The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) runs annually from the end of January to the end of February, and it's become a major tourist attraction with nearly 3 million fashionistas making the trek each year. More than 2,300 stores participate and sell everything imaginable, from clothes and accessories to electronics.
DSF enthusiasts can also enjoy the Global Village, an outdoor fashion and art festival held from December to March each year (check dates and times because they vary). Featuring 67 pavilions loaded with fashion, art and replicas of famous world monuments, Global Village prides itself on its family-friendly nature with carnival rides, ethnic cuisine, fireworks and lights shows, to name a few attractions.
If traveling during the peak season is too taxing on your bank account and you don't mind substantial heat, you can opt to visit the area during Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS). A smaller-scale, 10-week festival from June to August, DSS visitors willing to brave the sweltering summer months can reap rewards in the form of major hotel and retail discounts.