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The 15th annual Dubai Shopping Festival kicks off on January 20, 2011 and runs until February 20, 2011. Emirates has teamed up with beach and city hotels to offer a free-night stay during the Festival. Travellers who book a 4-night stay will receive 1 free night.

“Emirates supports the Festival as part of our on-going mission to support Dubai as the ultimate tourist destination,” commented Russell Sheldon, senior vice president Network Passenger Sales Development, Emirates. “Tourists can find every major brand in the world in Dubai, which has approximately 14 million square feet of shopping space in its malls, including the worlds’ largest shopping centre — the Dubai Mall. Our packages are designed to help make a Dubai stay more affordable.”

Tourists can enjoy tax-free shopping, as well as discounts of up to 50 per cent on a wide variety of items during the Shopping Festival. During the month-long event, bargain hunters from around the globe will win prizes in daily draws. Events ranging from live jazz to cartoon shows keep the entire family entertained.

Packages can be purchased through local travel agents and Emirates Sales Office at Malta International Airport, and include a choice of hotels, airport transfers and buffet breakfast.

In addition, Emirates is currently offering a fantastic Companion Fare offer. Any passenger purchasing a flight to Dubai from January 1 till January 31, 2011 will get a free second ticket, excluding taxes. This Companion Fare offer is valid in all 3 classes First, Business and Economy, with travel from January 16 to 31, 2011. Terms and conditions apply.

Participating beach hotels for the DSF are The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Mina A Salam and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. City hotels include the Grand Hyatt, Dubai Marriott, Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, The Address Dubai Marina, The Fairmont Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Raffles, Taj Palace Hotel, The Palace – Old Town, Premier Inn Dubai International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton, Al Manzil Hotel, Qamardeen Hotel, Marco Polo Hotel and Highland City Hotel. Apartment hotels include Dubai Marriott – The Harbour Hotel and Suites and Pearl Residence.

Prices start at just €45 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The package includes accommodations for 4-nights for the price of 3, airport assistance on arrival at Dubai International Airport, Arabian Adventures welcome pack, airport transfers to/from the hotel by private car, breakfast daily and all taxes and service charges. Car rentals through Budget Rent a Car can be added to the package for an additional fee.

Bonus nights are also available for longer stays (8-nights for the price of 6-nights, 12 nights for the price of 9 and 16 for the price of 12).

Emirates operates flights on a daily schedule from Malta to Dubai with a short stopover in Larnaca, Cyprus.

For bookings or more information, visit www.emirates.com.mt or www.emirates.com/dsf.

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