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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES

Dubai Summer Surprises to begin on June 22

Posted on 19/06/2011

Dubai is all set to once again become the hub of summer sales and crowded malls with the 40-day Dubai Summer Surprises set to launch on June 22. Naser Mohammed Hakim, Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) PR and Media Relations Manager, said that the 14th edition of DSS will see the most number of international cartoon character shows in the region this summer. To unveil the spectacular 40 days of entertainment, DEPE organised an entertainment packed event at Mirdiff City Centre ...  >>MORE

Majid Al Futtaim Properties to offer Dh1.5m in DSS prizes

Posted on 30/05/2011

Majid Al Futtaim Properties are applying the heat this Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) as its three malls come together to offer a 'Shop and Win' promotion in addition to entertainment options. As a Key Sponsor for the 14th consecutive year, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre, will have myriad entertainment offerings and Shop and Win promotion that will see weekly winners each win a Dh300,000 shopping spree. In total, Dh1.5 million will be given to lucky winners over ...  >>MORE

Shopping bonanza to open DSS on Thursday

Posted on 14/06/2010

A 12-hour shopping promotion and raffle will open this year's Dubai Summer Surprises event on Thursday, organisers said yesterday. Twenty-five malls are part of the event, where shoppers will get a scratch card for every purchase of Dh500 and the chance to win vouchers to hotspots such as Modhesh World, Aquaplay, Ski Dubai, Soccer Circus Dubai and At The Top, the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. – Emirates Business 24|7 ...  >>MORE

Modhesh is back to make summer fun

Posted on 13/06/2010

Modhesh World, the region's largest indoor edutainment venue, opened its doors on Thursday. Spread across 37,000 square metres, the venue is hosting entertainment events and activities until August 7. Modhesh World features around 40 exciting themed-zones with numerous highlights, including a huge fun fair, a scooter zone, the Modhesh Magical Forest, a 4D cinema display, an inflatable zone, magic planet zone, and a mini zoo. Soccer fans will also have much to look forward to as Modhesh World ...  >>MORE

Over 6,000 retailers to take part in Summer Deals 2010

Posted on 20/05/2010

Dubai, the shopping paradise and city of gold, expects over 6,000 retailers' participation for its over 100 day-long ‘Summer Deals 2010.' With just about ten days left for the 13th edition of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) to begin, the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), organisers of the region's biggest summer event, has announced a three-and-a-half-month long shopping promotion that will run from June 1 to September 15. Over 6,000 retail outlets are expected to participate in ...  >>MORE

DSS festival set to begin on June 17

Posted on 29/04/2010

The 13th Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) will run for 52 days beginning June 17, the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (Depe) said yesterday. The Depe is an agency under the Department of Economic Development. It has drawn up an extensive plan to present a plethora of activities focused on shopping, family entertainment, winning and lifestyle. "We are looking forward to elevate the benefits of our summer extravaganza towards all stakeholders and attract more tourists from the region ...  >>MORE

Face that launched a thousand shipments

Posted on 04/08/2009

The face of Modhesh, the yellow jack-in-the-box mascot of the Dubai Shopping Festival, (DSF) will appear on 1,000 products by next year as Brand Modhesh goes international. The cartoon character has been a ubiquitous sight in Dubai over the summer as he beckons shoppers into the malls in a bid to give Dubai's retail sector a seasonal boost. Although his beaming smile has not attracted the usual hordes of shoppers in a tough economic climate, he has become a marketable commodity in his own ...  >>MORE

DSS Gulf visitor numbers give pleasant surprise to Dubai

Posted on 22/07/2009

Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) has played a major role in sustaining Dubai's position as a leading tourism and commerce destination, said Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department. "Despite the current global circumstances, we are confident that Dubai has the tourism potential and the state-of-the-art infrastructure to keep it among the leading cities in the global tourism arena and it is based on this confidence that this ...  >>MORE

Modhesh World's 250,000 visitors wipe out early fears

Posted on 16/07/2009

Dubai, July 16, 2009 (WAM) - Beating all predictions of a downturn in visitor numbers, Modhesh World, the region's largest edutainment region that celebrates its tenth year in 2009, recorded a footfall of 250,000 in the first half of Dubai Summer Surprises. The figures come in the wake of similar positive numbers revealed by both the retail and hotel sectors in Dubai. Now celebrating its 10th year, what was formerly known as Modhesh Fun City is now officially called Modhesh World, a massive ...  >>MORE

