tickets are on sale now. Tickets are now on sale through Dubai Calendar starting at Dhs295. Williams, whose recent album, The Christmas Present, is world-famous for his time in boyband Take That, before he went on to be a successful solo artist. Best known for songs including Angels, Let Me Entertain You, She’s The One, Rock DJ and Feel will be playing as part of DSF’s 25th anniversary.
Fri Jan 24. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah.

Buy one ticket and get one free to Laguna Waterpark
To celebrate DSF you can have a splashing fun time at Laguna Waterpark – where you can buy one ticket and get one free. The deal runs until Saturday February 1 and you’ll need to buy tickets at the gate.

Carpet Oasis
Powered by Dubai Customs, the free-to-visit exhibition features a grand array of handwoven carpets and high-quality modern rugs made by talented craftsmen from around the world. Explore the rare and unique pieces from January 5 to February 16, open Saturdays to Thursdays from 10am to 10pm, and on Fridays from 2pm to 10pm.

Dazzling fireworks
As we’ve become 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 to see dazzling displays.

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. Catch the Trolls at City Walk, Al Seef, La Mer, The Outlet Village and The Beach.

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. Wander 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. It will have different themes throughout, as well as cultural activities and sports including climbing walls, trampolines and VR games. 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, Downtown Dubai for 26 days until Saturday February 1.

The seventh edition of swyp Market Outside The Box (swyp MOTB) is at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai this month, and you’ll get to see local, regional and international musicians perform, along with a range of food vendors. The highly-anticipated bazaar boasts local artisans showcasing homegrown brands, selling everything from funky jewellery, beachwear and other fashionable items to home accessories. Shoppers can also expect a flurry of food stalls offering hot or cold beverages such as karak tea, along with doughy delights and wings to munch on while shopping around. MOTB 2020 will also have plenty of live shows to jam around to, including local and international musicians, DJs, dance shows and a slew of exciting entertainment. For all the gamers out there, there will also be a Game Zone featuring a huge, immersive gaming experience.
Until Sat Feb 1. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai,

See 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.

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 Dhs30. 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 in Dubai. If you haven't caught the action so far, mark your calendars to see Assi El Hallani perform on Friday January 17 or Samira Saeed wow the crowds on Saturday January 18.

Art Canvas
Arabian-style luxury bazaar Souk Madinat Jumeirah is debuting an immersive art project that celebrates the UAE’s rich cultural heritage with seven of the country’s most acclaimed artists. The 'souk seven' – Amalie Beljafla, Amrita Sethi, Mona Fares, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Noora Al Mazroui, Laila Masri and Fathima Mohiuddin – have created a series of distinctive artworks and installations, transforming the marketplace into a living canvas.

Shopping & Deals

DSF Surprises
Until Sunday January 29 as long as stocks last, there will be a special massive sale at a different location every day. Keep an eye on 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, an interactive laser tunnel, gaming pods and a kids’ digital interaction area, there’s loads to see and do. Weekend themes include Beauty (Jan 15-18), Dubai has talent (Jan 22-25) and Gaming (Jan 29-Feb 1).

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 where one winner each week will win 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 stores. In total, 37 cars will be given away. Plus there’s grand-prize of worth Dhs350,000 at the end of DSF.

Yalla DSF presented by Club Apparel
Why not turn DSF into a game? The first-ever mobile game just for DSF launches on January 9, and there’s a whopping Dhs600,000 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

For more Dubai Shopping Festival news, click here

Be the first to get all the latest Dubai news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.

More from Things to do

Top deals to mark French National Day 2020

Theatre from your living room – where you get to influence the story

The Meydan Hotel launches top summer deals

Sponsored: from staycations to daycations, there’s loads to enjoy

Enter your pet into Time Out’s UAE-wide celebration, in association with The Pet Shop

Get a discount on all orders in Abu Dhabi and Dubai


Follow us