Watch: Dubai Shopping Festival 2022 attractions unveiled

File photo of a previous Lego Festival at the Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City, as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival
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Dubai: The annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) unveiled its lineup for its latest edition – from December 15 to January 30 – which includes concerts, outdoor markets, pop-up restaurants, shopping discounts, raffles and cash prizes.

At a press conference in Dubai on Sunday, DSF organizers also promised “daily surprises” from December 27. Fireworks, drone light shows and other performances are also scheduled daily.

There will be a weekend with “The Most Musicians Performing Across Town” at TunesDXB, a hip-hop festival, pop-up global brand stores and more.

The “DSF 2022 Calendar of Events” was unveiled during a media showcase at Infinity des Lumières, an immersive digital art experience at The Dubai Mall.

“Oldest Festival”

Speaking on what to expect from DSF 2022, Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, said: “[DSF] was originally started to boost local businesses and has now grown into the world’s oldest and internationally acclaimed retail festival.

He added, “Over the years, DSF has played an important role in growing Dubai’s reputation as one of the best cities to live, work and visit by showcasing its array of offerings ranging from shopping and experiences to from cultural to world-class dining and entertainment.

“This year, the busy schedule of DSF events not only demonstrates our ability to safely welcome visitors from all over the world, but also supports domestic tourism and further strengthens our position as a global business destination.

“The retail sector is strategically important to Dubai’s economy and its tourism vision to attract 25 million visitors by 2025 and DSF continues to play an important role in driving this growth.”

DSF 2021 Nakheel Shopping Center

DSF 2021 Nakheel Shopping Center
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Opening weekend

The latest edition of DSF will kick off with an opening ceremony on December 15 featuring live performances by Emirati superstar Balqees Fathi and award-winning Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki with tickets starting at Dh75, on sale now on Platinumlist and Dubai Calendar.

Broadcast live on MBC and Dubai One, the DSF opening ceremony will be ‘like never before’ with augmented reality (AR) stage integrations, a Burj Khalifa light show, dancing fountains, performance artists and even more.

The DSF opening weekend will also include a festive “Love Actually” special at Zero Gravity; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Mall of the Emirates Theater; Aladdin at the QE2 theater; Opera Al Wasl and Joseph Tawadros live at the Dubai Opera; Don Moen Live at the Coca-Cola Arena; The factory of laughter; Screening of the film House of Gucci at the Akil cinema; Fashion Week 2021 at IMG World of Adventures; and Barça The Exhibition at the Dubai Festival City Mall.

Drone show

The second edition of the DSF Drone Light Show, back by popular demand, will return to Bluewaters, The Beach across from JBR and the brand new Ain Dubai attraction. Taking place daily at 7.15pm and 9.30pm, the “Middle East’s Oldest Drone Light Show” will be complemented by a light show over Ain Dubai.

The opening of the DSF will mark the start of a 47-day city-wide extravaganza with hotel flash sales; immersive pop-up fashion experiences by global brands such as SHEIN; popular DSF markets including Etisalat OTB market in Burj Park and DSF market in Al Seef.

Mega raffles, unique outdoor dining experiences at Global Village, as well as the DSF opening fireworks display, hosted by the Al Zarooni group, will make a return at the Dubai Festival City Mall.

Daily surprises

Buyers will be able to experience limited-time daily deals and surprises in select locations around town, this DSF. Revealed just 24 hours before starting December 27, Daily Surprises will see participating brands spanning lifestyle, sports, fashion, beauty, home and accessories deliver unbeatable discounts and time-limited offers.

DSF Souk Al Bahar

DSF Souk Al Bahar
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Buy and play

The popular DSF Markets will also be back this year with outdoor shopping experiences for all. Free markets can be found in various locations around the city, including Al Seef, Rigga, Al Khawaneej, and Global Village.

DSF’s flagship alternative shopping destination, Etisalat Market OTB, returns to Burj Park and will feature food kiosks and concepts from some of the region’s top upcoming brands, shopping experiences from many local and international brands, and entertainment. live for the whole family. Including dance workshops and battles, community jam sessions, game nights, stage performances and live entertainment series by local and regional artists, as well as the region’s premier show ‘Hello Kitty’ .

Now a cornerstone of the DSF calendar, Etisalat Market OTB will also have its own roller skating rink and paddle court that continues to redefine the shopping experience by blending unique retail, entertainment and dining concepts and by supporting SMEs.

