The Dubai Shopping Festival
The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), also known as ‘Layali Dubai’ in Arabic, is an annual international shopping event. Originally conceived in 1996, the event now attracts more than 3 million people and is today one of the most important shopping events in the yearly calendar.
Dubai Shopping Festival – Discounted Shopping and Bargains
Many tourists plan bargain holidays to Dubai during the DSF to make the most of the discounted shopping and offers that are available during this event. A shopaholic’s dream, a variety of goods can be purchased at tax free prices including jewellery, watches and perfumes. Daily draws also take place amounting to millions of Dirhams being given out as gifts!
For real atmosphere, visit one of the many souks, located on Dubai Creek to soak up the shopping atmosphere and experience the buzz. Visit the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Fish Souk or Perfume Souk and be amazed at the products on offer and the spectacles to be seen.
Events and Entertainment during DSF
On top of the vast selection of promotions, discounts and bargains that the Dubai Shopping Festival offers, there are daily events such as street performances, music shows, film festivals and firework displays. There are also different shows based on selected themes such as Tarzan and Fashion week plus many sports to get involved in including football, tennis, rowing plus many more.
DSF 2011 – 15 years of the Dubai Shopping Festival
In 2011 the event ran for 32 days from the 20th January to the 20th February. The event opened with an amazing show at the Burj Khalifa Boulevard and Dubai Creek Park with an amazing firework display. Disney also performed an exclusive production here in 2011 plus there were many raffles, concerts and shows such as the Dolphin show, concerts from Amy Winehouse, N.E.R.D and many more artists.
During the fifteen years that Dubai Shopping Festival has been running, there have been over 40 million visitors to the event, consumers have spent Dh84 billion and prizes have been given away to the value of Dh1.35 billion. This is an amazing event not to be missed.
Dubai Shopping Festival 2012 Dates
In 2012 the Festival will commence in the 3rd week of January and will last for a month. Package holidays for the event next year will be advertised soon with many offers on accommodation and flights available during this time.