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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL

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

Curtain goes up on DSF today

Posted on 05/01/2012

A six-kilometre stretch of musical fireworks display over Business Bay, Dubai Creek and Shindagah at 8.30pm on Thursday will signal the start of the 32-day long Dubai Shopping Festival 2012, the largest festival of international performances, shopping, fun and entertainment. The festival will be formally launched at 7.30pm at the newly opened Promenade at Dubai Festival City with international performances, including sound-a-like of famous artistes and celebrity look-alikes from Hollywood and ...  >>MORE

DSF gives Dh15b boost to economy

Posted on 04/01/2012

Two days before the 17th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival kicks off, the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) on Tuesday claimed that the last year's edition had given a Dh15.1-billion boost to the emirate's economy. This, the DEPE said, was revealed by an in-depth market research study ever conducted on the DSF. The study showed that the boost to Dubai's economy from retail, travel and hospitality spend during the festival totalled Dh15.1 billion — Dh5.9 billion spent by ...  >>MORE

2012 Dubai Shopping Festival to open on 5th January

Posted on 21/11/2011

The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) has announced the dates for the seventeenth edition of the globally renowned event - Dubai Shopping Festival. The 32-day festival will be held from January 5 to February 5, 2012. Attracting millions of visitors each year, the festival showcases the region's best in shopping, winning, and family entertainment. 'Dubai at its best' is the marketing slogan for the 2012 edition of DSF and symbolizes the best of what Dubai has to ...  >>MORE

Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment receives a bigger mandate

Posted on 27/03/2011

The Dubai Government has widened the mandate and scope of the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment's (DEPE) activities, a statement said. DEPE's role is to streamline, rationalise and promote the numerous events and festivals held in Dubai each year. The agency will simplify and improve current systems by developing a structure which provides year-round attractions and reasons to visit the emirate, its malls and festivals. "The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, an agency of ...  >>MORE

Global Village welcomed over 4.5 million visitors for 15th season

Posted on 16/03/2011

Global Village, the premier cultural, shopping and family entertainment destination, yesterday announced business transactions during the recently concluded 15th season exceeded Dh1 billion in total value. The 111-day season also welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors against 4.4 million in the previous season, reiterating its status as one of the most attractive destinations in Dubai and firmly consolidating the emirate's position on the global tourism map. The weekends particularly ...  >>MORE

Facebook page clicks with shoppers

Posted on 03/02/2011

The Dubai Shopping Festival is reaching out to engage more consumers through social media marketing for a bigger and better presence. The Dubai Shopping Festival has created its own DSF Facebook page with 1,789 members to draw interest from the more than 500 million members who have joined the popular networking site. The move by festival organisers is a push in the right way to keep connected to a growing number of consumers who want a more personalised way of being informed of community ...  >>MORE

Performances enliven DSF in Dubai malls

Posted on 23/01/2011

Spectacular performances of every kind have started to liven up the malls across Dubai as they began captivating shoppers to the 16th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). The malls, which are among the strategic and key sponsors of DSF in the past and this year's editions, are alive with exciting events and international performances featuring lion show, walking lights acts, stilts walking, traditional dancing, children's adventures, juggling, unicycling and musical shows. This year's edition ...  >>MORE

DSF extravaganza set for colourful takeoff

Posted on 20/01/2011

More than 6,000 retail outlets and 50 shopping malls across Dubai will mark this year's 16th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) with attractive offers and genuine discounts of up to 75 per cent on international brands and products. The spectacular fireworks following official DSF launch at 4pm today at the Dubai Creek Park, shoppers may start trying their luck to grab prizes worth millions of dirhams which includes the Lexus Mega Raffle. Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator General and Deputy CEO ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s showpiece DSF events from Jan 20

Posted on 13/01/2011

The 16th DSF, which is sure to attract residents and visitors to 32 days of festivities, shopping and surprises, will feature international shows, concerts, shopping promotions and raffles prizes worth millions of dirhams. An annual initiative of the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), this year's edition will unveil new features such as the gold raffle being organised by the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, an exclusive Disney show that makes its world premiere during the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival set to lure more regional visitors

