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The country's vast desert space features an amazing hodge-podge of the old and new – mega malls existing alongside souks. Sales promotions seem to be an everyday affair, and shopping a national pastime. Crowds don't need to throng the malls during shopping fests anymore as they are bound to stumble into shops slashing prices practically all year round. With stores staying open until the wee hours on weekends and festivals, and 24 hours during Eid, there's no reason for any shopaholic not to give in to her/his retail therapy desires. For the uninitiated, here is a rundown of popular ''sales'' events in the country:
Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) – The annual month long extravaganza turns the emirate into a veritable shopper's paradise with plenty of retail promotions, street shows and related activities. Think fab finds at drop-down prices plus the chance to win a car, gold, etc.
GITEX Shopper – IT and electronic product retailers and distributors come together under one roof for eight days in this bi-annual event which offers gadget-crazy individuals huge discounts, prizes and surprises.
Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) – The summer affair incorporates Ramadan and Eid promos, providing the serious shopper a plethora of deals all over Dubai on top of family-focused activities. Cars are usually up for grabs.
Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival – Though not as lavish as DSF, the March-to-April event includes activities for the whole family plus great bargains on gold, electronics, etc.
Sharjah Ramadan Festival – Commencing a few days before Ramadan and running for a few weeks, it focuses on donating 20% of its revenues to charity.
• Sales promotions are an everyday affair in UAE.
• Popular Dubai events include GITEX Shopper, DSS.
• UAE shopping events are family-friendly affairs.
Source: Special to Classifieds