In its ninth edition, Etisalat Market OTB will build on the success of the previous year’s Asian pop culture theme, presented in a new twist to celebrate popular Korean and Japanese digital content at themed weekends. Hello Kitty will make a first appearance in the area on the first weekend.

DSF MOTB

DSF MOTB
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New concepts

This DSF will also feature Ladies Homegrown Pop Ups, a brand new concept making its debut in various locations across the city. The Pop Ups will complement the existing shopping experiences organized by Emirati women across Dubai.

Buyers will also be able to enjoy exceptional experiences during global brand activations, which will be announced in January 2022.

30 million dirhams to offer

DSF daily winnings, prizes and surprises will see a total of around Dh30 million distributed as DSF winnings. The Nissan Grand Raffle offers the lucky winners the chance to take a Nissan Kicks, Patrol, X-TERRA or X-TRAIL on the very first day of the festival. And with 200,000 instant prizes up for grabs each day, there will be more winners than ever at this DSF.

The INFINITI Mega Raffle offers the chance to win a stylish new INFINITI QX80 and AED 100,000 in cash every day.

With the DSF Mega Cash Prize raffle, a winner has the chance to get their hands on Dh750,000 if they visit the Idealz website or mobile app. Visit to purchase a ‘Hashtag Hoodie’ for Dh750 and enter a draw for the biggest cash prize available, this DSF.

The Dubai Gold and Jewelery Group raffle will give buyers the chance to win up to a quarter kilogram of gold every other day on purchases for every Dh500 spent on gold and diamond jewelry, pearls and watches through DSF .

The Dubai Mall Group said that by shopping at selected malls, festival-goers can enter a weekly draw for chances of winning weekly cash prizes worth a total of $ 1million. Dh.

Buy at participating Amber stores this DSF, to earn double Amber Points on full-price merchandise and a chance to earn 1 million Amber Points when you spend over 5,000 Dh at Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols and other stores participants during the DSF Amber Millionaire weekend from December 16-18.

For SHARE Millionaire shoppers at the Mall of the Emirates, City Center Mirdif and City Center Deira may also carry more than the latest designer brands for less that DSF. From December 15 to January 30, for one-time spend of up to Dh300, buyers will participate in a weekly raffle by scanning receipts on the SHARE app, for a chance to become a SHARE millionaire and earn 1 million points SHARE each.

With DSF Skywards Millionaire, buy this DSF from the Dubai Mall or Skywards Everyday partner brands and for every Dh100 spent, buyers will participate in a weekly draw for the chance to win 1 million Skywards Miles to travel the world with Emirates.

Dubai Duty Free Raffle is back, and for every Dh500 spent on Dubai Duty Free, buyers can enter a raffle for a chance to win round-trip economy class air tickets to their home country. , hotel stays and up to Dh50,000 in cash and vouchers. . The Dubai Duty Free Raffle ends on January 28, 2022, with a draw being broadcast live on Sama Dubai TV at 10:30 p.m. PST.

Expo 2020 Dubai

During the DSF, an entertainment program takes place at Expo 2020 Dubai for residents and visitors, with National Day celebrations and holidays, daily parades, featured artists at Al Wasl Plaza for Expo Infinite Nights and dance and cultural performances for Expo Beats.

Fireworks and drone shows

The Al Zarooni group’s daily fireworks display have been a long-standing feature of DSF, and they will be back in full force this year to provide spectators with even more astonishing fireworks displays from vantage points against the backdrop of the unique landscape of the city. The daily DSF Drone Show is also back with even more innovative features to bring technology-driven entertainment experiences to everyone.

Augmented reality experiences

Visitors to DSF can also enjoy augmented reality experiences across Dubai, simply by pointing their cameras at the QR codes of DSF shopping bags at every store in the city to open the doors to a new world of excitation.

Art, music and culture

At six venues in Dubai, there will be six unique interactive art installations by international lighting artists as part of the newly established “Dubai Lights” project. Festival-goers can watch VOUW’s “City Gazing Dubai” on DIFC Gate Avenue, a bespoke Dubai-based installation, with a unique soundtrack and see other amazing works of art at The Pointe, La Mer and Last Exit, Al Khawaneej.

Another exciting addition to the DSF calendar is the TunesDXB at La Mer, with three days of live music and entertainment at 15 locations across town. With the main stage at La Mer, TunesDXB will feature local talent, community events and concerts presented from January 7-9, 2022, which will also coincide with concerts by some of the biggest superstars in the Arab world.

Closing weekend

Highlights are expected to include a closing ceremony featuring performances by prominent Arab and international artists, as well as fireworks and fountains at the Pointe.

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