It’s no secret that Dubai is a shopper’s paradise. Tourists from all over the world come here in million numbers every year to enjoy a plethora of shopping options and some of the world’s most amazing deals on the best of international brands. It’s not just the exceptional prices or the items, the whole shopping experience is what makes shopping in Dubai a favorite for all tourists.
While every corner of Dubai has some or the other shopping choice for the tourists, here’s a list of some of the best shopping places in Dubai that are sure to make your shopping experience memorable in every way.
The Dubai Mall
A firm favorite of all shoppers, Dubai Mall is one of the biggest malls in the world. Having over 1200 shops of the best of international brand names, the place can bring out the shopper in almost everyone. The mall has the world’s biggest candy store- ‘Candylicious’ along with some of the most prized brands of the world. The place has the best offers during the Dubai shopping festival but is flooded with deals and discounts all year round.
The souqs of Dubai
The souqs (a name given to the traditional markets of the city) of Dubai are one of the most renowned markets of the city. The most famous of the souqs are the gold souq, spice souq, textile souq and the perfume souq. Needless to say, they are flooded with choices and allows you the biggest advantage of bargaining to your heart’s content. It’s unbelievable how much you can save with a little persistence.
The Karama Market
This place is not for the ‘sophisticated shoppers’. It is for the ones who dare to go beyond the pricey brands and want to feel the authentic marketplace in the heart of Dubai. Essentially known for the Shisha varieties, the place can offer you some great souvenir options along with delectable and economical eateries. This is the place where you’ll see mostly the local crowd shopping for their regulars. If you have someone who knows the area, it’ll be an added advantage.
Jumeirah Beach road
The Jumeirah beach road is the place to be if you want to shop like the Royals. There’s hardly any premium brand you won’t find here. From finest boutiques to exclusive showrooms of the crème de la crème; the Jumeirah beach road has it all. The place also has some great cafeterias and restaurants along the road that makes your shopping experience even more memorable. The JBR corniche is a great place to sit and do people watching.
Deira City Centre Shopping Mall
Another great place for inexpensive gadgets, carpets, and souvenirs, the Deira city Centre shopping mall is located at the heart of the Bur Dubai. Its location near the famous Dubai creek keeps it crowded almost all the time and also give you a rare advantage of bargaining in a mall. Yes, you can bargain here to an extent. The Deira city center shopping mall is a place with various quality items specially the souvenir and Arabic specialties such as carpets, antiques, home furnishings and more. When you have a choice of over 340 shops, it’s hard not to shop, isn’t it?
Why WAFI mall? Because the place is not just about shopping but also about the authentic Egyptian pyramid complex that offers a beautiful ambiance uplifting the whole shopping experience. You can find a plethora of upscale fashion and lifestyle showrooms along with the very famous Khan Murjan souk. The Khan Murjan souk is a traditional Bedouin style market selling souvenirs from the Arab world. The mall is always full of foodies eating the famous seafood. If you are there on a Sunday and have time to stay till the evening, you can watch the free open air movie screening at the rooftop of the mall.
Dubai Outlet Mall
If discounts entice you to shop, then you must hit the Dubai Outlet Mall. The place has over 1200 international brands across its 240 stores with discounts ranging from 30% to 90% on an average regular day. From lampshades to furnishings, clothing to accessories; there’s nothing you won’t find on a discount at Dubai Outlet Mall. If impulsive shopping is your weakness, you better carry a big trunk to bring back the purchases from the mall, because with that kind of discounts, it is irresistible.
Dubai holds many different kinds of shopping experiences but nothing comes close to the experience at the Global Village. With the abundance of family fun attractions, stalls with the best souvenirs to shop from, impeccable food options, the place is more like a world fair. For shoppers, the biggest advantage is the fact that they get to see items of various different countries at one place which makes shopping all the more fun. From food, fashion, cultural displays and crafts of various different nations, it’s a comprehensive and enticing package for the shoppers.
There is no dearth of shopping options in Dubai but it’s important to select the place as per your needs and budget. While places like Dubai Mall, JBR road and Mall of Emirates have the best of brands in the world, they may not fit in an economical budget. For more budget options try the traditional souks and markets like Karama market, Deira mall and more. But be careful at such places because it’s quite easy to get fooled by fake brands, especially when they are available at bargained prices.