Shopping in Dubai is considered the national sport of the country. The splendid and grandeur of the Dubai city has started to bloom at the moment you step into the airport, which is the heaven of the consumerist. Starting from luxury brands to local delicacies, Dubai city has luxury malls, traditional souks, fine dining restaurants, dazzling nightlife and what not. Dubai is the city which never stops shopping. If you are planning for a trip to Dubai, then don’t forget to hop on the luxury shopping malls and the souks across the city along with the famous Dubai tourist attractions.
There are a lot of things to do in Dubai and for shopping, Dubai has two shopping festivals which held twice annually. The two shopping festivals, Dubai Summer Surprises, and Dubai Shopping Festivals are considered as the paradise of the Emiratis. Dubai is the place where international brands enter every week and hence the namesake is so appropriate “shopping capital of the Middle East”.
Shopping in Dubai:
The term shopping capital of the Middle East is very aptly given as the city has three kinds of shopping destinations such as traditional souks, shopping malls, and the Dubai markets. Besides that, we cannot miss the Dubai International Airport because it is the homeland of the duty-free luxury goods. If you are thinking of last minute shopping in Dubai, then nothing beats Dubai Airport. Due to the low custom-duties, the souvenir shops attract huge customers.
Dubai Shopping Festival itself attracts consumers across the world. As the shopping festival is coming within a few months we will help you to provide detailed information about the shopping destinations in Dubai.
Shopping Malls in Dubai:
Being the homeland of giant malls, you will never get tired of hopping into the shopping malls. When it comes to one-stop-shopping, then there is no other place better than Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates. The Mall of Emirates is boasting more than 30 contemporary international brands. It is one of the Dubai city’s most exquisite and surreal malls where you will definitely be intriguing and encompassing your fantasy.
On the other hand, Dubai mall is known as “the city in miniature” which has thousands of stores, gigantic indoor waterfall, Olympic-size ski rink, aquarium, delectable food joints, and many attractions like VR Park, Kidzania, etc. As it is known as one-stop shopping destination, you will get almost everything in this mall. It is the hub for international fashion, luxury, sports brands. Located beside the ever-popular Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall is a sure shot destination not only for the shopaholics but also for people of all ages as there are endless options of entertainment present inside the mall. Apart from these two malls, there are others too which we are mentioning in the following:
List of famous shopping malls in Dubai:
- Dubai Mall
- Mall of Emirates
- Festival City Mall
- Ibn Battuta Mall
- City Center Deira
- Mercato Shopping Mall
- Dragon Mart
- Century Mall Dubai
Traditional Souks in Dubai:
If you want a different taste in shopping, then don’t miss to hop on the traditional souks of Dubai. Well, we are sure that you will surely find a unique shopping experience which is more of a local, exotic and exquisite. Head towards the lively age-old bustling souks of Dubai such as Meena Bazaar, gold souks, perfume souks, etc. If you want to have the authentic unique experience of traditional Arabian souvenirs, then we will suggest you visit the souks of Bur Dubai and Deira. Below are the lists of the popular souks in Bur Dubai and Deira region.
- Gold Souk- 54 Al Khor Street, Deira
- Textile Souk – 57 Ali Bin Abi Talib St, Bur Dubai
- The Souk – Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai
- Spice Souk – 26 34 Street, Deira
- Perfume Souk – Sikkat al Khali Street, Deira
- Souk Al Bahar – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
- Souk Madinat – King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Jumeirah
Well, these souks are a great place if you are looking for accessories, perfume, textiles, golds, spices of Arabian style that too at a bargained price. Just to inform you that bargaining in Dubai is not illegal but is limited to certain shopping areas. In malls, you cannot bargain as there is a fixed price for all the items sold by the international brands. Other than gold, designer branded clothes, accessories, there are some Arabic souvenirs which you must shop such as Arabic coffee, Arabian dates, hookahs, sheesha pipes, Persian carpets, wooden furniture and many more.
Dubai Markets and Boutiques:
If you are a fan of hand-made artifacts, then Arte market is the ideal destination for you. The Arte Market is located at the Times Square Center which features the most beautiful hand-made art and crafts like candles, show pieces, baby clothes, etc. However, if you are tired of mainstream brands, you can shift your shopping while targeting the boutiques across the city. A bunch of standalone stores of local boutiques you will find in the City Walk malls that includes Sephora, S*uce, Chic Villa, etc. which are known for selling accessories and cutting-edge Arabic designer products, décor portraying the Middle Eastern flair at its best.
Mega Dubai Shopping Festival:
This is one of the most popular events in Dubai which is an amalgamation of a plethora of not only shopping options but also other entertainment options including sumptuous food options. This festival attracts people across the globe while offering a sensory onslaught of the unique shopping experience.
The shopping malls, souks, Global Village will be offering unbelievable offers and discounts to lure the customers. If you are looking for things to do in Dubai, revamp yourself for the ultimate shopping experience in Dubai. Well, for the tourist who is visiting Dubai, you must not know the shopping areas of the city, and then Shopping tour in Dubai from Tripx Tours will be a boon for you in terms of best Dubai packages.