Glitz, glam and tons of glitter! These words best describe one of the most-awaited events of the world that welcomes the new year – the Dubai Shopping Festival or DSF. This is one shopping carnival that every shopaholic worth his/her salt would want to experience at least once in a lifetime. And you have every reason to do so. After all one is talking of winning pricy prizes such as gold and high-end luxury cars every single day of the fest at the best shopping malls in Dubai! With DSF 2015 celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, all eyes are now set on Dubai Shopping Festival 2016. From musical shows to fireworks display, loads of extravagance to entertainment, DSF is not just a shopping festival but also a carnival of fun and showbiz. You have to see it to believe it.
But wait a minute! Have you thought of a good accommodation to enjoy your stay in Dubai during the festival? After all it’s not like driving to a neighbourhood mall for shopping. When in Dubai you want to make the most of the trip with desert safaris, water sports, sightseeing and indulgence at a luxury hotel. Only an ultra-comfortable stay can assure you a fun-filled trip. Check out some of these awe-inspiring hotels for that unique experience in festival city Dubai.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah
A glossy wave by the shore in the Dubai Festival City — that’s how Jumeirah Beach Hotel looks like. This unique structure houses 599 ocean-view rooms and suites, over 19 restaurant, cafes and bars, six swimming pools and private beach, 19 Arabian-styled beach villas and Sinbad’s Kids Club among many other amenities.
Save the Tip: Book at least 14 days prior to your arrival to avail up to 12% off
Atlantis, The Palm
Situated on the world-renowned artificial Palm Island, Atlantis is spread over 46 hectares, with 17 hectares of waterpark. A world unto itself, the luxury hotel offers some of the most amazing aquatic attractions, Signature Underwater Suite, fine dining, fun-filled nightlife and shopping experience.
Must see: The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure Waterpark
Kempinski, Sheikh Zayed Rd
Wanna be in the thick of shopping? Stay close to Mall of the Emirates by checking into Kempinski, Sheikh Zayed Rd. One of the oldest luxury hotels of Dubai, Kempinski is spread over 48,000 square metres of area. Ideal for discerning business and leisure tourists, Kempinski is revered for its premium standards and service.
Best deal: Located adjacent to Mall of the Emirates
Al Maha Resort, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
When in the Emirates, how can you not enjoy a palm oasis? Set in a desert landscape, the Al Maha Resort is for all those who enjoy unhindered views of dunes and an underlining sense of adventure. Chill out in the infinity pool / sundecks of villas and enjoy the feel of the Arabian wildlife.
Star attraction: The Arabian Oryx & the Gazelles. Remember – the resort is 50 minutes drive from the Downtown, so plan your shopping accordingly.
Manzil Downtown Dubai (Managed by Vida Hotels & Resorts)
Tastefully designed with Arabian elements, Manzil is one of the most unique hotels of Dubai, worth checking out. The 197 rooms include Deluxe, Deluxe Pool View and Burj View Suites for inspiring views of Dubai Burj Khalifa; four restaurants churning out diverse culinary options and a host of facilities. The world-famous Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansour Al Nahyan Mosque is located in close proximity to the hotel.
Tourist attraction: World-famous Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansour Al Nahyan Mosque
Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Rd
Ever wondered, how it feels to live in a pyramid? Well, if you are staying at Raffles Dubai, you can at least experience how it feels to live in a 19-storey pyramid-shaped hotel! Inspired by the enigmatic Egyptian structure, the hotel comprises 252 rooms and suites, six restaurants, a spa and fitness centre.
Must see: Raffles Garden on the third floor of the hotel, representing elements of life – Water, Air, Fire and Earth