The inaugural Dubai Gifting Weekend line up has been revealed by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), which will run over three days from 12 to 14 December 2019, offering residents and tourists a weekend bursting with unforgettable experiences and incredible deals ahead of the festive holidays. With the most magical time of year fast approaching, malls and retailers in Dubai bring shoppers an array of unique and merry celebrations, free gift-wrapping stations, promotions for last-minute gift shopping and entertainment for the whole family to revel in.
Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira will be transformed into Winter Wonderlands this festive season, decked with twinkling lights and jingle bell themed décor throughout. Visitors to the malls between now and 25 December can spread some serious festive cheer with the ‘Share it forward from the heart’ initiative, a chance for shoppers to donate and share some of their personal belongings to those in need or less fortunate, with all proceeds going directly to The Red Crescent. Shoppers can show they care with a small gesture that will put smiles on faces this festive season. Visitors to any of the three major malls will be able to have their gifts wrapped for free at the Gift Wrapping Stations between 12 December to 25 December, and families can also learn how to wrap like a pro and personalise their gifts at one of the interactive wrapping workshop sessions.
Shopping can be fun for the little ones too with an interactive digital game taking place at Mall of the Emirates, where kids will hold a candy cane and aim it at a blank gift box in order to wrap it. They will then receive as much candy as they score from the screen in the game.
Mall of the Emirates will be hosting a curated fashion experience for its visitors, especially for the festive season. Taking place at the Fashion Dome on Level 2 from now until 30 December, the mall has collaborated with Elevate to celebrate and raise the profile of regional and local designers and for shoppers to discover beautiful pieces from their festive collections. Top industry experts will also be on hand to offer their best tips and tricks for the perfect festive retail experience.
A ‘Gifting Spectacular Show’ will be staged in South Galleria, Mall of the Emirates and a ‘Santa Spectacular’ show at City Centre Deira to spread joy to many, featuring classic festive characters such as Santa Claus. Taking place from now until 20 December, lucky visitors to the shows will also be in with a chance to meet the big man in red himself!
The Pointe will be hosting its spectacular beachfront tree-lighting ceremony on 13 December from 5pm onwards, where guests can watch in awe for the switch-on, visit the festive village and enjoy the live choir and stage performances featuring classic festive tunes. There will also be an ice rink for visitors to get their skates on, as well as a snowball photo opportunity for the whole family to enjoy.
Visitors to Al Seef’s Winter Wonderland between now and 31 December can look forward to a festive market and an exciting snow park for the kids to play in from 12pm to 10pm daily.
Citywalk’s enchanting Winter Wonderland is the place to be this holiday season, with magical decorations and spectacular roaming entertainment from 7pm to 10pm on the 13 and 20 December. Children will be in their element with the dedicated snowball fight zone and the giant Candyland packed full of cakes, candy, chocolates and ice-cream!
The Blue waters boardwalk will transform into Santa’s very own island this holiday season, bringing visitors a joyous wonderland full of tantalising treats, arts and crafts activations, market stalls, roaming entertainment and much more starting 12 December until January.
It’s the most wonderful time of year to visit La Mer, as the beachfront destination hosts a festive wonderland from 19 to 28 December to ring in the holiday season. Visitors can shop, dine or play at any of the outlets and those who spend AED 100 or more will get 20 minute access to the snow arena for kids aged 3 to 12 years to build snowmen, create snow angels and get involved in an epic snow ball battle from 2pm to 10pm. Magical musical stage shows and parades will also take place on weekdays at 5pm and 7pm and on weekends at 7pm and 9pm.
Shoppers can get festive at The Beach by Meraas With a visit to Santa’s Grotto to meet his little helpers from now until 25 December upon presenting a receipt from any of the outlets on weekends between 5pm and 10pm.Families can also visit Elf Town, packed full of endless entertainment including face painting, mug painting, Christmas card decoration and more. Santa’s elf will also be hiding across numerous locations at The Beach.Those who are lucky enough to find the elf need only take a selfie and upload it on social media using the hashtag#ElfieSelfiedxb and #TheBeachDubaitobe in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes.
Mercato Mall is hosting a variety of festive celebrations from now until 24 December. From dancing in the snow performances, photo opportunities with Santa and his elves, as well as interactive kid’s workshops, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy!
Dubai Festival City Mall will be home to the largest Festive Market in Dubai between now and until 29 December starting at 4pm daily and will consist of delicious festive food stalls from Little Bite, Ginger Bread, VanuatoKakawand much more. Visitors will also be able to shop unique products from brands such as Baby Shop and Zain Art, that will make the perfect gifts for loved ones. The festivities wouldn’t be complete without the breath-taking IMAGINE attraction which will be showcasing an all new festive show called “The Night Before”spreading the holiday spirit every night from 6pm to 11pm on the hour. The mall will also be bringing its visitors a touch of winter with real snow falling over Festival Bay every 15 minutes!
From the 12th to 28th of December, Town Centre Jumeirah is hosting a variety of festive activities for the young and the young at heart. From a snow play zone to a petting zoo and kid’s workshops, there is something for all ages. While the kids are having fun and reveling in the festive spirit, families and friends can shop unique handmade items at the festive ARTE Market on 20 and 21 December.
Nakheel Mall invites shoppers to get festive from now until 25 December with joyous celebrations taking place throughout. The big man in red will be doing meet and greets daily from 3pm to 8pm Sunday to Wednesday and from 3pm to 9pm Thursday to Saturday. From 12 to 14 December, children who meet with Santa will be given special surprise prizes!
Treat your friends and family at The Dubai Mall between 12 and 14 December with incredible savings from 25 per cent to 75 per cent across a wide variety of stores. Shoppers can also visit the festive ‘Pink Winter Room’ located on the second floor and take a snap in one of the most Instagrammable rooms in Dubai!
The Outlet Village by Meraas is getting into the festive spirit with its Spend and Win promotion from now until 25 December. Shoppers who spend over AED 200 in any store will have the chance to win a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, an unbeatable festive gift!The Outlet Village will also be transformed into a true Winter Wonderland with roaming entertainment, Santa’s grotto, a candy factory, live shows, a complimentary gift-wrapping station and much more!
Petit Bateau at Dubai Marina Mall is offering 20 per cent off for one day only on 13 December between 3pm and 5pm. The French store will also be hosting lifestyle social media personality, Kat Lebrasse who will be on hand to offer her best styling tips to other mums on dressing their children, as well as giving away 25 gift vouchers to the value of AED 100 each.
Shoppers using their RAKBANK Mastercard debit or credit card during Gifting Weekend will be in with the chance of winning tickets to the Coca Cola Arena RAKBANK Red Lounge on every AED 100 spent, with 100 winners to be selected from the raffle draw overall!