Five things to expect from the Dubai Shopping Festival 2021-2022
Family shopping time at CityWalk. Photo credit: VisitDubai
When planning a vacation, one of the first things you do is shop for the destination. However, there is one destination that only requires the bare minimum and nearly empty bags. What else would you do if you were planning to run the world’s biggest shopping show?
The Dubai Shopping Festival 2022 runs until January 29, 2022. If you are a shopaholic at heart, DSF is the place for you. With breathtaking shopping experiences, art, cultural events, family activities and live performances, DSF is as awe-inspiring as it is beautiful.
Discover some of the most glorious things you can expect at the Dubai Shopping Festival.
1) Concerts galore
The Dubai Shopping Festival is so awe-inspiring this year that the lineup of events is as fascinating as the event itself. If you are spending your winter vacation in Dubai, you can indulge in the moving voices of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Arijit Singh, stomp on the tunes of James Blunt, have an immersive experience learning the history and anecdotes of Barcelona and collect merchandise or watch a performance of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Chicago musical live on the Dubai Opera stage.
Enjoy the adventure and shop for souvenirs at IMG World. Photo: VisitDubai
2) The devil can dress in Prada and more!
What’s the point of going to a shopping party if you don’t go shopping for clothes? From super brands like Armani, Bebe, Burberry, Prada, Jack & Jones and BOGGI to Christian Louboutin, Verri, Rodeo Drive and Billionaire, you name it and they have more than that. From cool casual outfits and sexy evening wear to conservative office outfits and quirky bohemian styles, there is one (or more!) For everyone. You cannot come to Dubai and not buy gold. Art and creativity meet purity and affordability in DSF as dozens of gold brands set up shop. With designs varying from modern to traditional, minimalist to wholesale, DSF is a treasure trove for lovers of gold jewelry.
3) The splendid night markets
The Etisalat OTB Market is in its 9th edition of the DSF and is one of Dubai’s most charming alternative shopping destinations. Located in Burj Park in downtown Dubai. This year, dancer-choreographer and actor Robert Hoffman opens the event with a dance workshop that will end with a Dance Battle Finale on December 30. This year Etisalat Market OTB is themed around Asian pop culture, with events based on K-Pop dance. and Music Series and Squid Games, as well as the ultimate BTS Day! This year’s Etisalat OTB Market also features Korean and Japanese beauty products, chunky vintage shoes, street and sportswear, and more, as well as delicious food stops. Clothing brand SHEIN has also set up its SHEIN YOU-TOPIA pop-up which boasts some chic global fashion trends at The Plaza, Bluewaters. With interactive backgrounds for photo ops, booths that give out brand information, and countless freebies, offers and rewards, SHEIN also offers an AR makeup trial experience.
4) Fireworks and a gambling house
Look at the photo of the fireworks of Dubai NYE: VisitDubai
The act of learning by doing is at the heart of this year’s festivities, so DSF is moving to the warm Al Seef neighborhood with workshops, activities, shows and brilliant fireworks. Transforming Al Seef into a walkable playhouse and open-air museum, the event will feature educational interactive art installations, which visitors of all ages can learn, engage and explore. Theme around the elements – Air, Water, Earth and Fire, the zones explain the rich history and culture of the emirates.
Apart from that, the event also includes DSF Market Coffee Week and Date Week, with date-inspired dishes. At night, the dark sky lit up with electric fireworks that would go off at midnight.
Pyrotechnics are said to light up the Dubai sky from January 16 to 30 while there are similar stunners in some locations on New Years Eve.
5) drones are making a comeback
Last year, the DSF put on a spectacular live show in bright colors on the coastline. Back by popular demand, DSF is bringing the second edition of the Drone Light Show to Bluewaters and The Beach across from JBR. With 45 days of high-tech production, the show would be themed the Dubai Shopping Festival and will also feature the charming song “Ya Salam Ya Dubai” by Rashed Al Majed and RedOne representing a day in the life of Emiratis from the past. Until now.
The Dubai Shopping Festival has something for everyone. Head to DSF for shopping and spending time with the family.