Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) marked the countdown to the landmark 25th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), with a three-city media roadshow across Africa.
A diverse calendar of DSF events was revealed to African audiences in Accra, Ghana; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda on 20, 21 and 22 December, offering a glimpse into one of the world’s largest retail events, as well as the emirate’s ever-growing portfolio of experiences for leisure travelers.
The 38-day festival is set to feature show-stopping performances, immersive experiences, innovative brand activations and family-friendly celebrations from Thursday, 26 December 2019 and run until Saturday, 1 February 2020.
Shoppers and deal-hunters can find offers of up to 75 per cent off across close to 4,000 outlets of more than 1,000 participating brands and have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with tailor-made brand activations from global fashion, beauty, homeware and lifestyle retailers.
Commenting on the events, Salim Ali Mohamed Dahman, Head of Campaigns - Africa at Dubai Tourism, said: “Dubai continues to rank among the most popular destinations for audiences from across Africa, particularly as we observe retail emerging as a key component of their travel experiences, buoyed by flagship events such as Dubai Shopping Festival”.
He continued, “To further foster growth from across the African continent, we will continue to leverage our multi-layered marketing strategy to deliver specialized communications programming and bespoke experiences that can bolster Dubai’s world-class shopping credentials.”
The region contributed six per cent to the emirate’s tourism volumes in the first ten months of the year, testament to the success of Dubai’s market diversification strategies, ongoing strategic trade partnerships, bespoke integrated marketing campaigns, always-on social media activations and the diverse portfolio of attractions that continue to experience sustained interest amongst travelers. Nigeria emerged as the region’s lead contributor and the fastest growing market with a stellar 34 per cent increase in tourist arrivals, cementing its position as the 16th largest source market for travelers to Dubai.
About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.
Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development, and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents.
Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.