Posted on 27/12/2010

More than 6,000 retail outlets and 50 shopping malls will offer sales and discounted prices of up to 75 per cent on a wide range of goods and services during the forthcoming edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival. The festival will take place from January 20 to February 20, a government official said. A spokesman for the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) — organisers of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) — said the organisation would launch a promotional road show from January ...  >>MORE

Occupancy levels up during DSF, say Dubai's leading hotels

Posted on 27/02/2010

Following an industry-wide slump in occupancy levels in the last quarter of 2009, some of the leading hotels in Dubai have reported a comeback during Dubai Shopping Festival that concludes on February 28. "We can feel the recovery and indeed we are very optimistic for 2010. I am glad to announce that our properties in Dubai - all 11 hotels - are running close to cent per cent occupancy rates during DSF 2010," said Naeem Darkazally, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Rotana Dubai '&' ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival opens

Posted on 29/01/2010

Dubai Shopping Festival officially opened on Thursday night as people gathered on Al Seef Street to celebrate the opening.People have driven from far and walked from nearby neighborhoods to watch the extensive display of fireworks at Al Seef Street.Marking the official opening of Dubai Shopping Festival, the fireworks on the backdrop of Dubai Creek enthraled the crowds."I am excited about the sales but I hope they have good stocks. I do not expect this year's festival to be anything more ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival begins today

Posted on 28/01/2010

The eagerly anticipated annual Dubai Shopping Festival starts today to a dazzling note with fireworks that will light up the evening sky. The region's largest and longest running shopping and entertainment extravaganza will bring the world to Dubai. Thousands of tourists are expected to arrive over the next 32 days and Dubai's retail sector will get a much needed fillip, while residents can look forward to festive evenings with an array of family events. Launched in 1996, DSF has had around 35 ...  >>MORE

DSF 2010 to kick off on January 28

Posted on 09/11/2009

The DSF Office has announced dates for the 2010 edition of Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises as it presents a preview of DSF 2010 to a global audience at the World Travel Market 2009, which begins on November 9, and goes on till November 12 in London. While DSF 2010 will begin on January 28 and go on till February 28, Dubai Summer Surprises 2010 will be held from June 17 to August 7. The participation in WTM is part of DSF Office's efforts in highlighting the upcoming and a ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival ends

Posted on 16/02/2009

The 14th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the region's biggest shopping extravaganza, closed on Sunday with a glittering ceremony at Dubai Festival City. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, awarded prizes and thanked sponsors, marking the end of the 32-day event. In all, DSF offered Dh100 million worth of prizes and gifts, including Lexus cars, gold and cash. Among the highlights was the Global Village, where 70 records were set. Once ...  >>MORE

Curtains to come down on DSF today

Posted on 15/02/2009

After a month long of exciting potpourri of entertainment, discounts and offers, the DSF comes to a successful closing ceremony today. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Four Seasons Golf Club, Dubai Festival Center at 7:30pm. Even in these trying economic times, the festival picked up fast momentum from after a quiet opening ceremony keeping the people of Gaza in mind, on January 15. Hotspots in this DSF included the Walk in the Jumeirah Beach Residences, Al Seef Street, the ...  >>MORE

Watani Family Camp hosts families for a fun day in the desert

Posted on 26/01/2009

H.H. Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, visited the Watani Family Camp, one of the major attractions of the fourteenth edition of the DSF on Saturday, January 24. A traditional reception ceremony was organized in honour of Sheikh Majid who is the patron of the camp, one of the key DSF activities for this year dedicated for families and geared towards showcasing and promoting the Emirati traditions and culture. Sheikh Majid then ...  >>MORE

Hotel occupancy up in first week of DSF

Posted on 24/01/2009

Dubai hotels are getting a boost with occupancy rates on the rise during the 14th Dubai Shopping Festival 2009. The DSF annual event, which has become a tourism attraction, was launched on last January 14 and will end on February 15, has been bringing in both domestic and foreign visitors according to hoteliers. Most leading hotels said they are experiencing an increase in occupancy and reservations. "The first week of DSF had a rather good effect, we have witnessed a 10 per cent increase ...  >>MORE

