Covent Garden Market
Styled to resemble London's famous Covent Garden Market, the Dubai version offers visitors a huge selection of stalls where they can buy all sorts of hand crafted goods. As a shopping destination it sets itself apart from the famous shopping malls of Dubai by being located out in the open air. Visitors can enjoy the sunshine and have easy access to the beach in between browsing for souvenirs and clothing.
Covent Garden Market is located on The Walk, a 1.7 km strip of shops and restaurants that runs along the beachfront on Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence. This expands the shopping options even further beyond those that are on offer in the market itself. It also gives visitors the opportunity to dine in a range of top quality eateries.
The market is a perfect destination to pick up artwork, hand made jewellery and unique items of clothing. Whether visitors want souvenirs to remind them of their trip, gifts for family and friends back home or a unique designer T-shirt, Covent Garden Market is sure to have something to suit.
Refreshments and snacks are available from a wide range of street food stalls in the market itself. The popular Paul cafe is also immediately adjacent to Covent Garden Market for anyone who fancies a quick pitstop.
The market is a great location for a family day out, as it plays host to a range of street entertainers who will keep children and adults alike engrossed in between visits to stalls. Clowns, balloon animal makers and live bands are all regular features of Covent Garden Market.
The market is also ideal for couples who can watch the sun set over the ocean from one of the restaurants located along The Walk nearby. At the same time, the beach offers a great venue for sun bathing and paddling.
Covent Garden Market tends to be at its busiest at the weekend. As a result, this is generally when many of the best entertainment acts and the widest range of stalls will be present. A weekend trip to the market and its surroundings could easily fill an entire day.
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Al-Ain Centre is a specialist computer mall in the heart of Dubai and a hub of high-tech knowledge and activity. Also known as Computer Plaza, this is the place to go for anyone hunting for the latest laptops, tablets or cutting-edge electronic gadgets.
Visitors to Dubai who want to stay somewhere that will allow them immediate access to shops and restaurants should consider the Al Bustan Centre and Residence. Guests at the Al Bustan can dine at the hotel's stylish Fountain Restaurant as well as the eateries in the mall's food court.
In a region that is famous for pearl diving, Al Fardan stands as one of the most well-known names in the Gulf states' pearl jewellery industry. Their shops, like the one in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, sell a wide range of pearl, gold and diamond jewellery, both of their own design and from international brands.
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