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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL

Dubai to swing to all that jazz from tonight

Posted on 02/02/2005

Nearly 20,000 people are expected to attend Dubai's third international jazz festival, which starts tonight, organisers said. Jazz musicians from Europe and the United States will play in Madinat Jumeirah and Dubai Media City during the three-day annual event. Nightly attendance estimates are 5,000 to 7,000. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

The world comes to Dubai

Posted on 21/01/2005

It seems like yesterday that cynics questioned the concept of a shopping festival. When it was first introduced, revenue models were debated, feasibility studies scoffed at and the sustainability of the idea was seriously doubted. Ten years later the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is a clear winner. Having seen this festival grow from its very first edition it feels proud to know that the city we live in has set an example for many others, silenced critics and converted cynics to holding similar ...  >>MORE

Aqua Fantasia show launched

Posted on 18/01/2005

The fireworks display in Dubai launched the 2005 Aqua Fantasia show on Thursday before a record crowd at the Creek Park which was lapped up by visitors and onlookers. The multi-media Aqua Fantasia show set the skies alight with more than 3,500 dazzling rockets and starbusts shells. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Shopping under starry skies

Posted on 18/01/2005

The Night Souq on Al Seef Street has received an enthusiastic response from Dubai Shopping Festival visitors. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Parks come alive with activity

Posted on 15/01/2005

A packed programme of Dubai Shopping Festival events is drawing crowds to public parks across the city. Organisers say dozens of families are descending on Al Safa Park, Creekside Park, Al Mamzar Beach Park and the Children's City. As the festival continues, organisers are hoping many grandparents, parents and children from other parts of the UAE will drive to Dubai to enjoy the huge range of activities including evening shows on offer. A total of 700,000 people are expected to have ...  >>MORE

10th shopping festival starts with a flashback

Posted on 14/01/2005

The month-long Dubai Shopping Festival 2005 kicked off to a glittering start on Thursday night at the all-new Global Village at Dubailand. An elaborate show at the imposing amphitheatre with a capacity 7,500 crowd brought together around 350 artistes from different parts of the world in a well-coordinated tableau accented by laser-lights-water-and-fire show recalling the nine-year history of the festival, which has become Dubai's signature. The opening programme was attended by the cream of ...  >>MORE

Emirates Post issues special stamps on DSF 10th anniversary

Posted on 14/01/2005

Emirates Post yesterday issued a set of commemorative stamps on the 10th anniversary of Dubai Shopping Festival in denominations of 50 Fils, 125 Fils, 275 Fils and 375 Fils. The complete set of stamps is available at the Deira Main Post Office, Karama Post Office, Sharjah Central Post Office and Abu Dhabi Central Post Office. First Day Covers, priced at Dh9.25 each, are also available at the above locations, according to a press release. "Dubai Shopping Festival has been one of the prime ...  >>MORE

Dubai stages largest retail festival to date

Posted on 12/01/2005

The largest retail festival in the Middle East opens today across the emirate of Dubai, which is expected to enthral an ever-increasing number of foreign visitors as well as local residents. ©Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Carpet Oasis 2005 announces plans of exhibition

Posted on 11/01/2005

Consolidating plans to reaffirm Carpet Oasis as the premier exhibition for the carpet industry in the region, organisers of the exhibition have carried out a press conference today to state plans for the upcoming 10th edition of Carpet Oasis 2005, which is taking place during and part of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2005. Ahmed Butti Al Maheiri, Director General of Dubai Ports Authority, and Abdulla Khamis Al Rahman Essa, Public Relations Manager, were present at the press conference and ...  >>MORE

Kenya beckons at the Global Village

Posted on 09/01/2005

The Kenya pavilion at the Global Village gets finishing touches. The Global Village is a key part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, and this year it will feature pavilions from 46 countries. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Global Village to be bigger and better with a new identity

