Every winter, Dubai brings shopping the next level by hosting the Dubai Shopping Festival. From mid January until mid-February, thousands of shopaholics, bargain hunters and holidaymakers converge on the emirate's elaborate scene as it bustles with a massive range of sales, competitions prizes as well as fireworks, entertainment and more Desert safari Dubai packages. If you are after the ultimate break the holiday season, then Dubai during the festival is the place for you.
The Dubai Shopping Festival was launched in 1996 by the government as an initiative to boost the retail trade, but it has since grown into one of the most renowned shopping events. Each year, the month-long festival grows larger and more impressive than the previous one, attracting shoppers and holidaymakers across the globe. The record-breaking 3.35 million visitors came to Dubai for the most recent festival, attracted by the huge discounts on tax-free shopping , as along with the competitions, entertainment and fun.
The festival begins by hosting an extravagant opening ceremony that includes lighting and fireworks being held in the vicinity of Dubai Creek and continuing to make Dubai's skies glow throughout the festival.
Shoppers will be in heaven at this year's Dubai Shopping Festival with massive discounts on everything you can think of such as gold, the Dubai's most sought-after product, major designer fashion labels vehicles, electronics, electronics and many more. There are also hundreds of events that take place during the festival, with prizes running into the millions. The 2012 festival features an Mega Raffle whereby every day of the festival , one lucky customer wins an Infinite QX56 SUV for AED 350,000 and AED 100,000.
Alongside the huge sales and competitions in retail that take place during this festival Dubai Shopping Festival, the live entertainment in the city is another draw for tourists. Street performers, music shows, fashion spectacles, film festivals entertainment events and more line the streets in the city centre as well as malls. Family entertainment is big business during the Dubai Shopping Festival which includes several attractions popping up in Dubai's parks like mini fairs, World of Ice, Flower Garden, helicopter tours, spaceships, Spiderman zone, remote controlled boats and more.
Apart from the excitement of the shopping festival it is worth noting that the town of Dubai has plenty of intriguing sights and exciting things to do outside of the limits of Dubai Shopping Festival. Visitors can explore the Bastakia Quarter for an experience of the traditional Dubai and admire in the Burj Al Arab, the most awe-inspiring hotel in the world, enjoy an 18-hole golf game on Dubai's top courses, or take a safari that is outside of the city's limits, to name only a handful of.
With flights regularly scheduled to Dubai from the majority of UK international airports plus plenty of wonderful city-centre accommodation alternatives, a shopping trip during the Dubai Shopping Festival Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival is a amazing, easy shopping experience.