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Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival aka DSF is the most popular shopping festival held every year from 15th Jan to 15th Feb.
Global Village is one of the attractions during DSF. Many countries participate in this grand exhibition and visitors get a chance to do shopping of products from many countries around the world. Each pavilion in Global Village represents culture of that specific country along with their products on display.
All shopping malls arrange DSF Sale during the festival and prices are reduced. Many other cultural and entertainment activities are also arranged during this festival.
So many tourists from around the world come to Dubai during this time that it becomes very crowded every where. All hotels get fully booked and those cheap hotels even charge you 200% more then their normal room rate incase they have any room available..
For me DSF is not the right time to visit Dubai. I have visited Dubai during Ramadan and found Ramadan sales more attractive then DSF sales because of very low prices, special hotel deals and lesser crowd.
During DSF 2004, I could not get even hotel accomodtion because all hotels were fully booked. So i had to stay at friend's place otherwise it was simply impossible. I was in Dubai after completing my trip to Maldives and Sri Lanka with Emirates airline. Usually this airline give free visa for 96 hour if you book hotel with them. But this time they charged $70 for visa on 24 hour basis with no hotel. Similarly at Global Village i found that products on display were quite expensive. In shopping malls there was so much crowd that it was even difficult to find your way and prices were also not as low as they were during Ramadan sales.
Many people still praise DSF nd love to do lots of shopping during this festival. I can just wish them Happy Shopping!!!
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Dubai Duty Free Shops
Dubai is truely a shopper's paradise and Duty Free Shops are the right place for quality shopping. These shops are located below departure terminals of Dubai airport. Few of them are also located in arrivals terminal.
Great variety of items is available here. You name it and you have it here. Duty Free Shops are always crowded with tourists because of their attractive prices and great deals.
The Dubai Heritage Village
Located along the tight bend in the Creek, the Heritage Village attempts to show traditional life in the emirate of Dubai as it once was. A building with a wind tower, the old Gulf answer to air-conditioning, has been built with an explanation of how the system works.
Small houses made of mangrove and palm frond have been set up as well as stalls where locals demonstrate traditional crafts such as pottery making and metal pot making. The only trouble here is that they’re not always open, so check timings carefully. You might call ahead before you go to find out if crafts are being demonstrated because they weren’t when we were there in mid-afternoon.
You can be sure, however, that the shops, which are also within the confines of the Heritage Village, will be open for business. They offer a fairly wide collection of items, though much of what they sell is actually of Indian or Pakistani origin. The cute leather camels you see, for example, are almost always made in the Subcontinent. And the silver Bedu jewelry is mostly new, so if you’re looking for old stuff, it’s best to shop elsewhere.
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Dubai golds have gained respect to the accessory world market and glad to say that they sell these stuffs with non taxable. Pretty good deal.
I guess that is the only thing, and going to the beach you can do in Dubai!!
But they are amazing.
Same for night live :o)
Dubai stands for shopping. One of the best area is the Deira district. There you can find everything you are looking for.
The number one for shopping is the Old Gold Soukh
Madness during Dubai Shopping Festival
Major attraction: Global Village with many countries showcasing their products and services, art and culture.
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Fire works are regular feature of all the shopping festivals that are held in Dubai. Shades of colorful fireworks in creek while crossing Rashid Al Maktoum bridge looks wonderful.
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