Where Are The Best Places To Shop In Dubai?
Dubai is truly one of the world’s premier shopping paradises. The city has a lot to offer, with the highest quality in accommodation, dining, and unique experiences like yacht cruises and desert safaris. Go for indoor skiing or soak up the traditional Emirati atmosphere in Bur Dubai.
Besides, the city is home to some of the wonders of the modern world, like the tallest building on Earth, the Burj Khalifa and the largest artificial island, the Palm Jumeirah. Yet amidst all of the opulence and splendor, it is really Dubai’s shopping options that make the city stand out more than anything else.
For example, the Dubai Mall in the heart of Downtown Dubai sees more visitors annually than New York City in its entirety or any other specific tourist attractions on the planet. The Dubai Mall is quite simply the world’s premier shopping destination, but it is not alone in offering a memorable shopping experience. Here is our list of Dubai’s top places to shop. Remember, Dubai is a tax-free country!
The Dubai Mall
As noted above the Dubai Mall has the breathtaking distinction of being the most visited attraction of any kind on Earth. By some measures, it is the largest mall on Earth with over 1200 shops and many other attractions like the aquarium and an amusement park. The Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, in particular, is one of Dubai’s must-see attractions.
The mall is well organized according to each category of shopping you need to do. Drop off the kids at Kidzania and shop till you drop – there is no better place to do so. Alternatively, take a spin on the mall’s Olympic-sized skating rink.
Photo: Mostafa Meraji
Attractions at the Dubai Mall:
- The skating rink
- The Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
- The Dubai Fountain
- Many cinemas and dining options
- Kidzania fun area
Deira Gold Souk
If you are looking for tax-free precious metals, Deira Gold Souk offers hundreds of shops full of options to choose from. The souk incorporates the old souk and a new development in a modern building. It is easy to spend an entire day perusing the shimmering wares on offer.
This is a great place to try out your bargaining skills. Don’t be shy, it is expected to drive a hard bargain here. Start ridiculously low, maybe at half the initial price, and don’t be afraid to walk away. The seller will likely as not come running after you ready to cave in.
How to haggle:
- Start with an extremely low price, less than half of the starting offer
- Resist all the seller’s efforts to raise it
- Pay no attention to their protestations
- Walk away if they don’t budge, they will run after you
Mall of the Emirates
The Mall of the Emirates is the world’s first shopping resort. Like most malls in the Gulf Region, this one offers a wide range of entertainment options, but it sets itself apart by taking them to the next level. This is the destination for indoor skiing while it is 50 degrees Celsius outside. Set the kids loose on the toboggan runs and enjoy the climbing towers and ice cave. Of course, the shopping experience at the Mall of the Emirates is world-class, too.
Bur Dubai Souk
This is the best place in the city to soak up some of the ambiances of the traditional Emirati lifestyle. Since ancient times, dhow boats have carried unique textiles from India and the rest of Asia to Dubai, and the Bur Dubai Souk is still a great place to browse through them.
If you need a tailor to fashion your new find, many are available right in the souk. Jewelry also abounds in this little slice of old-world Dubai. It is also the perfect place to find any traditional Emirati souvenir that you might hope for.
What to look for in Bur Dubai Souk:
- Unique fabrics
- Traditional souvenirs
Other shopping options in Dubai:
- Global Village
- Souk Madinat Jumeirah
- Burjuman Center
- Al Fahidi Street
- Wafi Mall