Posted on 08/01/2005

Over 5.2 million visitors were recorded at the Global Village during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2004. For the 10th anniversary of the festival this year the village will be bigger and better. Spread across 17.2 million square feet in Dubailand along the Emirates Road, beside the Arabian Ranches, it will feature pavilions from 46 countries, 54 restaurants and over 75 kiosks of companies from all over the world. Embodying the 'One World, One Family, One Festival' message of the DSF, the ...  >>MORE

DSF 2005 well poised to break all previous records

Posted on 05/01/2005

With barely a week to go until the tenth Dubai Shopping Festival, over 100 Support Sponsors have already registered with the Festival office and more are joining in. There is an overwhelming response from sponsors to the event this time, due to the high number of visitors expected. Aware of the immense benefits of participation, the Support Sponsors are attracted by additional business opportunities and anticipated higher levels of shopping activity by UAE residents during the shopping ...  >>MORE

Global Village launches prestigious new world award

Posted on 04/01/2005

Global Village has announced the launch of prestigious new "World" Award at a press conference held at the Dubai Press Club. Khalid Al Shafar, Marketing Manager, Global Village said, "The in-depth planning and originality of the participating parties has contributed to the success of the Global Village. These contributions were recognized and rewarded by the Dubai Shopping Festival under the 'Innovation Awards'. But for the Global Village they were limited only to the pavilions." "Today the ...  >>MORE

Global Village's new identity aims to lure more visitors

Posted on 03/01/2005

Nothing signifies the One World, One Family, One Festival theme of the Dubai Shopping Festival better than the Global Village. "The Global Village started in 1996 with a small number of participants and has grown amazingly in size, scope and popularity over the decade," said Ebrahim Abdul Rahim, Global Village Director. Where else in the world but at the Global Village can you buy Czech crystal, South African masks or Italian jewellery, watch Indian and Pakistani folk dances, and taste ...  >>MORE

Desert camp to be organised at Al Mushrif Park

Posted on 02/01/2005

The DSF office, in cooperation with the Bel Romaitha Club, is again preparing to host campers at the annual desert camp in Al Mushrif Park during the Dubai Shopping Festival from January 12 to February 12. This event provides an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to see how the ancestors of the region braved the winter months. The weather now being ideal for camping, the conditions created at the camp make it an exciting and enjoyable experience. There are many options on hand for ...  >>MORE

Several activities to be featured on Al Seef Street

Posted on 02/01/2005

Al Seef Street will be buzzing with activity during the Dubai Shopping Festival. Among the many events that will take place daily from 4pm to 12am are the Handicrafts Souq, Honey Market, Tea Oasis, a traditional UAE food display, and the Night Souq. Artisans from 15 countries will display their creations and give live demonstrations at the Handicrafts Souq. The countries represented include Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Oman, Russia, India, Iran, Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand, ...  >>MORE

10TH DSF: City undergoing transformation

Posted on 30/12/2004

As over 3.2 million people expected to visit the Dubai Shopping Festival in January, the city of Dubai is undergoing a transformation, the likes of which has never been witnessed in the emirate before. Having reached a great landmark of 10 years of the world's best festivities, the city has begun undergoing the transformation that would positively turn it into a beautiful spectre of colour and culture. With fantastically designed lights thronging the city and banners adding luster to ...  >>MORE

70 musicians to perform at Dubai's jazz festival

Posted on 27/12/2004

Jazz lovers have reason to celebrate, as the third Philips Dubai International Jazz Festival has been scheduled for February 2-4 at the Dubai Media City Lake Park. "The 2004 Dubai International Jazz Festival drew over 18,000 fans," said Anthony Younes, managing director at Chillout Productions, the festival's organisers. "Now that our music festivals are an established part of the UAE music scene, the upcoming Dubai International Jazz Festival promises to be bigger. We are expecting around ...  >>MORE

