Shopping in Dubai
One of the best reasons to travel to Dubai is to go shopping. No matter what you are looking for, you will find it in Dubai. Shopping in Dubai ranges from malls to traditional souks. Here is a list of some of the best places to go shopping in Dubai.
The Mall of the Emirates
The Mall of the Emirates is one place you should definitely check out for shopping in Dubai. The mall has more than 630 retail outlets and 100 restaurants and cafes. At the Mall of the Emirates you can easily spend all day in shopping, eating and wandering around the massive 255,489 square meter space. The Mall of the Emirates is also home to Ski Dubai—which is the Middle East’s first indoor ski park.
The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is another great place for shopping in Dubai. There are over 1,200 shops and 120 restaurants and cafes. The Dubai mall offers plenty of shopping options as well as leisure time activities like the Dubai Ice Rink and Kidzania.
Deira City Center
Deira City Center is smaller than the previous two malls, but it is sure not to disappoint. The mall has 370 stores and over 58 restaurants. This mall is one of the easiest to reach since it is located directly off the metro line (Deira City Center red line stop) and just a short walk to the mall.
If you are good at haggling, then the souks are great options for you! The Textile Souk is located in Bur Dubai, which is on the opposite side of the Dubai Creek. This souk is full of textiles ranging from cotton to silk; you can also buy finished products like beautiful scarves here as well. This is a fun place to stroll around and shop for something unique.
The Gold Souk is located in Deira and has over 300 retailers selling jewelry. The jewelry is not limited to only gold; here you will also find precious gems and other jewelry items as well. Even if you don’t plan on buying any jewelry, this is a spectacular place to window shop as well. However, if you do plan on buying something, be prepared to haggle. The shop owners typically start by quoting a very high price on the items they are selling.
The Karama Market
The Karama Market is another place for a unique shopping experience. If you have enough time and would like custom made clothing, then look no further. Several shops in this area offer very affordable custom made clothing that can be completed within a few days. If you want ready-made pieces then there are plenty of shops selling clothing, handbags and other miscellaneous goods at very reasonable prices.
This is one of the newer, outdoor shopping areas in Dubai that is conveniently located opposite the Jumeirah Beach Residence. The Beach is a trendy place to shop around and have a nice bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that overlooks the Arabian Sea.
The Wafi Mall
The Wafi Mall, which offers luxury brands at affordable prices, has 300 stores and 30 restaurants. Even if you don’t plan on shopping in Dubai very much, this mall is definitely worth visiting. The mall itself is themed like ancient Egypt and is a stunning piece of architecture.