Minister of Islamic Affairs Meets with Kosovo's Grand Mufti    UAE President, Vice President Congratulate Custodian of Two Holy Mosques on Being Discharged from Hospital    US in Jeddah: 80 years of shared history and strong partnership    Foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia to jump 20 times by 2030: Al-Falih KSA develops business environment through massive reforms    Saudi delegation concludes partnerships with US capacity building companies    How cricket-crazy India scripted world badminton glory    Heavy Rains Trigger Floods in Northeast India, Killing 8    Asian Shares Advance    Saudi Press: Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is Based on Strategic Plans to Achieve its Ambitious Goals    Weather Forecast for Tuesday    Elisabeth Borne appointed as new French PM    Serbian capital Belgrade paralyzed by bomb threats    Hundreds of besieged Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Mariupol    Turkey threatens to block Finland and Sweden Nato bids    Twitter boss hits back on Musk doubts over fake accounts    Saudi Telecommunications Delegation Concludes Partnerships with US Pioneering Companies on Capacity Development and Digital Skills, Enhancement of Innovation and Entrepreneurship    Abdulghani clinches first gold for Saudi Arabia in Gulf Games    Guinea-Bissau supports Saudi Arabia's bid to host World Expo 2030    OIC Welcomes Election of Somali President    Crown Prince offers condolences to UAE leaders    Saudi Arabia refutes misinformation on NEOM, affirms sovereignty over city    Jazan Hosts West Asian Beach Soccer Championship    Gulf Health Council: Large sunglasses give better UVA protection    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,914.89 Points    IsDB Group Private Sector Institutions Organize 10th Private Sector Forum    Soudah Development: Start of reproduction of Nubian ibexes launched by the company in cooperation with national center for wildlife    Yemeni conjoined twins separated in 15-hour surgery at Riyadh hospital    Former Australia cricketer Symonds dies aged 46 in car crash    Aramco Announces First Quarter 2022 Results, Earnings Set New Record for the Company since its Initial Public Offering in 2019    China gives up 2023 Asian Cup hosting right    Saudi citizen turns attention to sports after retirement    Lhakpa Sherpa: Woman climbs Everest for record tenth time    5 Arab women filmmakers receive Netflix grant    Over 250 Saudi Female and Male Players to Participate in Kuwait 3rd GCC Games on Friday    Saudi Deaf Athletics Team Leaves for Brazil    Bollywood actor's tweet reignited debate over Hindi as India's national language    SFDA Advises to Wash Dates Well Before Eating    SFDA Advises Against Mixing Surplus of Iftar and Suhoor with Different Foods or Surplus from Other Days    Ministry calls on imams to avoid long supplications in Tahajjud Prayer    Nothing wrong with a Muslim celebrating birthdays, says Saudi scholar    Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt: Bollywood wishes for star couple on wedding    SFDA Warns Against Microbes Accumulation on Coffee when Stored Incorrectly    SFDA: Over-roasting or roasting is not an indication of the level of food and may cause harm to human health    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Saudi Arabia Beats Australia to Secure Place in World Cup Finals in Qatar    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Dubai a popular summer getaway for Saudi families
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 09 - 08 - 2016

There is a deep bond between Saudis and Dubai, especially during the summer when the city is brimming with not-to-be-missed deals, promotions offering fabulous prizes and fun-filled entertainment for the whole family, as part of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), in addition to special offers from hotels and restaurants.
The influx of Saudi tourists to Dubai during the summer is influenced by a number of factors, chiefly among them being cultural similarities as well as the geographical proximity of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Saudis also prefer Dubai to other major cities for the world-class infrastructure and facilities in the emirate that rival major European cities.
As the only family summer extravaganza of its kind in the region, DSS has grown steadily in popularity over the years, especially among GCC visitors. The Media Centre of Dubai Tourism spoke to Saudi families visiting Dubai to enjoy DSS and the majority of them held the view that Dubai was the best place to shop and enjoy quality time with their families during the summer.
Abdul Rahman Al-Sanea, from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said: "This is my sixth or seventh visit to Dubai with my family. We've been here for 11 days and still three days to go in this unforgettable visit. As always, we're having a great time and we've visited many of its iconic malls where my children enjoyed the many Dubai Summer Surprises entertainment activities."
He added: "Shopping in Dubai has a charm of its own. Here you can buy high quality goods at unbeatable prices, especially during promotions. We've been shopping at Dragon Mart, The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mercato, and Naif Souq. Our shopping budget has exceeded AED50,000 and includes buying perfumes, oud and Bakhour, clothes and consumer electronics. We spent a lot during this splendid holiday but it's worth every dirham."
Faaeq Maqadmi, from the Western Region, Saudi Arabia, said: "This is my fifth visit to Dubai and we are spending a wonderful holiday. Actually this is something we do every year. This year we visited for the first time CITY WALK, BOXPARK and Mercato where we enjoyed well-organized entertainment. We visited many European cities before, but Dubai offers its visitors one-of-a-kind experience with its promotions and entertainment across the city. We are proud to have such a beautiful world-class city in the Arab world."
"We visited many of Dubai's iconic landmarks, including Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium. We dined at many of the city's favorite restaurants that offer dining experiences from around the world. My wife was particularly happy this time as she bought all her products from favorite brands, including makeup and fashion, at great bargains. We also bought some fresh produce which we used to buy from Europe. This year our budget was around 70,000 dirhams," he added.
"We arrived in Dubai three days ago, and I've already visited Burj Khalifa, Aquaventure Waterpark, The Dubai Mall, and Modhesh World, among many other places. We've had a wonderful time and will stay for another five days for shopping and sight-seeing," said Ibrahim Mubarak from Jizan, Saudi Arabia.
"This is our second visit to Dubai, and we've come to know the main tourist and shopping attractions in the city. We like Naif Souq where we buy perfumes, bakhour, traditional clothes, as well as gifts for the family at reasonable prices. We prefer The Dubai Mall for fashion products and accessories," he added.
Turki Shaman from Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, said: "We're having a wonderful time in Dubai and we've been to many of its iconic attractions, such as the Burj Khalifa and also The Walk at JBR. We've also been shopping at The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. This is my first visit to Dubai and certainly it will not be the last."
"I am here with my wife and four children on a 10-day visit. We will continue shopping in the coming days, as we need to buy apparel, perfumes, footwear, and handbags, and many other things, in addition to presents for our families back home. The various promotions offer us the opportunity to buy all our needs at highly discounted prices."
"We've heard a lot about Dubai and this is my first visit. To be honest, what we've seen so far is beyond imagination. We fell in love with the city, with its skyscrapers, roads, and malls, and we've been shopping at The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates among many other shopping centers. Our shopping list includes clothes, handbags, shoes, perfumes, bakhour, children's toys and many other gifts," said Ibrahim Saleh Al-Jabel from Al-Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia.
"We've been here for seven days and we still have three days to go. We've enjoyed Dubai Summer Surprises entertainment activities in shopping centers, and also the retail promotions. We will certainly come back on many visits in the future," he said.
DSS 2016 runs until Aug. 20 under the theme ‘Own The Summer', offering great events, rewarding deals and family fun for residents and visitors.

Clic here to read the story from its source.