Dubai Shopping festival was organized for the 1st time by the government of Dubai, in the year 1996. This world famous festival is known as a shopper’s paradise where you can view the best retail products. This festival is organized in order to promote trade and commerce in Dubai.

This Dubai shopping festival is considered to be known as the most exciting shopping festivals of Dubai. This festival is organized at the starting of a year and just before arrival of summer. Dubai Shopping festival is something that has made Dubai proud.

You will not only find the best electronic products, but can participate in many activities that are organized by the government. Film festivals, special events for youngsters, impressive street splays, night fireworks, International fashion shows, and many others are some of the cultural and entertainment programs that are organized for visitors.

Innovative programs are organized every year, which makes the Shopping festival unique and remarkable.

This festival is another technique of promoting tourism in Dubai. No doubt it has been a matter of pride for Dubai. Their authorities ensure to organize remarkable events to attract many tourists. This festival also improves the economic condition of the country.

DSF, at 1st was started as a simple shopping event, where people get to view the best products. As time passed, this festival is also known for their various entertainment programs.

DSF (Dubai Shopping Festival) 2013 promises a lot of entertainment programs and events for their visitors. There are innumerable programs that have been organized for different segments of people. Special efforts have been taken to ensure that every guest is well taken care of throughout their visit to the festival. This is because of their impressive and exclusive festival ideas people around the globe eagerly wait for celebrating this festival.

Dubai got the name as the city of gold during an awareness campaign held at the Dubai Shopping festival. The authorities of Dubai invite many celebrities and esteemed people all over the world. It was at this time, when this festival was called as Dubai Shopping Festival. At that time they had come up with an unusual idea of global village. Through this festival the authorities exhibited the culture and styles of Dubai. Such was the success of this festival that the authorities to an oath to organize this festival every year. This festival has attracted many visitors across the world and is best known for their hospitality.

This festival is known to be the most successful and largest entertainment and shopping programs that are conducted every year.

Apart from entertainment programs this festival also plays a pivotal part in the development of tourism in Dubai. It also boosts the economic condition of the country. Large number of tourists has been increasing every year, and it has been successfully providing a platform for international talents to exhibit their skills. Not only that the tourist also gets an opportunity to feel the luxury and culture of the country.

Major features of DSF 2013
Tax-free shopping: The mega event will begin with entertaining street performances and a display of fireworks. Shoppers can begin enjoying the high discounted shopping, and entertaining events organized all through the festival. Shopping in Dubai is largely tax-free, as merchants are permitted to import products from other countries with very little or no custom duties. The shopping malls and retailers will offer up to 75% discount on range of items, including jewellery, watches, electronics, carpets, textiles, perfumes, and handicrafts of major brands.

Attractive Prizes: Apart from the tax-free discounted rates, shoppers can also look forward to an opportunity to win several daily and weekly prizes, organized by participating shopping malls and retailers. The prizes include luxurious LX570 car and Dh.100,000 in cash in the Lexus Mega Raffle. The Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group also announce exciting DSF promotions by offering visitors a chance to win 21kilos of gold worth Dh.4.5mn through raffle draws.

Cultural/Entertainment events: The event, which opens with spectacular firework display, offers a series of colourful cultural programs and entertainment events all through the festival

The Carnival. As always, DSF 2013 will also witness spectacular parade with performances by renowned international artists, apart from shows by acrobats, percussionists, dancers and more. The DSF Carnival is an all-out display by various performers including musicians, jugglers, unicyclists, stilt walkers, all of which render the festive feeling of DSF across Dubai. Visitors get to enjoy live concerts and jazz world performed by some renowned artists.

Dubai Carnivals will be held in different platforms, each with different themes including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and Russian. Every year at least 300 performers participate in the Carnivals, which will be held every weekend during the month-long DSF.

The Global Village is another major attraction during the DSF 2012 for visitors, who get to explore international heritage and cultural diversity. The Global Village is associated with DSF, although it runs longer than DSF. The Global Village is a unique concept of bringing the entire globe under a single roof. As the name indicates, Global Village is a true representation of culture of various countries at a single place. Every country will set up its own pavilion, wherein renowned products in their home countries are displayed. Apart from product sale, Global Village also offers entertainment events, food stalls, children rides, sports activities and lucky draws on daily basis.

Carpet Oasis is a treasure trove of carpets, wherein traders from across the world, offer good value on a range of floor coverings. It will be open during Dubai Shopping Festival 2013, with thousands of unique and exclusive handmade, oriental, and Persian carpets and rugs from across the globe will be displayed, apart from a large collection of antique souvenirs. The Dubai Dolphinarium will be organizing an exclusive show for kids during DSF 2013. There are other events too, to keep the children engaged such as Children of World Olympiad, cartoon and circus shows. A Sound and Light Show that follows renowned sound and light show in Egypt has been planned. The DSF Desert Camp offers adventure activities such as quad bikes, horse riding and camel rides. Aqua Fantasia, one of the largest aquatic shows, wherein, four pools of 4000 Sqm size, performs a terrific tango of water sprinklings, with brilliant colours and synchronised music to match the ups and downs of the sprouts.

A major attraction of the DSF event every year is the gourmets, wherein visitors get to satisfy their taste buds from delicious cuisines prepared from all corners of the world. Scrumptious cuisines ranging from continental to Chinese, Italian to French, and all special Arabic Delights form part of the gourmet.

The food festival during DSF 2013 will see a gathering of people from diverse backgrounds joining together to enjoy international cuisine, involving celebrity chefs, culinary workshops, live cooking counters, and interactive events and exciting prizes.

Sports enthusiasts who visit Dubai during DSF 2013 will have the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting events, including Open Tennis Championship, Ice Hockey, Hockey on Synthetic Surface, Football Tournament, Russian Ballet on Ice, Skating and Rowing Championships.

The DSF 2013 will also offer a range of special events such as seminars, exhibitions, business conventions, book fairs, and Hope Opera for the handicapped.

The Dubai Shopping Festival will conclude with a magnificent closing ceremony. With so much on the offer, the DSF 2013, is hoped to be a memorable shopping experience both for visitors and residents alike, and is expected to be larger and more successful than the DSF 2011 edition.

Dubai Shopping Festival 2013
Start Date: 3 January 2013
End Date: 2 February 2013
Venue: Different venues around Dubai
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