You read the title right, fashionistas: There’s an entire festival devoted to shopping that takes place in Dubai, and Emirates Airlines has partnered with hotels and luxury retailers to offer travelers a few good discounts and a place to drop their bags after a long day of shopping.
The 15th annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) begins on Jan. 20 and runs until Feb. 20 in the glamorous city of Dubai. Emirates airline has teamed up with beach and city hotels to offer a free night’s stay during the Festival to visitors who book a four-night stay. The pampering continues with tax-free shopping, as well as discounts of up to 50 percent on a wide variety of items during the shopping festival.
Packages to the festival can be purchased through local travel agents or an Emirates sales office, and include a choice of hotels, airport transfers and buffet breakfast. In addition, Emirates is currently offering a Companion Fare offer: any passenger purchasing a flight to Dubai between Jan. 1-31 will get a free second ticket, excluding taxes. This Companion Fare offer is valid in all three classes – first, business and economy – with travel from Jan. 16-31.
We can’t put a price on this pampering because of the various hotel options, but we can tell you the shopping package includes accommodation for four-nights for the price of three, airport assistance on arrival at Dubai International Airport, Arabian Adventures welcome pack, airport transfers to and from the hotel by private car, breakfast daily and all taxes and service charges.
Participating beach and city hotels for the Dubai Shopping Festival include:
- The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
- The Jumeirah Beach Hotel
- Mina A Salam and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
- The Grand Hyatt
- Dubai Marriott
- Al Bustan Rotana Hotel
- Hyatt Regency
- Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
- Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
- The Address Dubai Marina
- The Fairmont Dubai
- Shangri-La Hotel
- Taj Palace Hotel
- The Palace – Old Town
- Premier Inn Dubai International Airport
- Four Points by Sheraton
- Al Manzil Hotel
- Qamardeen Hotel
- Marco Polo Hotel and Highland City Hotel
- (Apartment hotels include Dubai Marriott – The Harbour Hotel and Suites and Pearl Residence.)
Travel tip: Make sure to bring an extra suitcase (or two).
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