Expectations run high for DSS

Posted on 09/06/2009

As Dubai Summer Surprises begins on Thursday, there are mixed expectations. Some remain upbeat that consumer confidence has returned, while others are cautiously watching market trends and revising strategies. Whether there will be an increase in spending compared to last year's record numbers remains to be seen. Last year, the 65-day extravaganza, with its theme of 'Tens of Surprises,' saw consumer spending of Dh3.35 billion by 2.1 million visitors and residents. Laila Suhail, chief ...  >>MORE

Summer Health Festival to be Part of DSS

Posted on 08/06/2009

A new ‘Summer Health Festival' will be included for the first time in this year's Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), confirmed officials
from ExHealth. A ten-week long health festival, educating visitors on healthy lifestyles and well-being, will be held at DSS
this year. It's expected to kick off at various locations around Dubai on June 10. The health festival will include five dedicated themes — healthy eating, physical fitness, beautiful you, health and hygiene, and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Summer Surprises set to be bigger, better

Posted on 04/06/2009

The Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) mascot ‘Modhesh' who promises ‘Big Fun for Little Ones' is back this summer with bigger, better and amazing surprises for kids and adults alike. For the 2009 edition of the shopping and entertainment event, the Dubai Shopping Festival Office will unveil the transformation of ‘Modhesh Fun City' into Modhesh World, a children's
fun centre. DSS 2009 is all set to begin on June 11. The 65-day summer extravaganza will go on till August 14. "After nine very ...  >>MORE

Dubai malls gear up for 12th Summer Surprises

Posted on 26/05/2009

The total spending at shopping malls during Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2008 exceeded Dh1 billion, according to Dubai Shopping Malls Group, which represents more than 30 malls in the emirate. Dubai Shopping Malls Group also announced that it will support the 12th edition of the region's biggest summer extravaganza this year. Laila Suhail, chief executive of the DSF Office, which organises DSS, said: "Our promotion with Dubai Shopping Malls Group is one of the key factors behind the success ...  >>MORE

Dubai targets UK and Ireland with a new ad campaign

Posted on 14/05/2009

Braving the global recession, Dubai has launched a massive advertising and marketing campaign in the UK and Ireland, revealed officials of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The intention is to increase tourism traffic to Dubai during the Dubai Summer Surprises period from June 11 to August 14. Tourism is one of Dubai's most important sectors. It contributes directly towards 19 per cent of the emirate's gross domestic product. However, industry experts believe that ...  >>MORE

DSF Office reveals positive results for DSS 2008

Posted on 27/04/2009

Amidst its final preparations to launch the 12th edition of the annual summer extravaganza, Dubai Shopping Festival Office (DSFO) announced yesterday its Dubai Summer Surprises 2008 results. The results of the 65-day-long summer event indicated that visitor numbers stood at 2.1m visitors, same as the DSS 2007 edition, while visitor expenditure showed a 4.3 per cent increase raking in Dh3.35 billion. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Airports; Chairman and Chief Executive, ...  >>MORE

DSS sees Dh500m gold and jewellery sale

Posted on 24/08/2008

Dubai continues to lead in the gold and jewellery market, recording sales worth almost Dh500 million during this year's 65-day Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), which concluded on Friday. According to the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG), which ran the "Glittering Surprises" campaign offering DSS shoppers chance to win gold and jewellery vouchers, the sales were driven by a strong expatriate demand, holiday shopping bonanzas and relatively lower prices of gold. Tawhid Abdullah, Managing ...  >>MORE

DSS retail sales to rise by 20 per cent: Al Ghurair

Posted on 06/08/2008

Al Ghurair City, one of the leading shopping centres in Dubai, is expecting a 20 per cent increase in retail sales and 30 per cent increase in visitor numbers during the Dubai Summer Surprises, the company's chief executive officer, Salem Al Ghurair, announced on Tuesday. "Dubai Summer Surprises has helped turn the summer months in the UAE into a vibrant season for all businesses, thanks to the remarkable inflows of tourists and visitors to the city from all over the world to take part in ...  >>MORE

DSS 2008 Arts Oasis officially opens

Posted on 02/08/2008

Dr. Lamees Hamdan Al Shamsi, Board Member, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA), officially inaugurated the DSS 2008 Signature Event, Arts Oasis, on July 30 at Wafi, a key sponsor of the summer extravaganza. She was accompanied by Dr. Salah Al Kassim, Advisor in DCAA; Saeed Nabouda, Project Manager at DCAA; Laila Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Shopping Festival Office, and Yousif Mubarak, Chief Operating Officer of DSF Office. Dr. Lamees said, "The presence of multi-national ...  >>MORE

