Dubai in the winter is a fabulous place to be – not least because of the cooler temperatures but because there’s plenty to do in the city. Take the Dubai Shopping Festival, for example. Officially back for its 27th edition, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) returns with fun for all ages. Whether you’re into shopping for the best bargains, a foodie on the hunt for new culinary experiences or looking for a good time overall, DSF has what you’re looking for.
Residents and visitors alike, can look forward to a calendar filled with several attractions, activities and amazing offers from December 15 to January 30, 2022. Across Dubai, shop ’til you drop from international and homegrown brands, indulge in delicious dishes, enjoy live entertainment and enter the multiple chances to win life-changing prizes.
With plenty to do and see, we’ve rounded up some of the must-see festivities to add to your calendar…
Drone Light Show and Opening Fireworks
Back by popular demand, the second edition of the DSF Drone Light Show will return to Bluewaters, The Beach opposite JBR, and the newly opened global attraction, Ain Dubai. Catch the show every day 7:00pm and 09:30pm, as it’ll be an unmissable highlight of the season. The DSF Drone Light Show will showcase mesmerising choreography and tell the story of the UAE’s past, present and future while incorporating AR elements – fitting that it goes in line with the country’s Golden Jubilee.
Shop while you play
Whilst the Dubai Shopping Festival is mainly known for its bargains, the popular DSF Markets offer that and much more with an outdoor community shopping experience for all. There’s also the alternative shopping destination Etisalat Market OTB which will make its return to Burj Park and will feature food kiosks and concepts from some of the region’s best and upcoming brands, shopping experiences from numerous local and international brands, and live entertainment for the whole family – think dance workshops, game nights, stage performances and even a roller skate rink.
You can even bag up some high-end buys and bonuses during DSF’s opening weekend with Amber Millionaire, discover SHEIN YOU-TOPIA (a place where reality meets fantasy), or even gain points or rewards with Blue Rewards.
This DSF will also bring a brand-new concept, titled Ladies Homegrown Pop Ups. Making its debut across the city, the Ladies Homegrown Pop Ups will complement existing shopping experiences organised by Emirati women across Dubai. It makes it the perfect platform to support home-grown businesses – and we are so here for it.
Celebrate unique art, music and culture
Across several locations in Dubai, there will be six unique interactive art installations from international lighting artists under the newly created ‘Dubai Lights’ project. Festival-goers can watch out for ‘City Gazing Dubai’ at DIFC Gate Avenue, a tailor-made installation based on Dubai, with a unique soundtrack and see other amazing works of art at The Pointe, La Mer and Last Exit, Al Khawaneej.
Plus, make sure to check out the DSF Calendar is the TunesDXB at La Mer, featuring three days of live music and entertainment at 15 locations across the city. With the main stage at La Mer, TunesDXB will present local talent, community events and concerts showcased from 7 to 9 January 2022, which also coincide with concerts by some of the Arab world’s leading superstars.
The Dubai Shopping Festival will run from December 15 to January 30, 2022. Stay tuned for more. For more information, visit mydsf.ae.