Deira City Centre is the largest shopping mall in Dubai, offering hundreds of shops and eating places, as well as a cinema complex, a bowling alley and a hotel.
Amongst its many stores are:
not to mention dozens of well-known fashion shops, elctronics shops and jewellers.
Amongst the numerous restaurants and cafes, you can find:
3 branches of Starbucks,
as well as the obligatory McDonalds, KFC and Burger King.
The mall is air-conditioned throughout, providing a contrast to the outdoor heat experienced for much of the year.
There is ample car parking in the many car parks surrounding the mall.
Saturday to Thursday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
Friday: 2.00pm - 10.00pm
What to buy: My personal favourite shop is Carrefour. There are always a number of special offers on, including bargain bins of CDs and DVDs and substantial reductions in the price of clothing.
Info on the latest special offers can be found on www.carrefouruae.com
Mercato, the favorite shopping mal for people who stay in Jumeirah, is located in Jumeirah Beach Road. The design of the shopping mal is quite unique and it will be a great idea to bring your camera along.
In my opinion, enjoying the mal atmosphere is better than serious hunting for shopping. Except, off course the sale season :)
What to buy: The mall includes a wide range of well known stores with Home Centre, Virgin Megastore, Spinney’s and Century Cinema as the anchor stores. Mercato is positioned as a destination mall offering a holistic lifestyle experience under one roof.
There is also Starbuck, Costa and my favorit place is Paul (Don't forget to taste its almond chocolate croissant, it's yummi)
Some other brands such as Next, Massimo, Mango, Areej, Top Shop, etc are also available.
What to pay: In Dubai Summer Surprise or Dubai Shopping Festival, with AED 1000, you will get a lot of fancy stuffs. They will give you up to 60% discount. But who can ask people to keep their credit card while so many fancy stuffs look so georgeous.
Itýs cheap and there s lots of souvenirs and copy stuff - but watch out for the quality!
However, it is probably the best spot to buy sishas (water pipe/ hookah) - go for the cristal base ones if you re planning to use it.
Go for the longlasting coal and the two apple tobacco. It is best not to use different tobacco flavour for the same pipe - local advice. Make sure the plastic mouth pieces fit the pipe.
What to buy: Sishas in Karama.
Nuts and spices at Spice Souk or Airport.
Cheap alcohol from the airport!
Electronics at Al nasr square - remember to bargain hard.
What to pay: 140 dhs with tobacco and coal with a lot of bargaining.
Arabian carpets are famous around the world for their beautiful designs, colors and good quality. Their prices are very attractive and many tourists buy carpets in Dubai and take them back to their countries.
Also there are beautiful Irani, Chinese, Pakistani and Afghani silk carpets on sale at various locations in dubai. Many carpet shops are located in big shopping malls. Open air stalls also sell these beautiful carpets.
What to pay: If you are purchasing these carpets from open air stalls then bargain as much as you can. But if you are in shopping mall then the prices would be fixed.
Gold Souk with its narrow streets is Dubai's most famous market. It is located in Deira district near Dubai Creek. Gold prices here are among the lowest in the world. There is much variety of gold here that I have seen people getting confused about what to buy and what to leave.
What to buy: Here you would find many shops lined with bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings in 18, 21 and 22 carat normal and white gold. You can also buy 24 carat bars in any form and weight.
What to pay: Prices over here are very reasonable. Mostly they determine the price here by weight instead of design or craftsmanship. But here you have to bargain a lot. Simply suggest the price which you feel is justified. If they agree then buy gold otherwise move to next shop.
Meena Bazar is an ideal place for shopping in Dubai. Its located near Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai district. Most of the shops here are owned by Indian nationals. So most of shoppers here are also from subcontinent.
What to buy: There is great variety of clothes, shoes, electronics, beauty items, perfumes and much more.
What to pay: You have to bargain hard in this part of Dubai. And after bargaining you would find that prices are very reasonable here.
