Dubai Dubai Shopping Festival

Published on January 5th, 2016 | by Manisha Surange


New Tourist Attractions and Shopping Destinations Enhance DSF 2016 Experience

  • Butterfly garden year-round exhibition of natural species
  • Dubai Garden Glow first garden for education and entertainment, enters Guinness World Records
  • BOXPARK welcomes all to an outdoor shopping and dining experience
  • City Centre Me’aisem serves new areas around International Media Production Zone
  • Hotel Palazzo Versace and Al Habtoor City offer additional options of luxurious stays for tourists
  • Expansions of Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Festival City Mall give shoppers more choices

Offering many attractions to local residents and visitors in Dubai during the present edition of Dubai Shopping Festival, everyone can also enjoy exceptional experiences at the various tourist attractions and shopping destinations. These have opened recently and are as exciting as the remarkable shopping, winnings and entertainment offerings at the 32-day citywide extravaganza.

Along with the a series of more than 150 events and activities assembled by DSF organizers, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)  – visitors can have a wide choice of new tourist and shopping destination to pick from that would make their stay in Dubai even more memorable.

Dubai Butterfly GardenDubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai’s latest distinctive attraction is the Dubai Butterfly Garden brings an exhibition of more than 15,000 butterflies from all over the world to one location. The attractive and colourful garden includes over 120 types of flowers and plants that are home to over 150 unique butterflies, as certified by the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Dubai Butterfly Garden is supposed to be one of the largest covered gardens around – at 2,600 square metres – and is fully equipped with proper temperature controls to ensure the enclosure remains a crisp 24 degrees all year round. The garden, which is located in Dubailand, near to the Miracle Garden, also offers a place to relax and enjoy a bite, this café serves soft drinks and eats. The gift-shop and a museum should also be visited as it displays butterflies and insects from around the world.

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Municipality’s ‘Garden Glow’ is another exhibition that is opened in Dubai Garden Glowrecent times which is used for both education and entertainment. The ‘Art by Day; Glow by Night’ experience features wonders of the world to visitors, and during the night the art pieces – worth an estimated AED 30 million – begin to glow in the dark, lighting up their backdrops with fantastic colours. ‘Garden Glow’ was mainly created to help and demonstrate to children about the power of sustainable energy, as well as provide an exclusive space for a fun time with family. The place offers entertainment with acrobats from across the world, places for fine foods, and a lot more excitement for the whole family. Other distinctive concepts at the garden consists of ‘The Porcelain Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque’ made up of 90,000 porcelain cups, plates and spoons and The Burj Khalifa, which was recreated with 330,000 small medicine bottles filled with coloured water and stands over 12 meters (36’) tall. The garden is looking to enter the Guinness World Records Book with these two features.

Other highlights include light show that will offer an unmatched artistic masterpiece, the talking tree, Panda’s paradise, Dinosaur camp, and candy land.

City Centre Me’aisemcity centre

This new mall was opened by Majid Al Futtain Group, a Strategic Partner of DFRE, in September, making it their 6thshopping mall in the country and their 12th in the region. City Centre Me’aisem is 325 thousand square metres and is located in the International Media Production Zone at the intersection of Al Khail Rd and Mohamed Bin Zayed Rd. 53 retail stores can be found in the mall, with an expected 15,000 visitors a day. The mall is thought to be the perfect shopping and entertainment destination for the growing neighbourhood communities in the area. The first phase includes a Carrefour Hypermarket, a ‘Magic Planet,’ and a medical clinic to meet the needs of residents and workers in the area.

Hotel Palazzo VersaceHotel Palazzo Versace

The hotel is located just minutes away from Dubai’s airport and the iconic Burj Khalifa, the recently opened Hotel Palazzo Versace has 215 hotel rooms and 169 residential units. The unique building is characterized by creative designs, a high level of hospitality and excellent service. Decorated with beautiful furnishings from Versace’s home collection, as well as having a ceiling decorated with handmade gold-inlaid embellishments, chandeliers, marble, and mosaics; making this an incredibly decadent and luxurious hotel.

Al Habtoor City

As one of the largest tourism projects in the world, Al Habtoor City will be home to three 5-star hotels in its 8.5 millions square feet compound that includes three luxurious residential towers and 1460 units. The hotels will be St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai and Westin Dubai, with the city set to become a universal tourist city – the first of its kind in the world. St. Regis has recently started welcoming guests while the other hotels are preparing to open in the near future. Residential Towers are nearing completion with the final phase set to be finished in 2017. Habtoor City also includes shops, restaurants on either side of its ‘Boulevard’ and waterfront, not to mention a total of 30 restaurants and cafes inside the hotels. This will also include a covered and air-conditioned court, classic French garden, the region’s first-ever permanent water-themed theatrical production by Franco Dragone Entertainment Group.


Launched by Dubai’s Meraas Holding, a Strategic Partner of DFRE, BOXPARK is a destination inspired by modern concepts and lifestyles that utilize new architectural designs to put an aesthetic spin on storage containers. The location includes 44 stores, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment brands, thus meeting the aspirations of Dubai citizens and expats. It is the third destination launched by Meraas Holding in less than 2 years – after THE BEACH – opposite JBR and CITY WALK  – and is located on Safa Street. Exceptional experiences are offered to those seeking an urban lifestyle, as well as giving tourists and residents alike the new option of an outdoor shopping experience.

Mall of the Emirates Expansion

Majid Al Futtaim Group made an announcement regarding the completion of the expansion and expansion of Mall of the Emirates at a cost of AED1 billion over an area of 36,000 square meters. The expansion has carried new and international leading brands to the UAE for the first time, as well as providing the mall with an additional 1,300 parking spots. There is a new VOX Cinema that covers 100,000 square feet and will be ready to host the first IMAX laser screen and largest 4DX theatre in the Middle East.

Dubai Festival City MallDubai Festival City Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall’s new ‘Festival Square’ has welcomed mall visitors in the initial steps towards transforming the mall into a famous destination for exceptional shopping, entertainment and recreation. Along with world-class cafes and restaurants and cafes the brand new expansion project will add 269 thousand square feet of space for retail rent – reaching a total of 2.47M sqft that includes 60 new stores. The fast food court will also be expanded and will be opened gradually starting October 2016.

The 21st edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival runs until February 1 under the tagline ‘Unwrap The Exceptional’.

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