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Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 - DSF 2011
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 21. January 2011 23:46     , , , , , , , , , ,   Comments (3)

Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 or DSF 2011 has started and Organizers have unveiled a host of festival attractions for the sixteenth edition of Dubai Shopping Festival. International shows, concerts, shopping promotions, and raffles worth millions of dirhams. It’s the best time to visit Dubai as huge discounts are offered on almost everything and that’s why just like every year DSF 2011 is all set to draw people from all over the world. Dubai Shopping Festival has recorded a consumer spending of Dh84 billion, and given away prizes worth Dh1.35 billion while drawing over 40 million visitors.

I have listed the highlights of this year Dubai Shopping Festival or the 15+1 solid reasons to visit Dubai anywhere in between 20th January to 20th February:

DSF Opening Ceremony (January 20)

DSF opening ceremony will feature a show at the Burj Khalifa Boulevard and the Dubai Creek Park with fireworks to mark the beginning of Dubai’s famous 32 day festival. Apart from that daily fireworks display on the Seef area of Dubai Creek at 8:30pm will rock Dubai city.
The Sound and Light Show in Wafi is another highlight of this year’s Dubai Shopping Festival which is inspired by the renowned sound and light show in Egypt.

DSF Nissan Mega Raffle and Lexus Mega Raffle

Win prizes worth millions of Dirhams in this year’s spectacular Lexus Mega Raffle and Nissan Mega Raffle held during Dubai Shopping Festival 2011. Purchase a Dh 200 ticket and become eligible to enter into the Lexus mega raffle. For Nissan mega raffle any purchase of more than Dh20 at the EPPCO (Emirates Petroleum Products Company) or ENOC( Emirates National Oil Company) gas stations or the purchase of over Dh200 at the participating shopping malls will get shoppers coupons to enter for the daily and weekly draw.
All in all a total of 79 cars will be given away to the lucky visitors.

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DSF Gold Raffle
The Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group is back this DSF with a gold promotion that is giving away prizes worth millions. Every gold shopper has a chance to take home gold and cash prizes. "Bag of Fortune", offer jewellery customers a chance to win 21 kilos of gold worth Dh 3.5 million through raffle draws.
Half a kilo of gold will be given away daily and on the last day of Dubai Shopping Festival a bumper prize of five kilos of gold will be won by a lucky winner. To qualify customers need to spend only up to Dh 500 on gold jewellery purchases at any of the participating outlets.
In addition there is also a 'Scratch n Wi' promotion where shoppers of diamonds, pearls and watches can win up to Dh 3 million in cash. Anyone spending up to Dh1,000 on diamond is eligible to one 'Scratch n Wi' coupon along with two gold and jewellery raffle promotion coupons, thus doubling their chances at the winning stakes.

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DSF Concerts
Dubai will be dancing to the tunes of some of the world renowned stars in this year’s Dubai Shopping Festival including:
Johnny Lever Live in Concert (January 20;8:00pm – 1:00am; Indian High Scholl Football Ground - Oud Metha Road Bur Dubai)
Faris Karam and Shireen Abdulwahhab (January 28; 8.00 pm - 1.00 am; The Burj Steps in Downtown Dubai)
Dubai Rocks with K.K. and Sunidhi Chauhan (January 28; 8.00 pm - 1.00 am ; Madinat Arena,Madinat Jumeirah)
Tamer Hosny (Mazzika) (February 3; 9:00 pm-1:00 am; Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre)
Pharrell Williams and his band N.E.R.D with guest Mike Posner (February 10; 8:00 pm-1:00 am; Festival City)
Rabeh Saker (February 10; 8.00pm – 1:00 am; The Burj Steps in Downtown Dubai)
Amy Winehouse (February 11; 9:00 pm-1:00 am; Festival City)
Wael Kufury and Nancy Ajram (February 11; 8.00 pm – 1:00 am; The Burj Steps in Downtown Dubai)
Ustad Mohammad Reza Shajarian (February 17; 9:00 pm-1:00 am; Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre)
Fadel Shaker and Haifa Wehbe (February 18; 8.00 pm – 1:00 am; The Burj Steps in Downtown Dubai)
The Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 2011, featuring internationally acclaimed blues stars from around the world, will be held from Jan. 20-38.

