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Shopping Festivals United Arab Emirates
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

Discover Shopping Festivals

Created in 1996, the Dubai Shopping Festival takes place every year from January to February. It was at first a sort of bargain sale (sales on gold, electronic equipment, luxury goods) with raffles to win prizes such as cars. It has now become a real event, with concerts and fashion shows. In Abu Dhabi, the Shopping Festival started in 1998. It takes place during the whole month of March. More "traditional" than Dubai's festival, it offers luxury goods (jewellery, perfume, bags, decorating objects) at very reasonable prices.

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Duty-free shopping in Dubai

Dubai is one of the world's top shopping destinations due to the sheer number of malls in the city.

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Dubai's gold souk, the Creek

Dubai has several souks and the gold souk is the most popular.

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Dubai and its gold

Gold is cheeper in Dubai and is an extremely popular commodity.

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Dubai gold

Gold in Dubai has a slightly darker tint than the gold we are used to back home.

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The Dubai Shopping Festival

Usually in January/February, the DSF is the event of the year.

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