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.
Dubai is one of the world's top shopping destinations due to the sheer number of malls in the city.© Grapheast/Graph East Computers Royalty Free
Dubai has several souks and the gold souk is the most popular.© Sajid Shafique / age fotostock
Gold is cheeper in Dubai and is an extremely popular commodity.© Fotosearch / Age Fotostock
Gold in Dubai has a slightly darker tint than the gold we are used to back home.© Fotosearch / Age Fotostock
Usually in January/February, the DSF is the event of the year.© B-C Images / age fotostock