As part of its Eid celebrations, The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination in Downtown Dubai, is offering visitors a host of traditional Arabian cultural experiences and shoppers the opportunity to win grand prizes including holiday packages.
The Eid promotion, which commences on September 7, 2010, will be highlighted by colourful Eid band performances, henna painting, Ramadan tents, falconry, heritage activities, traditional Dabkeh and Tanoora dance performances, oudh and qanoon music renditions, a lively street paint exhibition, photography display by the Emirates Fine Arts Society and Pink Pepper Photography, and give-away sweets (Eidaya) from the guest service desks. For children, there will be the special Tickles & Giggles tents featuring story telling sessions, jewellery making, henna and arts & crafts, as well as the popular Barney Shows.
For shoppers, in addition to the choice of shopping from 1,200 world-class outlets, they also get raffle coupons to win 'dream' packages upon spending AED 300. The prizes include the 'Dream Emirates Holiday' package and 'Downtown Dream' package.
The draws will be held on September 19. Winners of the 'Dream Emirates Holidays' packages to the Seychelles Islands get three-nights luxury private villa accommodation at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles or at Banyan Tree Seychelles. They will have time to experience the warm Creole culture of the Islands and to enjoy the spectacular beaches and exotic marine life of the Indian Ocean. Winners of the Dream Emirates Holidays packages to Jordan will discover the capital city Amman as well as explore the ancient Rose Red City of Petra with a combination package stay at the Amman Marriott Hotel and Beit Zaman Hotel and Resort at Petra or a three-nights stay at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. All Dream Emirates Holidays packages are inclusive of hotel stay with daily breakfast as well as return flights on Emirates airline and return airport transfers. The holidays have been provided by Emirates Holidays.
The 'Downtown Dream' prizes open doors for winners to enjoy the unmatched splendour of Downtown Dubai, described as the new heart of the city. Raffle winners will receive limo pick-up from anywhere in Dubai to The Address Dubai Mall hotel – linked directly to the mall - for an overnight stay inclusive of breakfast and dinner. They also get the chance for a diving experience in Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which features over 33,000 aquatic animals; as well as a visit to At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the world's highest observation deck with an outdoor terrace located in the world's tallest building. They can round-off their visit with a visit to the Reel Cinemas and enjoy a movie in Platinum Class.
Mr Nasser Rafi, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Malls Group, said: "The Dubai Mall has redefined the shopper experience with ongoing festivals and celebrations throughout the year. We are further enriching the experience of visitors this Eid through dream leisure and holiday packages as well as an array of family entertainment activities. This will further enhance the appeal of the mall as the must-visit destination in Dubai this season."
John Felix, Senior Vice-President, Emirates Holidays said: "This Eid, we are delighted to collaborate with The Dubai Mall to offer customers the opportunity to win dream holidays with Emirates Holidays, to some of the world's most stunning, intriguing destinations. Both Seychelles and Jordan represent a rich diversity of attractions and natural beauty and are the ideal holiday options this Eid. "
Alain St. Ange, Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Tourism Board, said: "We are honoured to partner with The Dubai Mall for their Eid promotion. Seychelles is one of the preferred tourist destinations for visitors from the Middle East and through our partnership we are confident of offering a truly dream holiday experience in The Seychelles Islands for the winners of the raffle."
Nayef Al Fayez, Managing Director Jordan Tourism Board, said: "Jordan enjoys a place of pride in the minds of all travelers with its rich, diversified and distinctive experiences. Our promotion with The Dubai Mall will offer winners a life time experience to the world wonder Petra and other treasures and wonders such as the Dead Sea, the largest natural spa on earth."
The Dubai Mall, the must-visit retail and leisure destination in the city, features over 1,200 retail stores and 160 F&B outlets. With Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale's as the anchor stores, the mall has a dedicated Fashion Avenue hosting 70 of the world's leading names in haute couture. The dedicated Gold Souk offers the latest in gold and diamond jewellery.
Leisure attractions at the mall include Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo; the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink; SEGA Republic, the largest of its kind indoor theme park in the Middle East; KidZania®, a unique children's edutainment destination; and the 22-screen Reel Cinemas.