Dubai Shopping Festival 2015 and mini haul!

Hey guys!

Last month I went to Global Village and if you haven’t read my post about it, please check it out by clicking here, before you continue reading.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, here is more about Dubai Shopping Festival 2015 and a mini haul. I went with my family last weekend. I entered using the ‘Scratch and Win’ coupon which entitled me to a free entry :). If you have got one of those coupons, you need to hand it over at the ticketing counter and they will give you a ticket that is a bit wider than a regular ticket and doesn’t have a scratch coupon on it.

AMERICA

Once I entered (this time through Gate number 3), the first pavilion I visited was the American one. There are lots of stylish clothes, makeup and handbags there. I didn’t click any pix inside. Just took a quick walk around there, that’s all.

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Outside this pavilion, there is a stall selling perfumes. I believe it’s name is Aabak Al Sahraa perfumes. They had a sale on, whereby when you buy two perfumes, you get not only 50% off but also another perfume for free!. The price of one perfume is AED 150. But he got three perfumes for that price. The funny part is, the lady asked if he has a kid, he said yes. Then she handed him a kid’s perfume, particularly one for boys. Then she asked if he has a car and he said yes to that too. She handed him over a car fragrance mist. Then she also gave my sister in law an after shower fragrance mist. Well, six items for AED 150, isn’t bad at all!. All of these are made in UAE and about 100 ml each. Also, they do smell nice and has staying power.DSF2

YEMEN

Next, I stopped by Yemen. This is one of my favorite pavilions, one that I make sure I visit every year. I love tasting honey of so many varieties. There were a wide range of spices, daggers and gorgeous jewelry, especially rings over there. The entrance shown below is a side entrance of Yemen. DSF3My mom bought honey from there. It’s a special one – honey with black seeds. All varieties of honey are priced pretty much the same. It’s around AED 200 per kg!. Mom bought a 250gms container which normally would cost AED 50, but got it for AED 40 after bargaining.

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INDIA

Next, I went to the India pavilion. There is a nice stage set up there, where a lot of cultural dance programmes were happening. I spent nearly half an hour there. There is a really good seating area. It was breezy and so lovely to relax sitting there and watching the show.

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There were a huge variety of dances from different states of India. I loved the energetic performances. Here are some of the different ones that I watched : DSF6

I love these lights hanging in the Indian pavilion. They are so colorful and festive!

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Next, it was time to get dinner. We stopped by Kebab Shiraz Iranian Restaurant. I have got to say, food is pretty expensive inside DSF when compared to how much you would pay while eating out. Since we were six people, we chose the Shiraz family combo, which according to them is meant for 8 people, however I disagree. It’s OK for 6 or even 5!.

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The food was absolutely delicious. It was cooked to perfection and was absolutely juicy. I just wish there was more. Also, we expected a full service along with the combo like hummos, garlic paste and all that jazz. However, the main course came with only rice and some Arabic bread, which was thinner than kuboos, something that reminded me of the Indian rumali roti. That cost AED 220!.

My sister in law ordered a chicken sandwich, which was smaller than a regular sandwich and my husband ordered a plate of hummos, which was absolutely amazing but again was much lesser in quantity than usual. Finally on receiving the bill, we realized that the sandwich cost AED 15 and the hummos was AED 20!. Seriously guys, in a regular restaurant anywhere in UAE, you will get more hummos for just AED 5 than how much we got here for AED 20.

If you are willing to spend that much on food, I would suggest you to try it, because the grilled food undeniably was one of the best I have ever had. Also, we used three ‘Scratch and Win’ coupons here that entitled us to get AED 10 off when purchasing food worth AED60 in any participating outlet. This restaurant thankfully participated in it and as such we were able to redeem it. We got AED 30 off the total bill.

