If you're staying in Dubai Marina or Jumeirah Lakes Towers you have a convenient local shopping mall.
It has 130 shops selling just about everything you'll need. There's designer clothing, perfumes, souvenirs, books, Waitrose supermarket, pharmacies, homewares, children's clothing, bureau de change, electronics, optical, jewellery...
For eating there's a food court and a choice of restaurants. The top floor food court has a terrace overlooking the marina and the ground floor restaurants have seating inside and out, again overlooking the marina.
There is also a cinema complex.
The mall is open from 10am to 10pm (11pm Thursday/Friday) but Waitrose supermarket opens at 8.30am.
On the road from Dubai to Hatta you'll pass a string of shops all selling a variety of pottery and a very good selection of carpets. Perhaps fifteen or twenty shops, clustered together as is the custom here, and they are iron-roof, very simple huts really, but they have an amazing array of stock.
What to buy: The carpets are excellent value (you'll need to bargain) and very good quality. There is wool, silk and nylon available in hundreds of different sizes, shapes and designs and they come from places such as Belgium and Iran.
What to pay: It all depends on the size, shape, material etc etc, but you will find that they are very much cheaper than in the city shops. You must bargain hard.
There are hundreds of shops around the Bur Dubai and Deira souk areas selling men's clothing, but this one in particular I can recommend for business shirts.
It's only a small shop but they sell excellent quality business shirts in a big range of colours and designs, long or short sleeves, for only AED15 each (about $4).
They have a small range of other men's clothing plus a good selection of watches, but it's really the shirts that they are known for.
It's been open a few years and several new malls have opened since, but Deira City Centre is still one of Dubai's favourite malls.
A huge complex which includes a 5 star Sofitel hotel and a multi-screen cinema complex, it has 350 shops from souvenirs to designer fashion, jewellery to fabrics. There are restaurants, cafes, a food hall, children's entertainment area - you could easily spend a whole day here.
Open from 10am to 10pm Saturday to Tuesday and 10am to midnight Wednesday to Friday.
A huge luxury shopping & leisure resort which includes over 400 shops, a 14 screen cinema complex, Ski Dubai, two five star hotels, Magic Planet entertainment centre, quality restaurants, two food courts, a rooftop theatre complex all in a beautiful building spread over 6.5 million sq. ft.
There's more information about Ski Dubai under my 'Things to Do' Tips.
What to buy: The world's largest collection of international brand names gives you a huge choice. You'll also find jewellery, souvenirs, antiques, perfumes, household items, crystal, electronics, furniture, a huge hypermarket, sports goods, luggage, shoes...just about anything a resident or visitor could want.
What to pay: What you spend is entirely up to you. An ice cream for a dollar or a gold bracelet for thousands!
This is a traditional market with a wonderful display of fresh spices. There are lots of venders with there little shops along old narrow passage ways. So tempting but not wise to buy at this early stage of our trip . So many spices , some with dubious claims . Such as the Natural Viagra! I did buy some cardamom tea however to enjoy in our hotel. Bargaining here is expected and necessary. The shop keepers here are friendly and more laid back then many we have encountered in our travels.
Every time we've needed to change money we've found this shop offers the best rate. As you walk through the souk towards it you will pass other exchanges, so ask them their rate too, then simply choose the best if one of them offers a better rate than Al Mussabeh.
By the way, be careful when you're shopping - the fifty dirham note is quite similar to the five dirham note and you can easily hand the fifty over thinking it's a five. Most people are honest and will point out your mistake, but it pays to check before you pay.
One of the most amazing shopping malls in Dubai! A good range of shops of course, about 300 in total, but it's really worth visiting to look at the mall itself. It's themed around the journeys of the 14th century Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, with six areas designed to show the six main areas he visited - China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia, Andalusia. The design, decoration, attention to detail is astonishing.
Plenty of designer clothing shops, footwear, electronics, sports goods, jewellery, perfume, food outlets, a hypermarket, department stores...the usual shopping mall choice.
It also has very interesting, large, beautifully created permanent displays of Islamic inventions and artifacts, which are a real education.
