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    Zoom: 24 hour Convenience Stores

    by machomikemd Written Jul 26, 2013

    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.

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    Al Karama District: Most Famous Budget Shopping Area of Dubai

    by machomikemd Written Jul 26, 2013

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    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,[1] outside of areas zoned to house labour accommodations.

    What to pay: depends on your haggling skills

    chowking! going to al karama lots of shops restaurants busy
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    Mezereh Roadside Market: The Only Shopping Area of Hatta and Desert Safari

    by machomikemd Written Jul 25, 2013

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    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.

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    Mall of Emirates, Dubai, UAE

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 3, 2013

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    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 ..

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    Luxury Cars, Dubai, UAE

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 3, 2013

    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 ....

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    DUTY FREE: WIN A CAR

    by davidjo Written Feb 8, 2013

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    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.

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    THE AIRPORT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: DUTY FREE AT THE AIRPORT

    by davidjo Updated Feb 8, 2013

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    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.

    busy times at the airport chocolate worthwhile souvenirs

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    Dubai Mall: The World's Largest!

    by MM212 Updated Dec 12, 2012

    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!).

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    SUPERMARKETS & Liquor Stores: What's the deal with pork & alcohol?

    by JessH Updated Jun 19, 2012

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    As you are surely aware, Muslims do not eat pork and do not drink alcohol. (Well, at least they're not supposed to... but that's a different story...;-)

    Therefore, I've noticed quite some confusion from first-time UAE visitors in regards to what is allowed, what is not, and where to purchase it legally.

    ALCOHOL:
    Alcohol is *not* sold in supermarkets in the UAE. Even products containing any kind of alcohol (i.e. chocolates) are sold in designated liquor stores:
    MMI Maritime Mercantile International
    or
    A&E (African & Eastern) are the 2 licenced suppliers of alcohol.
    They are often adjacent to a supermarket, but with a separate entrance and no windows.

    What to buy: To purchase alcohol you must hold a liquor licence. Any non-Muslim UAE resident who wishes to drink alcoholic beverages, buy alcohol from an officially approved retailer, transport the legally purchased alcoholic beverages or store them at their residence for their family and guests can apply for a licence. Based on your income, the Dubai Police-CID decides the appropriate monthly budget you are allowed to spend on your licence.
    Tourists can only buy alcohol in the airport's Duty Free upon arrival.

    --> Alcohol is served in restaurants & bars that are located in hotels. Indepenent eateries (e.g. in shopping malls) do *not* have a license to serve alcholic beverages. (you will see that in all of my restaurant tips I indicate at the beginning whether the venue is licensed or not)

    PORK:
    Pork is sold in the more "Western-oriented" supermarket chains, such as
    Spinney's (various locations),
    Choithram's (various locations),
    Carrefour Hypermarket (Deira City Centre, Bur Dubai near Shindagha Tunnel),
    Park 'n' Shop (near Safa Park, Jumeirah).

    There is a desperate section (click on picture) in the butchery reserved for pork & any food items containing pork (i.e. bacon flavoured potato chips, canned soup, pork gelatine, etc.) Pork is about 3 to 4 times more expensive than in Europe. As you can see in the photo, a packet of bacon that should cost 1.50 Pounds costs 23,50 Dirhams here... that's more than 4 Pounds!

    What to pay: Both Alcohol & Pork items are generally more expensive than they would be in Europe, America, United Kingdom, etc.

    Although Dubai is in the desert it is possible to purchase pretty much everything you know in your home country. You can buy Vegemite, Peanut Butter, Haribo, Beef Jerky, Thai products, Japanese products, South African biltong, German bread, Swiss cheese, French yoghurt...
    NOTE: Although Dubai prides itself on having "everything" available for its huge expatriate community, be aware that most European imports can be extremely expensive. For example: A large yoghurt that costs 50 cents in Germany costs 18 Dirhams (4 Euros!) here.

    Expensive pork in Dubai (May 2012) Pork section in a Dubai supermarket (UAE) Sign on A&E Liquor Store door, Dubai (UAE) Signboard of A&E liquor store in Dubai (UAE)
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  • National Jewellery (Clio Jewellery): Buyer Beware

    by timmyowens Written Apr 14, 2012

    Nothing makes National Jewellery special. I feel absolutley disappointed and to be honest, ripped off for want of a better expression. My husband bought me a gift of a diamond ring here and I was delighted. We returned home from Dubai to Ireland and withing 8 days one of the diamonds was missing. We immediately rang National Jewellery and basically found them to be very unhelpful. They suddenly could't understand a word we were saying, passed us from one person to the next, repeatedly asked a us to call them back and then finally, when we mentioned our friends would be in Dubai within a week they suddenly said they would fix the ring but that the ring was very delicate and could not be worn all the time. I wanted a ring to wear every day (they new this when we purchased the ring) so I asked if we could get another ring that might be more suitable and they said they wanted to take 200 euros from us in order to change the ring. We felt this was outrangeous - the missing diamond was not our fault, it was only 10 days worn. I have worn a diamond ring for 14 years and no problem! To cut a long story short in the end after much haggling (it does get very boring after a while) they agreed to let us buy another ring. We then spent another 550 euro. Our friends collected the ring and presented it to me on their return a week later. I put the new ring on, wore it for one 8 days and yes, another diamond went missing. This cannot be me but something to do with the setting. I rang them to let them know and yet again the whole game of words began. I could not be bothered to pursue this further. I certainly do not trust them to re-set the ring properly when they have failed to do twice. I will now have to get the ring re-set in Ireland and this will cost me at least 500 euros. I wish we had bought aring in Ireland in the first place. What could have been a lovely experience......very disappointing.

