There are a number of Strip Malls and Malls lining the long Jumeirah Beach Road like the mercato mall, but if you want an open air strip mall with fantastic views of the famed Jumeirah Mosque, then come over to the Palm Strip Mall. the mall lies in front of the Dubai Marine Resort and is just across the street of the Jumeirah Mosque. They are just few shops here and you cannot buy any souvenir items. . Shops are set back from the road and arranged over two levels. Downstairs is dominated by a stylish Zara Home store, Starbucks coffee shop and Japengo restaurant, while upstairs you’ll find CD shop Music Master and the N.Bar (a nail bar). Other fashion outlets include Karen Millen, Young Designers Emporium and Escada Sport and assorted local commercial establishments.
What to buy: CD's, Escada Sport Items, coffee from starbucks, etc
opens: Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 3pm-10pm
What to pay: depends on what you buy
this will be my Dubai Gold Souk Shopping Tips. i will have a separate things to do tip for it.
The Dubai Gold Souk is more famous than the Larger Dubai Old Souk, and the Gold Souks is only one area of the sprawling Old Souk in Deira. This souk adds to the Glitter of Dubai as the City of Gold, plus it is a major trading area for gold an jewellry around the middle east and some tourist just go to dubai just to buy gold and gold plated jewelries! Streets and streets of shops are aligned with sparking windows and the choice is impressive,as are the prices and if you are a shopper, then the good news is that haggling is allowed here (and you must haggle a lot too!).
All City Tours, Shopping Tours and the Dubai Big Bus Tour have allocated stops here and RTA Public Bus 5, 16, 19 or 20 all drop off at souks in both Bur Dubai and Deira area if you are into public transport.
according to wikipedia:
Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk (Arabic: ÓæÞ ÇáÐåÈý), is a traditional market (or souk) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The souk is located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya. The souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewellery. Retailers in the souk include both well established stores like Damas, ARY Jewellery, Shyam Jewellery and Joy Alukkas as well as smaller stores that operate mainly in the gold souk. By some estimates, approximately 10 tons of gold is present at any given time in the souk It is bordered to the north by the Dubai Fish and Vegetable Market and the Deira Corniche near Baniyas Square at Sikkat al-Khali Street which is walking distance from Deira Bus Stand. Dubai Gold Souk can also be reached by taking the Dubai Metro to Al Ghubaiba and a regular Abra (boat) from nearby Bur Dubai across the creek. The Dubai Gold Souk is 5 minutes walk from the Old Souk marine station.
Trade in the gold grew during the 1940s due to Dubai's free trade policies that encouraged entrepreneurs from India and Iran to set up stores in the souk. Despite a general slump in the global gold market, Dubai's share of value of trade in gold and diamonds to its total non-oil direct trade increased from 18% in 2003, to 24% in 2004. In 2003, the value of trade in gold in Dubai was approximately Dh. 21 billion (US$5.8 billion), while trade in diamonds was approximately Dh. 25 billion (US$7 billion) in 2005. India is Dubai's largest buyer of gold, accounting for approximately 23% of the emirate's total gold trade in 2005. Switzerland was Dubai's largest supplier of gold ingots, wastes and scrap. Similarly, India accounted for approximately 68% of all diamond-related trade in Dubai; Belgium's share in Dubai's diamond trade was about 13% (2005).
What to buy: you can buy and sell gold bars as they have several computerized billboards that show the international gold prices per ounce and the local price per ounce.
you can see all the gold bling here from the 14k to 24k, white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, gold plated bracelets, earrings, gold necklaces line with precious stones like diamonds or rubies or pearls and a lot more!
plus you can buy all the bling you want, provided that you have the dough or the platinum and titanium credit cards to boot!
opens: Daily 0700-1200 and 1700-1900; Fri 1700-1900.
