DSF whets shoppers' appetites [Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)]
(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai: Shoppers domestically and from abroad are converging on Dubai for the annual bargain hunt during the 18th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). As usual, hordes of mall-goers are planning on emptying their wallets during DSF on certain items as retailers whet consumer appetites with the latest in all things trendy.
Dubai shopper Richelle Fosberry said she marked DSF on her calendar and has added bags and clothes to her list.
"I did not spend that much during Christmas because I know that there is a sale this January," Fosberry said.
For shoppers that are keen on spending this month, DSF will be offering everything from clothes and electronics to home items and jewellery.
Mohammad Afthab said he was looking for tech gadgets at this year's sales.
"I usually buy electronic items during DSF. This time I am planning to buy a TV. I think there are better deals available during DSF in terms of price as well as a bundle of offers. To me, Global Village is the biggest attraction, besides the other events and exhibitions."
Bushra Fazlullah said buying clothes for a lesser price will help in the coming months.
"I think DSF is a great time for shopping because the prices are so good. This year, since I am travelling to the US I will be buying winter clothes and shoes. Like last year, this year too I am planning to go shopping with my friends from college and enjoy it as much as possible."
Vrushali Nadkerni said any item that is of a good price and jumps out at her may be worth buying.
"Although I love the excitement in the air when DSF is around, especially with so many tourists coming in, I don't shop for anything particular during DSF. It's just that there are good shopping deals all around the year in Dubai. So I don't wait for DSF for shopping."
If you're a tech geek, you will find deals on gadgets across many electronics stores. You can get deals and discounts on some of the new gadgets that proved to be big hits last year, mainly smartphones and laptops. But you can bag offers across other products, including photography equipment, and sound and vision products.
Jumbo is giving out freebies for every customer who buys a laptop, including digital cameras, 500GB hard disk drives and 7inch android tablets. If you're buying a smartphone, you can win a Dh250 voucher worth of phone accessories. And if you're a big spender, then a purchase of over Dh1,500 will get you a discount booklet with 15 discount vouchers for many brands and product accessories, including some Apple products that have set consumers abuzz last year.
Meanwhile, Emax will give customers across all their stores a chance to win a cash prize when they spend over Dh499 by entering a raffle draw.
Durin DSF, Emax is "expecting at least 40 per cent growth in sales against last year's participation," Neelesh Bhatnagar, CEO at Emax told Gulf News.
Fashion stores are offering price cuts on a range of selected items. If you shop at Mothercare, you can get between 25 to 50 per cent off selected items across clothing, bath, home and travel products. OasisWarehouse, and Coast are also offering a 50 per cent discount on selected items.
Other stores have marked discounts of over 50 per cent off.
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