Today marks the beginning of the 29th Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), set to dazzle the city until January 14. The festival will feature the third edition of Dubai Lights, showcasing spectacular drone shows and light art installations.
The highlight of this year’s DSF is a free drone show sponsored by Emarat Petroleum, scheduled at The Beach, JBR, and Bluewaters at 8 pm and 10 pm. This year’s spectacle is particularly special as it features two new displays each night, involving 800 drones. These drones will create a visual symphony in the sky, forming captivating shapes and colors that tell stories.
The first display, in collaboration with renowned animator Mohammed Saeed Harib, integrates Emirati culture into its narrative. It focuses on the significance of pearls in Dubai’s history, symbolizing wealth, prosperity, and the city’s heritage. The story highlights the city’s dreams, perseverance, and ambition.
The second theme takes the audience into a futuristic vision of Dubai, following an Emirati space explorer’s journey. This part of the show represents Dubai’s commitment to innovation and its role as a global center for progress.
Alongside the drone shows, DSF will bring back Dubai Lights, featuring various artistic light installations. Highlights include TheAnooki, inflatable figures by French designers Moetu Batlle and David Passegand, which will illuminate several locations in Dubai. These figures serve as messengers for environmental awareness.
Visitors can also enjoy other attractions like the Modesh and Dana at City Centre Mirdif, Amazon Wonder at West Beach with its life-sized Amazonian installations, and Dubai Neon featuring 40 light-festooned Abras along the creek.