Shopping in Dubai
Apart from its awe-inspiring hotels and services, one of Dubai’s greatest visitor attractions is its shopping. Dubai is open port with low import duties therefore Dubai’s retail prices are reasonable, many top brand-name products being cheaper than in the countries of their origin.
Be it haute couture from Paris or Milan, hi-tech electronics from Japan, or a piece of silver Bedouin jewelry, in Dubai you will find the right product for yourself and your loved ones. In addition to the Souk districts and shopping malls listed below, there are many top-class department stores and boutiques throughout the city. Dubai is also home to one of the most entertaining and exciting shopping extravaganzas in the world.
Dubai’s most famous market of all is the Gold Souk, with narrow streets are lined with shop windows glinting with jewelry in 18, 21 and 22 carat gold.
In Deira Tower’s shopping mall, carpet traders from countries across the Gulf especially from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan have established a carpet souk where prices range from a few hundred dirhams to many thousands.
TEXTILE & ELECTRONICS
In Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi Street is well known for its electronic goods shops, while nearby Cosmos Lane is lined with stores selling the textiles of West and East. Further out from the city centre, Al Karama is Dubai’s bargain center with an array of busy shops selling household goods, textiles, fashions, accessories and much more.
Attractive modern shopping plazas are conveniently located throughout the city, with a wide range of shops, boutiques, supermarkets, restaurants, fast-food outlets and plenty entertainment options.
Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall are some of the largest shopping malls in the Middle East and the world, and offer a wide range of shops and entertainment facilities, including Ski Dubai, fountain shows, aquariums and many more.
Malls in Dubai: On the Dubai side of the Creek the Wafi, BurJuman Centre, Lamcy Plaza, Al Dhiyafa Centre, Karama Centre, Al Rais Shopping Mall, Dune Centre, Al Hana Centre, Al Khaleej Centre and Holiday Centre are among the largest complexes.
Malls in Deira: Includes Deira City Centre, Al Mulla Plaza, the Inter-Continental Plaza, Abu Hail Shopping Centre, The Galleria, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Warba Centre, Al Manal Centre, Al Bustan Centre, Al Futtaim Centre, The Dana Centre, The Center and Hamarain Centre.
Malls in Jumeirah: The Jumeirah district has Magrudy’s Shopping Mall, Markaz Al Jumeirah, Mercato Town Centre, Sunset Mall, Jumaira Plaza, The Beach Centre, The Town Centre and Palm Strip.
DUBAI DUTY FREE
Dubai Duty Free at Dubai International Airport is one of the most famous and top-ranked duty-free operations in the world, and has won numerous international awards. The expansion for the next millennium it will increase in size to cover an area of 9,000 sqm.
One of the main attractions at Dubai Duty Free is the Finest Surprise raffle draw, which gives passengers the chance to win a luxury car and lots of other gifts.
DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL
Started in 1996 by the Dubai Governement to revitalize the retail trade in the emirate, Dubai Shopping Festival (also known as DSF) has since become a major tourist attraction attracting millions of tourists every year over this month-long festival. Apart from great deals at various exclusive outlets, the festival brings with a host of entertainment, daily fire works, cultural events, and tantalizing dining offers. The festival typically takes place yearly in January.
Dubai shopping hours are mostly from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm or later. Some boutiques in the residential areas do not open until 9:30 am or 10:00 am. However shopping malls are normally open from 10.00am–10.00pm.
Most supermarkets and mall shops stay open throughout the day until late at night, seven days a week, while some remain open 24 hours. Shops close for prayers on Fridays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Shopping malls and most shops are open on Friday evenings until late.