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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL

DSF reports 40pc jump in visitors, 20pc rise in sales

Posted on 01/02/2003

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) has so far reported a 40 per cent increase in visitor numbers and 20 per cent increase in sales at shopping malls. The concluding two weeks of DSF are expected to increase visitors and sales figures at the least by 15 to 40 per cent compared to the three-month period prior to the festival, said a statement by the DSF office. The overall increase in visitors is enjoyed by the shopping malls in the proportion of their mall's size and promotional offers available at ...  >>MORE

Shoppers spend Dh.175 m in gold in Dubai malls

Posted on 01/02/2003

Shoppers have laid out around Dh.175 million in gold purchases during the first two weeks of the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003, which kicked off fortnight ago. Managers of shopping malls here confirmed that the number of visitors to their centres during the past couple of weeks had increased by 10 to 12 per cent compared to the corresponding weeks during DSF 2002. Abdullah Tawheed, Chairman of the Dubai-based Gold and Jewellery Group, said gold sales during the on-going shopping ...  >>MORE

Special DSF service by ETISALAT

Posted on 29/01/2003

ETISALAT, patron sponsor of the Dubai Shopping Festival, has launched exciting up-to-the-minute DSF 2003 content on its EWAP service. Users can get to DSF 2003, Arabic or English, by using EWAP or m-NET GPRS services. EWAP and m-NET GPRS are available to both post paid and WASEL pre-paid subscribers, according to an ETISALAT press release issued yesterday. DSF 2003 over EWAP, which has been developed by ETISALAT with content provider Emircom, contains a wealth of information about this year's ...  >>MORE

Mohammed pays visit to heritage sites

Posted on 28/01/2003

Traditional bands and people from all walks of life gave a rousing welcome to General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, who visited heritage sites in Shindagha yesterday. The 120-minute tour began from the Unified Family Exhibit pavilion where religious discourses are conducted every evening in more than 15 languages. Children of many nationalities also had an opportunity to interact briefly with Sheikh Mohammed who readily agreed to ...  >>MORE

More than 47,000 people visit Dubai Global Village in the first day

Posted on 17/01/2003

More than 47,000 people flocked to the Global Village, part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, as it opened its doors on the second day of the festival. Ibrahim Saleh, DSF's Operations Manager, said the visitors broke all previous records as thousands of people entered the village few hours after the gates had been opened. He said that the village's parking area had received 9,000 cars in the first day, heralding a very hectic and booming days for the village in the days ahead. People seek to try ...  >>MORE

More than 47,000 people visit Dubai Global Village in the first day

Posted on 17/01/2003

More than 47,000 people flocked to the Global Village, part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, as it opened its doors on the second day of the festival. Ibrahim Saleh, DSF's Operations Manager, said the visitors broke all previous records as thousands of people entered the village few hours after the gates had been opened. He said that the village's parking area had received 9,000 cars in the first day, heralding a very hectic and booming days for the village in the days ahead. People seek to try ...  >>MORE

Festival holds message of peace - Mohammed

Posted on 16/01/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, has reiterated the UAE's commitment to peace in a statement yesterday as he extended his warm welcome to visitors to Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003, which began with a glittering ceremony staged on a floating barge on the Dubai Creek. "The Festival is our battle for peace because it carries a message of peace and love to the people of the world," he said. By hosting such festivals and exhibitions, ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to launch Shopping Festival today

Posted on 15/01/2003

The eighth Dubai Shopping Festival will get off to a scintillating start today amid laser shows, fireworks, a water ballet, acrobatics, paragliders and a parade. Today's opening ceremony will be held on a makeshift stage on a barge floating off the Creek Park, measuring 40 metres long and 15 metres wide. Thirty-five local, GCC and international troupes will stage a carnival and parade featuring cultural shows at about 5pm. Star attractions include music by French group Deep Forest. Michel ...  >>MORE