DSF offers refreshed festivities for 2009

Posted on 23/01/2009

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the biggest shopping, entertainment and tourism promotion event in the Gulf, started with humble beginnings 13 years ago. The few malls that were in Dubai at the time such as the City Centre, BurJuman and Al Ghurair, would slightly change their promotions in support of the event. It was mostly a chance to visit the few pavilions at Global Village that had unique products, food and rides. Since 1996, the venue has been relocated four times, an expansion resulting ...  >>MORE

Hotel occupancy up in first week of DSF

Posted on 22/01/2009

Dubai hotels are getting a boost with occupancy rates on the rise during the 14th Dubai Shopping Festival 2009. The DSF annual event, which has become a tourism attraction, was launched on last January 14 and will end on February 15, has been bringing in both domestic and foreign visitors according to hoteliers. Most leading hotels said they are experiencing an increase in occupancy and reservations. "The first week of DSF had a rather good effect, we have witnessed a 10 per cent increase ...  >>MORE

DSF consumer spending likely to reach Dh10b

Posted on 21/01/2009

This year's edition of the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is likely to see consumers spending rise to Dh10 billion and visitor numbers reach 3.2 million, a top official said. Laila Suhail, the chief executive of the DSF Office, said they aim to maintain the momentum witnessed during the Shopping Festival last year, although they have revised their strategy to attract visitors and stimulate consumer spending amid the economic downturn. "The effect of the global recession compelled ...  >>MORE

Acrobats steal the show on DSF opening night

Posted on 17/01/2009

A spectacular acrobatic show performed by the Chinese State Circus at the Dubai Festival City was one of the highlights of the opening day of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) on Thursday. More than 30 world-class acrobats and martial arts masters stretched the limits of human endurance. The shows will be held daily at 6pm and 9pm till February 15, except on Mondays. VIP tickets cost Dh150, Dh100 for the Grandstand, while regular tickets cost Dh50. Tickets are available online from >>MORE

This year's Dubai Shopping Festival to see investment of Dh75m

Posted on 15/01/2009

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) - the region's biggest shopping and entertainment event - begins today with various activities and events taking place in malls and other venues across the emirate. Running till February 15, this year's edition of the festival will see an investment of Dh75 million, Laila Suhail, chief executive of the festival, told Gulf News. In 2008, during the 32 days of DSF, consumer expenditure reached Dh10 billion and visitor numbers hit 3.2 million. "This year's DSF ...  >>MORE

No DSF festivities

Posted on 13/01/2009

The official opening of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2009 has been called off as an expression of solidarity with the people of Gaza. Other activities would go ahead from January 15 to February15. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the DSF Office Supreme Committee, said the move followed a directive from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.” – Khaleej Times ...  >>MORE

About 6,000 retailers to take part in DSF 2009 starting on January 10

Posted on 10/01/2009

Despite the global recession, visitor expectations and targeted expenditure at the month-long annual Dubai Shopping Festival 2009 is still pegged at the levels of 2008, when around 3.2 million people visited the emirate and spent about Dh10 billion, according to a top DSF executive. The festival will commence in Dubai on January 10 and run until February 15. "In the shadows of the global economic slowdown, DSF Office will aim at maintaining the momentum of last year's figures," Laila Suhail, ...  >>MORE

About 6,000 retailers to take part in DSF 2009 starting on January 10

Posted on 08/01/2009

Despite the global recession, visitor expectations and targeted expenditure at the month-long annual Dubai Shopping Festival 2009 is still pegged at the levels of 2008, when around 3.2 million people visited the emirate and spent about Dh10 billion, according to a top DSF executive. The festival will commence in Dubai on January 10 and run until February 15. "In the shadows of the global economic slowdown, DSF Office will aim at maintaining the momentum of last year's figures," Laila Suhail, ...  >>MORE