DSF to witness six new Guinness Book records

Posted on 26/12/2004

Yet another six world records are set to be entered in the famous ‘Guinness Book of World Records' during the Dubai World Records Venture Day taking place during Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF 2005). The colossal and exceptional event will be held on February 8 near gate 1 of Dubai's Creek Park from 10am to 6pm. The Dubai World Records Venture Day is being reintroduced this time to coincide with the 10th anniversary of DSF. Having received great governmental encouragement and support in the ...  >>MORE

Village set to recreate a bygone era

Posted on 26/12/2004

A sophisticated, ultra modern city seeped in its traditions is what makes Dubai a fascinating place to be. In keeping with its traditions and heritage, the 10th Dubai Shopping Festival 2005 is introducing the Traditional Coast Life to all during the month-long celebrations. Located in Al Riqqa Street, the Traditional Coast Life village will represent a bygone era of Dubai as it was -- a small fishing settlement. Dotted with many traditional stores selling fishing nets, diving tools and ...  >>MORE

DSF a melting pot of cultures

Posted on 22/12/2004

The details of the calendar of events for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2005 were announced at a gala function here yesterday. The announcement was made by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman of the Emirates Group and Chairman of DSF's Supreme Committee, in the presence of Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, DSF sponsors, members of the Organising Committee and the local media, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. ...  >>MORE

DSF releases 22ct souvenir gold coin

Posted on 21/12/2004

Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan unveiled the DSF tenth anniversary 22ct gold coin on Monday in Dubai. Prized at Dh250 per piece, the gold coin that symbolises the DSF slogan One World, One Family, One Festival was unveiled at Mina Al Salam Hotel, Dubai at a function attended by President of the Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman of Emirates Group and Chairman of DSF's Supreme Committee Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. On the occasion of the DSF 10th anniversary, the Gold Group is ...  >>MORE

More than 600 apply for DSF space

Posted on 20/12/2004

The Dubai Shopping Festival's office has received more than 600 applications for space at this year's festivities, according to a statement issued yesterday. The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will run from January 12 to February 12. Hire charges range from Dh5,000 to Dh10,000, depending on size and location. Restaurants must pay Dh15,000. All the participants are expected to follow the display timings of 4pm to midnight, as specified by the DSF office. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

DSF website relaunched in user-friendly format

Posted on 19/12/2004

The Dubai Shopping Festival office has relaunched its website to mark its tenth year. The new interactive DSF website (www.mydsf.ae) has a user-friendly format. It will offer links in Malayalam (being launched next week), plus materials in Arabic (this week) and English. The retailers and restaurants interested in participating in the tenth DSF can now register online by simply visiting the Join Us section in the new website. Whether web surfers seek some background about Dubai, or are ...  >>MORE

British pavilion is all set to dazzle visitors

Posted on 18/12/2004

Debuting and aiming to attract the widest possible range of exhibitors, the British pavilion is set to dazzle the visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), set to start in mid of January 2005. Designed according to the Covent Garden of London, the 1,750 sq metre space of the pavilion is expecting six million visitors over the 11-week period that the Global Village will be running. The new, purpose-built 2005 Global Village, now located on Emirates Road, will be part of the overall ...  >>MORE

Malaysian pavilion ready to portray a rich heritage

Posted on 18/12/2004

Malaysia will host its pavilion at the Dubai Shopping Festival's Global Village 2005 for the second consecutive year, displaying not just the economic might of the small giant, but also giving visitors an insight into the various traditional facets of this multi-cultural nation. The pavilion is all set to display the grand riches of this spectacular country in all their glory to international visitors and residents of the UAE alike. Spread over 750 sq meters, the pavilion will host 38 stands ...  >>MORE

DSF Night Souq is back

Posted on 05/12/2004

The concept of night shopping is back as the Dubai Shopping Festival office is now inviting applications for participation at its third annual Night Souq to be held during DSF 2005, running between January 12 and February 12, 2005 at its permanent venue on Al Seef Street. Based on its earlier success, business houses know that the Night Souq provides a fabulous opportunity for visitors to shop for their favourite brands at rock-bottom prices and that too beyond the regular shopping hours. ...  >>MORE

