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Dubai is known as the "Shopping Capital of the Middle East". With so many shopping centres and souks, there is no better place to find products at unbeatable prices. It is truly a duty free shopper's paradise that gives you more for your money. Dubai's numerous shopping centres cater for every consumer’s needs. Cars, clothing, jewellery, electronics, furnishing, sporting equipment and any other goods will all be likely to be found under the same roof.
Location: Mankhool Street, Bur Dubai.
Tel: +971 4 351 6914
Located in Bur Dubai, on Al-Mankhool Road, this electronic centre specialises in computers. The shops offer all sorts of peripherals and accessories for PC’s, such as external hard drives and USB gadgets. There is also a decent range of digital cameras. Opposite the Al-Ain centre is the Al-Khaleej shopping centre which caters for similar needs, although it comprises of fewer shops.
Al Ghurair City
Location: Al Riqqa Road, Deira.
Tel: +971 4 205 5309
Located in Deira, this shopping centre caters for those especially seeking traditional Emirati clothes. It is the oldest mall in Dubai. Here, many shops offer stylish abayas and shaylas and Arabic jewellery and rugs. This shopping centre also includes well-known outlets such as Paris Gallery and Nine West.
Location: Sheikh Khalifa, Bur Dubai.
Tel: +971 4 352 0222
This shopping centre concentrates mostly on the high-end products of the market, offering premium brand shops and luxury boutiques such as Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Calvin Klein and Tiffany. It is located near Khalid bin al-Waleed (Bank St.) and Trade Centre roads.
Deira City Centre
Location: Al Rigga, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 295 1010
This shopping centre is not as fancy as most of the ones mentioned below but still competes well with its rational lay-out of shops. Like a lot of the other malls it offers a wide selection of outlets such as Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, Zara and other international high street brands. It includes a multiplex cinema amongst a spread of restaurants and cafes. Deria City Centre is home of the "Arabian Treasures" souvenir and traditional textiles area. There is also a very busy Carrefour hypermarket attached to it.
Dubai Festival City Mall ( Visit Site )
Location: P.O.Box 49776, Dubai Festival City, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 213 6213
This interconnected shopping centre, branded as a retail resort of its own, opened in 2007 and has been popular ever since. It holds around 600 stores, features out-door performances and 100 restaurants and cafes, as well as being the home of three major hotels. The centre presents so much variety, including well-known shops like Mark Jacobs, Marks & Spencer and IKEA. Overall the shopping centre is set over an enormous 2.8 million square foot and its location by the water offers picturesque abra rides.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard ( Visit Site )
Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Tel: +971 4 319 8999
This shopping centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Emirates Towers where Sheikh Mohammed’s office is. Therefore, there is a very tight security in this mall and it mostly attracts wealthy people who can afford to shop in exclusive designer shops. Brands include - Armani, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.
Ibn Battuta Mall ( Visit Site )
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road Interchanges 5/6 - Dubai
Tel: +971 4 362 1901
This shopping centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is the unique and captivating mall in Dubai, separated into six different themes from the countries Ibn Battuta travelled to. These countries include: China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and the Andalusia. There is an eclectic row of shops to investigate and there is a golf-cart shuttle to help you get around. A recommended shop to view is Mumbai Se, a collection of Indian accessories from bejewelled mandarin tunics to hand-crafted bags. This fascinating shopping centre also has a permanent exhibition of Islamic science, invention and astronomy.
Mall of the Emirates ( Visit Site )
Location: Sheikh Dama Issa Dubai
Tel: +971 4 409 9000
Near the 4th interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, this is one of the largest shopping centres in Dubai. It houses more than 200 shops, including international high street chains, luxury brand shops, boutiques such as Charles & Keith, and craft shops like the popular Al-Jaber Gallery. Furthermore, the well-known food outlet, Carrefour, is attached to the centre. Mall of the Emirates also includes many restaurants and cafes and more importantly offers a chance to ski and even a chance to watch movies at the multiplex cinema, under a single roof.
Mercato Shopping Mall ( Visit Site )
Location: Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah.
Tel: +971 4 344 4161
This shopping centre is on Jumeirah Road and is the only Renaissance-themed shopping centre in Dubai or even in the whole of the Middle-East perhaps. Whilst there is not as much choice as you would find in a larger centre it still includes many trendy shops like Mango, Next, Massimo Dutti, Topshop and Virgin Megastore. There are also several restaurants to dine in.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah ( Visit Site )
Location: Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim.
Tel: +971 4 366 8888
This is another of Dubai’s popular shopping centres located on Jumeirah Road. Its Arabian architecture with arched wooden ceilings assists to its resemblance of a traditional souk. The Souk Madinat Jumeirah can be quite confusing; with its dim lighting and identical passage ways you may end up walking into the same shops, tempting you to buy yet some very intriguing souvenirs, but can be overpriced.
This shopping centre attracts mainly tourists, being right next to the landmark hotel Burj Al Arab, and boasts many licensed bars and restaurants along the waterfront keeping the crowds satisfied.
The Dubai Mall ( Visit Site )
Location: Doha St Dubai.
Tel: +971 4 362 7500
Situated in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall home to every imaginable fashion brand in the world. It also features entertainment, including The Dubai Fountain, KidZania, access to At the Top of BurjKhalifa, Dubai Aquarium, SEGA republic, Dubai Ice Rink and Reel Cinemas. Five star hotels belonging to group of chains like The Address and The Palace have made their presence felt at The Dubai Mall.
Wafi City ( Visit Site )
Location: 26th St Dubai.
Situated just south of the Creek in Dubai, this mall mostly focuses on luxury brands, jewellery and expensive boutiques such as Chanel and Givenchy. The Egyptian themed architecture in the new wing includes beautifully stained-glass pyramids which are worth seeing. A luxury spa is also attached to the complex, as well as many bars which are licensed.
TIP: Several malls have a large Carrefour, or similar, hypermarket where you will find the lowest cost electronics
Located at Al Sabkha Road, Deira, this is a very impressive historic market containing hundreds of shops offering all kinds of jewellery. There are many stunning items such as pearl necklaces, diamond rings and gold bangles to choose from. It is the largest gold market in Dubai located at the mouth of the Creek and is a must see for tourists.
Gold & Diamond Park ( Visit Site )
Location: Interchange Four, Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: +971 4 362 7777
At interchange 4 on the Sheikh Zayed Road, this Arabian designed centre contains over 30 retailers, and over 100 manufacturers willing to negotiate good deals on gold and diamond jewels.