Last week, Dubai Shopping Festival celebrated all things festive and welcomed the new year with concerts, fireworks and a new Drone show. The Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group Raffle gives shoppers the chance to win up to a quarter kilogram of gold every other day. And if that’s not enough, the Dubai Duty Free offers the chance to bag free flights home, luxury hotel stays and up to AED 50,000 in cash prizes.
The start of 2022 heralds an equally packed line-up for the fourth week of the world’s longest running retail festival – bringing some of the best music, live shows and culture Dubai has to offer. From 3 January to 9 January 2022, highlights include Tunes DXB, the Chicago musical, comedy with a performance by Kuwaits Qahfiya Ghutra and Aqal, the Big Art Festival at Burj Al Arab, as well as a host of concerts & shows, fireworks by Al Zarooni group at the DSF Al Seef market, and daily drone light shows at Bluewaters and The Beach opposite JBR, in front of the newly opened global attraction – Ain Dubai.
Augmented reality experiences across the city add to the excitement for residents and visitors alike – simply scan the QR code on the red DSF bag in shop windows and unlock new experiences every week. Plus the Infiniti Mega Raffle, Justice League at Gate Avenue and a dedicated Jazz Village on weekends at DIFC, and so much more.
WHAT TO EXPECT THIS WEEK AT DSF
Late nights at Expo
As part of Expo’s music programme, 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.
6 & 8 January, Al Forsan Zone, Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai Shopping Festival presents live concerts and DJ nights at 15 locations across the city with TunesDXB. With the main stage at La Mer, shop and sample great food whilst enjoying the busker style live music with a different theme every night from 7-9 January. The weekend will open with western and Filipino music on 7 January, including the UAE’s very own America’s Got Talent singing sensation, Abu Dhabi resident, Peter Rosalita. A lively Indian evening will follow on 8 January and a soulful Arabic night will end the musical extravaganza on 9 January. With exciting community events and concerts showcasing local talent, the TunesDXB calendar will extend to more Dubai locations, including Nakheel Mall Rooftop, Last Exit Khawaneej, DIFC, The Pointe, Mercato, Deira City Center, Citywalk, The Beach opposite JBR, Hatta Wadi Hub and Bluewaters.
7-9 January, free
Friday – 6pm to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday – 4pm to 11pm
Al Seef Fireworks
Head to the charming Al Seef District for a family focused DSF Market packed with fun activities, workshops, live entertainment and amazing fireworks, brought by Al Zarooni Group, from 1-12 January every night at 8:30pm.
Sunday – Wednesday: 6pm to 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 4pm to 11pm
A host of concerts and shows
Legendary band Rammstein’s acclaimed frontman Till Lindemann arrives at the Coca-Cola Arena on 4 January for a special concert on his birthday. The songwriter, who is a part of Roadrunner Records’ list of 50 Greatest Metal Frontmen of All Time, is known for his dramatic baritone voice and enthusiastic showmanship with hits Mutter, Rosenrot and Rammstein among others.
Hip hop star and rapper, Vasilii Vakulenko a.k.a Basta will perform his chart topping hits at the Coca-Cola Arena on 5 January. The hip hop star who began his career at the age of 15 is also a successful radio host and record producer with over 500 million views on YouTube.
Comedy is also on the agenda for January with Mohamed Benyamna, best known and loved as his stage name Booder, sharpening up his wit and self-deprecating humour for one night only at The Theatre in Mall of the Emirates on 5 January.
Critically acclaimed and Academy Award-winning musical, Chicago will be coming to Dubai Opera from 5 – 15 January. Telling the story of singer Roxie Hart as she finds herself locked up, it features classic songs such as All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, and Razzle Dazzle.
World Christmas Souq at Expo 2020 Dubai
Visitors can extend their festive spirit with a trip to the World Christmas Souq at Expo 2020 Dubai filled with gifts, souvenirs and delicious treats.
10am – 11pm, until 7 January
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.
Shoppers at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira can take home more than just the latest high-end designer labels and cult favourite fashion for less this DSF. Until 30 January, single or cumulative spends of AED300+ will see shoppers enter a weekly draw by scanning receipts on the SHARE app, for a chance to become a SHARE millionaire and take home 1 million SHARE points each.
Infiniti Mega raffle
The INFINITI Mega Raffle brings shoppers the chance to win a sleek new INFINITI QX80 and AED100,000 in cash every day with second prize winners taking home AED10,000. All shoppers need to do is make purchases of AED200 or more at ENOC and EPPCO stations as well as select locations citywide to enter.
Justice League at Gate Avenue, DIFC
The Justice League arrives at DIFC from 6-15 January with daily shows where the kids are invited to join the superheroes on stage, fight the villains and save the day. Other activities include a life-size figurines exhibition and virtual and augmented reality experiences for the whole family. Shoppers with receipts of AED 75 spent at Gate Avenue will get to take a picture with the superheroes and have free access into the arts & crafts area where they can enjoy activities like colouring, solving puzzles and face painting.
Beat the Clock with Rivoli
Rivoli Beat the Clock, with Rivoli Group, is back from 7-9 January. Every purchase on watches and eyewear at Rivoli, Rivoli EyeZone, Hour Choice and Style88 will see shoppers automatically entered into a grand raffle draw with a total of AED 60,000 in wins up for grabs. Thirty lucky winners will receive gift vouchers worth anywhere between AED1,000 to AED5,000, to spend at the popular stores throughout the Dubai Shopping Festival and beyond.
All this and more for an exciting, packed line up of citywide activations, promotions and opportunities to shop, win and play all day every day during DSF.
For more information, please visit @StyledByDubai, @CelebrateDubai and @DSF_Markets on social media channels and www.mydsf.ae.