Dubai prepares for 24-hour shopping extravaganza

01/10/2012 - Dubai Property News Posted by Neil King
Dubai prepares for 24-hour shopping extravaganza

Dubai is undoubtedly one of the world's finest retail hotspots and a special event scheduled to take place later this month will highlight this further.The emirate is gearing up for the Eid in Dubai festival, which will attract people from all over the Middle East and beyond.In anticipation of the deluge of visitors, organisers have extended the celebrations from just four days to two weeks.As part of the festival, shops and luxury boutiques in Dubai's many malls will remain open for 24 hours - great news for tourists who wish to take advantage of the emirate's amazing retail scene.Although this may cause a few headaches for short-staffed store owners, the extra trading hours will no doubt have a hugely positive impact on profits.His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum gave the go ahead to extend the festival, which will now take place between October 18th and 28th."We welcome our brothers and sisters from the Gulf region and across the world to experience the hospitality and unique cultural experiences that Dubai will offer this Eid," he remarked."Families are the building blocks of our society, and we want even more of them to enjoy the celebratory spirit of Eid here in Dubai," His Highness added.Dubai's fantastic malls and upmarket shops can rival renowned retail hotspots such as New York, Milan, London and Paris and this is a major reason behind the emirate's increasing popularity among the rich and famous.One thing that Dubai can offer that the aforementioned destinations cannot is a unique mix of high-end stores and authentic Middle Eastern souks.Tourists can hone their bartering skills and secure a host of bargains in the city's thriving market places and these rustic stalls are hugely appealing to foreign visitors.It is this incredible diversity - coupled with rising rents and property prices - that makes the UAE such an attractive proposition for investors all over the world.