8 things to do in Dubai now that DSF is over

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is over and I always get the same feeling every time - like guests who've been staying over have left and the it's a little too quiet at home! Dubai, the city which I reside in, is by no means 'quiet'. It's vibrant and alive all the time, but most visitors to the UAE prefer to come during the DSF looking for good bargains and entertainment. The city bustles with excitement and bubbles over with fun for 30 days.

If the 'what do I do now?' question pops in your head like mine, I offer some suggestions below. This list may also be of use to visitors coming to Dubai around this time (all is not lost!). So folks, here's eight things to do now that DSF is over:

1. Walk on the creek: I loved the carnival and festivities at the Creekside but it remains one of the best places to go for a quiet stroll or jog. Just a little ahead are some historical places and a souq, so it's worth a visit anytime.

2. Visit the Global Village: If you avoided the place because of the crowds, it's still open and you can browse souvenirs from around the world. You may also end up with good bargains.

3. Yas Waterworld: This is supposed to be an awesome water park that opened in Abu Dhabi during DSF. It's the perfect time too, with the chill receding. Definitely on my to-do list.

4. Visit the spa: Bargain hunting and shopping is hard work. And then, there were also those special events you just couldn't miss. Now's the time to take off the stress and let the muscles relax in the hands of a good masseur.

5. Watch your favourite sport. Dubai hosts some top-notch sporting events in golf, polo, camel racing, tennis and more. Nothing better than to catch the action live. Details can be found at the Dubai Calendar website.

6. End of season sales: You didn't expect this on the list, did you? But listen up, this is the time when stores are stocking up on their spring/summer collections. That means there will be clearance sales, very good ones. Stock up for next winter at the lowest prices.

7. Book V-Day dinner: If you celebrate Valentine's Day, hope you haven't forgotten to book a table in the shopping hullabaloo. Go do it now!

8. Take the kids to a park:Your kids probably had an overdose of fun during DSF, what with all the rides and entertainment shows. Show them the simple joys of life by taking them to the park or beach for a day of old-fashioned fun!

(Pic: By KlausF (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, By Smathur80 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons )
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