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  • alcohol licences: Alcohol licences obtaining one

    by Robin020 Written Jan 25, 2012

    Alcohol Licence - obtaining one and why you should have one

    An Alcohol Licence (or License) gives expats in Dubai and the UAE permission to drink alcohol - they need a residence visa before applying for an alcohol license. It is shown at off-licences or liquor stores in Dubai when making purchases. In theory it could be asked for at a bar or club but in practice it almost never is. Apparently the law says that only hotel guests may drink at hotel bars but it's unheard of for that to be enforced.

    14 Nov 2006 news. A court case acquitted a resident for drinking in a bar because he did have an alcohol license, although the police arrested him because they claimed the license only allowed residents to drink alcohol at home.
    Tourists do not need an alcohol licence since they are not in Dubai on a resident's visa.
    Muslims are not permitted to have an alcohol licence (the application form asks what religion the applicant is).
    Alcohol licenses are a legal requirement when buying alcohol from bottle shops like MMI, and A&E, and Spinneys in Abu Dhabi. How often it is asked for varies depending on emirate. Almost always in Dubai, sometimes not in Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, and rarely, if ever, in Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.

    Alcohol purchases can be made without a licence (illegally) at several establishments in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. Or you can present your license and buy alcohol legally. Where you're likely to get into trouble is if you have an accident between shop and home, and the alcohol is found in your car. Sharjah especially would be more risky as it is a dry emirate. Checkpoints with car searches are a possibility but very rare. If you do have a license then you are permitted to transport alcohol for personal use between shop and home. However, for those living in Dubai, you would be expected to buy alcohol in Dubai.

    On 03 July 2006 there was a report in the Gulf News of alcohol purchasers being followed from Ajman into Sharjah by conmen, made to pull over and threatened with being reported to the police unless a ransom was paid. Figures were reported as being 2000 dhs to 10,000 dhs. An Ajman police official apparently told the reporter that non-Muslims were allowed to transport legally purchased alcohol through any emirate to their home. Note that you need to present your alcohol license in these 'hole-in-the-wall' establishments in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, etc to become a legal alcohol purchaser.

    The licence shows a monthly limit for purchases which depends on the applicants salary. Usually the limit is somewhere between 500 dhs and 1500 dhs per month.
    Tax on Alcohol

    There is a 30% tax added to all alcohol purchases made when presenting an alcohol licence (last confirmed June 2006).
    Procedure

    Your company obtains one for you. There'll be fees of around 200 dhs per year to pay, and you'll need the usual paperwork (passport with residence visa, photos).
    You apply for one yourself. The easiest way to do this is through one of the alcohol shops in Dubai - A & E or MMI. They have the forms and will obtain the license for you (about 200 dhs per year).

    What to buy: Alcohol Licence - obtain
    On 03 July 2006 there was a report in the Gulf News of alcohol purchasers being followed from

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    Ibn Battuta Mall: So far from Dubai city center

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Ibn Battuta Mall is situated over half hour from Dubai city center along the Sheikh Zayed Road and is a unique shopping mall. The building is divided into six courts, namely the Andalusian Court, the North African Court, the Egyptian Court, the Persian Court, the Indian Court and the Chinese Court that are decorated according to their themes.

    There are many stores to shop from but you won't fine the luxury boutiques. Debenhams, Bhs & Woolsworth are some of the anchor tenants. 21 screen megaplex and Dubai's first IMAX cinema will entertain the kids while the moms shop. For grocery shopping, the Geant hypermart will satisfy the family's needs.

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  • DEIRA CITY CENTRE: Great Shopping Mall!!

    by sue_borg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A good place to escape from the heat...during those lazy afternoons. You`ll find everything you can imagine under one roof.

    What to buy: This shopping Mall has a choice of over 300 superb shops, restaurants, fast food outlets, a children's entertainment centre, Sofitel City Centre Hotel, the Jewellery Court, Arabian Treasures offering home furnishings, antiques, gift items and carpet and aTextile Court offering the latest range in fabrics.

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    Deira City Center: The Hottest Shopping Spot

    by Rinjani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An ideal place to shop around is City Center. It is big shopping mal with the concept of “one-stop shopping”. Located in Deira, and close to the Dubai International Airport, City Center is a very good choice for shopping if you just transit in Dubai.

    What to buy: For souvenir seeker, you can head to Arabian treasure in the first floor. For home accessories, in the same floor you can find IKEA. Carrefour Hypermarket is also available here. The place is usually crowded, and spare your time for the long queue in the busy hours.

    Cosmetic, perfume and beauty product can be found in Paris Gallery. You will love their products and the friendly staffs. Fashion?? It’s a lot of fancy brands here. Electronic gadget can be found at Plugs Ins. They sell from camera, mobile phone to computer and audio.

    What to pay: Generally, credit card is accepted. Some shops also accept currency such as US Dollar, Poundsterling, etc.

    Deira City Center
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    Life Pharmacy: Pharmacy Hypermarket

    by Rinjani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pharmacy?? Well, it’s not a common shopping destination my dear fellow. But I just want to share one of my favorite Pharmacies in Dubai.

    Life Pharmacy is located in Al Wasl Road (Jumeirah area), near to interchange one. The pharmacy claims themselves as hypermarket for medicine and supplements. And it’s quite true. You can find a great variety of food supplements, herbals, to medical supply.

    What to buy: The pharmacy opens 24 hours. It has two floors. The first floor, you can find food supplement, mother and child care, beauty products, ayurvedic medicines to optic. They also have special section for diabetic.

    The pharmacy has a bunch of friendly staffs and they also offer a great service too. Home delivery, drive thru service, and they even also have flower shop, mini mart and repair center.

    What to pay: Cash and credit card

    Life Pharmacy
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