Shoppers of the World

Nothing beats a good shopping session.

The World is flooded with shoppers who love to spend, bargain, explore and indulge. In fact, for some, retail therapy is the best excuse to take a trip. With the exception of the usual London, Paris and New York’s of the world, here are some other amazing shopping destinations for you to consider!

Mecca of the Middle East

The World is flooded with shoppers who love to spend, bargain, explore and indulge. In fact, for some, retail therapy is the best excuse to take a trip. With the exception of the usual London, Paris and New York’s of the world, here are some other amazing shopping destinations for you to consider!

Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai is one of the best cities in the Middle East for shoppers, so when The Dubai shopping festival comes around, it’s the perfect reason to plan a holiday. Now running for 19 years, the annual month-long Festival held in January is a mecca for big bargains on electronics, fashion, jewelry and more. See the city come to life with a packed calendar of glamorous fashion shows and giveaways, firework displays, street performances, jugglers, live musicians and magicians. Enjoy all the bells and whistles that magnify an already electric atmosphere. Not to mention, of course, the great deals and jaw-dropping discounts at over 6 000 shops and 70 malls across the emirate! Make the most of it by booking a package tour to include stays at luxury handpicked hotels, escapades through lofty skyscrapers, manmade architectural wonders, desert safaris, theme parks, luxury cruises, beaches and more!

Did you know?

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall (based on total square metres) and houses over 1 200 retail outlets, 160 food and beverage outlets and the world’s largest candy store, Candylicious.

www.visitdubaishoppingfestival.com

Bargain Hunters Brace Yourselves

The Great Singapore Sale


Known to local Singaporeans as the GSS, this annual sale season is a true highlight for any shopaholic.  Bargain hunters flock to hit the stores and have more than enough time to, as the sale runs for a full two months (June – August). Major malls extend their opening hours till midnight and retailers offer steep discounts, sometimes up to 70 percent off their original prices! You’ll find great deals on everything, from fashion, watches and jewelry, to electronics, toys, spa treatments, hotel stays and visits to local attractions. The entire island is transformed into a shopping paradise, as even shops in the suburban areas join in. Destinations to keep an eye out for include the glitzy Orchard Road belt, with its stellar line-up of designer brands, fast fashion labels and massive malls. And, don’t forget about the smaller but no less exclusive shops in Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India, as well as, the independent shops of Haji Lane in Kampong Glam precinct.

Did you know?

The very first GSS in 1994 saw a record number of 664 000 visitors attending. The great success prompted organisers to hold the event annually.

www.greatsingaporesale.com.sg

East Meets West

Istanbul Shopping Festival 

Immerse yourself in the lively spirit of Istanbul by visiting the city during this mega shopping event. Although relatively new on the block, the ISF (going into its sixth year running) has certainly caught the attention of shoppers, foodies, fun-lovers, and bargain-hunters across the globe. Get there in June to take advantage of the ‘40 days and 40 nights’ of substantial mark-downs, where foreign tourists will be more than flattered by ‘tax-free’ shopping in both the modern shopping malls as well as famed traditional shopping districts such as the Egyptian Spice Market, Grand Bazaar, and Sapphire Bazaar. Shops are open 24/7, so take your time. Besides spices, leathers, textiles, artifacts and antiques, why not shop for a little culture too, as all the historic sites take part in the festival by closing their doors later than usual. Here, the mystery of the East meets the dynamic energy of the West to provide a haven of choice in which shoppers of the world will spin with delight.

Did you know?

The Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world spanning sixty streets with over 3 000 shops. So prepare to get lost; it’s part of the fun!

www.istshopfest.com

Hey Big Spender!

For the locals, here are two must-see hot spots to satisfy any born shopper:

Sandton City’s Diamond Walk

The bling-filled new Diamond Walk in Sandton City opened just last year and is dedicated to luxury retail, boasting a stellar list of the world’s most wanted brands, from Prada, D&G, Giorgio Armani and Burberry to Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Gucci! (And, for anything else, there’s Mastercard)

Mall of Africa 

Placed perfectly between Joburg and Pretoria in the heart of Waterfall, Midrand, a first class cutting edge shopping experience is about to open its doors (April 2016). The mammoth (116 000 m²) shopping centre set to be larger than Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and rival Sandton City in size and stature also offers broadband Wi-Fi coverage throughout!