With more than 6,000 stores taking part, it’s not hard to score a deal during Dubai Summer Surprises.

The 43-day event (which wraps up on August 20, FYI) is one of the shopping highlights of the year, and it’s not too late to find yourself a bargain.

Check out this list of offers to save yourself aimless wandering (but you can be pretty much guaranteed at least 20 per cent off selected lines at any shop you walk into at any mall). There’s also a programme of activities to keep the kids entertained, raffles to enter, and even live shows held inside malls (click here for more details).

However we’ve weeded through the schedule to bring you 10 of the best DSS offers around.

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OK so the Swedish chain store’s products aren’t the priciest to begin with, but hey – we love a freebie. If you buy two beauty products from H&M, you’ll get a third free (the cheapest one, natch). The brand’s nail polishes are particularly swoonworthy, and their beauty tools (sponges, eyelash curlers etc) are pretty excellent dupes for high-end versions, but about a fifth of the price. (Beauty nuts, you’ll also be pleased to hear you’ll get a free gift if you spend over Dhs500 at Sephora during DSS).
H&M, The Dubai Mall. Tel: (04) 419 0346. hm.com


You can currently get 5 per cent off on thousands of products at the Duty Free halls in Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport. (And that’s on top of what you already save without duty). If you’re not jetting off anywhere this month, you can still get the discount online – there’s more than 3,000 products to choose from. Some exclusions apply though, so it’s worth scanning the Ts & Cs beforehand.
Tel: (04) 216 2453. online.dubaidutyfree.com.


There’s a buy two, get one free offer at the jeweller’s on selected items – but you’ll have to be quick, the deal is only on until August 10. You have to be in store to see what the selected items are (so sorry, no online window shopping) but we’re hoping it includes a few of the brand’s signature silver charm bracelets. They make excellent gifts so now might be a good time to get a headstart on your mum, sister or wife’s birthday…

Mercato Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 349 1967.


level shoes
We often struggle to justify designer shoes to ourselves (well, to our bank managers) but up to 70 per cent off seems like a good reason to splurge. As part of the shop’s summer sale, you can choose from killer heels by Aquazzura, Sophia Webster and Burberry, sneakers from Ash and Superga, and plenty more.

Level Shoes, The Dubai Mall. Tel: 800 538 3573. levelshoes.com


If you’re seeking solutions to filling your child’s summer holiday, this bundle pack should come in handy. For Dhs450, you’ll get two standard tickets to Reel Cinemas, two tickets to KidZania, entrance for two to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, skating and skate hire for two at Dubai Ice Rink and a card pre-loaded with Dhs100 for the attractions at SEGA Republic. All up, you’ll save yourself Dhs320 (and score massive brownie points with your little one).  You can also upgrade to a pass for a family of four for Dhs750.

Dubai Summer Pass, The Dubai Mall. Tel: 800 38224 6255. dubaisummerpass.com.


You can kit the whole family out for less with the M&S summer sale. With 30 to 50 per cent off selected men’s, women’s and kids’ lines, now’s a good time to finally update those workwear staples, treat yourself to some new undies, or replace those plate and cutlery sets that somehow always seem to dwindle.

M&S, various locations throughout Dubai. marksandspencerme.com.


If gadgets and gizmos and the like are your thing, you’ll like this one. You can save up to Dhs1,633 on bundle product offers in store, and the online deals aren’t too shabby either – think up top Dhs200 off smartphones and up to Dhs400 off Sony TVs.

Jumbo, various locations throughout Dubai. jumbo.ae.


Misplaced your specs (happens to us all), outgrown your prescription, or bent your current pair out of all recognition? Alpha Optical are offering 25 to 50 per cent off optical frames, sunglasses and contact lenses, so now’s a good time to get a replacement or stock up on lenses for the rest of the year.

Alpha Optical, various locations throughout Dubai. Tel: (04) 297 8848. alpha-optical.com.


The 40 degrees Celsius temperatures of summer should subside soon (fingers crossed) so stock up on your beach and sportswear now ahead of the outdoor season starting. Get 25 to 50 per cent off selected items in store (plus you’ll get a free cap if you spend over Dhs250).

Billabong, various locations throughout Dubai. billabong.com.


Been thinking about redecorating for yonks but never got around to it? Take advantage of Dwell’s 25 to 75 per cent off selected home furnishings and accessories (from some of the world’s hottest brands no less) and give your home a little lift.

Dwell, various location throughout Dubai. liwastores.com/brand/dwell.

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