Not Just A Regular Shopping Festival

  • London Royal Guard In Dubai
  • Queue For Shape Balloon
  • Here Comes My Blue Sword
  • Holding The Un-bladed Sword
  • DSC_0495
  • Story Time
  • Sleeping Head
  • Double Faced Clown
  • Toys From Claw Machine
  • Ball From Claw Machine
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  • Hungry
  • Where's My Son
  • You Gotta Be Mine
  • Drum Roll Please
  • Mercato Mall
  • Fountain With My Hollywood Smile

Dubai Summer Surprises And The Long Weekend

As early as 4:00 in the afternoon, we already finished all the workload for the week. That was Thursday, June 14, 2012 which happens to be the first day opening of Dubai Summer Surprises and the start of a long weekend, today till Sunday, June 17, due to the observance ofΒ Al Israa Wal Miraaj or the Ascension of Prophet Mohammad.

From work, I went straight to our place to pick up my son and my wife and to Mercato Mall, the Italian inspired mall at Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai which is just 5 minutes travel from home.

One of the good things during this event, the DSS, is that not only the dropped prices on different items in all the stores of Dubai, but also the entertainment that organizers are giving to the shopper and non-shoppers alike. DSS is just basically the same to that of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the only difference is the schedule it is being held.

For 14 years now, DSS continues to entertain every mall goers and help alleviate, the long hot summer. The activity runs for one month which started last Thursday.

Please join me enjoying DSS with my pix.

The weather's so hot and humid outside but not inside Mercato. Never wasted time, posed for a snap with a London Royal Guard behind us.

The Dubai Summer Surprises was felt right after the above picture. Queued for a free shaped balloon.

Still trying to figure out what he's receiving. Is it really a sword? Thank you for the balloon.

Tay, this is a heavy sword for me. LOL! Perhaps that's what on his mind with this one.

Prior to this pic, we spent an hour inside Mercato's Grand Cinema watching Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which I will be posting soon. These beautiful Brits did entertain the children who were gathered and attracted by their singing-story-telling style. From simple ABC song to Sound of Music songs.

Tired laughing from Madagascar, he fell asleep. But it was cut short upon hearing the singing-story-tellers.

With the double faced clown who frightened the kids, on their way out of the mall heading for another performance to another mall.

So we went to Mercato's Fun City. Overwhelmed with toys he got from the claw machine. Wootwoot!

And a ball from a different claw machine after several attempts.

Yippey! Nay, tay? I need a soccer field now, I want to be one of the Azkals. LOL!

And our tummies complained. Pizza hut express with their service express, our hunger's gone expressing-ly fast. LOL! Just trying to rhyme it out.

Guard?! Have you seen my son?

Another reason why Dubai Summer Surprises is called as such. For 200 Dhs purchase, you can have a raffle entry ticket to win this Cadillac SRX. Whew! Mercato is just one of the so many malls, stores and shops all over Dubai that are giving away vehicles like this one.

Drum roll please..... and the winner is.... Yuri! Inshallah!

And out. Thanks Mercato and to Dubai Summer Surprises organizers.

One last hirit, Hollywood pose by Yuri. Taken in front of the mall.

And we went home tired but happy. While writing this post, my wife and I are discussing on which mall we are going to visit tomorrow and be surprised once again. πŸ™‚ There goes our first activity of this year’s DSS and of the long weekend that we are enjoying.


Photos: Nikon D60
Post Prod: lΒ




A Filipino expat in Dubai, an online ad specialist, a social media influencer, a photographer wannabe, a music lover, a loving husband and a loving father, a movie freak, a gadget geek, a foodie etcetera

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17 Responses

  1. Well, it looks like that you guys had fun as a family. That is the important thing. πŸ™‚

  2. waaahh! i want a pic with that cute london royal guard! visiting dubai is in my bucket list! πŸ˜€

  3. Wo wo wo, why bucket list?! πŸ™‚ Anyway, Dubai is a good place to visit especially during winter. Thanks for dropping by JayL!


  4. zoan says:

    you enjoyed the day with the family, obviously. and its the most important thing there is. πŸ™‚
    how I wish I could spend time with my family abroad too. ahaha

  5. quality time keeps the family close to each other. πŸ™‚ wish i could stroll the place too πŸ˜›

  6. Riza says:

    i have heard a lot of good and bad things about dubai, but basing from your photos, it seems like the philippines where big malls dominate the filipino lives πŸ™‚

  7. wow it was indeed a fun family day…

  8. Lady says:

    I spend a lot of time on malls too during summer. Free air-con! haha~
    Glad you had a nice time, and the mall didn’t have that many people? Bringing a kid to a mall here in the Philippines is too much hassle. It’s so hard to move around :/

    • Nah, this is just one of the so many malls in Dubai. Mercato is a bit smaller compared to malls like Dubai Festival City, City Centre, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Batutta Mall and many others. And yes not many people are coming here but mostly locals. πŸ™‚

  9. miekee_18 says:

    Nice family bonding..For sure you had a wonderful day!

  10. Marie says:

    looks like a really fun day for you guys.. I wish we could go there as well.. maybe next year…… =)

  11. nelsonRN says:

    You sure did have a great time guys! Thanks for sharing your adventure! Great captures!

  12. CC says:

    It’s so cool that they have a lot of activities in the mall! Did you have to pay for any activities you want to join?

    And the pizza look so yummy! Did it taste the same as pizza in the Pizza Hut Philippines? πŸ™‚

  13. Shadz says:

    Nice photos. Your kids look like they really enjoyed every moment of it. Good to hear about family life out there.

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