Parks to offer business opportunity during DSF

Posted on 02/12/2004

Dubai Municipality has announced that shop owners and trade licence holders can book kiosks in Dubai's public parks to sell or market their products and services to more than 700,000 visitors who are expected to throng the parks during the upcoming Dubai Shopping Festival 2005. Ismail Al Banna, Assistant Director of Public Parks and Horticulture Department, said that the city's parks host during the festival an array of entertainment and fun activities. Al Banna said that these shops could ...  >>MORE

The world parts to meet again

Posted on 16/02/2004

The ninth edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2004 ended yesterday with a resounding success with a closing ceremony in the East Hall of the Airport Expo attended by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Emirates Group and chairman of the DSF Supreme Committee. ...  >>MORE

Series of activities to mark conclusion of event today

Posted on 15/02/2004

Today, the ninth Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) ends with a positive note and a series of activities that will go on well into the night. The main streets of Dubai will feature a lot of activities, bidding farewell to residents and visitors alike. Beginning at 7:30pm, fireworks shows at Al Seef Street will present to the audience a new series of fire-art, creating a colourful tapestry in the sky. Al Riqqa Street, at 10pm, will host the most spectacular carnival, with the participation of ...  >>MORE

Babies in UAE set Guinness world record

Posted on 11/02/2004

Babies of the UAE, one of the unique events of this year's Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the World's Largest Photographic Display. Officials from Guinness World Records adjudicated the record on February 6 in conjunction with Dubai World Records Venture. Residents from at least 50 countries in the emirate have sent photos. The event generated great excitement amongst parents setting a new record of collecting 18,907 pictures. ...  >>MORE

Guinness Book accepts four new Dubai entries

Posted on 08/02/2004

Four new world records set by Dubai have been registered by The Guinness Book of World Records - the world's largest paper clip, the biggest shopping cart, biggest photo panel and largest calendar. Susan Morrison and Christian Marais, representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records, verified and registered the four new world records, out of six new attempts, at the Dubai World Records Venture 2004 in the Dubai Media City on Friday as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2004 ...  >>MORE

UAE photographer compiles world's largest calendar

Posted on 07/02/2004

A special panel of the Guinness Book of Records agreed at a meeting in Dubai yesterday to endorse the 2.15 m X 1.5 m - calendar prepared by a UAE photographer as the largest calendar in the world. The calendar contains photographs of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Each month in the calendar's year carries a picture of a sheikh, shot by Qassim Al Hamadi, chairman of the Arab Photographers Association. Al Hamadi, who is also the ...  >>MORE

Global Village generates Dh320m in business

Posted on 07/02/2004

During the first 23 days of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), Global Village has generated business more than Dh320 million from an estimated 3.2 million visitors, according to a top government official. The DSF has been contributing to the growth in Dubai's local economy. Every year, retail spending goes up during the festivities, as a result of huge tourist influx. Business activities at the Global Village would exceed Dh12.5 million per day from an estimated 125,000 daily visitors, which ...  >>MORE

Mohammed signs world largest calendar

Posted on 04/02/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday put his signature to a 2004 calendar said to be the largest of its kind in the world. The calendar contains photographs of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed skimmed through the calendar, which also embodies photographs of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, ...  >>MORE

Dubai set to break 6 world records

Posted on 04/02/2004

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! When it comes to ventures there is not city quite like Dubai. Once the city has put its mind to a venture nothing can stop it. It's one for all and all for one. The number of records that have been broken during the previous eight Dubai Shipping Festivals and found itself into the records books every year reads like a Who's Who list, but that doesn't stop the city from breaking even more. After all that's what records are for – to be broken. Which is precisely ...  >>MORE

