Last week Dubai Shopping Festival saw foodies sampling everything from African to Mexican Cuisine at Etisalat Market OTB, Santa and his 3D camels at Expo 2020 Dubai and mesmerising drone shows at Bluewater and The Beach opposite JBR. This week, there is lots more excitement in store as the packed line-up continues over festive and New Year in week 3 of the world’s longest running retail festival.
From 26 December to 2 January 2022, highlights will include New Year’s Eve concerts and fireworks, a new Drone show and the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group Raffle giving shoppers the chance to win up to a quarter kilogram of gold every other day.
WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK AT DSF
Late Nights at Expo
As part of Expo’s music festivities, Expo 2020 will connect artists and people from across the world, breaking barriers between musical styles, generations and cultures. Magical encounters will create impossible mashups and original artistic collaborations. International DJs Van Buuren and Dimitri Vegas will light up Expo 2020’s NYE Celebration on 31st December.
30th December – 1st January 2022, Al Forsan Zone, Expo 2020 Dubai
Enjoy a gala celebration for New Year’s Eve as Lebanese singer Najwa Karam and Syrian sensation Nassif Zeytoun take to the stage to bid farewell to 2021 in style at the Festival Arena at Dubai Festival City Mall. Karam, who is also known as The Sun Of Lebanese and Arabic Song, is a best-selling artist with over 60 million records sold worldwide while Zeytoun was the winner of the show Star Academy Arab World and gained popularity with his song Mesh Aam Tezbat Maae in 2014.
31st December 2021, Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City Mall
Tickets available from Dubai Calendar and Platinumlist
Doors open at 8pm
Usher in the New Year with spectacular firework displays by Al Zarooni Group in front of spectacular city and coastal skylines. This year, the DSF New Year’s Eve fireworks will take place at the historic neighbourhood of Al Seef and buzzing beachfront destinations of La Mer and The Beach opposite JBR and Bluewaters. Enjoy delicious dining and some retail therapy whilst toasting a good year ahead for 2022.
31 December, 11.59pm at Al Seef, La Mer and The Beach opposite JBR and Bluewaters
Al Seef – Al Hai
Al Hai will be lighting up DSF Market at Al Seef until 30 January with a network of illuminated installations that tell the story of Emirati heritage spelled out in buzzing bulbs and sculptures crafted from sustainable materials. Created by Emirati and UAE-based artists: Raghad Al Ali, Fatima Alawadhi, Eman Al Rahma, Rowdah Alsayegh, Ahmad Geaissa, Abdullah Khouri and Yara Manla, the pieces are inspired by urban layouts and domestic events that make Dubai’s districts truly distinct. Each installation will depict an element of a traditional Emirati neighbourhood that captures the essence of domestic and architectural events.
Until 30 January
DSF Market Al Seef
Sunday – Wednesday: 6pm-10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 4pm-11pm
New Year’s Eve: 4pm-1am
DSF Drones – a new show
This week head to Bluewaters and The Beach opposite JBR for one of the three DSF drone shows set to David Guetta’s critically acclaimed smash hit song, Titanium, featuring vocals from popstar Sia.
Daily until 30 January, 7pm and 9.30pm
Etisalat Market OTB
It’s the chance to visit DSF’s flagship alternative shopping destination Etisalat Market OTB at Burj Park, which runs until 30 December. Feature food stalls and concepts from some of the region’s best and upcoming brands, shopping experiences and live entertainment and activities for the whole family from RollDXB’s skating rink to the padel court from padel.ae. With this year’s theme celebrating popular Korean and Japanese digital content, head to this DSF market before it closes its doors on 30th December.
Sunday – Wednesday – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday – 4:00pm to 12:00am
DSF Skywards Millionaire
Head to The Dubai Mall and Emirates Skywards Everyday partners citywide for the opportunity to become a DSF Skywards Millionaire with one winner each week in January earning 1 million Skywards Miles. Until 30 January, spend at least AED100 at The Dubai Mall and double your chances of winning when you shop with Skywards Everyday partner brands at The Dubai Mall. Pay with an Emirates Skywards Credit Card you earn even more Skywards Miles and get 1 Tier Mile for every 4 Skywards Miles you earn.
Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group Raffle
Be in with the chance to win up to quarter kilogram of gold every other day for every AED500 spent on gold and diamond jewellery, pearls and watches throughout DSF.
6thstreet.com x Club Apparel / 24/7 / DSF VAT on US week
Dubai Shopping Festival is the home of incredible sales and from 27 December to 2 January Club Apparel and 6thStreet.com are giving DSF shoppers even more savings for just one week. Seven days of extra discounted shopping in stores and online at www.6thstreet.com on brands like Aldo, SKECHERS and Beverly Hills Polo Club, where you pay exactly what you see on the tag. Spending AED 200 or more will also put shoppers in the running to win AED100,000 worth of Club Apparel points.
Club Apparel Stores and 6thstreet.com; 27 December to 2 January
Jo Koy Live in Dubai
An evening of unlimited jokes, quips and non-stop banter as Filipino-American stand-up comedian Jo Koy returns to Dubai for his Funny Is Funny World Tour. A regular on the TV show Chelsea Lately and having made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Koy has sold out shows across the globe with his hilarious observations and storytelling.
Wednesday 29 December, Coca Cola Arena.
Tickets start at 180 AED. from Dubai Calendar and Platinumlist
Doors open at 8pm.
An innovative & exciting new exhibition for football fans to feel first-hand what it’s like to be part of the Barca team at Camp Nou. A completely immersive, interactive experience that will allow visitors to appreciate the trophies, learn the tactics, take a trip back in time to know the history of the club, feel the emotion of walking out onto the Camp Nou pitch, discover the next gen Barça, buy official merchandising of football club Barcelona and avail group offers.
Until 2 February
Dubai Festival City Mall
Tickets from AED120 from Dubai Calendar and Platinumlist
Festive Season at The Dubai Mall
The world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall celebrates the festive season in style with stunning decorations during Dubai Shopping Festival. And just when we thought Dubai couldn’t break another world record, the most visited retail center has set up the world’s largest Christmas bauble ornament—situated at the Star atrium along with giant characters representing various Christmas-themed stories. This year, get that festive glow with the Christmas twinkle lights at the Grand Atrium, the Fashion Catwalk, and Bloomingdales, adding a warm feeling to the interiors. Attention to detail is highly noticeable with the ornate fairies and snowflake decorations hanging from the ceilings at the Fashion Dome. From the incredible décor to the fantastic offers and entertainment, there is something for everyone to look forward to during this festive season at The Dubai Mall.
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