Do you like shopping? Then head to Dubai for the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival, held every winter.
Although Dubai offers fantastic shopping opportunities all year round, the deals are particularly good during the shopping festival. Thousands of shops in the city's shoppinggallerior participate with special offers and many of the city's hotels have special packages during the period.
It is important to note that the event is spread across the city and not concentrated in one place. Rather, it is a period of time when shops, shopping malls and markets reduce prices and offer special deals.
At Visit Dubai, follow the link at the bottom of this page, you can search for shops and offers in different districts.
Extra airline baggage during the Dubai Shopping Festival
Even the airlines, notably Emirates, flying to Dubai are pitching in by offering extra luggage weight for those travelling to the emirate during the Dubai Shopping Festival. Something that often comes in handy.
Dubai Festival days also include fashion shows, performances by world-renowned artists, children's entertainment, competitions and raffles to win expensive cars and fine jewellery, fireworks every night, and much more.
Dubai Shopping Festival - date
The festival has been organised every year since 1996. It usually starts in December or January and lasts for about a month, but exact dates vary from year to year.
The dates for the next Dubai Shopping Festival are 26 December 2018 to 20 January 2019.
Read more at official festival website
(Page updated 2018-09-06)
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