How to select the best tour operator during the Dubai Shopping Festival

Best tour operator DSF

Dubai is one of the modern cosmopolitan shopping cities in the world. It houses everything that a traveler would require for  a relaxing holiday – be its gorgeous beaches, opulent hotels and resorts, relaxing spas, vibrant atmosphere, lush green environments, and ultimately the show stopper, the Dubai Shopping Festival. The Dubai Shopping Festival welcomes the New Year with a complete shopping experience, total fun, and entertainment. Considering the intensity and reach of the festival, there are bound to be offers and discounts offered from several tour operators. It is essential that you opt for the right operator who gives you the best experience of the most prominent shopping extravaganza in the world.

1)    Research well on the reputation of the tour operator

When you have  shortlisted a tour operator, research thoroughly about the tour operator before finalizing on one. Don’t just go by the recommendations of the hotel staff as many tour operators have tied up with the hotel staff and they offer a cut of the package cost to the hotel for recommending each client. The internet has made the world a shorter place and getting insights about various tour operators will not be as tough as it looks. There are prominent travel boards like trip advisor that offer reliable recommendations based on your needs and requirements. After all, you want this to be once in a lifetime experience. Hence the tour operator would play a significant role in this adventure.

2)   Select the package with the sole focus on the DSF

During the DSF, the tour operators offer packages with great discounts and promotions. Several inclusions cover Dubai tourism more than the DSF. Although the DSF gives you a rare opportunity to witness both. You want the tour package to include everything from the glamorous skyline, pristine coastline, vibrant casinos, and sparkling nightlife. But, it would be more beneficial if the tour package offered has a prime focus on the offerings of the Dubai Shopping Festival. You are visiting the Las Vegas on the Arab world during the peak tourism period.

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3)   The tour package should feature shopping and entertainment in equal proportions

The Dubai Shopping Festival is high on the entertainment factor, hence it is critical that you do not indulge in only shopping. But that is not true; the DSF uncovers a host of shopping, fun, and entertainment options for all its tourists and visitors. You can kick-start your shopping experience from the traditional markets like the souks. Souks give you a chance to haggle over prices. Haggling will not be a norm in malls; they offer fixed rates. Savor local delicacies, get a glimpse of the rich cultural history and heritage of the UAE before the oil boom. The Global Village is one of the highlights of the DSF that hosts close to 75 counters, with each counter representing food items and products from an independent country. Apart from these, there are entertainment hubs in all the shopping malls of Dubai like free movies, skiing, meeting with penguins, zorbing on ice slopes, and much more.

4)   The tour package should offer a complete Arabian Experience

The tour package designed by the tour operator should give you a complete Emirati experience. Hence, the inclusions of Dubai tourism hotspots are  also critical. Whether it is about venturing in the sky on a hot-air balloon or spending a night in the heart of the desert or witnessing the cosmopolitan nature of the Dubai city on the shores of Dubai on a traditional boat, Dubai has everything on offer to match all tastes and budget. 

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