Global Village to house Guinness Records pavilion

Posted on 02/11/2008

The Global Village is giving a marketing boost to The Dubai Shopping Festival, the emirate of Dubai and the Village itself with a unique pavilion that will provide a platform for people to break world records. The first of its kind, Guinness World Records Pavilion will be strategically located at the Global Village. The pavilion will provide the Global Village visitors exciting opportunities to participate and set new Guinness World Records in a variety of categories during each of the 102 ...  >>MORE

DSF plans to showcase festive holiday season

Posted on 03/10/2008

The "Eid in Dubai" tourism promotion initiative undertaken by the Dubai Shopping Festival Office will expand over the years to cover larger aspects of showcasing the festive holiday. This year, Eid in Dubai will be spread out evenly over the period of Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha, with three days of celebrations on each occasion. Laila Sohail, chief executive of DSF Office, said that in the coming years, their efforts will include the retail sector to a greater extent. "We are encouraging the ...  >>MORE

DSF 2009 from Jan 15 to Feb 15

Posted on 11/05/2008

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2009 will take place from January 15 to February 15, while Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) will be held from June 11 to August 14, said an organiser of Dubai's two main crowd pulling events. The announcement comes amid a huge demand from tour operators to reveal more details of the two events in response to their clients' requests as well as to have ample time to design tour packages for both the events. "The travel and tourism industry in the region is growing ...  >>MORE

DSF garnered record rise in sales

Posted on 02/04/2008

This year's Dubai Shopping Festival has garnered exceptional sales and revenues in retail, hospitality, aviation, travel and financial sectors, according to organisers. Figures made available to Emirates Business showed the retail sector enjoyed a 12 per cent sales increase during the month-long event as compared to the previous edition. "These initial figures are strong indicators of the ability of DSF to bring in visitors that translate into higher revenues for the retail sector in Dubai,” ...  >>MORE

Global Village closes after 80 days of fun

Posted on 02/03/2008

As the sun set on another season at Dubai's Global Village last night, it brought to a close 80 days of entertainment for millions of visitors. Fireworks exploded into the dark skies above Dubailand to celebrate the final night at the venue, which houses a myriad cultures in one destination. The low-key finale included raffle draws for a Hummer as well as a week-long family trip to Florida, USA. Its numerous pavilions have attracted all nationalities keen to get a glimpse of different ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival brought to a close with awards ceremony

Posted on 26/02/2008

The 2008 Dubai Shopping Festival was brought to a close with an awards ceremony on Sunday night. The ceremony was attended by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the DSF Supreme Committee, and a host of other officials and dignitaries. The ceremony, at the Raffles Hotel, began with a visual presentation of the highlights of this year's festival. Later an awards ceremony was held to reward contributions to the ...  >>MORE

Global Village aims for 20m visitors by 2011

Posted on 12/02/2008

It is not every day that a single village serves as a nesting ground for 31 countries and four continents. In the case of Global Village at this year's Dubai Shopping Festival, the 80-day long whirlwind trip also provides a stable environment for smaller businesses to flourish in a thriving marketplace. For people like Abbas Khan, who runs a small yet successful kiosk in the Afghan pavilion, the festival has ensured a steady supply of customers at his leather shop; plus the bad weather has ...  >>MORE

DSF back with a bang!

Posted on 27/01/2008

Spectacular fireworks, a breath-taking aqua show and a host of colourful carnival performers kept everyone entertained at the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2008. Held at Dubai Festival City, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the opening celebrations this year took place over three days in order to allow residents and visitors the chance to be a part of the festivities. The VIP ceremony ...  >>MORE

Laila Suhail becomes DSF chief

Posted on 22/01/2008

Laila Suhail, chief strategy officer (CSO) of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), has been appointed the new chief executive as of on Monday. Suhail, who replaced Saeed Al Nabouda, will be the fourth chief executive of the DSF and the first female CEO. In an administrative reshuffle, the Dubai Executive Council that is in charge of the emirate's civil administration, has also appointed Ebrahim Saleh as the event's general coordinator. A long-time DSF director in charge of promoting the hugely ...  >>MORE

