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Dubai is known as the 'Shopping Capital of the Middle East'. With over a hundred malls, shopping centres and souks, there is no better place to find products at unbeatable prices. Cars, clothing and couture, jewellery, electronics, furnishing, sporting equipment, cinema theatres, as well as numerous restaurants, cafes and eateries are all likely to be found under the same roof.
In fact, Dubai has been hosting the annual 'The Dubai Shopping Festival' (DSF) since 1996. This month long event is put together by the DFRE, during which shopping venues offer heavy discounts, hold daily raffles with items like gold and electronics up for grabs. There are also various fireworks display across the city and a wide range of activities and live shows.
With so many online shopping stores, Dubai has retained its title as the Shopping Capital of Middle East even in the age of the internet. These online portals provide door to door delivery services for thousands of products and services. These sites have made shopping so much easier as they provide access to detailed inventories of each product including size guides, colours as well as facilities like, same day delivery, and a liberal return policy. Some of the famous online shopping sites in UAE are- Namshi, Letstango, Ounass, Souq, Wojooh.
All the global brands and their products are available on all these Online Websites. Not only have they made shopping easier but have also provided patrons with the best deals and discounts. These websites also provide many advantages like discount benefits, free delivery, cashbacks or cash on delivery facilities. The users can set up notification alerts about the latest discount deals on their phones or computers. These online portals usually offer more discounts during festival time such as during Christmas, Halloween and other festivals that helps the customer save handsome amount of money.
Best part about online shopping sites is that you don't have to purchased it immediately, instead you can save it and buy the product whenever you want.
The Dubai Mall is famed to be one of the largest malls in the world which incorporates 1,200 shops within itself. The mall is a full-on family entertainment centre with a lavish hotel and with 22 cinema screens. Spread across the area of 12.1 million sq. ft is an ideal place for shopaholic featuring over 1000 retail shops, over 200 Gold Souk, 2 department stores and many food & beverage outlets.The famous mall also includes an Ice Rink, an aquarium and underwater zoo, which has 10 million litres of water.
Situated on Sheikh Zayed road the Mall of the Emirates was launched in November 2005. The mall has over 630 retail shops, about 100 restaurants & cafes, parking spaces and much more in its total area of 255,489 sq. metres. The Emirates mall has a large indoor skiing facility called Ski Dubai offering snowboarding, children's play area and a cafe. It regularly organizes family leisure activities and sporting events to entertain the visitors.
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.
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.
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.