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Your One Stop Guide To Dubai Shopping Festival 2019

Dubai Shopping Festival Dates


December 26, 2018 - Februrary 2, 2019

Celebrating its 23rd edition in 2019, the festival that celebrates the love of shopping, discounts, food, festivities, fireworks, traveling, explorations, fun, and frolic will kick off across Dubai on December 26 and will continue till 02 February 2019. An idea that was seeded in 1996, the Dubai Shopping Festival(DSF) has now evolved into the longest running and most successful shopping festival in the world.

Over 3 million visitors from around the globe visit the DSF each year in hopes of earning exclusive and massive discounts on apparels , gold, cosmetics, watches, leather bags, home decor, gadgets and een spices! In addition, multiple events including live concerts, al fresco markets, carnivals, fireworks etc. are hosted across Dubai during the months of Dubai Shopping Festival. Here's your complete guide to DSF 2019 - new things in town, must have experiences and more.

Why You Must Go For Dubai Shopping Festival 2019?


Dubai Shopping Festival

  • It's a grand sale!
    Over 700 brands offer discounts ranging from 25% to 75% across 3,200 outlets. Further discounts on weekends and daily raffle draws are also part of this grand extravaganza.
  • No better time to visit Dubai Souks
    Dubai’s traditional markets especially the Gold Souk and Spice Souk join the fanfare of DSF, with some of the there best products at the display and on best discounts.
  • It's all over Dubai city!
    The whole of Dubai is in celebration mode as locals and homegrown shops actively participate in various events organized across the city like carnivals, open markets, live concerts, fireworks etc. No matter which part of Dubai you stay in, there's no escaping the DSF fever.
  • You now get to shop with a view
    Dubai, offers magnificent, awe-inspiring sights wherever you go, malls, souks, flea markets etc. So it is not merely shopping, it is shopping amalgamated with sightseeing excursions.
  • It's on all night ( almost )
    Well, it is literally shop till you drop, every mall and mostly every retail store in Dubai opens up till late so you can see, explore and purchase as much as possible.

Top Things To Do During Dubai Shopping Festival 2019


1. Twelve Hour Sale

Dubai Shopping Festival - 12 Hour Sale

26th of December, 12 noon to midnight
Starting DSF with a bang, six Majid Al Futtaim malls will observe a 12-hour mega sale, wherein shoppers will receive 25 - 90 % discounts and other exclusive offers for the day.

2. DSF Weekend Surprises

Dubai Shopping Festival - DSF Weekend Surprises

Every Weekend (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) throughout DSF, 10 am - until stock lasts.
Every weekend, one selected retailer offers up to 90% discount. The announcement is made just 24 hours in advance, so do check the DSF website for the specified shopping location.

3. Shop the Night Away

Dubai Shopping Festival - Shop the Night Away

When - Starting from 9th January, every Wednesday throughout DSF, 6 pm
Retail shops, food court, and restaurants across Dubai’s malls offer special promotional bundles to the visitors. In addition, several workshops, styling sessions and VIP gift bags are up for grabs.

4. Market outside the Box

Dubai Shopping Festival -Market outside the Box

When - 24 January - 02 February 2019
The al fresco market at the Burj Park hosts several pop-ups, trendiest food trucks, and a plethora of live activities surrounding drama, music, and dance including a pop-up cinema.

5. Fireworks

Dubai Shopping Festival - Fireworks

When - December 26, 28 and 29, New years eve, every weekend throughout January and closing day of DSF
Dubai is literally lights - up during DSF with an awestruck display of fireworks at various locations including Global Village, Dubai Creek, Al Seef, La Mer, and the JBR Beach.

6. Grab the DSF Pass

Dubai Shopping Festival - DSF Pass

A special pass only available during the period of DSF enables the tourists and residents to avail up to 65% discount at various top attractions and notable restaurants across Dubai.

7. Enroll for the Raffle draw

Dubai Shopping Festival -Raffle draw

Every Day throughout DSF
With raffles drawn every day at every mall, several Lucky winners pocket cash prizes, home appliances, cars, gift vouchers etc. Car-makers Infiniti and Nissan will offer additional surprises this year.


8. The Dubai Shopping Festival Carnival

Dubai Shopping Festival - 12 Hour Sale

Every Weekend (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) throughout DSF
To further enhance the celebratory spirit, the DSF organizers plan a carnival with special performances by notable musicians, acrobats, jugglers, percussionists, dancers, stilt walkers, cyclists, among others at key locations.

Handy Tips For Your Dubai Shopping Festival Visit


  • DSF App - For the convenience of local and foreign shoppers the organizers of DSF have developed an App, that will keep the users updated on latest offers and deals for Dubai Shopping Festival 2019. Especially for the offers like a weekend surprise that are announced 24 hours prior only.
  • Start Early - Stocks and sizes at retail shops tend to fly off, so make sure you start shopping as early as possible to find what you are looking for in your own size. In addition, mornings will have slightly less crowd.
  • Research and organize - With endless options of shops from malls, souks and pop-ups one can end up missing a good bargain while they are somewhere else. Thus research well, where you can find what, select your favorite brands and while it may sound tedious make a list of it all for a seamless and profitable shopping experience.
  • Shopping hack - The queue for the trail rooms is bound to be extremely long, play smart and wear a skive or a t-shirt over which you can try the newly found clothes for fittings.
  • Explore before splurging - With endless options to choose from do not fixate on one shop, try a few options before you start spending. Especially with things like electronics, furniture etc. check out discounts by other shops as well.

Things to Do When You’re Not Shopping At DSF 2019


While most people plan their Dubai trip around the Dubai Shopping Festival, how much can one shop!? Here are a couple of things you can do when you're not shopping, or need a break from splurging and carrying bags!

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Take in the amazing sights of Dubai while cruising in a traditional Arabian sailing vessel and get introduced to the essence of the Arabian culture with live entertainment, delicious cuisine.

Dubai City Tour

Experience Dubai in all its marvel from the tallest Burj Khalifa to the largest Palm Jumeirah, from traditional souks to the best of malls, from dhow cruise to desert safari.

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Burj Khalifa

Whether to see the tallest building in the world or observe the unhindered panoramic view of Dubai from its 555 meters high observation deck, Burj Khalifa is a must-have adventure.

Glow Garden

Dubai lights up with over 10 million energy-saving bulbs fabricated into complicated, breathtaking installations at the Glow Garden. An equally awe-inspiring Dinosaur park and Ice park accompanies these glowing beauties. Grab Glow Garden tickets at a 20 AED discount from Headout here.

Ferrari World

Paying homage to some of the most remarkable automobiles, the world’s largest indoor amusement park hosts the world’s fastest rollercoaster, numerous other high-adrenaline rides, state-of-the-art simulators, racing memorabilia, and live shows.

Global Village

Home to 27 themed pavilions, the Global Village amalgamates over 75 cultures, representing and selling their traditional specialties. In addition, it hosts exciting rides, arcade games, concerts, and stunt shows. Use promo code GLOBAL18 and get 10 % discount on your Global Village Tickets, exclusively on Headout.

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Get ready to be enchanted by dolphins, seals and a variety of exotic birds. Enjoy a swim with the smartest mammals and watch them perform amazing stunts alongside seals.

Dubai Opera

As magical as the shows it hosts, the Dubai Opera is the perfect place for a classy evening with world-class opera. Check out the list of latest shows running at the Dubai Opera House. Suit up and visit this new addition to Dubai's glam!

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