What to pay: an arm and a leg (or more), maxxed out you platinum or titanium credit cards
Dubai old souk is actually bigger than the Gold Souk and actually, the gold souk, spice souk and perume souks are located within this huge area in Deira but these parts of the Old Souk is more known to tourists than the Old Souk itself. Although the souks in Dubai are not as magnificent as the souks found in other middle eastern and african countries like marrakesh or cairo or mutrah, trhis will be a good gauge of what a traditional middle eastern market (souk) is like is you havent visited other Islamic Countries in the Middle east and Africa.
The Old Souk encompasses the gold souk, spice souk, fish market, perfume souk and more at Deira and extends up to the Deira Corniche. You can have the big bus tours and have a stop at the gold souk big bus stop to go here.
Opening hours: Daily 0700-1200 and 1700-1900; Fri 1700-1900
What to buy: all the items you can think of, like perfumed oils and essences from egypt, iranian carpets, jordanian mosaics, assorted spices from around the middle east, dates, local crafts, souvenir items, perfumes and a lot more
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills. you should at least knock off 30% off the price of the item being bought
You can shop for souvenirs on everything about dubai at the Dubai Museum Souvnenir Shop lcated at the Exit of the Underground Dubai Musuem at the Al Fahidi Fort if you have no more time to shop for souvenirs as the prices here are slightly higher than buying them at the Souks of Deira and all are fixed price and no haggling is allowed. There is a wide variety of items you can buy like keychains, shot glass, fridge magnets, shirts, pashmina, keffiyeh, bracelets and more.
Dubai Museum and Souvenir Shop opens from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm from Sundays to Thursdays only.
What to buy: again all the souvenir items you can think of, but the prices here are slightly higher than the souks of deira and around the Al Bastakiya area as there is no haggling allowed.
What to pay: depends on what you buy
Even if did not go up the "AT THE TOP" observation deck at the Burj Khalifa, you can still shop for souvenirs of it as it has 2 stores, one for ticket holders at the 124rth floor observation deck and one located at the exit in the Dubai Mall. You can buy assorted souvenir items related to the Burj Khalifa from kitschy bags, caps, shirts, fridge magnets and even a computerized picture of you like tom cruise climbing the Burj Khalifa in Mission Imposible 4 (very expensive as it costs 150 AED with a souvenir mug with your picture in it and a large picture frame).
So if you plan to have a piece of the Burj Khalifa,shop at their souvenir stores.
according to their website:
Take a moment during your visit to Burj Khalifa to browse our Souvenir Boutique. From unique collectibles to Burj Khalifa inspired apparel, the Official At the Top retail boutique offers a large selection of cultural and souvenir items including:
Hats and Bags
Posters and Stationary
Burj Khalifa signature souvenir models
These items, some of which cannot be found elsewhere, are suited to all ages. Take home a lasting memento of your At the Top experience.
Shop at either of two At The Top boutiques: on Level 124 for ticket holders, or the publicly accessible boutique on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall.
What to buy: fridge magnets of the burj khalifa at 20 AED, Photos at the top (you can choose to be like tom cruise in Mission Impossible 4 or a panorama of the Burj Khalifa at 150 to 200 AED for the package, including a souvenir mug or a big picture frame with many smaller pictures). T-shirts at 100 AED and more.
Opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday
10:00 am to 12:00 am Friday to Saturday
What to pay: depends on the items you buy
Cole Haan is my all time favorite brand of leather shoes, and since it had a partnership with Nike, it's lightweight shoes become more lighter and the soles are even better as it has a feel o thew sole of rubber shoes but with the elegance of leather shoes. And being a shopper myself and seeing they have a promo discount on my visit, I have to buy my favorite brand. They have several branches in Dubai like in the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Dubai Outlets. The outlet we went was at the Dubai Mall, near the Dubai Aquarium and Zoo.
according to their website:
Founded in 1928, Cole Haan is one of America's premier luxury goods brands. A collaboration between Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan, the brand epitomized artisan quality and impeccable craftsmanship during a time when style was everything. Today, Cole Haan brings its legacy to all its products, including men's and women's dress and casual footwear, belts, hosiery, handbags, small leather goods and outerwear.
