Everything you need to know about shopping during your holidays in Dubai

Posted: 15-Jul-16 09:08

From where to go to what to buy there are several key things to keep in mind when shopping in Dubai. Broken up by location, a newly published comprehensive guide offers up some keys on what to look for, including how to uncover some of the best deals in Dubai plus where to find the best selections on your shopping list.

Everything you need to know about shopping during your holidays in Dubai

Whether you are in search of luxury items like gold and electronics or delicacies such as spices and dates, you’ll find it all for sale in Dubai. To narrow down the selections, though, it helps to know where to go and where to look. Thanks to “The insider’s guide to shopping in Dubai”; recently published on Asia One Travel, it’s easier than ever to know where to start.

The publication recommends if you want to bring home an authentic souvenir from your holiday it helps to know not only the best places for finding particular items but also how to get the most for your money.

What to buy in Souks

A traditional market, or souk, is the place recommended to go for just about everything. You’ll find food, clothing, electronics and even gold at these markets, plus if you’re looking to snag a great deal this is the place to haggle over price. Specifically, the article mentions several locations.

For the latest in clothing and fashion for sale in a souk, the article suggests looking for items made by local designers. Often you will see a blending of contemporary and traditional designs. You’ll also find gold souks here where gold is sold affordably in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Not only does the Gold Souk sell high quality gold but also jewellery.

Other key finds for visitors include purchasing Middle Eastern spices like sumac and zaatar, which you probably won’t find for sale back home. Dubai Spice Souk in Al Ras is mentioned as a good choice. While sometimes it is a bit overwhelming to choose from the many items, it’s suggested that purchasing a six-pack of spices will present the best deal.

In addition, you’ll also likely find dates in just about every form in area souks, from fizzy drinks to those dipped in chocolate. If fresh veggies, fruits and fish are on your list, be sure and check out the Dubai Fish Souk in Deira. It’s pointed out that you can get fresh fish right off the boats if you arrive after 4pm in this entertaining location.

For a unique souvenir to add to your home, look for intricate kilims and carpets for sale from places like Turkey, Morocco, Iran and Pakistan. Busy Madinat Jumeirah sells carpets, plus gold and furniture, too. You may also want to bring home a beautiful bottle of Arabian oil. Attars provide a unique scent to add to your home once your holiday is over.

For a little of everything, Meena Bazaar is mentioned as a busy spot during the day and night; while Naif Souk is described as large and authentic, plus a great place for bargain hunters.

Best shopping malls

For traditional Arabian décor, clothing and furniture, it’s suggested that visitors head to Mirdif City Center. Not as large and overwhelming as some other locations, it does supply brand name stores. You will also find designer jewellery and bags for sale at this location.

Much more than just an experience in shopping, Dubai shopping malls are offered up as a real adventure in sightseeing. A good choice is Dubai Marina Mall because it’s free to park plus void of the large crowds, while offering a relaxed experience for tourists and locals. For a memorable shopping excursion, the article mentions Mercato Mall. You will find some local selections like Azkadneya and Papabubble here plus American chains like Starbucks.

One of the most popular shopping malls is Dubai Mall. Usually full of shoppers, it’s said that this mall offers some of the best choices in women’s selections. Part museum and part shopping mall, Ibn Battuta Mall is also a popular choice, with a mix of upscale and affordable restaurants, bars and shops. It’s recommended a visit to this location simply to see the building’s rich design and architecture.

Dubai also entices visitors with its annual shopping festivals. Held each January, the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival is noted as the largest and longest running shopping and entertainment festival of its kind in the Middle East. Another long-running event, the Dubai Summer Surprises, includes retail promotions, several in-mall events and live performances for more than a month each summer.

Whether you are in search of great deals in gold, interesting spices, traditional fashions or upscale designs, you will find it all shopping in Dubai.

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