Hotter months in Dubai can feel unbearably long, but it is actually one the best times to be in the city thanks to the annual Dubai Summer Surprises.

The seven-week event kicks off today (July 9) and is going to be one of the best yet, filled with events, deals, competitions and even impressive firework displays.

With so many activations dotted throughout the city, we have picked out some of our favourites to help you navigate one of the biggest events on the calendar.



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Support local

Each Friday and Saturday throughout the seven weeks, Ripe Retail Pop Up can be found in Nakheel Mall with a selection of locally made products. Open, from 10am to 7pm every weekend, explore 15-20 home-grown brands selling everything from fashion, art, jewellery, homeware, food and more.


Love yoga and not afraid of heights? Yoga At The Top will be hosting classes in the Burj Khalifa’s At The Top viewing deck. Taking place three times a week during DSS, up to 24 yoga enthusiasts can soak up the early morning views with classes scheduled from 7am.

Cool off

Ski Dubai is offering three great promotions until 31 August. Budding skiers or snowboarders can learn how to perfect their skills in just 48 hours with Ski Dubai’s team of expert instructors providing an intense two-day training session, as well as an indulgent hot chocolate at the end of the course. In addition, you can purchase the annual Ski Dubai summer pass that offers unlimited access to the Snow Park, up to two hours on the slopes, 40 minutes in the Penguin Encounter attraction, or a 60-minute Discovery Lesson. Ski Dubai is also offering three tickets for the price of four, making it the perfect destination for friends and families.

Family night at the movies

Grab your family and friends and enjoy a movie night at a private screening room with VOX Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif. The Friends and Family-only showing is priced at Dhs450 for a Standard Experiences and Dhs 800 for Gold.

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Become a Masterchef

Home cooks can put their culinary skills to the test and learn from Dubai’s best chefs at the DSS Chef Masterclass Series. A chance for amateur cooks and foodies to rub shoulders with their kitchen heroes, the July DSS Chef Masterclass Series will feature a total of 10 classes in total.

Stay and shop

Make your shopping spree even more special with a discounted hotel stay. Those checking into the Fairmont The Palm, Movenpick JBR,  Amwaj Rotana JBR, and the Address Downtown Hotel will receive up to 50 per cent off the room rate. And that’s not all – The Zabeel Saray Palm hotel is offering up to 40 per cent off to all UAE citizens and residents through DSS, the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach is offering 100 per cent off the cost of a room back in food and drinks during their stay, the Two Seasons Hotel has reduced the price of rooms by 30 per cent, while anyone staying at the Dusit Thani Dubai will receive Dhs300 in dining vouchers for each Dhs450 room booked.

Light up the sky

The Pointe Palm Jumeirah will host to three nights of fireworks and amazing deals at some of its most popular restaurants. The skies will be lighting up each night at 8.30pm from 16 July to 18 July, and you can also enjoy DSS special menu daily from 12 July to 18 July with savings of 30 per cent to 50 per cent and “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” offers on selected dishes in participating dining spots.

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Other promotions to keep an eye out for

  • Today, shoppers can scoop up savings of 25 per cent to 90 per cent on a wide range of products at Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) malls across Dubai. If you spend Dhs300, you will be entered into a 12 Hour Share Millionaire raffle with a grand lucky draw for 1 million Share Points to spend in MAF malls
  • You have until August 29 to visit Al Bustan Centre, Al Barsha Mall, Al Ghurair Centre, Arabian Centre, Bin Sougat Centre, BurJuman, City Centre Al Shindagha, City Centre Me’aisam, Dubai Outlet Mall, Etihad Mall and Reef Mall to be in with a chance to win weekly cash prizes of Dhs4,000 and Dhs50,000 and even luxury cars by simply spending Dhs200.
  • If you’re heading to Nakheel Mall, keep an eye out for agiant gumball machine. To be in with a chance to win, you have to spend Dhs250. Prizes include shopping vouchers hidden in the machine’s super-sized gumballs. There will also be a weekly DSS Golden Gumball grand prize of Dhs25,000 in mall vouchers to be won each Tuesday. Make sure to also enter their SUMMER WINS raffle by spending Dhs250 at any outlet.You could win cash and daily instant prizes of up to Dhs350,000.

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