Dubai never ceases to amaze its visitors with its grandeur and larger than life attitude. When it comes to events and festivities, Dubai leaves no stone unturned in showing off its flamboyance and enthusiasm. Every occasion is elaborately held in Dubai, be it the New Year celebration or the Dubai Shopping Festival. During the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai turns into a shopping paradise for shopaholics with every shop, street outlets and malls slashing down their prices, offering quality products with promotions and deals at prices that you would want to splurge and loosen up your pockets in some of the best malls and souks of Dubai. This year the shopping festival arrives early on 26 December 2016 and extends way into the New Year till 28 January 2017. This month long mega shopping carnival that offers an endless choice of goods at lucrative discounts. With so many options and offers going on, you will end up getting in the dilemma as to what to shop. We present to you a checklist of goods to refer to while you are on your shopping trip to Dubai.
Dubai literally lives up to its status- The City of Gold. If you want to spend investing on gold or love gold jewellery, Dubai is the place to be. With countless gold jewellery stores, showrooms and a whole souk dedicated to this precious element, Dubai gives you endless options to shop for gold. Shopping for gold during the Dubai Shopping Festival is a great time to get gold at cheap prices. You’ll come across a mind blowing collection of gold coins and jewellery with intricate designs in best quality in modern and traditional wear. Since Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group is a prime sponsor of Dubai Shopping Festival, you can find almost all gold shops canvassing free gold as prizes during this shopping festival.
Arabian destinations are well known for their handcrafted textiles and carpets are very famous. In Dubai, the malls have dedicated show rooms where you’ll get to shop from a large variety of fabulous carpets. However if you need a worthwhile experience, head to a carpet souk and you will be floored at the vast vivid variety of choices. Shop from a gamut of selections of carpets from around the world such as Iranian, Kashmiri, and Turkish all authentic and meticulously made with elaborate and intricate designs made on varied types of fabrics. Though carpets are expensive, during the Dubai Shopping festival, you can pick up some really good ones at low prices, if you are in a souk; further bargaining can pay off as well to clinch a deal at really cheap prices.
Electronics and gadgets
A priority for any Dubai traveller is to buy electronic and gadgets which are usually on top of their shopping list. At Dubai Shopping Festival, they can be purchased at reasonable prices with most of the shops providing heavy discounts and great deals on items such as cameras, laptop, home theatres and mobile phones. Products of quality brands such as Sony, Samsung, Apple, Bose to name a few can be purchased at good deals and minimum rates. Dubai being a tax fee destination makes it an attractive choice for travellers to buy electronics.
If you are looking out to buy branded, designer or luxury watches, Dubai Shopping Festival is the time you can get your pick from renowned collection of brands such as Cartier, Longines, Rivolli , Rolex. Stores in malls have big discounts on watches during the festive period which is a famous choice among travellers.
Apart from luxury and branded goods, another great way to explore the shopping fiesta is by visiting Dubai’s traditional markets and antique shops. The souks of Dubai are stocked with attractive goods which are handmade, wood carved, rustic and exudes a unique charisma. Scoot for oxidized antiques, exotic wooden goods and fabrics, Arabian accessories and ornaments, and elegant traditional home decor items. This is a great place to take home some memorable souvenirs of your delightful trip.
Apparels are always the first choice of any shopper. At Dubai Shopping Festival, you can at last get your dream brand apparel that you had always wanted. The vast collection of brands of all genre and luxury brands such as Burberry, Armani, Versace, Jimmy Choo to name a few will leave you overwhelmed by the choices you have. Traditional, ethnic wear to haute couture designer outfits, impressive range of shoes and additional accessories of renowned brands along with great discounts and sale prices will urge you to shop like never before.
With retail outlets at malls dropping prices more than half, you get incredible deals at luxury products during Dubai Shopping Festival. Find your signature perfume at reasonable price from a selection of brands like Bvlgari, Chanel, Dolce Gabbana. Stroll down the perfume souks for best discounts and to sample some traditional Arabian attar from among hundreds of stalls selling perfumes.
Spices and Dry Fruits
The Middle East is renowned for its spices and dry fruits and is popular among tourists who visit Dubai. During the Dubai Shopping Festival, the perfect places to shop these goods are at the traditional souks. The Spice Souks of Dubai welcomes you to join its bustling merriment during the shopping festival and offers you hundreds of shops and stalls filled with a myriad of aromatic spices such as black cardamom, cinnamon sticks, saffron and exotic dry fruits such as Arabian dates, cashews all of which are bought in from different countries at optimum quality and reasonable prices. Take advantage of the festive season and stock up these aromatic gems which on ordinary sale days may be sold at exorbitant prices.
Dubai Shopping Festival is Dubai’s trump card to lure tourists into Dubai, the world’s largest shopping extravaganza clubs irresistible shopping offers, tax free merchandises with unmatched entertainment and leisure options making it the most awaited season for travellers and shoppers around the world. Dubai Shopping festival is that time of the year when the city turns into a full blown jamboree with great events and exciting entertainment happening at every corner of the city. There is so much going on at Dubai Shopping Festival that the experience goes beyond shopping into an all rounder recreational event and you would be confused as to what to buy and which places to visit in Dubai during this period. Apart from shopping, the food scene gets impressive attention as upscale restaurants, luxury and budgeted food outlets, cafes and food stalls gear up with a plethora of international and traditional appetizing cuisine making it a great opportunity to sample some great food during your vacation. Among all the shopping spree and places to visit, do take some time to visit the Global Village during Dubai Shopping Festival where its various pavilions themed on different countries showcase their country’s best products and cuisine for food lovers and travellers alike. Take part in raffles at shops and events held during the shopping season and get a chance to win extraordinary prizes such as a kilo of gold or your dream car. So gear up for the 22nd Dubai Shopping Festival and start planning your shopping checklist along with your trip to Dubai.