Carrefour is the BEST place for shopping in Dubai. It has every thing you can think of. This hypermart located inside Deira City Centre offers products of great quality and variety at very reasonable prices. In other words, products here are real value-for-money. Carrefour is always crowded with hundreds of shoppers all the time.
You can also come to Carrefour in Al Shindagha near bus stop in Bur Dubai for your shopping needs. Timings are are 9 a.m. till midnight daily.
What to buy: Carrefour has garments section, shoes, french bakery , electronics section, music zone, fruit and vegetables, frozen food, beauty products, food items, fitness equipment, garden equipment, fresh flowers, kitchen items, house plants, sports items, suitcases, carpets and other consumer items.
Often they have special promotional deals like buy three and pay for two. You would not resist buying items from Carrefour if you entered there. There is huge variety of products and one gets mad about what to buy and what to leave.
What to pay: Prices are fixed so no need to think about bargaining.
Al Karama Shopping Centre is famous for buying cheap and funky items. It is located acjacent to Karama municipality in Bur Dubai. It consist of two central streets with many small shops heavily loaded with fake branded items.
What to buy: You may come here for shopping of clothing, accessories, toys, suitcases, T-shirts, sunglasses, souvenirs, watches and used furniture etc. Most of goods here are imitation of designer labels. There are always tourist in this part of Dubai trying hard to bargain. Fruit and Vegetable market is also located here and prices are very reasonable here.
What to pay: Bargain is name of the game here. So bargain as much as you can.
Wafi City is one of the latest, beautiful and exciting luxury shopping malls of Dubai. This shopping mall enjoys Egyptian architecture and the pyramid style. Main building and enterance is also designed in pyramid style. So it never look like typical enterance of shopping mall.
It is located on way to the Al Garhoud Bridge in Bur Dubai . This mall has four spacious floors with world's leading brands having their presence. Information desk is located at main enterance. I would suggest you to get map and guide book from there. Otherwise it might be difficult for you to locate the desired outlets.
Wafi City was opened in 1991 but expension work is still in progress because of its huge beautiful building. Outlets open daily from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. On Fridays timings are from 4:30 p.m. till 10 p.m.
Wafi City would also be having a five star hotel in near future and more outlets would also be opened. In my opinion, Wafi City is Dubai's most beautiful shopping mall. Its interior is simply awesome. The most beautiful are its color painted glass walls and beautiful glass work on roof.
What to buy: The shopping mall has different parts which make it really big in size. Wafi City includes Shopping Mall with more than 255 outlets, Wafi Residence luxury appartments, Planet Hollywood, Cleopatra's Spa for beauty and health treatments, Pharaohs' club and gym, The Planetarium night club, Ginseng Asian Bar, Seville's Spanish Tapas Bar, Food Court and Pyramids.
Pyramids houses cafes and restaurants. These are Sphinx restaurant and club, Carter's bar and restaurant, Ramesses Cafe coffee shop, Thai Chi restaurants, Asha's Indian restaurant and Medzo Mediterranean restaurant.
This shopping centre is not very much crowded like City Centre and others. Not every one can afford shopping here because of its high standard. Food is also quite expensive. So most of their customers are from Elite class.
Damas, Mont Blac, Piaget, Rivoli, Paris Gallery, Giordano, Versace, Daniel Hechter, Trussadri jeans, Rossini and Swatch few of world's famous brands with their outlets in Wafi City. Many coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlors and food outlets are also there offering delicious meals of your choice.
What to pay: Prices are fixed every where so there is no game of bargaining here. Keep in mind that Wafi City is Luxury shopping mall with Elite class as target market so prices would be higher here.
City centre is Dubai's largest and most popular shopping mall. It is also said to be largest shopping mall in Middle East. It always remains crowded with thousands of people busy in shopping here.
Here you can buy anything ranging from a cheap item costing one dirham to luxurious expensive item costing millions of dirhams. Carrefour, Debenhams, BHS and IKEA few of the most famous names inside city centre. Trip to Carrefour is must as it offers most reasonable prices and you can do most of your shopping from here.
