Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai at its best
 Suchitra Steven Samuel
 Published: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Dubai Shopping Festival is all about shopping and winning at its best. You have the opportunity to win cars, gold and much more

Welcome to ‘Shopper’s Paradise’. Entertain yourself to the hilt. Taste a dash of culture, customs and traditions. Dubai is ready to take you on a magical trip through numerous events, raffles, shows and entertainment programmes in the 18th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), which begins today.

Look around. Countless lights, ribbons and flags have heralded a festival atmosphere. The city never sleeps. The lit motifs symbolise the DSF theme “Dubai at its Best”. Hold your breath. Shopping deals this DSF are packed with a bonanza of prizes that will make the lucky among you millionaires overnight. There are numerous prizes from luxury cars to gold. More than 7,000 retail outlets are offering irresistible discounts and offers. So why wait?

Infiniti Mega Raffle

The Infiniti Mega Raffle is one where Arabian Automobiles is giving away two cars along with a cash prize of Dh100,000. To be eligible for the daily draws, all you have to do is purchase a raffle ticket for just Dh200 at selected EPPCO and ENOC petrol stations in Dubai, kiosks at main streets, shopping malls and Global Village. So, the more tickets you buy, the more chances you have of winning the mega prize package. Winners of the daily raffles are picked at the Global Village with results being broadcast to the public by Sama Dubai (television channel).

Nissan cars

For others, there is the Nissan option. For 31 days, starting January 4, a winner chosen at a raffle draw held at the Global Village every day will drive away with one of 12 top models from the Nissan fleet of cars and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV). Up for grabs are award-winning Nissan SUVs, such as the Armada, Pathfinder, Murano, Patrol, Juke, Xterra and Qashqai, as well as acclaimed luxury sedans such as the Maxima and Altima. Rounding up an enviable ensemble from the Japanese marquee are practical options such as the Sunny and the Micra, and the adrenaline rush-inducing popular sports coupe, the 370Z.

Every shopper is entitled to a raffle coupon for every Dh20 spent at outlets attached to ENOC and EPPCO petrol stations in Dubai starting from January 3. Alternatively, collect a coupon for every Dh200 spent at a participating retail outlet. The daily draw takes place at 10pm everyday at the Global Village and will be telecast live on Sama Dubai.


Over the years, Dubai has positioned itself as the world’s leading tourism and shopping destination. Global technology and consumer electronics brands concurrently roll-out products in Dubai in line with the global launches. According to a Dubai Chamber study, UAE sales of consumer electronics are predicted to rise from $3.14 billion in 2011 to $3.97 by 2015. The increase has been driven by popular electronic devices such as computers, LED and 3G TV sets, 3G mobile phone handsets, smartphones, feature-rich notebooks and Blu-ray format DVD players. DSF has played a big role in making Dubai an electronics hub with plenty of offers for the same. Banks have also partnered with electronics retailers offering zero per cent instalment schemes. So let your dreams come true in 2013.


Add a little glitter to your life. This time around, DSF offers gold buyers more rewards. Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group is back with mega winning opportunities of 15 kilogrammes of gold and up to Dh2 million cash prizes. Thirteen kilogrammes of gold are up for grabs in daily, weekly raffle draws on purchase of gold and jewellery worth Dh1,500 or ‘EXPO 2020’ gold coin worth Dh800. Additional two kilogrammes of gold can be won in the form of a four-gramme ‘EXPO 2020 Dubai Candidate City’ gold coins in the hourly SMS draws, 13 draws to be held every hour between 11am to 10.15pm. Instant cash prizes of up to Dh2 million are up for grabs on purchase of diamonds, pearls and watches. The promotion is supported by four key sponsors Joy Alukkas, Malabar Gold, Meena Jewellers, Sky Jewellery and three sponsors — Atlas Jewellery, Kanz Jewellers and Chittillappilly Jewellers.


This year, until January 14, more than 50 companies are showcasing its collections at the Carpet and Art Oasis. Carpets from around the world including Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and India are on show. The oasis covers an area of 7,000 square metres showcasing thousands of handmade pieces at Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Hall (3).

The figures

Up to 2011, DSF managed to attract more than 42 million visitors from across the world with visitor expenditure close to Dh100 billion. The 2012 DSF edition contributed more than Dh15.1 billion to Dubai’s economy. It’s no wonder that DSF 2013 is geared to achieve much more.


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