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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL

Dubai Heritage Season to host 4 weeks of cultural activities during Dubai Shopping Festival 2014

Posted on 06/01/2014

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, will shine the spotlight on Emirati heritage at the Dubai Heritage Season, with four weeks of cultural activities during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. Featuring back-to-back activities, the Dubai Heritage Season, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, will provide visitors to the city with the ...  >>MORE

DSF 2014 Photography Award to recognise creativity of press photographers

Posted on 06/01/2014

The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and the organisers of Dubai Shopping Festival, have announced the DSF 2014 Photography Award to honour press photographers who capture outstanding and memorable moments of DSF 2014 through images. Press photographers from local publications in English and Arabic can submit their entries under two award categories, namely, DSF Celebrations and DSF Shopping. The ...  >>MORE

Al Shindagha showcases Emirati culture

Posted on 05/01/2014

As another glorious edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival gets into full swing, spectacular celebrations are drawing visitors to several locations in the emirate including the Al Shindagha Heritage Area. One of the popular tourism attractions of Dubai, Al Shindagha Hertiage area is pulsating with a spread of lively cultural activities and exciting traditional events – offering DSF visitors a glimpse into the Emirati way of living. The area is reverberating to the sounds of Emirati music ...  >>MORE

DSF 2014: Ready to attract shoppers with more offers

Posted on 03/01/2014

As the emirate rejoices in positive business sentiment, the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, or DFRE, an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, is ready to make the 19th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival, which opens today, a global retail success story. "In the last few years we have witnessed the number of visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival averaging around four million and we are anticipating an increase of between five to 10 per cent during the 19th ...  >>MORE

Into the world of knots, weaves with Carpet Oasis

Posted on 03/01/2014

Coinciding with the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2014, the 19th edition of the Carpet and Art Oasis began on Thursday. Organised by the Dubai Customs at Dubai Festival City, the exhibition will run till February 2, with the participation of more than 60 exhibitors, reflecting a rise of 20 per cent compared to last year. The Carpet Oasis is open to visitors Saturdays to Thursdays from 10am to 10pm and Fridays from 4pm to 11pm. "Dubai Customs' Carpet and Art Oasis is one of the most ...  >>MORE

This DSF, shop till you strike gold

Posted on 31/12/2013

The 19th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will change the life of 32 gold and diamond jewellery buyers. The Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group on Monday announced its mega promotion, with prizes worth Dh6 million, including 32kg gold and 32 diamond solitaire rings, to be won through raffle draws. The group also launched a commemorative Expo2020 Host City Dubai gold coin for the forthcoming DSF to celebrate the city's successful bid to host the World Expo 2020. The 32-day mega shopping ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival announces private sector partners

Posted on 29/12/2013

Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), has attributed the collaboration between the government and private sectors for the huge success of festivals such as Dubai Shopping Festival, which have become key drivers of economic growth in Dubai. The close cooperation between the government and private sectors has ensured the success of Dubai Shopping Festival every year as the private sector has participated ...  >>MORE

Dh16 million up for grabs at DSF raffle bonanza

Posted on 27/12/2013

A daily Infiniti Mega Raffle offers one DSF shopper the chance to win Dh500,000 every day of the event, which starts on January 2 and runs till February 2. The Infiniti Mega Raffle, organised with AW Rostamani Arabian Automobiles, will also give shoppers the opportunity to take home two luxurious Infinity models, QX 60 and G25, plus a whopping cash prize of Dh100,000, paving the way for a life-changing moment for one lucky winner every day throughout the festival. A total of Dh16 million in ...  >>MORE

DSF 2014 to sparkle with over 150 attractions

Posted on 22/12/2013

The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), has unveiled the calendar of events for the 19th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival, which will be held from Jan.2-Feb.2, 2014, setting the stage to highlighting Dubai as an international family tourism destination that offers unique shopping experiences. The DSF 2014 calendar of events is a line-up of over 150 events and activities that will be spread far and wide across ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival unveils dates for 2014

Posted on 03/09/2013

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will be January 2 to February 2 next year, it was announced yesterday. The last 18 runnings of the event have attracted 47 million visitors, who injected Dh114 billion into the economy, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment said. "By announcing the dates now, four months before DSF 2014 commences, we can provide everyone involved in organising the event, from retailers to hotel operators and travel agents here and overseas, adequate time for planning, ...  >>MORE