Stage set for biggest Global Village

Posted on 13/01/2003

The stage is set for the opening of the biggest-ever Global Village, the international attraction of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), which will begin operating on Wednesday. Global Village, jointly produced and managed by DSF and Al Futtaim Group, the 'city-within-a-city' is being built on the banks of Dubai Creek. Global Village staff equipped with footfall recorders will monitor visitor numbers. Every time the half-million visitor point is reached, the visitor will receive a high value ...  >>MORE

DSF opening to be a visual spectacle

Posted on 12/01/2003

The opening ceremony of the eighth Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) on Wednesday will see nature's elements - earth, wind, and water - coming together to create a visual spectacle, it was announced at a Press briefing at the Dubai Creek Park yesterday. A carnival parade scheduled at 5pm just behind Children's City will precede the opening ceremony. More than 35 troupes will perform folk shows, said Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda, DSF Chief Executive Officer. "The spirit of the ceremony is the theme ...  >>MORE

Dubai streets decked up for DSF activities

Posted on 11/01/2003

With just under a week left for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) to begin, the residents of Dubai have been closely monitoring the progress being made on the main streets of the emirate. The streets are the hub of DSF activity and they reflect the true spirit of the Festival. With a celebration and a parade every day of the week, every corner in Dubai has been designed to maximise the fun element and Al Seef Street, Al Diyafah, Al Riqqa and Al Muraggabat Streets are the places where families ...  >>MORE

DNRD gets ready for visitors' rush

Posted on 10/01/2003

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) is geared up for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). It has been receiving a large number of visa applications and is processing them in a record time. Between 5,000 and 7,000 transit and visit visas a day were processed for DSF visitors during the last week, according to Major Jassim Abdul Ghafoor, Head of DNRD Public Relations, Head of the Administration and Finance Section and Head of the DSF Reception Committee. "The DSF is one of ...  >>MORE

Fireworks to light up DSF

Posted on 08/01/2003

Visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display by a team of local and international experts. A total of 90 fireworks displays will greet visitors and residents during the DSF, thanks to the Al Zarooni Group, founder patron of DSF. During DSF 2002 there were a total of 13 fireworks displays every week and this year the Al Zarooni Group is planning to make the shows even bigger and more breathtaking. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

DSF operetta on Feb 5 in Dubai

Posted on 31/12/2002

Under the instructions of Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, wife of Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, an operetta is being organised with the participation of the winners of the fourth Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Award for Childhood Creativity. The operetta will be hosted at the auditorium of American University in Dubai on Feb.5, according to a report in "The Gulf Today.” The operetta will highlight the values of ...  >>MORE

Ahlan Dubai to extend services through Internet

Posted on 28/12/2002

Staffed with French, English, Italian, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and Farsi speaking people, the full service call centre for Dubai Shopping Festival, Ahlan Dubai, will now become accessible through a special section at www.mydsf.com and through specially designed hospitality tents during Dubai Shopping Festival. Additionally, the call centre will be operational 24 hours a day. Dubai Shopping Festival is so vast in its various elements, whether entertainment or shopping, that a tourist normally ...  >>MORE

Desert Camp adds to DSF excitement

Posted on 28/12/2002

Visitors and residents can enjoy the true experience of the desert through a unique concept that is being launched for DSF 2003. The desert camp will offer families and youngsters the thrill of living it out in the midst of nature where comforts have a different meaning. The camp, which is situated near the Mushrif Park, will have overnight stay facilities as well as a complete programme of games and interactive activities designed to keep everyone occupied. To ensure privacy and greater ...  >>MORE

DSF opening to feature laser show

Posted on 24/12/2002

The Dubai Shopping Festival 2003, DSF, promises to be a spectacular event right from the word go with the main event of the opening ceremony this time expected to be a dazzling laser display on the sparkling waters of the Creek. The opening ceremony is planned to start at 4.00 pm with the several activities involving the people. The main event will start around 6.00pm. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Municipality lines up events for DSF at parks

Posted on 24/12/2002

Dubai Municipality is spending Dh7 million in activities as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, DSF, 2003, to be held from January 15 to February 15. Almost all the activities will take place in different parks where a number of children's entertainment shows will cater to the children and families. In addition there would be Family and Children Souk at the Creek Park, Fun city at the Creek Park, Street Performers show in various parks, the record breaking activities at Safa Park, Eid ...  >>MORE

