Dubai is known for several things, including its ultra-modern skyscrapers, amazing skyline, the gorgeous beaches and the mind-blowing luxury it offers. Another thing that Dubai is synonymous with is shopping. Home to several malls and traditional markets called souks, there is no shortage of avenues for shopping in Dubai. Apart from this, Dubai hosts the Dubai Shopping Festival every year, which is the biggest shopping festival in the world. Moreover, shopping without paying is surely an added bonus. While the malls of Dubai have stores of almost all popular international brands, the souks are the right place to shop for souvenirs or unique things of the Arab world. As there are so many stores and malls in Dubai, it can get confusing as to where to go. Here is a list of 10 best shopping places in Dubai, for shoppers of all kinds of budget.
The largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall has more than 1200 stores of premium and luxury brands. There is also the Souk, where you can buy everything from jewellery and accessories to Arabic clothing and handicrafts. However, Dubai Mall is much more than just shopping. On the other hand, the mall ha an aquarium and underwater zoo, a theme park, an ice rink, entertainment zones, 22-screen theatre, more than 120 restaurants and cafes, and a luxury hotel. In short, there would never be a dull moment while visiting the Dubai Mall.
The Wafi Mall with its more than 300 stores, several restaurants and a deli that offers authentic Arabic cuisine, is surely one of the most popular malls amongst the locals and residents of Dubai. However, aside all this, what makes Wafi Mall stand out is its Egyptian Pyramid structure. The beautiful stained glass ceilings, creative sculptures and intricately designed staircase railings give the mall an elegant look. If luxury shopping is not what you are looking for, head to the basement of the Wafi Mall, where you would traditional souks that sell local products and handicrafts. Another unique fact about the mall is that it screens a free movie every Sunday on its rooftop.
Deira City Centre
One of the oldest malls in Dubai, the Deira City Centre is home to over 340 stores, where you can buy everything including clothes, electronics, jewellery, etc. The mall has a mix of both international brands and the popular local stores. The best thing about this mall is that it is the only mall where you can bargain a little, especially while buying the local products like rugs, carpets, silk, cashmere, etc. Apart from the shopping experience, Deira City Centre has a theatre with 11-screens and an array of restaurants as well as nightlife options.
Souks are traditional markets in Arab world and the Gold Souk is surely one of the best in Dubai. Located in Deira side of the Dubai Creek, the Gold Souk comprises more than 300 stores that sell gold and other precious jewellery under one roof. Several people visit Gold Souk as a part of the sightseeing experience, as it is difficult to find a place with so much of the yellow metal. Some of the displays that you should not miss here are the biggest ring and the largest gold chain. The stores of the Gold Souk are a great place to buy everything from the most traditional Arabic designs to some of the most modern and intricate ones. If you are planning to make a purchase, do not forget to bargain before you make the final deal.
Ibn Battuta Mall
Located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Ibn Battuta is the largest theme based mall in the world. The mall has been created to commemorate the travel expeditions of the Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta. The mall is divided into six sections called courts, each representing a different country, including China, Andalusia, Tunisia, India, Persia and Egypt. Every court has been designed as per the style and architecture of the particular country it represents. Also, you get to see the exhibits of these places. The Ibn Battuta Mall is great place for buying fashion apparel and accessories, handicrafts, arts, electronics, etc. It also offers luxury spas and lot of entertainment options including bowling facilities, kids’ play areas, multiplex movie theatre, etc.
The Perfume Souk
The Perfume Souk could be the most fragrant narrow lane in the world. Filled with shops, the perfume souk sells everything from traditional Arabic attar (perfume oils) to branded perfumes. The souk also offers scented incense in wood, rock, powder and crystal form. Apart from this, you can buy Oud and Bakhoor as well as Persian rugs and carpets at the Perfume Souk. Moreover, it is also possible to make your own perfume with the help of the owner.
Just like the perfume souk, the Spice Souk is the amalgamation of different aromas and colours. It is a haven for people who love to cook, as there is no spice or herb that you would not find here. Check out the best quality of turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, saffron, cardamom, sumac, nutmeg, coriander, etc. at this souk. You would also get to buy the fragrant turmeric rice, nuts, dry fruits, dates, flavoured tobacco, hookah masala, etc. here.
Also known as the Bur Dubai Souk, the Textile Souk is where you can get your hands on a variety of high quality fabrics including cashmere, silk, cotton, velvet, wool, etc. The best part is that you can buy your favourite fabric and get yourself an outfit stitched at one of the tailoring shops available on the souk. However, if you do not have the time for the same, the Textile Souk also has shops that sell readymade outfits. Some of the popular items at this souk are Kashmir pashminas, Indian saris, traditional abayas, Persian carpets, Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab souvenirs, Aladdin shoes, Dubai t-shirts, etc.
Dubai Outlet Mall
If you want to indulge in luxury shopping without spending too much, the Dubai Outlet Mall is the place to visit. The 240 stores of the mall sell products of more than 1200 international brands at discounted rates. The discounts can be as small as 30% to as high as 90%. While you would get some discounts on all products, the place offers 50% off on Mondays, for selected items. In short, you can get your hands at branded clothes, accessories, home furnishings, etc. at inexpensive rates at the Dubai Outlet Mall.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a modern take on the traditional souks. So, you get the same experience, but in a more organized and calmer environment at the Souk Madinat Jumeriah. Located near the Dubai Mall, Souk Madinat Jumeriah has 75 individual stores, where you can buy Arabian handicrafts, textiles, etc. Moreover, this modern souk also has more than 20 restaurants that serve delicious dishes. Make sure to visit the souk during evening time to check out the entertaining and fun events organized by the restaurants. Also, it is a great place to watch the famous fountain show on the Burj Lake.
These 10 Dubai shopping places only touch the surface of what the city has to offer for lovers of shopping. If you want to shop in Dubai while enjoying the huge discounts and deals, visit the city during the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is a month long festival that happens in December-January, every year.