Taking back souvenirs is an essential part of any holiday. Souvenirs add to the wonderful memories and moments that you had during the holiday. Apart from this, they also make great gifts for your loved ones. Wherever we go, we want to take back gifts that are exclusive and unique for that particular place; something that reminds us of that place. If you are holidaying in Dubai or planning for one soon, you would want to know about the things that you can exclusively find in the city. Here we present to you some of the things that you would be the best Dubai souvenirs that you can take back home.
Al Nassma Chocolates
When it comes to chocolates, there is no popular chocolate brand that you would not find in the malls and duty free shops of Dubai. However, if you want to take something unique, you must go for the chocolates by Al Nassma. Al Nassma is a brand that makes camel milk chocolate. You can pick from five different flavours which are dates, whole milk, spiced (cinnamon and cardamom), 70% cocoa and macadamia. To make it a little extra special, pick the camel milk chocolates that are shaped as camels. They would surely make great gifts for kids.
If you want to gift something that is tasty and at the same time healthy, there would be nothing better than Arabic dates. These dried fruits are an essential part of the Middle Eastern culture and you would find the best quality dates in Dubai. You would find over 20 varieties of dates in Dubai with different company names and packaging. Whichever type of date you choose, you would be gifting lots of energy and health to your family and friends. If you want to make it extra special, you can choose dates that are filled with nuts or are coated with chocolate.
Perfumes are common gifts that people gift themselves and their loved ones, especially while returning from holidays. If you or your family or friends like fragrances, the Arabic attar would be a great souvenir to take from Dubai. The attar is basically essential oils derived from plant sources. You would be able to find some unique fragrances made with saffron, rose, lime, sandalwood, etc. Visit the perfume souk in Deira to enjoy the beautiful blend of fragrances but also to buy a few pretty bottles to take back home. You can also get yourself a customized attar by mixing your favourite fragrances.
When it comes to your loved ones like your partner, parents or children, chocolates and perfumes as gifts may not suffice. Here, you would have to do something extra special, and nothing spells special more than the precious gold. One of the best things to buy in Dubai is gold because there is no tax levied on this precious metal and you would find the rates to be lower than most other countries. Head to Dubai Gold Souk where you would find more than 300 stores selling gold jewellery under one roof. Right from a small earring or a ring to an elaborate necklace, you would be spoilt for choices here. Apart from the gold souk, the Gold and Diamond Park is also a great place to buy gold in this Emirate city.
Carpets and Rugs
If you want to be reminded of your Dubai holiday, every time you enter your living room, an Arabic style carpet or rug would be a great souvenir. Arabic carpets are available in bright colours with interesting patterns which can adorn any room. However, one thing to note that they are a bit expensive and you should buy them from notable or reputed shops to avoid being cheated. When it comes to Dubai, the Persian Carpet House, National Iranian Carpets, Lata’s, Pride of Kashmir, etc. are some of the stores where you can get the authentic stuff. Another thing that you have to think about is that how you would take the carpet back home as they can be heavy and add to your baggage weight limit. Nevertheless, they are a great invest and a unique souvenir too.
Traditional Arab Shoes
Are you obsessed with footwear? Is your shopping trip incomplete without purchasing at least one pair of shoes? If yes, then you must definitely buy the traditional Arab shoes. These are available for both men and women, these shoes have a slim fit and are narrow at the toes (like ballet shoes). Men’s shoes have a curly end, at the toe area. What makes these shoes interesting are they are decorated with thread work, beads, cloth balls, baubles, etc. Although usually they are flat, you would find these in heels as well. A great place to buy these shoes is the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai area.
You may not be a smoker, but you do not need to be one to own a hookah or shisha pipe. Smoking shisha or bublee is one of the popular activities in the Arab world and you would get to indulge in one if you go on a desert safari tour in Dubai. However, even if you do not enjoy this activity, you must get home a beautiful hookah pipe, as an adornment for your home. You would find hookah in various colours, patterns and sizes and can buy one as per your liking and budget. If you are in the mood to splurge a little bit, you can go for one that has gold embellishments. One of the best places to get a hookah is at Karama.
Apart from the above given ones, Arabic coffee and coffee pots, Pashmina shawls, exotic spices, etc. are great places to buy the best souvenirs from Dubai. If you are looking for authentic places to buy these souvenirs, the souks of Dubai would offer you amazing options. The souks have an old world charm and you can buy these Dubai souvenirs at affordable prices. Moreover, you can also bargain at your heart’s content at these souks. So, while planning your Dubai holiday, do not forget to make time for some interesting souvenir shopping.