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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.
Dubai has been hosting the annual 'The Dubai Shopping Festival' (DSF) since 1996. During this month-long event, shopping malls offer heavy discounts and hold daily raffles with items like gold and electronics up for grabs. Various activities, events, live shows and fireworks are organized across the city to attract visitors.
With so many online shopping stores, Dubai has retained its title as the Shopping Capital of the 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, cashback 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 festivals such as Christmas, Halloween and other festivals that help the customer save a handsome amount of money.
Best part about online shopping sites is that you don't have to purchase it immediately, instead you can add it to the card and buy it whenever you want.
The Dubai Mall is 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 over 20 cinema screens. Spread across an area of 12.1 million sq.ft. is an ideal place for shopaholics featuring over 1000 retail shops, around 200 Gold shops, 2 department stores and many food & beverage outlets. The mall also includes an Ice Rink, an aquarium and an 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 mall has a large indoor skiing facility called 'Ski Dubai' offering snowboarding, a children's play area and a cafe. It regularly organizes family leisure activities and sporting events to entertain visitors.
Located at Al Sabkha Road, Deira, this is a very impressive historic market containing hundreds of shops offering all kinds of gold, silver, and platinum jewellery along with pearl necklaces and diamond rings etc. It is the largest gold market in Dubai, located at the mouth of the Dubai Creek, and it is a must-see place.
Located in Deira, this shopping centre caters for those especially seeking traditional Emirati clothes. It is the oldest mall in Dubai, popular for stylish abayas and shaylas and Arabic jewellery and rugs.
Situated just south of the Creek in Dubai, this mall 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.