Events to look forward to

Published: Sat 22 Jan 2011, 1:03 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:46 AM

Dolphin show

Jan 20 – Feb 20: Dubai Dolphinarium is putting up exclusive shows during DSF for children and families.

Lexus mega raffle

Jan 20-Feb 20: The Lexus Mega Raffle entitles coupon buyers the dream opportunity to take home a Lexus LX570 and Dh100,000 in cash everyday for 32 days of DSF. To add to the excitement, coupons collected through DSF will be entered into the draw for the grand prize where one lucky winner will get the keys to a limited edition Lexus LS600hL. Every ticket will thus have a second chance at winning the grand prize. Each raffle coupon costs Dh200.

Nissan mega raffle

The Nissan Grand Raffle is giving away shoppers the chance to drive home a Nissan SUV everyday. On purchases form ENOC and EPPCO outlets and participating shopping malls, shoppers will enter a daily draw to win one SUV from among the Patrol, Armada, X-Trail, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, and Qashqai. Additionally, all coupons will be entered into a grand draw in which ten winners will walk away with a Nissan model each.

Gold raffle

The Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group is back with a gold promotion that is giving away prizes worth millions during the 32 days of the festival. Every gold shopper has the chance to take home gold and cash prizes.

Street shows, fairs

Jan 20-Feb 20: Al Rigga, Al Seef, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Burj Khalifa Boulevard will host a variety of entertainment events throughout DSF.

Prominent streets such as Rigga, Seef, and the Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence will host fun fairs for families and children. These venues will also have restaurants, kiosks, and performers to add to the street experience.


Daily fireworks in the Seef area of Dubai Creek at 8.30pm.


Feb 10-20: Dubai Mall will host ‘Creations’ to cater to the needs and interests of fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. More specifically, the event is aimed at launching the city’s and the region’s emerging and existing fashion talents in an event that, in the years to come, will be looked upon as a sure ground for fashion careers of all sorts.

Jazz festival

The Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 2011, featuring acclaimed blues stars from around the world, is one of the major highlights. Additionally, Jazz World, an associated event showcasing a diverse genre of jazz from renowned international artistes, is being held in partnership with The Walk at JBR and DSF from January 20 to 28.

Carpet oasis

Jan 20-Feb 20: Carpet Oasis, an exhibition and sale of some of the rarest, largest, and most unique carpets and rugs from around the world, at Airport Expo Dubai, West Hall. Spread across thousands of square metres, the exhibition features products from areas renowned for carpet-making such as Iran, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkemenistan. Apart from carpets and rugs, handicrafts are also on display.

Poetry evenings

Jan 27: Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira 2011 at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School. A gathering of renowned poets from across the Indian subcontinent, Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira re-lives a literary tradition spanning many centuries.

Sound and light show

The Sound and Light Show in Wafi is one of the highlights of this year’s DSF. Inspired by the renowned sound and light show in Egypt, the Wafi show is expected to present a colourful treat for visitors.

Desert camp

An outdoor event that will surely attract families, the DSF Desert Camp is a getaway from the city and a return to nature. Organised throughout DSF, families and visitors have the options of renting tents for days or choosing from a number of activities including camel rides, quad bikes and horse riding, barbecue facilities and food court that will serve local cuisine amongst many others.

Gulf bike week

Gulf Bike Week is being held under the patronage of Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA Vice-President for Sport and President of the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE. The event showcases the latest in sport bikes, cruisers, off-road and all-terrain vehicles, apparel, accessories, custom-designed bikes and motorcycle-related products as well as major international lifestyle brands from Europe, the USA and Asia. Highlights of the event are concerts by Amy Winehouse and Farell Williams.

Dubai carnivals

As the vibrant and colourful face of DSF, Dubai Carnivals is an all-out display by various performers including jugglers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, and musicians to showcase the festive feeling of DSF across Dubai. Dubai Carnivals will hit the streets and malls during Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with hundreds of performers.

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