Global Village gets 280,000 visitors during weekend

Posted on 01/02/2004

The beginning of the Eid weekend held expected results at the Global Village last Friday. Strong crowds of 280,000 joined in the festivities being specially organised for the weekend, an increase from the 230,000 who visited the event last Friday. Ibrahim Abdul Rahim, Global Village director, said, "As organisers of this event, the turnout of visitors during the weekend was a pleasant surprise, yet again iterating the popularity of the destination. We noticed that the large crowds at the ...  >>MORE

Airport welcomes visitors with gifts and flowers

Posted on 01/02/2004

The arrival hall of Dubai International Airport receive a huge number of visitors during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), most of whom are families. A team of university students in traditional costumes welcomes the visitors, and they represent 30 countries. Many flights arrive in Dubai daily, with a lot from the GCC states and other Arab countries, Europe and all parts of Asia, bringing many families to the UAE during DSF 2004. Dubai International Airport welcomes its guests with ...  >>MORE

Fashion show to display collections of top designers

Posted on 30/01/2004

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) yesterday launched Dubai Fashion 2004 - a four-day event starting February 5, that will bring world-class collections from Ungaro, Givenchy, Lacroix and Dior to the city for the very first time. Tickets for the event, now in its second year, have been put on sale, proceeds from which will go towards supporting two Dubai-based charities - the Dubai Autism Centre and Dubai Handicapped Centre. Each of the four fashion houses will be bringing their full show to ...  >>MORE

Enchanting shopping avenue beckons families

Posted on 26/01/2004

An extended Night Souq, Tea Oasis and special activities for Eid Al Adha on Al Seef Street makes it a very interesting place to visit during the Dubai Shopping Festival this year, according to a senior official. Night Souq was first set up at the Dubai Shopping Festival last year. The event has been organised this year as well due its popular demand. Suhaila Gobash, supervisor of the street's events, said, "It will be an action-filled place and hope that thousands once again will visit the ...  >>MORE

Global Village to run for a longer period

Posted on 26/01/2004

The Global Village, the main attraction of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), will run for three and a half months when it moves to a 17.4 million square feet facility near Emirates Road next year, which is to become a permanent feature at the Dh18 billion Dubailand project, announced last year by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, said a senior Dubai government official. Global Village, which is going to be packaged separately ...  >>MORE

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Dubai to swing to all that jazz from tonight


The world comes to Dubai


Aqua Fantasia show launched


Shopping under starry skies


Parks come alive with activity


10th shopping festival starts with a flashback


Emirates Post issues special stamps on DSF 10th anniversary


Dubai stages largest retail festival to date


Carpet Oasis 2005 announces plans of exhibition


Kenya beckons at the Global Village


Global Village to be bigger and better with a new identity


DSF 2005 well poised to break all previous records


Global Village launches prestigious new world award


Global Village's new identity aims to lure more visitors


Desert camp to be organised at Al Mushrif Park


Several activities to be featured on Al Seef Street


10TH DSF: City undergoing transformation


70 musicians to perform at Dubai's jazz festival


DSF to witness six new Guinness Book records


Village set to recreate a bygone era


DSF a melting pot of cultures


DSF releases 22ct souvenir gold coin


More than 600 apply for DSF space


DSF website relaunched in user-friendly format


British pavilion is all set to dazzle visitors


Malaysian pavilion ready to portray a rich heritage


DSF Night Souq is back


Parks to offer business opportunity during DSF


The world parts to meet again


Series of activities to mark conclusion of event today


Babies in UAE set Guinness world record


Guinness Book accepts four new Dubai entries


UAE photographer compiles world's largest calendar


Global Village generates Dh320m in business


Mohammed signs world largest calendar


Dubai set to break 6 world records


Global Village gets 280,000 visitors during weekend


Airport welcomes visitors with gifts and flowers


Fashion show to display collections of top designers


Enchanting shopping avenue beckons families


Global Village to run for a longer period