DSF visitors get fabulous welcome package

Posted on 23/12/2002

CompanionPoints, the region's largest loyalty rewards programme, has teamed up with Emirates airline to offer a fantastic welcome package to every visitor taking one of Emirates mini-break packages to Dubai, during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2003. Every Emirates customer, either individual or family, who visits Dubai for three days or more between January 15 and February 15 will automatically receive a Visiting CompanionPoints card. Valid for a period of one month from the first activation, ...  >>MORE

Night souk to bowl visitors over

Posted on 23/12/2002

Novel shopping opportunities await visitors at the forthcoming Dubai Shopping Festival 2003. The Night souk, an open bazaar set against the backdrop of the picturesque Creek and replete with factory-like outlets, is the latest attraction that promises to bring the emirate alive with attractive shopping offers during nighttime. Construction activity is continuing at a hectic pace, and nearly 60 per cent of the project has been completed. The Night souk is an entirely new shopping concept to ...  >>MORE

Night Souk to be a big attraction at DSF 2003

Posted on 17/12/2002

The Night Souk, currently under construction near the Dubai Creek, is the latest in a series of attractions that will be brought to Dubai's shopping scenario by the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003. It is being billed to become one of the biggest crowd pullers during the festival. The souk, designed in the form of a semi-circle, will offer accessibility to the shopper during the night. It is supported with a parking space for around 500 cars to accommodate the shoppers' primary need for ...  >>MORE

New events added for DSF 2003

Posted on 12/12/2002

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003, the eighth in the annual series, will have more than 300 events and activities, encompassing avenues such as children's entertainment, art and music, shopping, raffles, heritage and culture, sports, fashion and educational activities, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman of Emirates Group and Chairman of the DSF Supreme Committee, announced yesterday. Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda, Chief Executive Officer ...  >>MORE

Preparations on for DSF Jazz Festival

Posted on 01/12/2002

Preparations are underway for an International Jazz Festival to be held during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003 at Dubai Media City (DMC) on January 29, 30 and 31. The festival promises three days of entertainment, fun, culture and lots of live music, catering to all tastes. The festival comprises two stages that will host four stars each evening. Each stage will echo the sounds of different styles of jazz, giving the audience a choice of sound from over 80 musicians from around the ...  >>MORE

Emirates offers special packages for DSF

Posted on 28/11/2002

Emirates airline, a key sponsor of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003, is promoting the event by making value-for-money packages available across its network with prices starting from $33 per person per night sharing. Emirates' DSF holiday packages are available to all passengers regardless of airfare or class of travel and are valid from January 15 to February 15, 2003. They have been designed to suit all budgets, with prices starting from $33 per person per night sharing for a minimum three ...  >>MORE

Promoting Dubai's image as 'City of Gold' at DSF

Posted on 14/11/2002

The Dubai Shopping Festival organising committee has discussed its marketing strategy for DSF 2003 with the Gold and Jewellery Group and ways to further enhance their joint efforts to promote Dubai as an international gold and jewellery centre in key target markets overseas with the aim of attracting more visitors. The joint initiative by DSF and Gold and Jewellery Group to promote Dubai's image as the "City of Gold" was hailed by leading members of the gold and jewellery trade at a special ...  >>MORE

DSF visitors in for a hearty welcome

Posted on 10/11/2002

Visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2003 will be offered several new services on arrival through the DSF reception committee. Col. Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) director and DSF Supreme Committee member, said more than Dh650,000 will be allocated to enhance the department's hospitality service that will greet visitors arriving at the airport during the festival. Maj. Jassim Abdul Ghafoor, member of the organising committee and head of ...  >>MORE

UAE ready for new challenges

Posted on 15/10/2002

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman of Emirates and DSF Supreme Committee has said that the United Arab Emirates remains an oasis of peace and stability and is prepared to overcome the challenges that could crop up when launching more ambitious projects like the Dubai Shopping Festival. Speaking at a Press conference at Al Bastakia to announce the key sponsors and patrons of the Dh77 million eighth edition of the Dubai Shopping ...  >>MORE

