Dubai Summer Surprises is celebrating its 19th year with an array of activities and events to make summer thoroughly enjoyable. Great discounts on shopping and entertainment make this festival a haven for all ages. The DSS (Dubai Summer Surprises) 2016 is themed “Own the Summer”.

On the calendar are visits and performances from international stars, cartoon characters, stage shows, roaming acts, in-mall events packed with surprises, interactive workshops, and retail and dining promotions offering shoppers compelling deals and discounts across participating malls, hotels and restaurants. “Dubai is a dynamic destination attracting international and regional tourists all year long, and DSS enables everyone to ‘Own the Summer’, further strengthening Dubai’s position as the preferred family summer destination of the region,” said Laila Mohammad Suhail, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE).

The festival which is held at the malls across Dubai, has residents and visitors participating in retail promotions during DSS to win mega prizes, including the chance to win 12 Infiniti Q50 cars in the ‘Shop and Win’ promotion run by Dubai’s malls, and attractive bargains and discounts of up to 75% at malls and retail outlets in Dubai as well as the ‘Eat & Play’ promotion for foodies which offers instant gift vouchers for visitors who dine in participating restaurants. On the entertainment front are events that will bring the globally loved characters like Angry Birds, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Gruffalo to the UAE to meet their fans.

The Dubai Summer Surprises festival is on from the 9th of July to the 20th of August at malls across Dubai.

Some of the highlights of DSS:

  • The Gruffalo Adventure

Enjoy and get thrilled by getting into the interactive journey of deep Gruffalo Forest and meet the monster. Location and Date: Souk Atrium and Star Atrium, Dubai Mall, July 11-17.

  • Alvin & The Chipmunks Live on Stage

Get grooved into the animated music group’s live theatrical musical. Location and Date: July 19-25 July (City Centre Mirdif); July 27-August 2 (Mall of the Emirates); August 4-10 (City Centre Deira).

  • Mercator Circus Fiesta

Have fun by attending this family oriented event which includes Beijing Chinese Circus, Circo Latino, Kids Circus Workshop and Roaming Acts. Location and Date: Mercato Mall, July 9-August 20.

  • Barbie – The Athlete

Barbie interactive stand and incredible games lined up. Also check out some latest Barbie products. Location and Date: Dragon Mart 2, August 11-20.

  • Misfortune Circus

Hilarious misfits band creating unique circus for fun. Location and Date: lbn Battuta Mall, August 11-20.

  • Lego Friends Workshops

Opportunity to learn, build and play with Lego. Location and Date: lbn Battuta, July 6-28 August.

  • Save our Summer

Interactive activities to get a holiday feeling. Location and Date: Star Atrium, Dubai Mall, August 5-20.

  • The Jungle Book

Live Show showcasing heart of Jungle. Location and Date: City Walk on August 14-20.

  • Bricks at Boxpark

A themed workshop to enjoy Lego land. Location and Date: Boxpark, July 6- August 20.

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