DSF Dubai Carnival
The all famous Dubai Carnival is all set to hit the streets. Celebratory traditions such as masquerades, parades, singing and dancing done by jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, and musicians from all over the world will make it unforgettable. So watch out for the fun and festivity on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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DSF Kids Festivities
Dubai Shopping Festival is not all about shopping and that includes kids as well. Desert camp for kids by DSF offers the ultimate experience in terms of fun. Some of the regular Dubai desert safari activities such as camel riding, horse riding and quad bike safari but also a range of Dubai’s local cuisines and a taste of Dubai life will be there to give kids a fun in the sun. Mini Zoo, the Heritage House with its display of Dubai in the Past, the Fun Fare area for kids and not to forget the rented camps, traditional clothes, handicrafts, and other traditional products will also be showcased.

DSF Night Souks
Enjoy shopping in evening or at late night hours at DSF Night Souks with cool night breeze and swaying palm trees in the background. Night Souk encourages bargaining and offers variety of merchandise from world renowned retailers along with entertainment area and restaurants to please food lovers.

DSF Gulf Bike Week (February 10 - February 12)
A 3 day exhibition showcasing incredible selection of not just bikes but accessories and components is bound to appeal the fans. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA Vice-President for Sport and President of the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE, the full line of hottest sport bikes, cruisers, off road and all terrain vehicles, apparel, accessories, custom-designed bikes and motorcycle-related products will be showcased.

Dubai Shopping Festival Heritage Events
Heritage and cultural events will be as usual conducted at Al Shindagha heritage site (located along the Dubai Creek promenade) and Hatta Heritage Village which are extremely popular among visitors of DSF.
For 32 days DSF visitors to these sites can enjoy the best of Arabian culture and arts daily from 5 pm to 10 pm.

DSF Global Village:
Located in Dubailand on Emirates Road, Global Village hosts a vibrant range of activities that are organized by countries from the different continents of the world including live performances, mouth watering cuisines, exclusive goods and even thrilling rides. Their logo “Where World Comes Together” says it all.

DSF Carpet and Arts Oasis
Since the start of the yearly DSF exhibition in 1996 the Carper and Art Oasis is held on a grand scale and throws light on rich Arabian culture. Carpets from various carpet-producing countries and regions Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, China, and India are always in demand thanks to their unique designs and skillful knitting. Organized by Dubai Customs, the 12,000 square-metre exhibition will feature 52 top exhibitors. Apart from carpets and rugs, handicrafts will be also on display. The event will be held from January 20 to February 20 at the Airport Expo Dubai, West Hall.

Dubai International Kite Festival (January 21)
The Cox & Kings Dubai International Kite Festival is the first of its kind and will attract kite flyers from all around the world. Eminent kite teams such as David Gomberg Kite Team (from USA), Team Mangalore (from India), Buhamai Kite Team (from Kuwait) among many others will rule Dubai skies. A performance by Dubai Drums is one of the many highlights of the event in addition to the tunes of DJs and RJs such as Anirudh and DJ Vimal.

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DSF BEN 10 LIVE (February 10 – February 12)
The popular action character Ben 10 will feature in an adrenaline pumping 80-minute theatrical extravaganza that will combine the best of Ben 10 and Ben 10 Alien Force. The thrilling performance will be filled with electrifying stunts, action flying sequences and cool BMX and skateboard tricks that are bound to amuse the audience.

DSF Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira (Poetry Gathering) 2011 (January 27)
An annual international gathering to celebrate folk, ethnic, literary and urban poetry is look forward by all Poetry lovers. The famous hindi and Urdu literati will enchant audience at the H.H. Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School on 27th of January.

DSF Creations / Fashion Bazaar (February 10-February 20)
“Creations” is a 10 day fashion event that will showcase fashion designers, encompassing both the leading names from the industry as well as emerging talents. “Creations” provides a platform to the aspiring designers and stresses on the importance of Dubai on international fashion week circuits. Held every year at Dubai Mall it assures a sophisticated yet stylish image of Dubai and its fashion industry.

DSF Closing Ceremony(February 20):
And last but definitely not the least the closing ceremony of DSF will be held on 20th of February and even that will be all about celebration.

Perfect Package for DSF 2011
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head for this year’s Dubai Shopping Festival. And here is the 15+1 reason why you should visit Dubai Shopping Festival in 2011 as Dubai’s renowned rental portal My Dubai Stay is offering an amazing deal of 50 money saving vouchers. 

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