Dubai has uniquely crafted its reputation for being the shopping destination in the Middle East. Two month-long shopping festivals and over 5 million visitors pouring in to take advantage of deals signifies the importance of this experience to many.
The absence of import and sales tax has made Dubai the most desired shopping destination in the world. Exclusive fashion boutiques and luxury designer brands are all represented in the vast assortment of centres, fashion avenues and department stores. Meanwhile, the best bargains can be found in souks.The largest proportions of travellers in the past years were from India, the UK and Saudi Arabia, with more GCC nationals, Russians, Europeans and Asians flocking to Dubai progressively looking for great bargains and a wonderful time. The DSF festival in particular, which usually takes place in January & February each year attracts throngs of visitors, especially as the weather cools down during winter. Hotels enjoy low vacancy rates and the city is typically lit up with signs, promotional ads and alluring campaigns to attract bargain hunters and festival goers. DSF is not one to miss.