The inimitable Dubai Shopping Festival marks the best time to plan holidays in this sprawling emirat

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phe City of Merchants, Dubai is one of the most sought after shopping destinations in the world. Apparently, millions of shoppers plan Dubai holidays to shop around in the numerous traditional souks, opulent malls and amazing shopping precincts, year-round. However, this thriving emirate gets into a mad shopping frenzy during the magnanimous Dubai Shopping Festival. This awe-inspiring shopping festival has been wooing shopaholics from around the globe, over the years. Dubai Shopping Festival beckons shoppers from across the globe with unbelievably low price tags for a wide range of products under the sun. Unsurprisingly, this fest is every shopaholic's dream come true event. As Dubai Shopping Festival 2012 is around the corner, here are some of the highlights of this festival. Dubai Shopping Festival 2012/strong The month–long Dubai Shopping Festival, 2012 will be held between 5th January 2012 and 5th February 2012. Unlike every year, the biggest highlight of the festival remains amazing gifts worth millions of Dirhams that will be given out in daily draws during the shopping festival. Numerous Dubai malls and souks will be in knockabout competition to outshine each-other by tempting customers with huge tax free discounts and amazing offers. In addition to the exuberant shopping spree, the festival is far-famed to bestow eternal entertainment and amusements. strongTempting Rewards/strong Dubai Shopping Festival 2012 will be celebrated with intense shopping, unsurpassed entertainment and chances to win prizes worth millions of dirhams. Every day of the festival will be a new window of opportunity for shoppers, where shoppers may be blessed to win luxurious high end cars, cash prizes and gold with daily raffles. The astonishing laser shows, firework displays, fashion shows and film festivals will further add to the exhilaration. strongTravel and Accommodations Deals This amazing emirate sees huge streams of tourists during this time of the year. Its no surprise that hotels and airlines indulge in cutthroat competition to woo the huge tourist influx. Numerous hotels and airlines offer numerous alluring schemes such as ‘kids go free' or ‘pay 5 stay 6' etc, during this time to entice the tourists. Apparently, the festival is one of the best times to zero down upon the lucrative travel and hotel deals for tourists planning luxury holidays to Dubai. Incessant Entertainment/strong The event, which opens with spectacular firework display, offers a series of colourful cultural programs and entertainment events all through the festival. Dubai witnesses dozens of entertaining performances, including cartoon and dance shows, circuses, and jazz concerts held to bestow epical entertainment for the visitors. During this festival, scores of adrenalin pumping activities are organised to woo adrenaline junkies holidaying in the city. Besides shopping and entertainment, gourmands can partake in hundreds of gastronomic delights from around the globe. strongDazzling Shopping Venues The dazzling shopping precincts of the city, including shopping zones in the different Dubai hotels become hedonistically alive during the Dubai Shopping Festival. Some of the most vibrant shopping precincts that often end up hypnotizing shoppers taking holidays to Dubai with grand celebrations and amazing rebates are Al Karama, Al Satwa's Al Dhiyafah Road, Al Rigga Road, Al Faheidi Road and Beniyas Square. While Dubai boasts an abundance of sleek shopping malls, the bustling souks are actually what Dubai has historically been famous for. The ‘heart of urban Arabia' or the amazing souks offer swish shops and stores with unbeatable bargain galore. These souks or street markets sell almost every conceivable goodske gold, electronics and spices under the sun making it easy for those on tight budgets to fulfil their shopping desires. Predictably, the Dubai Shopping Festival, 2012 will be one of the best times to haunt these sophisticated yet modern souks to find sparkling deals. Joe Smith is holiday specialist and writes content on travel industry. He writes articles on Luxury Holidays to Dubai,Thailand, Australia, India etc. Visit to find Holidays to Dubai.br class=clearp