DSF 2013 makes final bow today

Posted on 03/02/2013

Millions of residents and visitors from around the world are set to carry home wonderful memories of Dubai and its retail magic, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), which concludes its 18th edition on Feb.3 after 32 days of offering the best in shopping, winning and entertainment. The DSF 2013 has lived up to its promise of staging the most exciting activities and offering the best shopping experience for the whole family, inspired by the theme ‘One World, One Family, One Festival,' while all ...  >>MORE

Emirati brothers bring in Oriental charm to DSF

Posted on 02/02/2013

The 18th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) brought in a flavor of the South-East in the form of their favourite transport - the ‘tuk-tuk'. This was made possible with the efforts of two enterprising young Emiratis, Majid Abbas and Fadel. The tuk-tuk, they believed, would give an exotic eastern feel to the otherwise glitzy Dubai. Visitors enjoyed a quick ride in a simple, cute-looking, three-wheeled vehicle, emitting rhythmic high-pitched rattles in its exhaust note, which has earned it the ...  >>MORE

DSF adds Dh117b in 17 years

Posted on 01/02/2013

Faisal Vahedna invested a few thousand dirhams to start his electronics retail business, Vahedna Trading, in Deira in 1996. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years in his uncle's shop, Ashrafi Electronics, where he learned the tricks of the trade. It was in the middle of an unprecedented retail boom in Dubai, caused by the growing demand for electronics and household appliances in Russia, the Central Asian and East European countries — that have been liberated from socialist regimes and have ...  >>MORE

Street Catwalk fashion show draws thousands

Posted on 28/01/2013

Thousands thronged Dubai Mall on Saturday to enjoy the Street Catwalk fashion show. The event was part of Dubai Fashion, a four-part series this Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). The event earlier staged an Express Fashion show on a special Dubai Metro train. The Street Catwalk and two other Dubai Fashion 2013 events are being held in collaboration with The Dubai Mall — Midnight Fashion on February 1 and the Biggest Makeover on February 2. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

DSF prizes touch Dhs1.5b mark since inception in ‘96

Posted on 27/01/2013

The total value of prizes awarded by the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) since its inception in 1996, till the current edition, has reached Dhs1.5 billion. Awards included Dhs8.5 million in cash prizes, 719kg of gold, 33 Rolls-Royces, 1,430 Lexuses, 542 Nissans, 105 Infinitis, even including a jet and an island to boot. One of the previous Festival editions saw 100kg of gold and 10 Nissan cars being awarded to a single winner in addition to many other prizes. According to Said Ibrahim Saleh, ...  >>MORE

Global Village applauds symphony of cultures

Posted on 22/01/2013

The Global Village hosts multiple shows daily to entertain the thousands of visitors flocking to what is easily one of Dubai's most anticipated annual events. Aside from the daily shows that are held within different country pavilions all day, there are bigger performances that are held on the World Cultures Stage, between 6-11pm daily. These main performances change every month to enable visitors to experience different cultures. Troupes from Belarus, Belgium and Ghana kicked off the first ...  >>MORE

Fashion show on Dubai Metro on Wednesday

Posted on 22/01/2013

This year's Dubai Fashion will move the fashion industry literally with the ‘Express Fashion' where models will take to the catwalk aboard a moving Dubai Metro train on Wednesday. The one-of-a-kind fashion show will kick off a host of activities for the 11-day glamour event as part of the 18th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). "The Dubai Metro is a landmark of Dubai, and it is very trendy and fashionable. So we want just to showcase fashion in a different format,” Suhaila Ghubash, Events Director ...  >>MORE

Traditional Emirati handicrafts on show at Festival Promenade

Posted on 21/01/2013

Relive the UAE's colourful traditions and heritage at the Festival Promenade in Dubai Festival City during this year's Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and see how Emirati craftsmen and women use age-old skills of turning raw materials and into beautiful handicrafts. Several tents have been put up at the Festival Promenade to provide visitors a taste of UAE's past when beauty was created in the midst of adversity. In one of the tents, three ladies sit in a circle, making a traditional dress with ...  >>MORE

