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  • Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 Visits Mumbai

    Published on January 11, 2011

    Mumbai : The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), an agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED) and organizers of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), brought the biggest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East to India promoting the event in Mumbai for its forthcoming 2011 edition.

    Being held in cooperation with Emirates, India is the last stop in an important regional road show that saw DSF tour the GCC and Egypt. While the DEPE delegation showcased the highlights of the 2011 edition, Emirates airline promoted its special packages for Dubai during DSF 2011.

    Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator General and Deputy CEO of Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, stated that the road show made a stop in India as it was the second largest tourist market for Dubai. He also stressed that DEPE would market and promote the 16th shopping and entertainment extravaganza to media organizations, travel agents, and tour operators, familiarizing them with the attractions of DSF which is held annually under the slogan ‘One World. One Family… One Festival.’

    “More than 6000 retail outlets and around 50 shopping malls will take part in DSF 2011 offering a host of discounts and sale prices of up to 80% on a wide range of goods and services. The 32- day event will also feature more than 150 events taking place across the emirate,” he added.

    Orhan Abbas, Emirates Vice President – India & Nepal, “We encourage everyone from India to visit Dubai during the popular Dubai Shopping Festival and take advantage of our special holiday packages, which include deals for families. Traveling from India to Dubai with Emirates is easy as we operate 184 weekly flights between the two countries. India is one of Emirates’ most important markets and we strive to ensure that we are offering the best service to our customers.”

    “Emirates’ special holiday packages during DSF offer a range of prices, properties and benefits to satisfy the needs of our customers in India, especially families. During DSF 2011, Emirates is offering a ‘Stay 4, Pay 3’ promotion which includes some of the best beach and city hotels in Dubai. The package includes accommodations for four nights for the price of three, airport transfers to and from the hotel by private car, and an Arabian Adventures welcome pack, apart from numerous other benefits. This promotion can only be availed during DSF with prices starting from just $55 per person per night based on double occupancy,” Mr Abbas added.

    Ibrahim Saleh also said the Dubai tourism market was developing at a fast pace and attracting an increasing number of visitors. The latest statistics show a 26% increase in the numbers of Indian visitors staying at Dubai hotels rising from 264,908 to 333,198 visitors during the first six months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

    “This increase in Indian tourists is a reflection of our success in developing a host of attractive programmes and activities such as the Lexus, Nissan, and gold draws, and millions of Dirhams in cash prizes. The 2011 show will witness exclusive events such as special Disney shows and musical concerts by famous international and Arab singers as part of a fully fledged entertainment programme,” he concluded.