Min Bladi Al Emarat officially opens at Ibn Battuta Mall

Posted on 27/07/2008

Min Bladi Al Emarat, a DSS 2008 Signature Event and one among the main highlights of this summer, was inaugurated on July 24 in the China Court of Ibn Battuta Mall, a key sponsor of the summer extravaganza. Dr. Mariam Mohammed Matar, Director General of Dubai Community Development Authority was the guest of honour at the opening. Dr Mariam was accompanied by Laila Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Shopping Festival, Yousif Mubarak, COO of the DSF Office, and a host of officials and ...  >>MORE

70,000 visitors throng Modhesh Fun City in two weeks

Posted on 06/07/2008

Modhesh Fun City (MFC), the edutainment venue in the region, welcomed around 70,000 visitors in just two weeks. The number is likely to witness an increase in the coming weeks with international stage shows and over 30 zones catering to children and families within the country and from across the region. The slogan for the venue this year is "City of Endless Fun." Yousif Mubarak, chief operating officer of Dubai Shopping Festival Office said, "Modhesh Fun City has been the centre of ...  >>MORE

DSS off to glittering start

Posted on 20/06/2008

Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) saw a colourful start last evening as lights, sounds, sea lions and dolphins greeted the scores of children gathered at the Dubai Dolphinarium in Creek Park. Over 500 invitees watched in awe as the three dimensional animation dolphin show unveiled the opening of the eleventh edition of DSS. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Foundation for Event Management and Organisation, was present at the high profile event, touted to be one of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Summer Surprises begins today

Posted on 19/06/2008

Dubai Summer Surprises 2008, the region's biggest summer event starts on June 19 with 65 days of summer festivities and a refreshing change in entertainment symbolised by the Tens of Surprises concept. Till Aug.22, Dubai will welcome millions of visitors through a combination of the region's best in shopping, winning, and family entertainment. Laila Suhail, CEO of Dubai Shopping Festival Office said, "The start of a new era in DSS history begins today. A lot of work has been done in preparing ...  >>MORE

Dolphins, seals will mark DSS opening at Dubai Dolphinarium

Posted on 16/06/2008

The recently inaugurated Dubai Dolphinarium will play host to the opening ceremony of the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) for which an array of impressive programmes and breathtaking acrobatics by the dolphins and seals are being lined up, officials said yesterday. This year's edition of the DSS would open on June 19 and would continue till August 22. Addressing a news conference, Ibrahim Saleh, general coordinator of the DSF office, said the invitees to the inaugural function would witness an ...  >>MORE

Modhesh Fun City all set for grand opening of DSS

Posted on 16/06/2008

Modhesh Fun City, the largest indoor edutainment venue in the region, is all set for a grand opening when the 11th edition of Dubai Summer Surprises begins on June 19. The event will present a host of summer festivities for 65 days till August 22. As one of the main attractions for DSS 2008, the venue will, this year, feature new additions and zones for all visitor segments. Spread over more than 30,000 square metres at the Airport Expo Dubai, Modhesh Fun City, has tied-up with some of the ...  >>MORE

Emaar Malls Group and Wafi join list of DSS 2008 sponsors

Posted on 28/05/2008

Emaar Malls Group and Wafi have joined the growing list of private sector entities sponsoring Dubai Summer Surprises 2008 – the region's biggest summer event, organisers announced yesterday. The officials of the Dubai Shopping Festival Office also announced 16 key sponsors for the festival, the Middle East's largest summer and shopping entertainment event. The sponsors consist of leading local and regional business houses, some of whom have partnered with the event since its inception in 1998. ...  >>MORE

The stage is all set for an explosion of Emirati talent

Posted on 23/08/2007

Sheila and Abaya Fashion, the much-awaited activity for the Dubai Summer Surprises, will open to enthusiastic crowds at BurJuman today. The unique fashion show features local and GCC designers with the aim of showcasing the latest trends in sheilas and abayas. The five-day event will see two designers or labels in two shows every day at 7pm and 7.45pm The first show for the evening features the label First Choice House by designer Abrar Abdul Karim. The second show at 7.45pm features the ...  >>MORE

Retail revenues touch Dh347.9 million after six weeks of DSS

Posted on 07/08/2007

The sixth week of DSS 2007 registered another impressive figure in terms of sales in the participating outlets as revenues touched a massive Dh 76.7 million, with shopping malls and retail outlets recording an increased footfall in the tenth edition of DSS. The figure represents a 155 per cent increase compared to the same period in the last edition. The total sales revenues after six weeks reach a total of Dh 347.9 million, registering an increase of 127 per cent compared to the same period ...  >>MORE