Over 300 shops plus food outlets in the heart of Bur Dubai, easy walking distance from many of the Bur Dubai hotels. There is an older section plus a beautifully designed new three-storey section.
What to buy: Over 300 shops offering the usual variety of goods including designer stores, mens & womens clothing, cosmetics, sportswear, jewellery & watches, electronics, home furnishings, books & stationery, footwear, textiles, tailoring, opticians, photographic equipment plus a food hall, restaurants & cafes. There's also a tourist information booth.
What to buy:
Bangles, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
What to pay: For the entire set (bracelet, necklace and earrings) in the photo - this will cost you approximately 6164.26 AED (900.00 GBP). Exchange rates are subject to change.
We did a full morning shopping tour of Dubai. It was simple as we got to go where we wanted to, we got picked up from our hotel at 10am and the driver asked us where we wanted to go so we said Mall of the Emirates as lots of people had recommended it to us. The tour lasted 4 hours and we went to Mall of the Emirates and the Ski Dome for a look inside.
The Mall of the Emirates is huge, there are lots of department stores including Debenhams, Harvey Nicholls, Carrefour, River Island, Next, Fat Face and many others. There are also lots of electrical stores and jewellers if you want some nice gold.
There is also the famous indoor ski dome with real snow if you fancy giving the slopes a try. I really enjoyed the Mall of the Emirates, it was very clean and also beautiful with nice marble floors and the public toilets were immaculate too.
What to buy: There is everything you can think of in Mall of the Emirates, they have many international shops aswell as some traditional Arabic stores which we noticed on the first floor, the ground floor mainly had European stores. There is also Carrefour which is a huge supermarket with everything from Arabic food to all international tastes.
They have lots of coffee shops which serve light snacks and there are lots of fast food restaurants including Mc Donald's, KFC, Pizza, baguettes and sandwiches and Sushi bars. We had two large mc chicken sandwich meals with large coca colas for only 15 Dirhams.
What to pay: For the Dubai Shopping tour we paid £10 per person and it lasted around 4 hours, the driver would take you to where ever you wanted and then pick you up and take you somewhere else if you wanted to.
Shopping is just the beginning
Mall of the Emirates, the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping resort opened in September 2005. Strategically located in the heart of what is now deemed ‘New Dubai’, this 223,000 square metre centre offers a full range of shopping, leisure, and entertainment.
What to buy: Mall of the Emirates features 472 international brands, including department, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores, the largest Carrefour in the city and over 60 outlets that are unique to the centre. The compelling family leisure offerings include a Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, the world-renowned Ski Dubai, a five star Kempinski Hotel, the Mall's 500-seat DUCTAC community theatre and accompanying arts centre, and 70 coffee shops and restaurants.
The Dubai mall is one of the many large Malls in Dubai. Worth spending 1/2 a day shopping and walking around the hundreds of shops.
What to pay: Cheap when sales are on.
Sunday - Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00
Thursday - Saturday 10:00 - 24:00
Of the 3 outrageously huge mall, my favourite will be Emirates though it is not the largest. Dubai mall is the largest by floor space but that's it, only floor space. It's too huge with too few shops and if you want to get across from this side to the other the walk is too much.
Ibn Battuta is a nice mall with great decorations as you can feel the century old multi country theme but the location is a little way out from the city center. If you are nearby the Marina at Jumeira then you are fine. This mall caters more to local taste and products.
Inside Emirates is Ski Dubai which is a multi storey high ski facility. Yeah believe it, this is what having oil money is about. Honestly, Emirates provide all that you can ask for.
It would help to have a good pair of walking or sport shoes though...
What to buy: I think electronic is reasonable, sometimes the price might not be cheaper as I come from South East Asia but the range of models are definately the latest so if you are a tech fag then this is the place.
The best souvenir shop in Dubai with good prices (there is possible to bargain here). I have looked in many places for a small souvenir with several Dubai landmarks on it and this is the only place I found it for a good price, and it was crystal too.
THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO TO FOR PURCHASING SOUVENIRS
What to buy: Souvenirs
What to pay: Depends on how good you bargain
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