DSF fireworks to get bigger, better, longer

Posted on 15/01/2008

Fireworks Festival, slated to be the most attractive visual treat for visitors during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2008, will witness a grand start on January 24. To be organised on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the whole period of DSF till February 24, the Fireworks Festival will unveil some of the most advanced pyrotechnics used in the region yet. The display is being organised by the Al Zarooni Group, one of the leading business houses in the GCC. The highlight of the ...  >>MORE

DSF lines up host of concerts

Posted on 13/01/2008

Dubai Shopping Festival 2008 will present a string of concerts for music lovers from the opening day on January 24. Organised as part of DSF's cultural festivities, the concerts will see celebrated musicians from around the world perform for audiences in Dubai. Carlos Santana, the nimble-fingered guitarist who has fans across all age groups, would perform at Dubai Festival City on February 15. Jazz music would get its fair share when the Dubai Media City hosts the SkyWards Dubai ...  >>MORE

DSF plans 100 exciting events

Posted on 08/01/2008

Altogether 100 colourful and exciting events will take place during the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2008 from January 24. Laila Suhail, Chief Strategy Officer at DSF Office, explained that the DSF office is implementing a new strategy that emphasises on shopping in the coming editions of DSF. Additionally, the festival will play a significant role in promoting new entertainment projects and establishing a vibrant entertainment industry in Dubai. A key highlight of the strategy is ...  >>MORE

No limits in the month-long bonanza

Posted on 06/01/2008

The countdown has begun for this year's Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), which will run from January 24 until February 24. With a whopping Dh85 million already pumped into this month-long celebration (which excludes investments by other government bodies), the festival committee has now embarked on a new strategy as DSF enters its thirteenth year. "Our core strategy this year will place special emphasis on shopping, and it will continue to be our main focus until 2010,” says Laila Suhail, Chief ...  >>MORE

DSF gets ready to roll

Posted on 31/12/2007

More than 3.5 million people are expected to spend around Dh11 billion at the 13th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), that guarantees 32 days of excitement from January 24 to February 24. Organisers are confident of smashing previous DSF records, with consumer spending projected to surge 10 per cent from Dh10.2 billion last year to a massive Dh11.2 billion in 2008. Visitor numbers are also expected to swell five to 10 per cent from 3.5 million to almost four million. The number of ...  >>MORE

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DSF harnesses online power


Curtain goes up on DSF today


DSF gives Dh15b boost to economy


2012 Dubai Shopping Festival to open on 5th January


Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment receives a bigger mandate


Global Village welcomed over 4.5 million visitors for 15th season


Facebook page clicks with shoppers


Performances enliven DSF in Dubai malls


DSF extravaganza set for colourful takeoff


Dubai’s showpiece DSF events from Jan 20


Dubai Shopping Festival set to lure more regional visitors


Occupancy levels up during DSF, say Dubai's leading hotels


Dubai Shopping Festival opens


Dubai Shopping Festival begins today


DSF 2010 to kick off on January 28


Dubai Shopping Festival ends


Curtains to come down on DSF today


Watani Family Camp hosts families for a fun day in the desert


Hotel occupancy up in first week of DSF


DSF offers refreshed festivities for 2009


Hotel occupancy up in first week of DSF


DSF consumer spending likely to reach Dh10b


Acrobats steal the show on DSF opening night


This year's Dubai Shopping Festival to see investment of Dh75m


No DSF festivities


About 6,000 retailers to take part in DSF 2009 starting on January 10


About 6,000 retailers to take part in DSF 2009 starting on January 10


Global Village to house Guinness Records pavilion


DSF plans to showcase festive holiday season


DSF 2009 from Jan 15 to Feb 15


DSF garnered record rise in sales


Global Village closes after 80 days of fun


Dubai Shopping Festival brought to a close with awards ceremony


Global Village aims for 20m visitors by 2011


DSF back with a bang!


Laila Suhail becomes DSF chief


DSF fireworks to get bigger, better, longer


DSF lines up host of concerts


DSF plans 100 exciting events


No limits in the month-long bonanza


DSF gets ready to roll