DSS, DSF have turned Dubai into a world-class retail trade centre

Posted on 05/08/2007

With Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) and Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) transforming Dubai into a world-class retail trade centre, total consumer spending is expected to hit US$7.6 billion by 2009. Since their inception, the DSF and the DSS have transformed Dubai into the biggest entertainment and shopping hub of the region, effecting a quantum leap in areas of retail trade, said Noha Safar, Director of the Marketing & Communications Department at DCCI. The DSF and DSS are among the most ...  >>MORE

Retailers rake in Dh271m in summer surprises sales

Posted on 01/08/2007

Five weeks after the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) started, it has garnered sales worth Dh271 million, the DSS Office said yesterday. "Participating outlets in DSS 2007 registered sales revenues of Dh271 million in the first five weeks of the event, while Modhesh Fun City, the indoor entertainment venue, welcomed more than 200,000 visitors during the same period, translating into 40,000 visitors every week,” DSS office said in a statement. Dubai Shopping Festival's Chief Executive Officer, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Summer Surprises serves cultural feast for the senses

Posted on 22/07/2007

Fancy combining shopping with a spot of cultural enlightenment? Then "Min Bladi Al Emarat” at Ibn Battuta Mall's Egypt Court could be for you. The event, organised by Dubai Summer Surprises, features contests designed to showcase the UAE's heritage. "Our goal is to revive the UAE's heritage and disseminate it among the young generations,” said DSS Operations Co-ordinator Ahmed Ali. The name of the event means "from my home country emirates”. A different competition is being held every day ...  >>MORE

Dubai's hotels expect 20% occupancy during DSS

Posted on 28/06/2007

Dubai hotels are expecting a 15 to 20 per cent higher occupancy rate during the DSS as leisure travellers and families hit the emirate to spend the summer holidays. Over the past 10 years of its existence Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) has contributed to the emirate's tourism in a major way. Dubai is busy year round and unlike in the past when summer was a lean season one sees inbound tourism thriving even during the hottest months of the year. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing ...  >>MORE

Modhesh Fun City spreads the message to save the earth

Posted on 25/06/2007

This year, for the first time, Modhesh Fun City hosts a stall by Greenpeace, the international organisation which promotes the message of saving the environment. Located in the Central Hall of the Modhesh Fun City the Greenpeace stall is a part of the Arts and Crafts Zone where it relays the message of recycling and reducing waste. Yousif Mubarak, DSS Events, Operations and Services Director said that Modhesh Fun City aims to attract young children as well as their parents to understand the ...  >>MORE

Summer fest off to a Dh2m dazzling start

Posted on 22/06/2007

A Dh2 million extravaganza of music, dance and special effects officially opened the 10th Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) yesterday. Local and international performers surprised the crowds and paved the way for 10 weeks of fun and games for children, and shopping fetes and promotions for adults. The opening ceremony was held at Modhesh Fun City (MFC) at the Dubai Airport Expo, which at 30,000 square feet is double the size of the MFC's former home at the World Trade Centre. In ...  >>MORE

DSS fiesta opens today with much to offer for one and all

Posted on 21/06/2007

The much-awaited Dubai Summer Surprises, which opens in Dubai today, is surely set to enthrall visitors, tourists, and residents with its 72 days of fun and entertainment activities offered at various shopping malls and other popular venues in the emirate. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, DSS organisers say the summer fiesta is poised to attract over 2.16 million visitors, an increase of 15 per cent from last year. Besides, an increase in visitor expenditure is predicted to ...  >>MORE

Modhesh Fun City opens on June 21

Posted on 19/06/2007

The largest indoor theme park of its kind in the region, the Modhesh Fun City, opens its doors to the public on June 21 with a grand 10th year opening celebration of DSS 2007 at the Airport Expo Dubai. Traditionally, the Fun City has been the venue for major DSS themed weeks' openings, mega shows and national celebrations since its inception in 2000. Built annually during the summer, the large indoor facility offers fun, entertainment and learning opportunities to thousands of guests, ...  >>MORE

DSS to open on Thursday with ceremony

Posted on 18/06/2007

An official ceremony will open the Dubai Summer Surprises at Modhesh Fun City, located at the Dubai Airport Exhibition Centre, on Thursday at 7.30 pm, DSS organisers said in a statement yesterday. The 40-minute ceremony, to be televised on Sama Dubai TV, will include innovative shows as well as folkloric performances illustrating the deep-rooted past and the dynamism of the present. "The tenth anniversary of DSS is reason enough to celebrate a leading event which has achieved resounding ...  >>MORE

