You may be in the land of the desert, but when it comes to shopping in Dubai, there is certainly no drought. With ultra-modern malls to traditional Arabic souks, you will find endless variety from top brands and designer goodies to pocket-friendly shopping centers. And if you polish your negotiation skills, you may end getting a really good bargain. Whatever you have ever thought of buying, Dubai has so many shopping arcades and malls to choose from. There are goods from all over the world including India, Iran, China and Turkey. Shopping is a favorite hobby among locals, visitors and residents. In the scorching heat when the temperatures soar to 50°C. The air-conditioned shopping malls provide a huge relief from the extreme heat. Malls in Dubai are designed to not only meet your shopping demands but also provide you with a great dining experience and several entertainment activities to indulge in.
Dubai is also home to many shopping festivals, the most famous among all is the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) which is held in January every year for a month. This internationally acclaimed shopping festival not only showcases the best brands and offers it also distributes prizes and goodies to people. Apart from that, there are concerts, fashion shows, events and outdoor door sports. Apart from the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai also hosts the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) which also runs for a month at the beginning of summer in Dubai. These shopping extravaganzas are very popular among local residents due to its amazing shopping deals and fun activities for the entire family to indulge in.
The Dubai Shopping Mall
One of the largest leisure, retail and entertainment destinations in the world. If you have a shopaholic attitude, then you can shop till you drop. With endless brands on display and with more than 1200 stores to check out. You can shop for anything you need right from electronics and household items to clothing and accessories. So whether you are looking for an exclusive brand store or a supermarket, the Dubai Shopping Mall has everything to quench your thirst for shopping. There are also plenty of activities for the entire family, so it is, in fact, a perfect family shopping destination and offers a unique shopping experience. If you tired of wandering aimlessly then refresh yourself at the food court where you have an endless variety of cuisines on display.
Mall of the Emirates
The second largest shopping mall in Dubai and one of the most popular shopping malls among the locals. The Mall of the Emirates offers a completely new shopping experience for the entire family. With over 700 shops which are a mix of clothing, accessories, electronics and departmental stores. This can be your complete shopping destination. There are rumors that the world’s largest Apple store is set to be housed in the Mall of the Emirates. The Ski Dubai along with the indoor ski slope remains one of the key attractions of this mall. This snow wonderland is a perfect adventure for kids and with resident penguins living in their own icy enclosure further adds to the excitement.
The WAFI Mall features opulence of lifestyle stores and upscale fashion. Housed in a replica of the Egyptian pyramid complex, the WAFI mall is home to the famous Souk Khan Murjan – a souk which selling’s wares which were exclusively from the Arab world. A perfect souvenir and gift for antique lovers. You will also get one of the best collections of regional boutique stores in Dubai. The Wafi Gourmet has an awesome collection of pepper, cheeses, olives and pickles. The mall also hosts the Taste of WAFI festival every September where you get a huge variety of gourmet goodies. There are even a plethora of food stalls in the Pyramids area adjacent to the mall to meet your all tastes. In the cooler months in Dubai, the WAFI rooftop is quite a popular spot where they host free open-air movie screenings.
Leave aside the malls if you want to experience the rich Arabic heritage in the world of spices, silks and Arabian nights. The souks in Dubai are surely going to offer you a completely new experience of shopping. Settled on the banks of Old Dubai near the Dubai creek. These traditional markets still carry the essence and charm you can associate with traditional Dubai. You would definitely be greeted by a strong fragrance of scent as the spices jostle with clouds of frankincense. The enthusiastic salesmen will be on top of their voices attracting all visitors, guests and travelers to their stalls. Do polish your negotiation skills, as bargaining is a norm. You can end up getting amazing deals. Gold is a very common commodity in these souks and you would definitely be surprised hearing the prices. It is cheaper than you can imagine. You will have a great collection of other precious stones if Gold is not your thing. Apart from these, the textile souks on the opposite side of the creek give you an amazing collection of traditional outfits for both men and women.
Dubai Global Village
Located near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road, this is one of the best places to shop for getting value for your money. It may not be as flashy and gorgeous as some of Dubai’s modern attractions, but it is a complete family entertainment center. With plenty of rides and stalls coupled with performances with international artists. It is definitely one of the best places to spend your evenings in Dubai. This shopping festival attracts thousands of visitors’ right from late November to the end of February. There are close to 38 pavilions which each pavilion representing a different country. You can find food, fashion, crafts and souvenirs pertaining to a particular country. Do check out the collection of Persian carpets in the Iranian pavilion, Cotton items in the Egyptian pavilion, and Gold jewelry in the Indian pavilion. Visiting the Global village at the last week of the event could give you some amazing discounts and offers.
Al Fahidi Street
You can get amazing deals on electronics as compared to your home country in the Al Fahidi Street mainly because Dubai is a tax-free country. Lined up with electronic shops which sell cameras, laptops, mobiles and other household electronic items. Don’t forget to get an international warranty and also check the voltage requirements especially when you are buying electronics and intend to carry it back to your home country.
Jumeirah Beach Road
One of the posh shopping destinations in Dubai. The line of shops would cater to the wealthiest who want to just display their cash factory. The Sunset Mall is home to some of the best ready to wear international brands and latest trends from international labels. The village mall located nearby is a perfect snack destination to grab something light in between your shopping breaks.
Dubai Outlet Mall
You can name it as a discount carnival in a land of more than 1,200 international brands. Get some of the biggest fashion brands at an amazing price. You can shop for everything you need right from fashion and accessories to lampshades, shoes, and luggage. You can shop till you drop. One of the best shopping places in Dubai to get reasonable deals on the best brands.
Karama Shopping Center
A perfect shopping destination for purchasing souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones back home. You will not find many shopping places in Dubai where you get such reasonable deals. You will not find the buzz and the crowd you generally associate with the posh malls in Dubai. But you are be assured to get something to purchase to take back home. Most of the clothing items on display are imported from Asia, so be careful with the sizes you are purchasing.