The Carnival is coming!

Dubai's big plans for Shopping Festival extras...
Tuesday , 15 January 2008
The Carnival is coming!

Credit cards at the ready! It's almost time for the shopping festival - but there's more than a bunch of designer discounts to look forward to. Dubai Carnivals, a melting pot of cultures featuring performers from around the globe, is slated to be one of the top attractions when Dubai Shopping festival 2008 begins on January 24.

Involving up to 300 different performers, Dubai Carnivals will be held throughout DSF till February 24 - clear some time in the diary to catch them! While 150 performers will feature in different locations during weekdays, the DSF weekends will see 300 performers get together in one place. Let's hope it's stopped raining by then!?!

Based on the idea of floats, Dubai Carnivals will feature four themes - Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese. Different locations in Dubai, like the Muraggabat Street, Al Seef Street, Creek Park, the Dubai Marina, Uptown Mirdiff, Arabian Ranches, Global Village, and even Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, and Knowledge Village will play host to the Carnivals - meaning that everyone can sneak a peek.

It definitely looks as though the 2008 Dubai Carnivals are being organised on a larger scale this year. Performers for the Carnival will include the famed Tanourah dancers, African artists, Indian folk groups, stilt walkers, clown, jugglers, and a host of Turkish, Serbian, and Senegalese entertainers.

The Arabic theme will include displays like flying carpets, Aladdin, camels, stilt riders, and sand dunes. The Russian platform will emulate the design of old Russia and include performers of Russian dances and also feature warriors. The Chinese platform will be characterised by Chinese lanterns, traditional girls with umbrellas, and Chinese warriors. The Japanese platform will exhibit traditional Japanese flowers and display white cranes, symbolising peace and harmony.

After a pretty hectic week here in the city - it's nice to know we've got some peace to look forward to, isn't it!