With Dubai enjoying perfect winter weather, now’s the ideal time to take part in a wonderful alfresco shopping experience at Dubai Shopping Festival Markets. Free to visit and featuring a range of independent vendors and homegrown makers alongside big-name brands, the markets can be found across the city from the modern Downtown Dubai to the traditional Dubai Creek and the beautiful mountains of Hatta.
Great places to eat, explore and discover super deals and savings on must-have and one-off items, the Dubai Shopping Festival markets are a popular element of the annual retail celebration, which this year are taking place in more locations than ever across the city.
Organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), DSF’s bustling markets are great venues to enjoy super retail, entertainment and foodie moments with friends and family. Each of the markets will be held in accordance with all of the local precautionary health measures, including temperature checks at entrances, social distancing throughout and the mandatory wearing of masks by all visitors at all times.
Etisalat Market OTB
Dubai Shopping Festival Market at Al Khawaneej
Dubai Shopping Festival Market at Al Seef Presented by Al Foah
Dubai Shopping Festival Markets at Al Muraqabat & Hatta Wadi Hub
Great food, deals and family fun can be enjoyed at markets open throughout the festival in one of Dubai’s oldest neighbourhoods and far outside the city in the Hajjar mountains. Held at Al Muraqabat, in Deira, and in Hatta Wadi Hub, an hour’s drive from the city, these markets are a chance for residents and visitors to discover new locations, experience amazing shopping and delight in different foods from all over the world as well as enjoy live performances and shows. Hatta Wadi Hub weekends during DSF will offer a unique programme that combines homegrown artists, kids’ activities, and entertainment for families. Entertainment will include buskers, stage shows and roaming acts in addition to fun kids’ activities such as drumming sessions and Carrom giant game board from 4pm to 10pm daily.
Located on the rooftop of the Palm Jumeirah’s landmark shopping destination, Nakheel Mall, the Food and Retail Market is a must-visit stop to stock up on festive treats and enjoy the stunning views and great outdoor retail experience. Taking place until 3 January, the market will also feature a Santa’s Village and Grotto and an ice rink as well as offers, promotions and special Winter Deals.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall will be transformed into a stunning Winter Wonderland where families can get into the festive spirit of the season. Open until 29 December, the outdoor market will feature a host of great stalls selling retail items and F&B choices. Children can explore a festive interactive maze, an enchanted polar bear valley, and a socially distant Santa’s Grotto for kids of all ages.
Mall of the Emirates
Located in the West End of Mall of the Emirates, a specially made and super festive Winter Wonderland will wow shoppers until 24 December. Guaranteed to raise holiday cheer levels, shoppers can enjoy activations held in collaboration with the popular Ripe Market and the mall’s iconic Ski Dubai destination. Youngsters of all ages can meet and take great family photos with a Virtual Santa. Simply scan a smartphone code to be redirected to Instagram where guests can choose between three Santa variations for the perfect festive photo.
Each Friday and Saturday of DSF, the Ripe Market at Academy Park in Umm Suqeim will offer a wide range of healthy family favourite foods, organic and locally grown produce as well as one-off and homemade retail items to visitors. The Ripe Market will be open on Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 7pm every weekend.
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