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Addictive 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 doesn't always mean getting more for lesser money, but it also is the enjoyment and fulfillment that you derive from wandering and maybe getting lost in large malls :)  gold shopping in souks and buying smaller antiques on shopping streets.
A term aptly given to Dubai as the 'shopping capital of Middle East', doesn't prove wrong as the city boats of duty free luxury goods compared to their price in western countries. Low custom duties have resulted in the Dubai International Airport being the best visited duty-free airports in the world for last minute shopping.
Shopping in Dubai is divided into three segregates: Shopping Malls, Souks and Shopping Areas. Shopping Malls are visited largely for designer brands and are stylized according to malls in the western countries. Souks are great places if you are looking for gold, clothes and electronic items while shopping areas will provide you the same items at a bargained price.
Mall of The Emirates
Bargaining is unofficially "authorized" in Dubai, even in shopping malls. Utter the word "best price" an you will receive an additional discount on an already discounted item. A good deal depends upon how much you are ready to pay after you should start bargaining. In souks, cut off the shop owner's price on an item by half which in turn will form the backdrop for a good deal. Some emotional tactics like leaving the shop or refusing to buy the item may result in the shop owner accepting your bargained price.
Along with clothes, designer brands and electronics, there are quite a few people who come to Dubai just to shop for gold specially The Gold Souk in Deira which is the largest retail gold markets 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 lot of bargains and other 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, Emanel 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.
Mall Timings: Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00pm & Friday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00pm
All Food & Beverage Outlets: From 10:00am to 11:00 pm daily
Address: BurJuman, PO Box 8022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971-4-3520222
Fax: +971-4-3510824

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
Mall Timings: Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Carrefour: Saturday to Wednesday: 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight, Thursday to Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 am
CineStar Cinemas: Daily: 10:00 am to 1:00 am
Magic Planet: Daily: 10:00 am to 12:00
Address: Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971-4-2951010
Fax: +971-4-2953765

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.
Mall, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Timings: Sunday - Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00, Thursday - Saturday 10:00 - 24:00
Ice Rink: Sunday - Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00, Thursday - Saturday 10:15 - 23.45
Address:  The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai P.O. Box 113444. Dubai, UAE
Telephone: +971-4-437-3200, +971-4-362-7500
Fax: +971-4-362-7566

Emirates Towers Boulevard
Highlights: 50 retail shops located within Jumeirah Emirates Towers, boutiques of leading designer brands, restaurants and cafes.
Mall Timings: 10.00am to 10.00pm daily, and 4.00pm to 10.00pm on Fridays
Address: PO BOX 72127, DUBAI, UAE
Telephone: +971-4-3198999, +971-4-3300000
Fax: +971-4-3303030

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.
Mall Timings: Friday to Saturday 10am until 1am
Address: Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, P O Box 49776, Garhoud, UAE
Telephone: + 971-4-2325444
Fax: + 971-4-2325667

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).
Mall Timings: Sunday to Wednesday: 10am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 1am
Restaurants & Food Court: Saturday to Friday: 10am to midnight
Geant Hypermarket: Saturday to Friday: 9am to midnight
Address: P.O. Box: 261177, Dubai, UAE
Telephone: +971-4-3621901 or +971-4-3621902
Fax: +971-4-3685140

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.
Mall Timings: Sunday - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm, Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 midnight
Carrefour: 9:00 am - 12:00 midnight every day
Address: Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE
Telephone: +971-4-409 9000, Ski Dubai +971-4-409 4000, Carrefour +971-4-409 4899, Magic Planet +971-4-341 4444, Cinestar Cinemas +971-4-341 4222, DUCTAC +971-4-341 4777
Fax: +971-4 409 9888

Souk Madinat
Highlights: 75 boutique shops, 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants and 442 seating capacity Madinat Theatre.
Mall Timings: Daily 10 am to 11 pm
Address: PO BOX 75157, DUBAI, UAE
Telephone: +971 4 3668888
Fax: +971 4 3667788

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.
Mall Timings: Saturday to Wednesday: 10.00am to 10.00pm, Thursday and Friday: 10.00am to 12.00 midnight
Address: 26th Street  Dubai, UAE
Telephone: +971 4 324 4555, Pyramids and Fort Restaurants, Bars and Clubs:+971 4 324 4100, Cleopatra's Spa:+971 4 324 0000, Pharaohs' Club: +971 4 324 0251, Raffles Hotel: +971 4 324 8888


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

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