Middle East’s premier shopping festival in Dubai, packs a punch with an extravagant celebration of Thailand


Gulf Today reports:

DUBAI (source) : The 19th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) began on Jan. 2 with the “Shop At Your Best” theme, opening its doors to families from around the world and giving them the opportunity to take home memories of an extraordinary shopping experience.

With a colourful line-up of over 150 events and activities and fabulous raffles, DSF 2014 promises to make the celebrations special for visitors of all age segments. While parents are already trawling through the malls to explore a wide variety of shopping sales and discounts, children are relishing the excitement that comes with DSF events tailored especially for them.

The first day of DSF proved to be memorable for all the children present at BurJuman. Highly popular with kids and internationally well-known, the Teletubbies added a colorful tone to the DSF celebrations with their lively music and dance performances.

Festivities got into full swing when popular multi-coloured characters, namely, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po got into action and invited all the little stars in the audience to boogie with them. Cheery spirit pervaded the atmosphere as musical vibes took over the scene with up-tempo music and lively dance sessions.

The Teletubbies Live Show will continue to entertain the children with their musical performances until Jan. 11 (excluding Jan. 7), three times a day, during their 20-minute shows at 5pm, 6pm and 9pm.

Thai treat

When it comes to providing a treat for the senses, Arabian Centre – a prominent Dubai shopping destination — has packed a punch this DSF, with an extravagant celebration of Thailand on the cards. Arabian Centre is holding a Thai cultural festival-cum-exhibition from Jan. 2-18. The entire mall has been decked up with colourful flags, banners, festoons and lanterns to create an authentic Thai ambience.

Exhibitors are showcasing a rich ensemble of Thai handicrafts, clothing, cosmetics and culture. Besides, a host of artistes from every nook and corner of Thailand have been flown in to present 18-20 myriad forms of visually appealing dance and martial art performances.

Thai dances are a window to the soul of Thailand. Tradition is of essence at a Thai dance performance, be it the music, the costumes, or the stories and myths that are sought to be retold on stage.

There are various forms of Thai dances, which appear to fit into three main categories: the royal dances, the folk dances and the story dances, though region-wise, Thai dance can be segregated into 4 forms: Eastern, Northern, North-Eastern and Southern. Thai dance forms, not only explore different ways of movement, but each form opens up new worlds.

The Thai Martial Arts Show during the course of the Thai festival at Arabian Centre includes demonstrations of the Muay Thai, the most famous martial art of Thailand.


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