DSF 2013: Dubai hotels offer tourists hard-to-resist deals

Posted on 17/01/2013

It's not just shopping discounts, fun entertainment, striking car deals and plush raffle rewards that await shoppers this season. There are also interesting deals that have been chalked out by the swanky hotels in the city. Top-end hotels like JW Marriot, Hyatt Regency, Park Regis Kin, Al Bustan Rotana, Kempinski Mall of Emirates, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Grand Millennium and Samaya are offering exclusive DSF three-night packages for Dh2,479 per person (on twin sharing basis) and Dh4,037 per person ...  >>MORE

Influx of tourists driving revenue growth for car rental companies

Posted on 16/01/2013

Car rental companies have been busier than usual serving visitors since the start of the 18th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) almost two weeks ago. Car rental companies may not be offering up to 70 per cent discount on their services like many retails outlets do this DSF but they still benefit from the influx of tourists and shoppers. Gulf News spoke to a number of car rental companies which said that many of their cars are booked this month compared to before, without citing exact figures for ...  >>MORE

Dhow cruises keep festive mood afloat this DSF

Posted on 15/01/2013

Visitors this Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) are keeping dhow cruise services busy and buoyant, tour operators said. A cruise manager said most clients appeared to be tourists and shoppers in town for the festival. Tour consultant, Dennis, from North Tours, said bookings can peak 70 per cent during December and the DSF season compared with the relatively slower summer months. Meanwhile, Sunil Pawar, business development manager at Al Khaleej (Gulf) Floating Restaurant, said they see an ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival turns ‘flyers into buyers’

Posted on 14/01/2013

The influx of tourists during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) has played an important role in turning "flyers into buyers” in the emirate, a Dubai Duty Free official said. "The Dubai Shopping Festival, which attracts so many visitors to Dubai during the beginning of the year, plays an important role in driving the retail sector across the board,” Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman of Dubai Duty Free, told Gulf News. "For Dubai Duty Free, the additional visitors mean that we have an ...  >>MORE

All the ‘world’ is a stage

Posted on 13/01/2013

The Global Village has the feel of a cultural stage with 37 pavilions 
representing the culture of 70 countries Global Village, where the world comes together, is fast turning into a cultural theme park with its funfair, artificial lake and 37 pavilions representing the culture of 70 countries. At the Global Village, rickshaws welcome visitors to take them along the ring and service road. Once inside, kids have a wide range of options to choose from. There are more than 40 exciting ...  >>MORE

DSF visitors take a trip into the past

Posted on 13/01/2013

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is featuring for the first time a Bedouin Lifestyle Camp to showcase how desert nomads used to live. The oasis of Bedouin culture has been set up on the Festival Promenade at Dubai Festival City till the end of DSF on February 3. It includes exhibitions for Emirati desert nomadic lifestyles and Bedouin cultures of Morocco, Kenya, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt and India. On display are tent stations representing how people used to sleep, cook, eat, sing, dance and ...  >>MORE

DSF gives a big boost to UAE tourism

Posted on 10/01/2013

This year's Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is expected to see up to eight per cent increase in visitor numbers compared to last year's show, according to experts. Dubai played host to 4.3 million visitors last year during the shopping festival. And this year, the growth rate is expected to be "7 to 8 per cent”, Peter Goddard, managing director of TRI Hospitality Consulting in Dubai, told Gulf News. The 32-day-long shopping festival opened on January 3 and will run until February 3. "DSF plays ...  >>MORE

Prizes, promotions, performances pull crowds to Dubai Shopping Festival

Posted on 09/01/2013

The ongoing 18th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival has been drawing crowds in shopping malls and other designated areas, with performances by artistes from around the world adding to visitors' joy. A major part of the month-long festival is shopping with fun. Malls in Dubai have lined up non-stop performances throughout the day for visitors thronging from across the globe to benefit from the enticing promotions. Almost all major malls offer a huge range of promotions to attract ...  >>MORE

Gold a big hit for shoppers for the first three days of DSF

Posted on 07/01/2013

The first three days of the 18th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) saw a huge boost in the Dubai gold trade compared to last year's sales during the same period as many shoppers have regained confidence in the market, Dubai's jewellers told Gulf News. "We're only four days into DSF, but already last weekend, especially Friday, was one of the best days for gold shops as there were a lot of buying of gold,” Abdul Salam, Group Executive Director of Malabar Gold and Diamonds, told Gulf News. "Dubai ...  >>MORE

