A general view of Burj Al Arab hotel, a landmark of the Dubai coastline.

Between now and 5 February this year shopaholics the world over are in for an absolute treat.

The Dubai Shopping Festival is one of the most famous shopping fiestas in the world, attracting millions of people from around the world every year.

The month long festival, with the slogan 'One Family, One World, One Festival', offers visitors some of the major and best brands in the world at lowest prices ever. Enjoy these superb features of the Dubai Shopping Festival:

Tax-free shopping with up to 75 percent off jewellery, watches, electronics, carpets, textiles and perfumes

Fantastic prizes in daily and weekly events including a Lexus LX570 and cash

A spectacular parade with international performers and live concerts

Dubai Fashion Week

The Dubai Carnivals

Carpet Oasis with traders from across the world showcasing their wares

Sound and Light show

Gourmets showing off delicious cuisines prepared from all corners of the world

Exciting sporting events including the Open Tennis Championship, Ice Hockey, Russian Ballet on Ice and a football tournament

But it’s not just about the shopping. This year’s festival will showcase international fashion shows, street-side performances, nightly fireworks, performances by artists, film festivals, musical shows, and cultural events.

Get a seven-night cruise to the United Arab Emirates on board the MSC Lirica from R4510 per person sharing an inside cabin excluding flights. The cruise includes all meals onboard, 24-hour room service, entertainment, onboard activities and port taxes and departs on 22 January 2012, in time for the Dubai Shopping Festival. The cruise takes in the ports of Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat (Oman), Al Fujayrah (UAE), Khasab (Oman) and Dubai (UAE). Contact Discount Cruises on 0860 600 787 or visit www.discountcruises.co.za for more information or to book this cruise.