Karama Centre is an authentic community shopping mall in Dubai, which has been serving locals and welcoming intrepid visitors for more than a decade. It serves as a focal point of the Al Karama district of Dubai, within the older part of the city by Dubai Creek and characterised by the narrow grid layout of its streets and its sprawl of low-rise buildings. Just two square kilometres in size, Al Karama is one of the most densely populated areas of the city but if you want to glimpse a slice of real Dubai life, Al Karama is the place to find it – and the Karama Centre is the ideal location to rub shoulders with the locals in a vibrant, bustling environment.
Ask someone to think of Dubai, and the first image that comes to mind is likely to be gleaming new skyscrapers and a glistening coastline. The aim of many modern travellers, however, is to dig a little deeper under the surface, and try to step into the shoes of local people. Al Karama Centre is home to a diverse, cosmopolitan mix of people who have made Dubai their home – including people from India, Lebanon, Iran and many European countries. It’s this mix which has led to the Karama Centre nurturing an eclectic collection of shops, cafés and restaurants to serve the local community – and this makes it one of the most interesting and intriguing places to visit.
Karama Centre is renowned as a place to grab a bargain – from designer shirts and shoes, to stylish watches and jewellery. As well as great prices, there’s quality to be seen too: the mall is home to some of the most respected jewellers and textile outlets in Dubai.
However, Karama Centre is more than just a shopping mall. It’s a buzzing, thriving hub of community spirit and activity. People visit simply to hang out with friends or family, lending the place a welcoming vibe. It also plays host to cultural events, such as musical performances – and it’s almost as well known for its entertainment as for its wonderful selection of shops and cafés.
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