Dubai is a shopper’s heaven, a wonderland of expansive shopping malls and intriguing markets where you can find anything you might wish to buy. With almost every global brand represented here alongside a range of local labels, it’s no wonder that shopping is one of the top reasons visitors flock to Dubai.
The city’s malls are more than just shopping centres; they’re entertainment hubs where kids and adults alike can indulge in a huge range of exciting distractions. The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping centre in the world, featuring 1200 stores in addition to a cinema, ice rink and aquarium. Mall of the Emirates is in close competition, its 700 stores accompanied by 90 food outlets, an indoor ski resort and Dubai’s largest family entertainment centre.
Of course the shopping opportunities aren’t limited to the modern shopping malls. For a more authentic Middle Eastern experience head to the souqs around Dubai Creek, markets where visitors can browse traditional Arabian goods and haggle for the best price. Hunt for intricate fabrics at the Textile Souq, breathe in rich aromas as you wander through the Spice Souq, or pick up some bargain jewellery at the famous Gold Souq. If you don’t want to stray too far from your hotel, Souq Al Bahar and the Madinat Souq are modern recreations that do a great job of mimicking the atmosphere of the original souqs just metres from the main hotel and restaurant district.
Other more varied markets can be found in the districts of Satwa and Karama, where you can find tailored clothes, jewellery and electronics for rock-bottom prices. There’s also a weekly market in Safa Park, where locals sell handmade arts and crafts alongside farmers offering their freshest produce. These markets are great places to people-watch, so if you’re not looking to purchase you can take a seat at an outdoor café and simply watch the world go by.
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