Dubai Shopping Festival 2013

The UAE's biggest shopping event kicks off today. Explorer rounds up the month's highlights.

by Rachel McArthur

For those living in or visiting the emirate, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is arguably one of the most exciting winter events. It takes place every January, offering amazing shopping discounts, as well as plenty of competitions and entertainment.

This year’s DSF launches today, 3 January, and runs until 3 February. Explorer rounds up the major events happening during the month.

3 January
DSF 2013 Opening Ceremony
The 18th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival will be launched on the evening of 3 January at the Dubai Creek. Read more

3-17 January
Fazza Championship 2013
The falconry tournament kicks off the Fazza Championship, an annual event of cultural and heritage sports. Read more

3 January-3 February
Al Rigga Street Events
Head to the popular spot in Deira for street markets, fairs and fabulous food. Read more

4 January
Omar Khairat Live in Dubai
One of the most successful composers of all times makes an appearance at the Dubai World Trade Center. Read more

10-19 January
24th Dubai International Basketball Championship
Competing teams include the UAE's national team and Al Ahli Dubai, as well as Jordan, Philippines, Kazakhstan and Lebanon. Read more

10 January
Shaam e Ghazal Live in Dubai
Indian singer Pankaj Udhas will perform songs from his popular albums and films. Read more

10-12 January
On the Land of the Gypsies
DSF 2013 will host the regional debut of the acclaimed Arabic musical by the legendary Rahbani Brothers. Read more

11-12 January
Dunlop 24H Dubai
With teams and drivers from more than 30 countries, this fast-paced event is one of the most international endurance races of the year. Read more

15-19 January
Dubai International Comedy Carnival 2013
The best comedy talents from the UAE, the region and beyond will congregate for the first edition of the Dubai International Comedy Carnival. Read more

15 January
The Score - Rascher Saxophone Quartet
The Score’s series of international classical concerts continues with the world-renowned ensemble from Frankfurt. Read more

17-18 January
Richard II
Ramallah-based troupe Ashtar Theatre brings Shakespeare’s historical play in Arabic. Read more

25 January
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2013
Get ready to race! Read more

25-26 January
Cultural Night Market 2013
Offering an urban public space for local and international artists to develop and showcase their art. Read more

28 January-3 February
Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2013
The annual sporting event attracts some of the biggest names in golf. Read more

31 January-2 February
CSI3-W Dubai Show Jumping Championship 2013
The Emirates Equestrian Centre is saddling for three days of intense competition at the show jumping season's biggest event. Read more

31 January
Indian Republic Day: Kavi Sammelan & Mushaira
An annual poetry evening held in honour of Indian Republic Day. Read more

31 January-2 February
Big Boys Toys UAE 2013
This event brings together the latest technology and biggest brands along with high impact entertainment. Read more

31 January
Slash Live in Dubai
The guitar legend will rock Dubai along with with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Read more

31 January-2 February
Love Letters
Art For All presents this romantic play by AR Gurney. Read more

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