100 things to do at Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai’s most-awaited shopping festival is back with live entertainment, great deals and unique sensory experiences.

In Dubai, the fun never stops, and what better way to mark the year-end than to indulge in one of the city’s biggest festivals! Explore 100 exciting things to do this weekend, as the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) kicks off on December 17, 2020 and run until January 30, 2021, bringing visitors and residents a safe and welcoming destination.

Now in its 26th edition, DSF is not just a celebration, but a wholesome experience for the entire family, and yes, there’s tonnes of activities in store specially for the little ones. It’s a great time to shop till you drop, while enjoying some of the finest entertainment and leisure options across the city in a clean, secure environment.

PS : Take note and mark your calendars, dear readers. The shopping sales officially start from December 26 onwards, where you can enjoy shopping from more than 800 brands and close to 3,700 outlets, each offering up to 75 per cent off!

Here are 100 things to do with family and friends, as the Dubai Shopping Festival starts this weekend !

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Library Circles: Maryam Al Dabbagh | Jameel Art Centre
Broaden your horizons with a visit to Library Circles, an exhibition by Maryam Al Dabbagh

Theme Nights | Movenpick Grand Al Bustan
Dine out with friends and family and choose your cuisine at the Movenpick Grand Al Bustan! Use the DSF offer of Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Theme Nights

Seafood and Italian nights | Swissotel Al Murooj Dubai
Planning to dine out this weekend? Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on the buffet at this Thursday’s Seafood Themed Night or the buffet at Friday’s Italian Theme Night at the Swissotel Al Murooj.

Digital Art Show “From Monet to Kandinsky Revolutionary Art” | Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Have you had a chance to see the new Theatre of Digital Art. We recommend ‘From Monet to Kandinsky -Revolutionary Art’. A great day out for all the family

Free Shopping Vouchers | Armani Hotel Dubai – The Dubai Mall
Book your room or suite at Armani Hotel Dubai during Dubai Shopping Festival and get 20% off stays, Dh200 shopping credit per day in any Emaar Malls and free tickets to Dubai Aquarium, Underwater Zoo & VR Park. Experience life at the heart of a landmark. T&Cs apply.

Sir Winston Churchill Cup | Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club
December 17-18
If you fancy a day at the polo, watching the sport of kings head to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club to watch the final days of the Sir Winston Churchill Cup.

Jack & The Beanstalk | Al Baraha Ballroom, InterContinental Festival City
December 17-27
One for the whole family, spend the evening watching Jack & The Beanstalk then head to the Festival of Lights the Dubai Festival City Mall promenade.

Do you remember what you are burning? Exhibition | Jameel Art Centre
Discover the contemporary art experiences of displacement, belonging and resilience through the great work of Hiwa K at the solo showcase.

Carbon 12 exhibition | AlSerkal Avenue
December 17-19
In scarce moments of contemplative silence, we find no short-lived consolation, only sobering reality. Witness New York-based artist Sara Rahbar’s interpretation of the numerous contemporary issues within our society, starting with the build-up of frustration.


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Nissan Grand Raffle Draw (Pre-DSF Winners Announcement) | The Global Village
December 17
Head to Global Village this weekend and experience their 25th anniversary upgrade. Make sure you stay for the Nissan & Infinity Grand Raffle at 9pm.

Nissan & Infiniti Grand Raffle (Draw Date) | The Global Village – Live stage show
December 19
If you have your hands on one of the already sold-out tickets for the DSF opening days, sit back, chill and watch the draw on Dubai TV at 9pm.

The Christmas Show | Palm Ballroom, Fairmont The Palm
December 17-28
It’s the time of the year when the city celebrates The Christmas Show with live stage entertainment and performances. Feel the Christmassy and enjoy non-stop musical shows this weekend.

Salt Camp X DSF | DIFC
December 17-April 30
Experience city camping with interactive installations, food, live workshops. Be the first to taste Salt & the new ‘Sugar’ experience this weekend! 

DSF Grand Opening Ceremony | Burj Park, Downtown Dubai
December 17-19
Celebrate Dubai Shopping Festival’s remarkable opening ceremony with an exclusive concert featuring legendary singers, Tamer Hosny and Hussain Al Jassmi. The doors open at 4pm. You can also watch the concert live on MBC1 or Wanasah TV at 8.30pm (Dubai time).

The Pointe Fountain show| The Pointe
Listen to the new remixed DSF song throughout the festive season.

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream | The Junction
December 17-18
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies. It tells the hilarious tale of four young people and a group that gets lost in the woods one fateful night, and the magical fairies who help them find laughter, love and light – all whilst creating total and utter pandemonium!

Festive Forest of Light | Dubai Festival City
December 17-29
Shoppers will discover a magical festive experience at Dubai Festival City Mall’s market at Festival Bay. Highlights include a festive interactive maze, an enchanted polar bear valley, a candy factory and a socially distant Santa’s grotto.

American Rag Cie X DSF | The Dubai Mall
December 17-27
Experience augmented reality through American Rag Cie X DSF. Head along on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to experience local and international B-Boy showcases with live DJs all eyeing the Dh10,000 prize. Join in key workshops and hip hop cardio with live DJs.

The Snowman | The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates
December 18
Come and see the longest running Christmas show in English theatre history. Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty-five years ago. Be a part of the magic, book your tickets today.  

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