The choice for the shopper is unlimited and those living in
Dubai or holidaying in the emirate cannot help but spend their
free time browsing around and looking at everything from luxury
cars and designer labels to gold, spices, perfumes and Arabian
souvenirs such as copper coffeepots, rugs and carpets.
If you’re going to live in Dubai you
may as well leave all your worldly goods behind and start
again when you get to the emirate! Prices in Dubai are so
attractive because everything is sold tax free and because
Dubai is such a significant port that it imports great volumes
and does so with low import duty.
The best value items are gold and jewellery
but every day items like furniture, clothing and of course
food are affordable too. The cost of living
in Dubai is expensive but this is because of rental rates
and the costs of entertainment such as eating and drinking
out. The core costs of living in terms of buying food to cook
at home, clothes to wear and even furniture to deck out your
in Dubai can be very cheap indeed.
Having said that a number of the shopping
malls in Dubai are exclusively designer and prices although
cheaper than elsewhere in the world for the same items are
still on the pricey side. BurJuman Centre or Emirates Tower
Boulevard are both good malls for those in search of designer
clothing, handbags and sunglasses for example, or the Jumeirah
Centre offers shoppers discounted designer items and it can
be an excellent place to bag a bargain or two that will make
your friends and colleagues rather jealous!
Probably the most popular shopping mall
in Dubai is Deira City Centre. As the name suggests it is
centrally located and is home to around 280 outlets. All the
big name retail and restaurant brands are here and the complex
also houses a massive cinema and entertainment centre so it’s
a great place for all the family who want an entertainment
packed day out.
Those looking for something a little more
unusual when shopping in Dubai might like to consider either
the Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall or The Village. Ibn Battuta
Shopping Mall is now Dubai’s second largest mall and
it’s located a little off the beaten track but it has
five themed shopping zones and the design influences throughout
range from Moroccan to Chinese, Indian to Persian and make
it a funky place to visit. It’s home to many international
large chains as well as some exclusive outlets. The Village
on the other hand marks a refreshing change for shoppers in
Dubai because instead of housing chain retail stores and international
restaurant chains it is home to independent shops and businesses
and Time Out Dubai‘s
description of it sums it up perfectly, “The Village
is an avant-garde shopaholic’s dream”. The Village
is one NOT to be missed.
Dubai’s Souks are also an experience
not to be missed out on especially if you’re only visiting
Dubai. Make time to wander around and sample the flavours
and experience the atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to haggle
over the price of any items you fancy but be prepared to be
overwhelmed by choice! The Gold Souk, Perfume Souk and Spice
Souk aOre all worth a visit.
in Dubai is an incredible experience...even people who
claim to hate shopping can’t help but be drawn into
the experience. The shop windows, the incredible array of
goods and items on display and for sale, the fantastic prices
and Dubai’s unique way of making everything it creates
iconic and impressive will have anyone in awe! I defy you
to travel to Dubai and not go at least window shopping!