Events blend a shopping and entertainment experience

"Dubai Summer Surprises" .. 10 weeks of joy in a safe atmosphere

  • During the unveiling of the "Surprises" agenda.

    Mustafa Qasimi

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A wide range of events that will delight everyone over the course of 10 weeks, will be witnessed by Dubai residents and visitors, between the first of July and the fourth of next September, as part of the 24th edition of "Dubai Summer Surprises", which combines the shopping experience, entertainment and family fun.

The opening celebrations of "Dubai Summer Surprises" this year include light shows in two prominent landmarks, namely the Dubai Festival City Mall, through the "Imagine" show, and the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa through the Dubai dancing fountain show, which will be to the tune of a song Dubai is another planet.

This season of "surprises" will mark a strong return of events that will take into account the precautionary measures and the number of visitors to each activity, while adhering to social distancing, which makes Dubai a safe tourist destination.

The new season also features shopping mall offers, various activities, and concerts by Arab and foreign stars, most notably the Lebanese artist Ragheb Alama and the star Faya Younan.

Bus schedule

The Dubai Festivals and Retail Corporation revealed the agenda of "surprises", yesterday, at a press conference held in "The View at the Palm", on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, which is the viewing platform that was recently opened on the 52nd floor, to provide a comprehensive view of the city. .

"The 24th edition of (surprises) consolidates the shopping and entertainment experiences that the city's residents and visitors enjoy in a safe environment, and highlights Dubai's position as a preferred tourist destination for families during the current summer season," said Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of the Foundation. It is a special time in Dubai, as the city comes alive to offer its residents and visitors the opportunity to visit famous attractions, as well as explore unique shopping experiences and opportunities to win valuable prizes, as well as spend fun times with friends and family by enjoying unique activities.”

Al Khaja stressed: “This year (Dubai Summer Surprises) is of particular importance, as it meets the needs of citizens and residents, who choose to enjoy their vacation inside the country instead of traveling abroad, which will contribute to encouraging domestic tourism, which is one of the main pillars of the sector’s recovery. This is of great importance during the planning and preparation phase for the program and agenda of the current session of (Surprises), as it is designed to meet the different tastes and requirements that suit visitors to the city, whether from inside or outside the country.”

Challenges

On the challenges that accompanied the preparation for this season of “surprises”, the Director of Events Management at “Dubai Summer Surprises”, Suhaila Ghobash confirmed to “Emirates Today”, that through “surprises”, and when the launch was launched, last year, immediately after the stone was broken Due to the “Corona” pandemic, there were no comments with the authorities concerned with security and safety, and this high professionalism in the face of all requirements for preparing for events continued with the Dubai Shopping Festival and the Dubai Food Festival, as the events are flexible, and they pass on the Events Insurance Committee and the Disaster Insurance Committee. , to ensure that there are no defects.

Regarding the events and dealing with the large number of the audience, Suhaila Ghobash stressed that each event has a specific procedure, and a number of specific people, as the procedures are followed, and in the event of non-compliance in any event with the procedures, it is stopped in order to motivate everyone to comply.

She expected that the summer will be busy, and the demand for events will be great, due to the difficult travel procedures for many countries, in addition to that large markets have returned to normal, and events will be organized in these markets that have resumed their commercial activity with the aim of attracting the public.

New activities

The new edition of "Dubai Summer Surprises", organized by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Corporation, presents many new events and activities for citizens and residents who chose to spend their summer vacation within the country, in addition to visitors coming from abroad, while the event highlights Dubai's position as an enjoyable tourist destination. It is open and safe, as all participating destinations, shops, malls and tourist attractions follow important health and safety measures, including adherence to social distancing and wearing masks at all times.

Residents and visitors of Dubai will meet with stars from the Arab world in concerts on the Dubai Opera stage, the most important of which are the live concerts of Ragheb Alama and Faya Younan, and two concerts will be held at Coca-Cola Arena during the days of Eid al-Adha by the Pakistani artist, Fateh Ali Khan.

As for the entertainment shows, they are directed to all family members, with a focus on entertainment activities for children, as "Modhesh World" will return with the renewal of the character, at the Dubai World Trade Center.

City Walk will host the Smurfs characters, who will transform the City Walk plaza into a Smurf-style wonderland, with many activities and games for the whole family to enjoy.

In Ibn Battuta Mall, the two beloved classics, Tom and Jerry, will take place in the framework of the “Tom and Jerry Cheese Town” experience, and this event allows the audience to enjoy games and say hello to “Tom” and “Jerry”, in addition to live concerts. Which presents the most famous songs of the famous animated series.

Ahmed Al Khaja:

• “Surprises this year are of particular importance, as they meet the needs of citizens and residents who choose to enjoy their vacations inside the country.”

Expo is here

The Director of Events Management at "Dubai Summer Surprises", Suhaila Ghobash, told "Emirates Today" that the most prominent feature of the new season of "surprises" is the great desire of people to return to normal life, noting that events coincide with the count of 100 days. Descending to the launch of "Expo Dubai 2020", pointing to the presence of coordination of events that highlight the "Dubai Expo", and show the public the importance of this huge global event hosted by Dubai.

For food lovers

The 24th edition of Dubai Summer Surprises is witnessing for the first time the launch of the Restaurant Week during the summer, where food lovers can visit a number of the best restaurants in Dubai, and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at great prices for adults and children.

Food events and discounts also include the Eid Al Adha Feast Show, which includes more than 20 events, menus and promotions across the city during Eid.

• Various activities and concerts by Arab and foreign stars.

• "Amazing World" will return with the renewal of the character in "Dubai World".

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