Magical moments for the festive season at Mall of the Emirates
Spreads holiday cheer with a giant, glistening festive tree, Santa Claus and special performances of The Nutcracker ballet
Dubai, UAE , 15 December 2011 – Mall of the Emirates will be creating memorable moments for the entire family this festive season with a spectacular holiday display and events to celebrate this special time of the year. The centerpiece attraction will be Mall of the Emirates’ giant decorated festive tree, one of the largest in the UAE and a yearly spectacle photographed by residents and visitors from all over the world. With special appearances by Santa Claus, and exclusive performances of The Nutcracker – the holidays will be filled with festive fun at Mall of the Emirates.
Standing proudly at 12m tall, Mall of the Emirates’ giant festive tree will be the shining star in the Central Galleria starting December 18th. Adorned with over 450 glittering lights and elegant decor, the festive tree is set within a beautiful winter display complete with snow-frosted trees and animated polar bear and penguins. Photographed by tens of thousands every year, the giant festive tree is a Mall of the Emirates icon for the holiday season, and creates a magical atmosphere for mall visitors.
“The holiday season is about nostalgia and memorable experiences with family and friends,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Asset Director for Mall of the Emirates. “This year, we’re hoping to create magical moments through beautiful displays, interactive events for children and visual performances for all our visitors, leaving them with lasting memories. We hope to see everyone at Mall of the Emirates to soak in the festive cheer and celebrate the holidays with us.”
Santa Claus is coming to town and will be finding out who’s ‘naughty or nice’ by making a special appearance in the wintery comforts of Ski Dubai. Children can share their wish lists with Santa in person from December 18-24 between 5:00pm-10:00pm daily. Additionally, Ski Dubai’s own festive mascots will be present from December 23 and 24 between 2:00pm-7:00pm lending Santa a hand in entertaining the kids.
For a taste of the arts, the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) will be showcasing Tchaikovsky’s famous classical ballet The Nutcracker featuring the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet. On show for three days only from December 15-17, this will be a rare opportunity to watch one of the most cherished holiday performances, with multiple shows daily at DUCTAC’s Centrepoint Theatre.
Shoppers looking for the perfect gift, will be spoiled for choice as many of the mall’s retailers will be offering special festive promotions, gift sets and seasonal hampers, making gift-buying more convenient with a range of ideas under a single roof. Or, give the gift of choice with Mall of the Emirates’ Gift Cards and be entered the chance to win one of two shopping sprees worth AED 5,000 with every AED 400 Gift Card purchased. Those looking for a venue to celebrate the holidays into the New Year, will find a festive menu of dining offers and entertainment at either of the mall’s two adjoining hotels Kempinski Mall of the Emirates or The Pullman Hotel Mall of the Emirates including roast turkey dinners, party packages and special visits by Santa himself.
Mall of the Emirates will also be spreading the holiday spirit to the online community, with the ‘Wish it & Win it’ campaign on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MallOfTheEmirates) which invites all fans to share their wishes – for the chance to make one of them come true. Fans will also have the chance to win a night’s stay in one of the Kempinski, Mall of the Emirates Hotel’s Ski Chalets or a L’Occitane gift hamper.
This holiday season, there is no better venue to soak in the festive cheer than at Mall of the Emirates, where magical moments will create lasting memories into the New Year.
About Mall of the Emirates:
Mall of the Emirates, the world’s first shopping resort, is located in Dubai at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed Road. The two-level shopping centre currently features 520 international brands including 233,467 sqm of department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing outlets and the largest Carrefour in the city. The compelling family leisure offer includes a Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, the world-renowned Ski Dubai - the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park - a five star Kempinski hotel, a four star Pullman Hotel and 85 coffee shops and restaurants. The mall also has a 500 seat capacity community theatre and accompanying arts centre – DUCTAC. The mall has recently added its new luxury wing, the Fashion Dome.
About Majid Al Futtaim Properties:
Majid Al Futtaim Properties is leading developer of shopping malls together with hotels and mixed-use community projects in the MENA region. Majid Al Futtaim Properties has changed the face of shopping, leisure and entertainment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It currently owns and operates ten world-class shopping malls in the region with three of its flagship projects based in Dubai. Majid Al Futtaim Properties has earned numerous accolades and awards from international organizations that have recognized its leadership and the quality of its properties. The Company’s shopping malls continue to witness a steady increase in footfall with more than 135 million visitors during 2010.
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