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Bag A Bargain At The World’s Best Shopping Festivals

The official silly season shopping spree may start with Black Friday sales in the US (online for Aussies!) and continue up to the traditional post-Christmas Boxing Day sales, but the retail opportunities are far from over. In fact, the 2016 shopping festivals have only just begun. Forget one-day sales, time your overseas travel to coincide with one of these famous spending festivals around the world to get more bang for your buck. The discounts are so amazing, the savings will totally justify the trip overseas.

Dubai Shopping Festival: January 1 – February 1, 2016

Now in its 21st year, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is held every January and is not just a mecca for big bargains, it’s grown up to become an entertainment event in its own right and the world’s longest-running shopping festival of its type. The glamorous month-long festival has a packed calendar of fashion shows (including Fashion On Ice at The Dubai Mall ice-skating rink) plus shoppers can save up to 70 percent off items at over 95 malls and other retailers across the emirate.

The Great Singapore Sale: June 1 – July 26, 2016

There’s two months of retail reductions on offer at The Great Singapore Sale (or just GSS), a major international shopping event for 23 years. Bargain hunters can sniff out  goods at up to 70 percent off at shopping precincts, including retail hotspots like Orchard Road, Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. Enjoy tax-free shopping on souvenirs, fashion, jewellery, toys, electronics and more. There’s even discounted spa treatments available to soothe those footsore shoppers.


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Get in the shopping spirit at the Korea Grand Sale. (Image: Korea Tourism)

Korea Grand Sale: August – October 2016 (TBC)

Korean beauty (K-beauty) is having a moment right now, so it’s no surprise cosmetics and skincare are the main drawcards of the annual Korea Grand Sale. Last year’s summertime event went Gangnam style for 79 days with 342 companies and almost 35,000 outlets enticing shoppers with massive nationwide sales and heaps of fun pop-up events, ranging from Must-Eat Week and Must-Buy Week to a Magical Selfie Contest and the chance to win a shopping date with K-popstars.

Celebrate #ColumbusDay & the last day of the #USAOutletShoppingFestival in style! Visit Ermenegildo Zegna on Level 2 for up to 25% off!

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USA Outlet Shopping Festival: October 13 – 16 (TBC)

A relative young ‘un when it comes to shop ‘til you drop extravaganzas, the USA Outlet Shopping Festival is a short but sweet event held on Columbus Day weekend in the States where you can save a motza on already heavily discounted popular clothing, sporting and footwear brands. Last year’s four-day nationwide shopping fest was a coordinated event across 250 retail outlet malls from Hawaii to New England, so time your fall fashion assault for this weekend!

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