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10 December 2023

DSF Drones Show: A Look Behind the Scenes at the Spectacular in the Sky

By Emirates24/7

A dazzling drone show featuring 500 aerial vehicles soaring hundreds of metres above the ground to light up the night sky is once again a highlight of the annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Running until 29 January 2023, two light shows are performed every day from The Beach, JBR and Bluewaters Island at 7pm and 10pm.  
Countless hours have been put into the programming and preparations for the spectacular show, pushing the boundaries of creativity whilst also telling a captivating story in the sky, which is enjoyed by tens of thousands of shoppers in Dubai at one of the most popular times of the year.  
This year, both shows are united by an overarching concept to explore conceptual ideas surrounding technology, robotics and the future; with an intricate network of light from the aerial drones to develop the theme and illustrate the story of Dubai.  
Each show was sketched out to last around five minutes, with the first of the two daily shows inspired by a day-in-the-life of a tourist, taking the audience on a journey through Dubai Shopping Festival.  
The show begins by depicting a traveller flying into the UAE and landing at Dubai International Airport, before experiencing a journey through the famous iconic sites of the Dubai Shopping Festival, including its iconic fireworks and the Festival of Light. 
The drone spectacular concludes with the traveller soaring off into the sunset after a magical day exploring the emirate. 
The second show – based in a futuristic metaverse – gives residents an immersive glimpse into Dubai two decades from now. Set in 2040, the forward-looking experience gives onlookers a glimpse of what Dubai might look like as the city propels into a trailblazing tomorrow. 
With the help of cutting-edge technology and AR headsets, the audience will be catapulted into the heart of the story and become at one within the 3D light show. 

  • But how does the drone show actually work?   

The vast flight space above the sites’ location – Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR – have allowed the creatives behind the show to use 500 drones; all operated by a specialist team in a purpose-built landing area built near the take-off site.   
With hundreds of illuminated drones executing intricately choreographed patterns using 3D animation tools, only two pilots are needed each night to conduct the show.  
The pilots are in control of operating the entire fleet through a state-of-the-art control system. Each drone works as an individual entity, and will stay on its own flight path, carefully mapped to the computer-led animation. 
Don’t miss out on the dazzling drone show and head to The Beach, JBR and Bluewaters. The shows will be on daily at 7pm and 10pm. 
Now in its 28th edition, the popular annual festival organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) has become a mainstay in the tourism calendar.  The seven-week long Dubai Shopping Festival includes a huge variety of retail deals and offers, as well as a stellar line up of entertainment and concerts - as well as its Drone Light Show. Head to visitdubai.com for more information on the drone shows.  
Shop, win and be entertained with the 28th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) until 29 January 2023 with incredible deals, innovative events, world-class entertainment and life-changing prizes. Featuring the ultimate retail therapy from a wide range of homegrown and global brands as well as live concerts, outdoors markets, pop-up dining and more, this year’s DSF experience is not to be missed. 
Check out www.mydsf.ae and @CelebrateDubai and @StyledbyDubai on social media channels for more details.