The brand approaches design like sculpture or architecture-from a 360-degree perspective. Cole Haan crafts its footwear, accessories and outerwear using the most luxurious materials. In addition, because Cole Haan products are handcrafted, no two pieces are exactly alike.
Cole Haan has a dynamic and expanding retail presence with retail locations in the US, Canada, Japan, Asia Pacific and now, the Middle East. A wholly owned subsidiary of Nike, Inc., Cole Haan has its international headquarters in Maine and its design headquarters in New York City
What to buy: lots of leather goods like shoes, belts, wallets, bags, messenger bags and more.
shoes starts from AED 700 to AED 1,200 and we got a 25% off as there was a promotion then.
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm monday to thursday
10:00 am to 12:00 am friday-Saturday
What to pay: AED 700 to 1,200 for leather shoes, AED 150 to 250 for wallets and more
like in any other major cities around the globe, Dubai has 24 hour convenience stores and many of these are located at residential areas and some near hotels or other commercial establishments, but a majority are located into gas stations. Try to see if your hotel has a nearby supermarket or convenience store before going to dubai via google maps.
Zoom Convenience Store is one of the largest 24 hour convenience stores in dubai and like in any typical convenience store, they have an assortment of snacks, first aid medicines, cigarettes (no alcoholic beverages), microwaveable meals, in house snacks like hot dogs, shawarmas, fruit juices, bottled water and more.
What to buy: all the items that you can find in a typical convenience store like fruit juices, bottle water, junk foods, cigarettes, local in house snacks, first aid medicines, etc. except alcoholic beverages as this is a strict Islamic Country.
What to pay: slightly higher than regular supermarket rates.
Bottled water 500 ml at AED 3, Cigarettes at AED 15, Fruit Juices at AED 8.
This will be my shopping tips on al karama district.
If you want to buy the cheapest local craft, eat local and south asian and south eat asian foods, and get cheap knock offs of famous brands like louis vuittion, gucci or prada or buying pirated computer games or have you Iphone jailbreaked, then go to the shoppers haven of Al Karama District.
Al Karama district is known as the budget shopping area of dubai as it is here where you can buy the cheapest local craft, imported goods and countefeit stuffs like pirated DVD's or computer programs. If you want to buy the cheapest items (but not the best in quality), then you must go to Al Karama District.
Al Karama district is a mish mash of the Non Western Expatriate population of Dubai and you can find ethnic Indian, pakistani, filipino, egyptian, other arabic, bangladeshi shops and food stalls and restaurants to name a few. Being just across the wide street from our hotel in Kuwait Road, we have to go here and browse and shop too. The nearest metro station is the Al Karama Metro Station.
Most shops and restaurants here are open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. Al Karama stretches for 2 km between the creekside diplomatic area to the north, containing numerous consulates, and Zabeel Park to the south. Zabeel Park divides Karama from the landmark Dubai World Trade Centre, as well as Sheikh Zayed Road and its famous skyscrapers.
Karama Shopping Centre area of Al Karama.
The district's western boundary is Trade Centre Road, where the popular BurJuman shopping mall is located.
What to buy: all the local crafts you want plus other arabic items from oman or yemen, how about egyptian products or food, Indian accesorries or bollywood movies, pakistani spices and more. This is Dubai's version of Mongkok of Hongkong or Bangkok's Khaosan Road.
according to wikipedia:Al Karama, or simply Karama (Arabic: ÇáßÑÇãÉý, literally meaning dignity), is a residential district of Dubai close to Dubai Creek and part of the bustling older part of the city. It is outwardly distinctive due to the regularity of its low-rise residential buildings. Although it is primarily a residential area, it is known in Dubai as a centre for cheap furniture and the covert sale of counterfeit branded goods such as handbags and watches. It is also famous for its bargain shopping and for its huge variety of good and affordable restaurants. They offer authentic cuisines from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Singapore in addition to Arabic food and fast food outlets. A number of coffee shops, shisha cafes, confectionaries, bakeries and popular tea stalls dot every nook and corner of Karama. The area, which was planned on a tight grid system, is home to thousands of people even though it is only two square kilometers in size. Al Karama is the most populous residential area in Dubai, outside of areas zoned to house labour accommodations.
