8 Things to Do During Dubai Shopping Festival 2020

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8 Things to Do During Dubai Shopping Festival 2020

As the Dubai Shopping Festival approaches its 25th year of successful shopping and entertaining visitors and residents, many people are waiting for the festivities. 2020 is meant to be a significant year for Dubai as its calendar is full of festivities, events, and activations throughout the year.

The Dubai Shopping Festival will give you 38 days of discounts, exciting live performances, and the best part is the public knows who will perform. 5 international artists will take the stage to entertain the crowd. There will be regional artists like Cheb Khaled, Hussein Al Jassmi, and Sherine Abdel Wahab. Shoppers will enjoy up to 90% discounts on items in malls, retail outlets, and shopping centers.

Guide to Dubai Shopping Festival 2020

Dubai Shopping Festival: horse race

Did you know that Dubai Shopping Festival started on 16th February 1996 as a retail event? Afterwards, it was going to become a tourist attraction, which has seen it attract more and more visitors from all over the world. This is not only a premier festival, but it is also the biggest shopping exhibition. This festival takes one month where shoppers throng the city to enjoy discounts on almost all items.

Dubai Shopping Festival is usually in the first quarter of the year and goes on for a month. For many years, this has happened from the first weeks of January to early February. During this event, malls extend their working hours to allow everybody ample time to shop.

What to do During DSF

Dubai is known as the ultimate place to go shopping, so many shopaholics flock to the city to indulge in their hobby. However, with a festival focused on shopping and entertainment is a dream come true for both shopaholics and those looking to have fun.

Below are fun things you can do during this festival:

Meet the Trolls

Before getting consumed in the fun, you ought to book a room in your favorite hotel in Dubai. If you loved the movie; Trolls, then you can meet them in person. Interact with Princess Poppy and her funny friends.

This is family-friendly activities because your kids will enjoy meeting their favorite troll characters. They will also entertain guests. The best thing about the event is that the trolls will be joined by Spongebob and his crazy buddies.

Dubai World Cup Carnival

Are you a horserace lover? Then Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 has a surprise for you. The Dubai World Cup held at Meydan Racecourse will run for 9 Thursdays in January and February. The race ends on 7th March.

From 2nd January, horses from Denmark, Australia, Ireland, France, Sweden, South Korea, USA, UK, and Turkey will compete to win the prize of $12.74 Million. There will be at least 237 horses competing in the race. The race goes on for 9 consecutive Thursdays. You ought to visit this event during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 because it will be better than in previous years. The event has received a financial boost making it more exciting.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Rather than spending your time indoors in your hotel in Dubai, get out and enjoy various events during this festival. The golfing event takes place at the Emirates Golf Club, which is known as the ā€˜Major of the Middle Eastā€™; this is due to its world-class golfing field.

Guests are allowed to attend all the 4 tournament rounds, where they will enjoy watching professional golfers like Stephen Gallacher and Rory Mcllroy. This is also an excellent opportunity to sample various delicacies.

Al Quoz Arts Fest

This festival is held to celebrate, and appreciate art, community, and culture and it will take place on 24th and 25th January. This festival showcases talent and creativity through art exhibitions, contemporary dance, outdoor art exhibitions, food trucks, film screening, and live music.

The Sima Dance Company will entertain guests with a contemporary dance led by the Palestinian Choreographer Alaa Krimed; this showcases different things in the Arab world. There will be a live drawing performance led by Ali Razavi, while Yasmin Sinai will lead the Art Zero Waste Workshop.

Children will not be left behind because they can explore the Childrenā€™s walking tour of art galleries. Here they can explore their talents and enjoy expressing themselves through art. There are also other children workshops, encouraging creative writing and art.

JO Koy

Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 is not only about major discounts but also about laughter. Jo Koy, a US comedian, will bring his Just Kidding World Tour to the city. This will happen in Dubaiā€™s Coca-Cola Arena on 20th January. Jo Koy is known for his standup comedy on his podcast, and he even has a Netflix special.

City Walk Market

City Walk Market takes entertainment to a futuristic level with the latest technology, and world-class highlights.Ā  Enjoy Virtual Reality and gaming pods, and there is also an interactive laser tunnel. There are many places to take selfies. This is an excellent place for the whole family. Kids can play in the futuristic play area while adults brainwave racing games. This is also where the Trolls Dreamworksā€™ characters will entertain and meet fans.

Al Shindagha Days

The good thing about exploring the Al Shindagha days during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 is that the district was recently renovated. This means more fun and exciting events. Explore the history and culture of the Emirates by navigating through the Al Shindagha Museum. Also, enjoy various perfumes, arts, and Arabic coffee.

Dubai Souks Promotion

Dubai Shopping Festival 2020 will be different because of the Dubai Gold Souk Promotion. The souk will be bigger and include more features. For instance, more coffee, entertainment, shops, parking services as well as toilets.


Dubai is the city of fun and shopping and with the Dubai Shopping Festival around the corner; shoppers are in for a delight. This is an excellent time to purchase jewelry, electronics, leather products, furniture, and other valuables at a discount. You can also enjoy various activities such as entertainment by the Trolls and international artists.