Dubai is one city that knows how to shop. From the legendary Dubai Mall to traditional gold souks, hunting down a bargain here is a popular pastime. Whether you want to find your own gold treasure, pick up a few souvenirs or purchase a whole new outfit, Dubai has it all. Here are the top spots in Dubai for a little retail therapy.
Shopaholics will be in heaven with over 1,200 stores to browse at the Dubai Mall. You’ll find a host of prestigious brands, including New York’s top department store, Bloomingdales and upmarket French favourite, Galeries Lafayette. You can also pick up a new pair of kicks at the world’s largest luxury shoe store, Level Shoe District. After you’ve had your fill of retail therapy, there’s also plenty of entertainment, including an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink, cinemas and an aquarium.
A unique shopping mall in Downtown Dubai, the Souk Al Bahar is described as an Arabic-style shopping, entertainment and dining precinct. Next door to the Dubai Mall, it features over 100 shops, including 22 restaurants, cafes and lounges. You’ll find a pleasant mix of fashion, jewellery, beauty and gift stores – perfect for picking up a souvenir or two. Enjoy lunch out on the waterfront promenade overlooking the Dubai Fountain and the soaring Burj Khalifa.
For more air-conditioned comfort, make your way to Dubai’s second largest mall, the Mall of the Emirates. With over 560 stores to explore, plus the world’s largest indoor ski slope, a large cinema complex and two five-star hotels, you could easily whittle away a few hours. Window shop at the Fashion District, with over 30 contemporary stores at your fingertips or spend time in big name British department stores, Harvey Nichols and Debenhams.
Although it is the oldest mall in the city, Burjuman is known for its high concentration of couture stores. Popular designer brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Dior live here. You can also visit New York’s department store giant, Saks Fifth Avenue on the first and second floor. The third floor houses a variety of tempting restaurants.
Situated in Deira, the Dubai Gold Souk showcases an impressive display of gold jewellery and precious gems. Believed to be the largest gold souk in the world, the market offers genuine gold, silver and diamonds in the form of bracelets, necklaces and rings. Pieces are sold by weight according to the market price of gold, with an additional charge for workmanship. Even if your pocket strings don’t allow you to buy, it is still a fascinating place to peruse.
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