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills
Hatta, at the Boundary of The United Arab Emirates is an exclave of Dubai Emirate and is the start of the Popular Desert Safari Tours from Dubai. You need to pass through 20 kilometers of Oman (via the Al Buraimi District) to be able to go to hatta, but there are no border posts and immigration areas in between.
The final stop to a Dubai Desert Safari is at theMezeran Roadside Market, along the E44 road and in the market are many stalls and supermarkets that sells assorted stuffs but mainly touristy items such as souvenir t-shirts, mugs, key chains, keffiyehs, fridge magnets, arabic wares, water, fruit juices and more.
all the desert safari tour companies make a pit stop here before going on the desert safari
What to buy: all the touristy items like t-shirts at AED 40, Keffiyeh's and agal head gear at 55 AED, cold bottled water at 8 AED, Ice cream at 12 AED and more.
Opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
What to pay: it depends on your haggling skills, but prices here are more expensive than in Dubai as this is a touristy area.
Beides being a shopping mall, it can be also named as an entertainment complex, in which one can spend the whole day ...
Its such big, so many stores, a great food court area ... As compared to "Mall of Asia" in Manila has an Iceskating area, this "Mall of Emirates" has an indoor skiing and snow park, sothat in countries hot in average all thru the year as like Philippines, United Arabic Emirates and else have some "cooling" areas in that malls ... :)
Besides having a big parking lot if you arrive by your own car, its has also a direct connection to the "Dubai Metro System" for your convenience ...
Several times I've changed money in the kiosks at the mall and the currency rate was ok, so, no need to be in rush in city area to change money ...
Have a nice day by shopping in Dubai ... :)
What to buy: You can find all kind of branded shops in Mall of Emirates, about clothing, jewellery, antiques, eyewear, localcrafts, electronics, carpets, shoes and so on ..
Dubai is a "heaven" for the car addicts, all the luxury brands you can imagine for cars, jeeps, suv's are there for you to buy ...
Brands as like Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Mercedes Benz etc besides their regular model cars, you can even see and order "custom made" ones which is produced just for you, for sure for an astronomical price ... :)
Most locals use those suvs and cars not just on streets of Dubai but also to race on more empty roads and on highways ... Even not buying, but just doing some tours on streets of Dubai makes one to see those luxury imaged cars all over the place ... :)
What to pay: A lot ....
On the ground floor of duty free there are a few cars and motorbikes for raffle, so if you have a few spare dollars left in your pocket try a shot at it, after all someone has to win. Prices of tickets are displayed and the number of tickets for sale are limited.
At Dubai airport the shops will rival any shopping mall in the world and you can easily spend a few hours searching for the latest electronic gadgets, fashion and alcohol, cigs etc.
There are many books for sale about Dubai and it is an excellent place to pick up an Arabic Coffee Set or A Hookah Pipe.
Inaugurated in Nov 2008, the Dubai Mall stands at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. It could not be outdone, of course, so it was built purposefully as the world's largest shopping centre, by area. Since its opening, it has become one of the city's most popular and most luxurious shopping address. Locals and visitors come here not only to shop, but also to access the top of Burj Khalifa, as well as to see the impressive aquarium (it supposedly receives tens of millions of visitors per year!).
So big that each sector may be treated differently, we passed along China, India, Egypt, Russia, I don't know what else, always inside the same shopping mall.
Wafi Center is really big, has all the common shops of western malls and reinforces the sensation that shopping is always the same, either in your street or in Dubai.
The only real difference is decoration, and the money spent to make you believe that the place where you are IS the right place to leave your money.