Well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, Dubai is an oil rich country located on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. Formerly a natural harbour, when it was occupied by 800 members of the Bani Yas led by the Maktoum Family, Dubai soon became a centre for fishing, pearling and sea trade. By the turn of the 20th Century it was a successful port with a population of nearly 20 000, a quarter of whom were expatriates.
When oil was discovered in 1966, the late Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum utilized the oil revenue to spur infrastructure development in Dubai. A new port and terminal building were built at Dubai International Airport. A runway extension that could accommodate any type of aircraft was implemented. The largest man-made harbour in the world was constructed at Jebel Ali, and a free zone was created around the port.
Dubai's formula for development was becoming evident to everyone – visionary leadership, high-quality infrastructure, an expatriate-friendly environment, zero tax on personal and corporate income and low import duties. The result was that Dubai quickly became a business and tourism hub for a region that stretches from Egypt to the Indian sub-continent and from South Africa to what are now called the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.
Background Well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, Dubai is an oil rich country located on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the southwest
Since 1833 the reigning Al Maktoum family have ruled Dubai. Under their wise and progressive leadership Dubai has prospered and is now the business and tourism hub for a region that stretches from Egypt to the Indian sub-continent and from South Africa to the CIS countries. With its focus on tourism as a revenue generating avenue, Dubai has firmly established itself as a worldwide luxury holiday resort worth visiting. It offers everything a holidaymaker could ever want or need; year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community ensures Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.
Dubai on Sale
One of the main attractions for all who travel to its shores is the shopping experience that Dubai offers; it really is the perfect venue to jet to for a taste of high-class retail therapy like never before. The country boasts more than 70 shopping malls and the largest mall in the entire world based on land area, The Dubai Mall. With a total of 1 200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores and over 160 food and beverage outlets, it’s easy to see how one can get lost in the thrill of spending.
This amazing structure is more than a mall; it’s a little city unto itself. Aside from the retail stores, The Dubai Mall boasts an aquarium, ice-rink, fashion catwalk and an indoor theme park! The layout of the mall is very well thought out as the floors are dedicated to certain shopping elements. Fashion Avenue carries all the high-end designers while the ground floor has all the high-street fashion on sale. The sporty amongst us can find their wares next to the ice-rink.
It’s this architectural and retail marvel that is one of the major partners of the Dubai government’s Department of Economic Development as they proudly bring to you, for the 18th year in a row, the month long shopping extravaganza, the Dubai Shopping Festival! Started in 1996 by the Dubai government as a way to promote tourism and trade in their country, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is set to take place from the 3 January until 3 February 2013. A full month of nothing but the best retail offers in a place renowned for its shopping excellence!
Not only will The Dubai Mall be participating and offering you great deals, the entire city is on standby to give you shopping thrills. From local markets, souks to smaller malls; expect excellent prices on a varied range of goods such as electronic goods, jewellery, spices, textiles, clothing and carpets to draw the avid shopper in. Street performers, fashion shows and musicians will add to the vibe and daily car raffles and extravagant fireworks displays every night of the festival will add to the thrill. Without a doubt, the whole city comes together to showcase Dubai at its best with a festive mood that incorporates shopping, winning and entertainment.
Fun for the whole family
Under the slogan of “One Family, One World, One Festival”, fun is bound to be had by the whole family. For quality time as a family, mall focused entertainment and early evening shows have been organized. Over and above that, Dubai’s white sandy beaches, year round sunshine and turquoise waters create the perfect scene for taking a break from pounding the mall aisles. Away from the beach the kids will have plenty to keep them occupied at SEGA Republic, Dubai Aquarium, Magic Planet, Underwater Zoo and Kidzania. Ski Dubai, adrenalin raising water slides at Aquaventure and Wild Wadi, not to mention swimming with dolphins, will get the approval of little ones not caught up in swiping their credit cards!
To complete the ultimate getaway, Dad will not have to walk around carrying Moms purse as she revels in the shopping delights. Dubai offers the pinnacle of entertainment… golf! With some of the most famous courses in the world, golfers will be in their element as everything from 18-hole courses, golf lessons and specialized video analysis swing rooms will cater for the serious golfer and the novice.
As you face the December holidays, don’t lose yourself or your hard-earned cash in the local malls. Reign in your spending and keep that credit card on ice for the New Year, from the 3 January until the 3 February, is the ultimate shopping experience! The Dubai Shopping Festival, get yourselves there!