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Addictive Shopping in Dubai

Shopping in Dubai
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Whenever we say the word Dubai, another word from the Oxford dictionary automatically gets affixed to it and i.e. 'shopping'. Shopping in Dubai may not always necessarily mean getting more for lesser money, but it is fun and fulfilment that you get from wandering and getting lost in the attractive displays in huge malls.

Dubai is the 'shopping capital of the Middle East'. The city boasts of duty-free luxury goods reasonably priced as compared to their price in western countries. Low custom duties have helped the Dubai International Airport to be one of the best visited duty-free airports in the world.

 Shopping Malls, Souks and Shopping Areas are the three types of places for shopping in Dubai. Shopping Malls mainly have renowned international brands and are stylized in accordance with malls in western countries. Souks (markets) are places if you are looking for gold, clothes and electronic items at a reasonable price and obviously unbranded while shopping areas may provide you with the same items at a bargained price.

Gold souq Dubai
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Bargaining is unofficially "authorized" in Dubai, even in shopping malls. Say the word "best price" and you will receive an additional discount on an already discounted item. Your bargaining skills can be best used in souks.

Along with clothes, designer brands and electronics, there are quite a few people who come to Dubai just to shop for gold especially The Gold Souk in Deira which is the largest retail gold market in the world. Other than the above-mentioned items, you can shop for Arabia dates, sheesha pipes or hookahs, Arabic coffee, Persian carpets and wooden furniture.

The Dubai Shopping Festival in spring and Dubai Summer Surprises in summer are two major events where you will find a lot of bargains and also numerous entertainment activities.

Shopping Hours:
Shops: 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm.
Shopping Malls: 10am to 10pm,
Closed from 11.30am to 1.30pm on Friday for prayers

Some of the best places to visit for shopping:

BurJuman Mall
Highlights: 300 retail shops, designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermes, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro, Loewe, Etro, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Christian Lacroix, Salvatore Ferragamo and Just Cavalli. Also includes a variety of restaurants, a food court and cafes.

Address: BurJuman, PO Box 8022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Deira City Centre
Highlights: 340 retail shops, Magic Planet entertainment centre, International brands and shops such as Carrefour,   One of the hosts for Dubai Summer Surprises, 11-screen "CineStar Cinemas" theatre, food court encompassing 15 restaurants, direct access to Sofitel City Centre Hotel.

Address: Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Mall
Highlights: 1200 retail shops, one of the hosts for Dubai Summer Surprises, Olympic sized ice skating rink, world's largest aquarium and gold souk, 150 restaurants and cafes serving international cuisine, refreshments and fast food, light and water play at Dubai Fountain.

Address:  The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai P.O. Box 113444. Dubai, UAE

Emirates Towers Boulevard
Highlights: 50 retail shops located within Jumeirah Emirates Towers, boutiques of leading designer brands, restaurants and cafes.

Address: PO BOX 72127, DUBAI, UAE

Festival Waterfront Centre
Highlights: 600 retail shops, 25 flagship stores, 100+ restaurants, cafes and bistros, 12-screen Grand Cinemas multiplex, Bowling city, entertainment centre and parking for 13,000 cars.

Address: Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, P O Box 49776, Garhoud, UAE

Ibn Battuta Mall
Highlights: 275 retail shops, 50 restaurants and food outlets, 21-screen cinema theatre, mall divided into various courts such as China Court, India Court, etc, UAE's only IMAX theatre, "Fitness First" state-of-the-art gymnasium, Geant Hypermarket (a French retail store).
Address: P.O. Box: 261177, Dubai, UAE

Mall of Emirates
Highlights: 400 retail shops, international brands and shops such as Carrefour supermarket, Harvey Nichols and Debenhams, Middle East's first indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai, 14-screen cinema theatre, Al Accad Group's organic supermarket.

Address: Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE

Souk Madinat
Highlights: 75 boutique shops, 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants and 442 seating capacity Madinat Theatre.

Address: PO BOX 75157, DUBAI, UAE

Wafi Mall
Highlights: 350 retail shops, exclusive shopping and entertainment mall for international brands such as Chanel and Escada for clothes, Edra and VG for furnishings, 30 multi-cuisine restaurants, Encounter Zone for kids, Ginseng, China Moon Bar, New Asia Club, Plan B for live entertainment and nightlife pubbing, Cleopatra's and Medi Spa for luxury and rejuvenation.

Address: 26th Street  Dubai, UAE

3 comments

James Bond
Hi, indeed some of the best Dubai Shopping Malls that you have shared....
charles
this is a very interesting article about shopping in Dubai.
mia
Nice blog...which described about Dubai...!

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