DSF website records 26 million hits in 2002

Posted on 08/10/2002

The official website of Dubai Shopping Festival, mydsf.com, has recorded more than 25 million hits during 2002. The site provides a comprehensive and interactive online presence to the world's mega shopping-cum-entertainment extravaganza, a press release said. The popularity of the website, which is powered by state-of-the-art software, has been growing daily among Internet users around the world. The mydsf.com site gets 36 per cent visitors from the Middle East, a majority of them from ...  >>MORE

DSF committee plans for bigger festival

Posted on 01/10/2002

Members of the organising committee of Dubai Shopping Festival met together on Sunday to discuss the promotions and new plans for DSF 2003. The meeting, which was presided over by Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda, chief executive officer of DSF 2003, was attended by representatives of the 17 different committees entrusted with the task of ensuring a bigger and better DSF next year. Al Nabouda conveyed to the members the vision of Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed ...  >>MORE

Festival City unveils Dh500m project

Posted on 16/05/2002

The Dubai Festival City announced plans to build a multi-billion dirham golf course community as part of its large-scale, mixed-use development. The project, which includes a Dh500 million 18-hole recreational course and 200 units of residential development with associated facilities, is currently under way and will open by the end of 2003. After a feasibility study on the golf course market, conducted by International Management Group (IMG), Al Futtaim, developer of Dubai Festival City, is ...  >>MORE

Dubai Shopping Festival 2003 to be held from Jan 15 to Feb 15

Posted on 09/05/2002

Dubai Shopping Festival 2003 will be organised from January 15 to February 15, 2003, organisers of the festival announced in Dubai today. At a press conference held at the venue of the ATM 2002, it was also revealed that DSF 2002 registered an overall growth figure of 5 per cent. Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Shopping Festival said:” The decision to reschedule the Festival was made primarily upon research done in the retail and hospitality sector, who told us that ...  >>MORE

DSS 2002 visitors expected to surge

Posted on 14/04/2002

This year's Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS 2002) would exceed the 8 per cent growth in visitors recorded last summer, according to Saeed Al Nabouda, DSS chief executive. He expects sales turnover at participating shopping malls to cross last year's Dh1.1 billion mark. DSS 2002 will be held from June 20 to August 30 under the following themes: Food Surprises (June 20 to 26); Water Surprises (June 27 to July 3); Global Surprises (July 4 to 10); Ice Surprises (July 11 to 17); Flower Surprises (July ...  >>MORE

Shopping Festival (DSF) ends

Posted on 04/04/2002

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) held throughout March, ended with a massive fireworks display on 31 March. Plans are already underway for the 2003 event which will have the theme 'One World, One Family, One Festival'. The closing ceremony was attended by Sheikhs Rashid, Hamdan and Maktoum, the sons of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai and Defence Minister. This year a there were record number of 228 participants at the Global Village which had 77,000 daily ...  >>MORE

Curtain goes down on shopping festival

Posted on 01/04/2002

The curtain went down on the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival DSF) 2002 last night to the flurry of fireworks, frenzied last-minute bargain hunting, grand raffle draws and a glittering closing ceremonies at the Creek Park. The culmination activity also kick-started next year's shopping extravaganza, which adopted the theme 'One World, One Family, One Festival' for DSF 2003. During the hour-long ceremony, the DSF Supreme Committee presented winners for the different awards, given by ...  >>MORE

DSF closing ceremony at Creekside Park today

Posted on 31/03/2002

Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will tonight attend the closing ceremony of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2002 at the Creekside Park Amphitheatre. During the ceremony, the Ideal Mother and Ideal Family awards will be presented, as will be the DSF awards for creativity and journalism, and the Global Village pavilion awards. Merit certificates of appreciation will also be presented to the main sponsors of the event. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Guinness Book certifies five world records

Posted on 30/03/2002

The Al Ittihad House (Union House) in Dubai witnessed the creation of five new world records in the form of the biggest "chocolate box," biggest "magazine," biggest "Oud," biggest "visa" and longest "water colour painting" in the world, as their creators displayed their successful efforts to the public on Wednesday. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the chief guest at the event, where a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records was present to certify the creation ...  >>MORE

