Deira's souks provide a traditional shopping experience in Dubai, with the gold and spice souks being especially popular during the DSF. Bargaining is the norm here and can help you get great deals. The spice souk features a wide array of herbs and spices, and the Naif Souk has everything from textiles to electronics. If you're looking for jewelry, the prices you'll find at the gold souks are already lower on average than the cost in the U.S. and Europe, and traders are often willing to offer a good price to make the sale happen during the busy DSF.
The Carpet & Arts Oasis exhibition takes place during DSF at various locations. This event is a stunning display of various carpets and antique souvenirs available for purchase.
Many of Dubai's malls participate in DSF by offering special sales and promotions and live entertainment, such as in-mall performers. Visit Dubai Mall near Burj Khalifa, Ibn Battuta Mall on Sheikh Zayed Road, Mall of the Emirates on Al Barsha, Mercato Shopping Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road, Wafi Mall on Oud Metha Road and Lamcy Plaza on Sheikh Rashid Road for discounts of up to 50 percent on fashion, sunglasses and home decor. Several stores also hold their own raffles,giving away prizes, extra discounts and gift certificates. There will be discounts of up to 75 percent on select merchandise, so make sure you compare different shops to take advantage of all of the DSF deals.
The festival will open with a fireworks and lights display for all ages at Al Seef Street, Dubai Creek, and Festival Promenade, and there will be other light and firework shows throughout the DSF. The Global Village on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road has pavilions that sell products from different countries. During DSF, they hold concerts and shows for children.
Dubai Dolphinarium on Umm Hurair, the first indoor dolphinarium of its kind in the Middle East, hosts several shows for children and will include special events during the DSF. Available activities include the Dolphin & Seal Show and the Creek Park Exotic Bird Show.
Be sure to check out the event schedules at all of the Dubai shopping areas during DSF before your visit because events are subject to change and new things will be added on an ongoing basis.
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