DSF 2013 Comes to Life at the Lifeline of Dubai

Posted on 05/01/2013

Magical Dubai, the city of celebrations and the best that life has to offer, surpassed itself last Thursday evening with an unforgettable opening ceremony to launch the 18th edition of its iconic Dubai Shopping Festival at the Creek Park in the presence of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Among other distinguished guests present at the event was Mr. Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator General at the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), an agency of the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival to begin today

Posted on 03/01/2013

Curtain raises here tomorrow for the 18th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) with an array of discounts and promotions. Scheduled to run from January 3 to February 3, 2013, the month-long festival will showcase the spirit of the city and what it has to offer Organised under the theme "Dubai at its Best", by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, the festival is considered a shopper's paradise as the shoppers can avail the best deals on several products . Also various ...  >>MORE

Black Light Show' to be staged tonight during DSF 2013

Posted on 03/01/2013

The first performance of the "Black Light Show" will be staged tonight at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) in the Mall of the Emirates, as part of the 18th edition of DSF, starting on January 3rd. Performed by renowned Hungarian black light Theatre Company "Attraction", the spectacular shows will be staged twice daily, at 6:30 pm and 8:30pm respectively, at DUCTAC's Centrepoint Theatre, till January 6th. The international theatre company is performing its spectacular shows for ...  >>MORE

Dubai decks up for Dubai Shopping Festival

Posted on 03/01/2013

This time, the DSF will reverberate with its theme "Join us where it all started…” in the placid Dubai Creek, the historic hub from where the city rose to become today's international centre of excellence. This year's edition, which will run till February 3, will relive Dubai's humble beginnings as a cluster of pearling settlements on the shores of Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai. A glittering ceremony of colourful fireworks will highlight the city skies today over the Dubai Creek. Fireworks from Al ...  >>MORE

Wired for shopping

Posted on 02/01/2013

The annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), one of the world's most eagerly anticipated retail events, is here. Like every year, there is an array of discounts on cards. Considered a shopper's paradise, you can avail the best deals on several products during DSF 2013, the 18th successful edition. This time the retailers, hoteliers and airlines have joined ranks with the authorities to ensure that no stone is left unturned as Dubai braces to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors. Various ...  >>MORE

DSF to launch Journalism Award 2013

Posted on 02/01/2013

Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment organiser of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), will launch the DSF's Journalism Award 2013 to recognise journalists for their efforts and coverage of the event under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The DSF will get underway on 3rd January for 32 days. Organiser says journalism had played a large role in the success and fame of Dubai Shopping Festival. Since the first edition of DSF in 1996, ...  >>MORE

Carpet Oasis to display 170,000 handmade carpets including some of the world's rarest and most valuable collections

Posted on 23/12/2012

Carpet Oasis, the long-running carpet exhibition of Dubai Shopping Festival, will showcase over 170,000 handmade carpets in an area of 7,000 sq m including an exclusive range of carpets from countries that have thriving carpet weaving industries including Iran, Afghanistan, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and China. The exhibition of carpets, which started from the launch of DSF in 1996, has been a star attraction this DSF with people with a penchant for art, culture and ...  >>MORE

Malls gear up to deliver DSF razzmatazz, Mercato to offer Europe on a platter

Posted on 23/12/2012

Every year since its launch in 1996, thousands of residents and tourists have been thronging the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), not just for sales and discounts and the chance to win luxury prizes, but also for quality family entertainment. As the coming edition of the festival approaches near, most of the malls in Dubai are gearing up to make the event a most cherished occasion for visitors. Mercato, the only Italian-themed mall in Dubai, is all set to host a variety of Europe-inspired ...  >>MORE

DSF hits the road to highlight event of the year

Posted on 06/12/2012

Roadshows are being held across the major cities in Gulf countries as well as India and China to promote the upcoming 18th Dubai Shopping Festival. Organised by Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, an agency under the Department of Economic Development, DSF is one of the world's biggest shopping and entertainment extravaganzas, and a primary tourist attraction in Dubai's calendar year. As part of its promotional campaign ahead of the annual event, Depe organises roadshows across ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival 2013 dates released