What to buy: No doubt it is the best place for shopping where so many options are available just under one roof. There are so many outlets that one get tired after walking so much. And it becomes very difficult to locate the shops. You can get map of city centre at main gate. Just keep this map with you and for assistance consult customer services counters at each floors.
Most of world's famous brands have their outlet here. Every kind of items are available here. 240 shops, restaurants, food court, five star Sofitel hotel, 11 cinemas , rest rooms, family rooms, mother child rooms, telephone, ATM, currency exchange and huge car parking are few of the services available.
Often many TV programs are recorded at city centre. During DSF, DSS and Ramadan special live shows are also arranged here. There is so much variety that one gets in trouble about what to buy and what to leave.
I have lost words here and I wonder what to wrire and what not to write. All i can say is that you have to experience the right kind of shopping yourself at city centre next time when you are in Dubai.
What to pay: Prices are fixed every where so there is no bargain game. Pay whatever the price say. It is so simple :-)
Burjuman is one of the most popular shopping centres of Dubai. Its located at the intersection of the Trade Center Road and Khalid Bin Waleed Street in Bur Dubai. The shopping mall is open Saturday to Thursday from 1000 hrs to 2200 hrs. On Friday it opens from 1600 hrs to 2200 hrs.
Not every one can afford shopping at Burjuman because of expensive stuff here. So the target market is mostly the elite class. Most of world's high class brands have their presence at Burjuman. But still there are some shops where a budget traveler can go for shopping.
Food court at Burjuman is one of the best in Dubai. It has Pakistani, Indian, Persian, American, Chinese, Thai, Lebanese, Japanese and Middle East's cusine available. Its timings are 1000 hrs to 2330 hrs from Saturday to Thursday. On Friday these are from 1600 hrs to 2330 hrs.
What to buy: Every thing, that you can think of, is available in Burjuman Centre. Books, good, furnishing, clothes, sports equipment, electronics, beauty products, flowers, shoes, toys, perfumes, jewellery and a lot more.
The best time for shopping is during sales period. And the best deals are during Ramadan when prices are reduced even to 70% off so you can buy all expensive branded stuff easily.
All basic facilities like underground parking, telephone, postal services, currency exchange, ATM, rest rooms, car wash, prayer rooms, baby strollers, wheelchairs, mother and child centre etc are available. One thing that I liked the most is that on every floor they have traditional Arab tents with sofa seats to relax.
Gift wrap facility is also available free of cost at Customer Service counter. I would strongly recommend you to pay a visit to Burjuman next time for shopping.
What to pay: Prices are fixed so there is no game of bargaining. Its so simple!!
In the narrow lanes of the city center you can find every thing at very reasonable cost...but bargaining is the key.
The souks on both sides of the Creek are attractive not just for their shopping bargains but also as places for the sightseer and photographer.
City Centre Shopping mall is one of the biggest malls in the middle east , maybe the bigger .. it has all the outlets you can imagine, with different prices, you will find cheap stores and also Dolce & Gabbana and Diesel etc....
you can also spend a full day there, full of restaurants and coffee shops, cinema and a 5 star hotel
What to buy: everything with a Hyper market
If you visit Dubai, this is a place where you will come sooner or later.. This is probably main attraction point in the city... Due to hot weather you do chose covered places and Deira City Center is a good alternative.
It has more than 240 Shops. IKEA, Woolworth and Carrefour has quiet big areas.. There is also a big entertainment park called Magic planet, where your kids (Even you) can enjoy.. and many food courts, where you can have your meals.. You can also watch the latest movies, and also visit the Textile court and Gold court..
What to buy: In Carrefour you can find al kind of stuff.. Many known brands has their boutiques inside and also variety of electronics..
Bur Juman Shopping center is the place where you can find many of the big brands.. It has 3 floors and on the top floor there is a food court.. Currently there is an ongoing project to extend the shopping center and it is said to be completed in October 2003..
What to buy: Bur juman is one of the largest shopping malls. It has high profile boutiques such as Polo, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Calvin Klein.