Dubai Shopping Festival

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Emirates Airline aircraft advertising the festival in 2005.

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) started on 16 February 1996 as a retail event intended to benefit retail trade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has since been promoted as a tourist attraction.[citation needed] It is an annual month-long event, usually scheduled during the first quarter of the year, and attracts about 3 million people to Dubai.[1]

During the Festival, shops offer discounts on their merchandise, daily car raffles are drawn, and there is a fireworks display.

In 2006, the festival was postponed due to the death of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Dubai Shopping Festival". 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Dubai in mourning after emir, 62, dies in Australian hotel". The Guardian. 2006-01-05. 

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