CAMBODIA

Next stop, Cambodia. This is one pavilion I don’t ever remember visiting. You have got to know that the number of pavilions at DSF is massive and its almost impossible to visit all of them, unless you are making it a point to cover them all, by going back to the place on several different days. Sometimes when you have favorites, you kind of stick to it every year!. Since I already visited some of my favorites last month, this time I decided to try new ones or less visited ones. Cambodia has a pretty entrance.

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This pavilion is small compared to some of the major ones I have been before. Still there are a lot of wallets, handbags, jewelry and makeup over there. In one of the stalls that I first entered, I saw these :

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Knock offs!. This Louis Vuitton bag pictured on the right costs only AED 160!. It’s so gorgeous ♥. The quality is pretty amazing too. Then I saw these stunning wallets.

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I am telling you guys, this is the perfect place to stop by if you want gorgeous yet cheap wallets. That blue Michael Kors one costs AED 40, the YSL ones cost AED 50 and the Dior ones are AED 65 each. I really felt tempted but since I have a new wallet and handbag, it really wasn’t necessary to buy more. So, I resisted. I am just such a fantastic girl 😀 Anyways, while walking ahead I came across the exact same Michael Kors wallet in another stall. I simply asked it’s price for comparison and he quoted me AED 45, which is AED 5 more than what the previous guy quoted me. So, before you purchase, shop around a little.

I bought my mom a glass of Pomegranate juice from there. It was AED 15 for a glass and so fresh. It was squeezed using a weird looking equipment. Anyways, do try that out while you are there. Then, I saw the rings and gosh they were so cute.. I couldn’t resist. I bought four. It’s AED 15 each. The lady there just wouldn’t let me bargain. She said even if I buy a dozen, it’s still going to be AED 15 per piece. My style is simple yet classy, when it comes to jewelry. Here are the 4 pieces that I chose:

DSF12There were a lot of others there too, that were priced AED 20 and AED 25 per piece. Then I saw a stall which had a lot of makeup/cosmetics products. They had Urban Decay palettes there. I was pretty surprised to see a Naked 4 palette. I  never even knew Naked 4 exists. Anyways, the packaging of all these palettes look cheap and fake. Since, the stall was unmanned, I couldn’t check the prices, not that I recommend you buy it anyways. If you really want quality makeup for a lower price, you can just shop online and get it from US to UAE in 2 – 3 days 😛 .

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Here is a shot of the side of this beautiful pavilion, courtesy of my brother 🙂

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TURKEY

Next stop was Turkey. This time I just walked around there. Didn’t try or buy Turkish delights. I was surprised to see honey comb being sold there. I don’t remember seeing them there before. They looked pretty awesome. Last time, I didn’t include a shot of the main entrance. Here it is:

DSF14 I once again bought the Turkish Borek, since last time I got to have only a tiny bit. This is from a stand alone little structure outside the Turkey pavilion. This time, I clicked pix!

DSF15Though the product ain’t looking on point, like the ad there, it sure tastes good. This time, it was softer than before. It’s melt in your mouth kind of goodness. It’s slightly salty too. As I have said before, one tray costs AED 25.

AFRICA

Next, I went to Africa pavilion. It is massive and so colorful!. Loved the entrance. Inside, they had interesting home décor items, special teas, handmade baskets etc.

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IRAN

I went to the Iran pavilion next. It’s a really beautiful one. Here is a front, profile and close up look of the main entrance. They mainly sell dried fruits, nuts of all kinds and saffron there, though there are a few stalls selling jewelry too.

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The nuts are priced pretty expensive. Almost all of the products there are AED 100 per kg. In the picture above, you can see a box of golden deliciousness. It’s a mix of saffron and honey. It costs like AED 600 for the box I think. Talk about super expensive. It sure looks yum though!

Alright guys, that’s all for now. I hope you liked this post and also got a great idea of what to look out for when visiting Dubai Shopping Festival 2015. DSF is on until Feb 1st, 2015. Also, go early around 4 PM when it starts each day and make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and sweater. To cover these 7 pavilions, it took me 5 hours. Get ready to walk a lot :). I urge you to go visit now!

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Naz ♥

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