Shop till you drop. Many of Dubai’s residents and tourists are taking this dictum very seriously as they shop untill the wee hours of the morning during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2008. The Night Souq, organizers say, is proving to be a major draw this year, pulling in crowds by the hordes. There are bargains galore, dances, musical shows and children edutainment areas, all set in the backdrop of the picturesque Creek, creating a magical once-in-a-lifetime experience for all.
The Night Souq at the Al Seef Street has 53 outlets selling everything under the sun right from rugs to curios perfumes to trinkets, paintings to watches. If you have plenty of time, an eye for detail and are hungry for a good bargain, the Night Souq is definitely the place to be in, scouring through the thousands of products to ‘unearth’ a timeless antique or a branded jacket that you have always wanted to own. You can also pick up perfumes, cosmetics, garments household items, decorations items, toys and much more at heavily discounted prices.
Hassan Al Najjar, Night Souq Coordinator said, “We wanted to make the shopping experience at the Night Souq even better and hence chose to keep it against the backdrop of the picturesque Dubai Creek. Visitors have a lovely view of Creekside while strolling though the marketplace.”
“We have everything at the Night Souq. Our main objective this time was to make a visit to the Night Souq a wholesome shopping experience which we have successfully managed to do so far. We are getting a tremendous response from the visitors who are turning out in large numbers to make the most of the facilities available here,” he added.
It does not stop at shopping though. The Night Souq is the place to spend time with family as there is something for all age-groups. There are two exclusive play areas created especially for the kids with rides, inflatables and soft play areas.
A stage has been constructed for live shows and entertainment programmes. Daily shows of variety programmes are held on this stage to entertain a wide range of visitors here. There are puppet shows and magic shows for kids. There are also cultural programmes from different countries of the world: Lebanese live music, Tannoura dancing from Egypt, and Sudanese dancing being among some of the attractions.
The food court also offers a variety of cuisines to choose from. “There are ten restaurants in the food court of the Night Souq. We have Indian, Chinese, Arabic, and Filipino food apart from the popular fast food chains. So, visitors have ample choices for food here,” said Al Najjar.
There is one main entrance and four smaller gates to the Night Souq that is open from 6pm to 2am daily and from 6pm to 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout DSF 2008.
Commenting on the popularity of the shopping area, Al Najjar said, “On an average, we are receiving around 35,000 to 40,000 visitors daily whereas the numbers soar to around 65,000 on weekends. In fact, we are making arrangements to improve on the parking facility for the ease and convenience of the visitors. An exclusive parking lot has been built in the old Night Souq area across the road. This will definitely encourage more visitors to participate in shopping and entertainment facilities on offer here.”