Over 200 events to mark this year’s Dubai Summer Surprises

Posted on 14/06/2007

The 10th edition of the annual Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) has been geared to provide the best in summer leisure experience for tourists and residents alike. More than 200 events are slated to be held at the Modhesh Fun City and at various malls within the emirate from June 21 to August 31, organisers announced at a Press conference. The Modhesh Fun City, which has been moved this year to the Airport Expo Dubai from its previous location at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition ...  >>MORE

Get ready for ten times the fun and frolics at this year’s festival

Posted on 13/06/2007

Organisers of the 10th Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) have announced 10 new surprises spread over 10 weeks to entertain an expected two million visitors. DSS, which was launched in 1998, has steadily grown from a small festival in a shopping mall into a city-wide extravaganza of live shows, children's entertainment, exhibitions and prizes. Last year DSS attracted 1.8 million visitors to its events and exhibitions. Saeed Al Nabouda, the CEO of DSS, said: "DSS will project Dubai as the ...  >>MORE

DSS is promising fun for everyone

Posted on 11/06/2007

In its 10th year, the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), running from June 21 until August 31, is all out to quash the notion that the event is targeted exclusively at children. Open under the theme, ‘Dubai...Miles of Smiles' this eventful summer episode returns in all its glitz and glory on June 21 with bigger shows, more entertainment and wider appeal for its 72 day-long run for everyone to enjoy across the age and culture barriers. While the kids will be treated to some irresistible delights ...  >>MORE

DSS spending to cross Dh3b

Posted on 01/06/2007

A whopping 2.16 million visitors are expected to spend Dh3.08 billion during the ten weeks of the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), an e-mailed statement said. This translates to a Dh142.59 per capita spending, making Dubai a cool destination during the hot summer months. Visitor spend is expected to grow by 20 per cent to Dh3.08 billion from last year's Dh2.57 billion, according to the DSS. The number of visitors went up from 600,000 in 1998 to 1.87 million last year. "The projected ...  >>MORE

Emirates' hotel-for-free offer

Posted on 31/05/2007

In line with Emirates' continued efforts to promote Dubai as a world-class tourist destination and in view of its sponsorship of the Dubai Summer Surprises, the airline is offering First and Business Class passengers flying to or via Dubai special super value packages from 15th June to 31st August. First Class passengers will receive two complimentary nights in a deluxe room at the Ritz Carlton Dubai while Business Class passengers can stay overnight in a deluxe room at the Jumeirah Emirates ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Summer Surprises to begin on June 22


Majid Al Futtaim Properties to offer Dh1.5m in DSS prizes


Shopping bonanza to open DSS on Thursday


Modhesh is back to make summer fun


Over 6,000 retailers to take part in Summer Deals 2010


DSS festival set to begin on June 17


Face that launched a thousand shipments


DSS Gulf visitor numbers give pleasant surprise to Dubai


Modhesh World's 250,000 visitors wipe out early fears


Expectations run high for DSS


Summer Health Festival to be Part of DSS


Dubai Summer Surprises set to be bigger, better


Dubai malls gear up for 12th Summer Surprises


Dubai targets UK and Ireland with a new ad campaign


DSF Office reveals positive results for DSS 2008


DSS sees Dh500m gold and jewellery sale


DSS retail sales to rise by 20 per cent: Al Ghurair


DSS 2008 Arts Oasis officially opens


Min Bladi Al Emarat officially opens at Ibn Battuta Mall


70,000 visitors throng Modhesh Fun City in two weeks


DSS off to glittering start


Dubai Summer Surprises begins today


Dolphins, seals will mark DSS opening at Dubai Dolphinarium


Modhesh Fun City all set for grand opening of DSS


Emaar Malls Group and Wafi join list of DSS 2008 sponsors


The stage is all set for an explosion of Emirati talent


Retail revenues touch Dh347.9 million after six weeks of DSS


DSS, DSF have turned Dubai into a world-class retail trade centre


Retailers rake in Dh271m in summer surprises sales


Dubai Summer Surprises serves cultural feast for the senses


Dubai's hotels expect 20% occupancy during DSS


Modhesh Fun City spreads the message to save the earth


Summer fest off to a Dh2m dazzling start


DSS fiesta opens today with much to offer for one and all


Modhesh Fun City opens on June 21


DSS to open on Thursday with ceremony


Over 200 events to mark this year’s Dubai Summer Surprises


Get ready for ten times the fun and frolics at this year’s festival


DSS is promising fun for everyone


DSS spending to cross Dh3b


Emirates' hotel-for-free offer