DSF will sign off in style with fireworks

Posted on 30/03/2002

The fireworks displays that have been charming visitors and residents alike on each day of the Dubai Shopping Festival are set to make and exit on March 31 with a 10 minute finale over the Global Village using some new effects, not seen before during the Festival. The fireworks have been getting a bigger appreciation this year because the location has been shifted to the vicinity of the Global Village. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Carnival of cultures at Global Village

Posted on 29/03/2002

The Al Seef Walkway along the picturesque Dubai Creek turned into a carnival street yesterday with the nationals of 26 countries, including the UAE, showcasing their traditional clothes, music and dances, as part of a programme designed to reflect the DSF-2002 theme, One World, One Family, One Festival. The Nations Parade was organised for the second consecutive year by the Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms) as part of its participation in this year's edition of the month-long ...  >>MORE

Zayed orders participation of Emiri traditional troupe at DSF

Posted on 20/03/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan today ordered the participation of the Emiri traditional troupe in the traditional and folkloric performances which will be staged at the heritage village as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. The Emiri troupe will perform on Thursday alongside other traditional troupes. Heritage village director Abdullah Hamdan bin Damlok praised the presidential move as a strong gesture of support to the heritage village in particular and the DSF in general. ...  >>MORE

UAE Bedouin wedding at Shindagha

Posted on 13/03/2002

A traditional UAE Bedouin wedding will be re-enacted at the Arabian Bedouin Life encampment in Shindagha on Mar 13, according to a press release issued by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), who are organizing the festivities at the heritage sites. The wedding will be an all-encompassing recreation of a traditional UAE Bedouin wedding with the popular traditional dance al rasfah being performed by two rows of men swinging sticks in their hands and dancing shoulder to ...  >>MORE

Visit visa for friends if they're above 30: DNRD

Posted on 11/03/2002

Dubai residents are allowed to sponsor their friends on visit visa if the latter are above the age of 30 years, Colonel Saeed Mattar bin Bleilah, Director of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), yesterday told Khaleej Times. Clarifying a confusion over sponsoring visit visas for friends during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2002, Col. Bin Bleilah said that the department would not reject any visa application without valid reasons. "When we announced that the department ...  >>MORE

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DSF reports 40pc jump in visitors, 20pc rise in sales


Shoppers spend Dh.175 m in gold in Dubai malls


Special DSF service by ETISALAT


Mohammed pays visit to heritage sites


More than 47,000 people visit Dubai Global Village in the first day


More than 47,000 people visit Dubai Global Village in the first day


Festival holds message of peace - Mohammed


Mohammed to launch Shopping Festival today


Stage set for biggest Global Village


DSF opening to be a visual spectacle


Dubai streets decked up for DSF activities


DNRD gets ready for visitors' rush


Fireworks to light up DSF


DSF operetta on Feb 5 in Dubai


Ahlan Dubai to extend services through Internet


Desert Camp adds to DSF excitement


DSF opening to feature laser show


Municipality lines up events for DSF at parks


DSF visitors get fabulous welcome package


Night souk to bowl visitors over


Night Souk to be a big attraction at DSF 2003


New events added for DSF 2003


Preparations on for DSF Jazz Festival


Emirates offers special packages for DSF


Promoting Dubai's image as 'City of Gold' at DSF


DSF visitors in for a hearty welcome


UAE ready for new challenges


DSF website records 26 million hits in 2002


DSF committee plans for bigger festival


Festival City unveils Dh500m project


Dubai Shopping Festival 2003 to be held from Jan 15 to Feb 15


DSS 2002 visitors expected to surge


Shopping Festival (DSF) ends


Curtain goes down on shopping festival


DSF closing ceremony at Creekside Park today


Guinness Book certifies five world records


DSF will sign off in style with fireworks


Carnival of cultures at Global Village


Zayed orders participation of Emiri traditional troupe at DSF


UAE Bedouin wedding at Shindagha


Visit visa for friends if they're above 30: DNRD