All Roads Lead To DSF 2010

DUBAI — In about less than two weeks, it’s going to be time to rev up those shopping carts as Dubai rushes towards the mega event that shopaholics the world over look forward to — Dubai Shopping Festival 2010.

By Lily B. Libo-on

Published: Tue 19 Jan 2010, 10:40 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:32 PM

The 32-day shopping extravanganza will be held from January 28 to February 28 and will witness participation by 6,000 stores located in 40 malls across the emirate.

As usual, the festival offers its usual mix of shopping with best deals on offer, the high of winning raffles draw and wholesome entertainment for families.

Naser Hakim, senior PR and Communication Executive, DSF, said that the festival embraces sales and discounts of up to 80 per cent on international brands of consumer goods in the participating malls.

He said that lucky draws offer a cash prize of Dh100,000 and the brand new Lexus LS460 by just purchasing one or more of the 5,000 coupons for Dh200, and the brand new Nissan SUV, which lucky shoppers can drive home on DSF’s daily raffle and three Nissan Sedans over the weekend by just purchasing items costing Dh25. “Daily winnings for the Lexus Mega Raffle total Dh450,00. But, the raffle coupons during the week will be included in the special custom edition of the Lexus LX570 encrusted with five-carat diamonds. Total prizes for this Lexus Mega Raffle are worth Dh16 million involving 100 locations all over Dubai.”

This year’s edition will witness a cultural presentation by talented performers in Global Village, which is at the helm of DSF 2010 festivities, Hakim said. “International performers are in Dubailand to perform and entertain visitors.”

Dancers from the USA performing the American Country dance and French dancers staging Parisian dance will lure visitors at Global Village. “Performances from the Egyptian Tanoura dance art, African acrobats, Chinese Flying Pole Show, street musician, local band and the Kerala Drumming provide a variety of traditional music and cultural presentations.”

He said that even the 31 pavilions of 45 countries participating in Global Village are offering best entertainment and wares for all.

“The Pavilions of Lebanon, Palestine India, Egypt, Thailand, Pakistan, Yemen, UAE, China and West Africa have delighted visitors with their unique cultural shows.”

On January 28, he said, fireworks display at 8:30 pm at the Seef area of Dubai Creek and the jaw-dropping discounts in all malls in Dubai for just one day will highlight the opening of the 15th edition of DSF.


Dubai Carnivals

Dubai Carnivals is a display prosession carried out in the streets and malls by performers including jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, and musicians to showcase the festive feeling.

The Walk at JBR

A unique destination for shopping, leisure, and entertainment, The Walk at JBR highlights the World of Jazz that will be held from February 3 to February 9 as a prelude to the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival.

Family Health Festival

Supported by the Ministry of Health and Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, Family Health Festival runs into its second year this DSF with its focus on obesity and the challenges faced by the society due to this serious but commonly prevalent issue.

The Little Big Club Show

Coming to Dubai for its Middle East debut, the show, to be held in Dubai Airport Expo - East Hall (show timings: 4.00pm and 8.00pm), is the hottest children’s attraction. Featuring 14 popular characters including Barney, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, and Pingu, it promises an exciting journey into the world of cartoon theatre.

Street Events

Celebrations will be back onto the streets with festivities across four prominent locations in Dubai – Al Rigga, Al Seef, Dhiyafa and JBR. Each street or venue is being decorated to reflect a particular theme standing for various aspects of DSF. While the Rigga Street will host fun fairs and rides, Dhiyafa will be decorated with stunning lights, Al Seef will take the art and culture theme, while JBR will host numerous events including a week of performances by renowned jazz artists.

Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira

The Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira, to be held on january 28 at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School (9.00pm) is a gathering of noted Hindi and Urdu poets from India and resident poets in the UAE.

The event is a much-awaited occasion in the Hindi literary circlesin the UAE and witnesses the participation of eminent social and literary personalities.

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