Posted on 09/09/2012

The 18th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival will be held from January 3 to February 3, organisers have announced. The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), an agency under the Department of Economic Development, aims to build on the huge success of last year's event and will again project "Dubai at its Best” as its marketing slogan and promises a rich and varied programme of events. "Our stakeholders and partners were very positive with our main message last year and were very ...  >>MORE

Magical moments comes to an end

Posted on 05/02/2012

Millions of residents and visitors from around the world will take home memorable magical moments of a 32-day retail bonanza as the DSF draws to a close yesterday Millions of residents and visitors from around the world will tookj home memorable magical moments of a 32-day retail bonanza as the 17th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) draws to a close yesterday. The DSF has lived up to its promise of staging the most exciting activities and offering the best shopping experience for ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival: A big bag full of records

Posted on 01/02/2012

Records, as they say, are made to be broken. However, some records stand too high and others just stare at them in awe, let alone break them. Dubai — the city of superlatives — appears to be a place that takes its records very high — longest, largest or farthest — and also very seriously. That's why most of its records still stand. A world record is usually the best global performance recorded and verified in a specific skill or sport. While taking account of Dubai's world record feats, ...  >>MORE

Largest silk carpet in the world on sale in Dubai

Posted on 29/01/2012

The largest silk carpet in the world is on show at the Carpet Oasis in Dubai this year. It costs one million dollars and is the most expensive carpet at the exhibition. "Every now and then, the most expensive carpet is sold, so that title passes on to the carpet next in line," says Khalid Ahmed Al Muadhin, member of the organising committee of the show. As part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Customs Authority annually organises Carpet Oasis, an exhibition where carpet dealers and ...  >>MORE

DSF harnesses online power

Posted on 08/01/2012

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) organisers and participants are taking advantage of online tools to promote and generate awareness about their activities during the festival. According to a study by YouGov commissioned by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (Depe), last year's festival brought in Dh15.1 billion to Dubai's economy and a similar figure is expected this year. In order to generate that hefty sum, the Depe has spent Dh70 million in the past year on promoting DSF ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Heritage Season to host 4 weeks of cultural activities during Dubai Shopping Festival 2014


DSF 2014 Photography Award to recognise creativity of press photographers


Al Shindagha showcases Emirati culture


DSF 2014: Ready to attract shoppers with more offers


Into the world of knots, weaves with Carpet Oasis


This DSF, shop till you strike gold


Dubai Shopping Festival announces private sector partners


Dh16 million up for grabs at DSF raffle bonanza


DSF 2014 to sparkle with over 150 attractions


Dubai Shopping Festival unveils dates for 2014


DSF 2013 makes final bow today


Emirati brothers bring in Oriental charm to DSF


DSF adds Dh117b in 17 years


Street Catwalk fashion show draws thousands


DSF prizes touch Dhs1.5b mark since inception in ‘96


Global Village applauds symphony of cultures


Fashion show on Dubai Metro on Wednesday


Traditional Emirati handicrafts on show at Festival Promenade


DSF 2013: Dubai hotels offer tourists hard-to-resist deals


Influx of tourists driving revenue growth for car rental companies


Dhow cruises keep festive mood afloat this DSF


Dubai Shopping Festival turns ‘flyers into buyers’


All the ‘world’ is a stage


DSF visitors take a trip into the past


DSF gives a big boost to UAE tourism


Prizes, promotions, performances pull crowds to Dubai Shopping Festival


Gold a big hit for shoppers for the first three days of DSF


DSF 2013 Comes to Life at the Lifeline of Dubai


Dubai Shopping Festival to begin today


Black Light Show' to be staged tonight during DSF 2013


Dubai decks up for Dubai Shopping Festival


Wired for shopping


DSF to launch Journalism Award 2013


Carpet Oasis to display 170,000 handmade carpets including some of the world's rarest and most valuable collections


Malls gear up to deliver DSF razzmatazz, Mercato to offer Europe on a platter


DSF hits the road to highlight event of the year


Dubai Shopping Festival 2013 dates released


Magical moments comes to an end


Dubai Shopping Festival: A big bag full of records


Largest silk carpet in the world on sale in Dubai


DSF harnesses online power