Planning to spend a few weeks’ vacation in Dubai? Make sure shopping isone of the highlights of your visit.
Dubai justly deserves its title as the ‘Shopping Capital of the Middle East’. It offers every shopper a great experience with attractive prices because everything is sold tax-free and the variety of products is staggering. The city offers bargain hunters unbeatable value and you will find that most major brands are available here and are often less expensive compared to if you were to buy them from their country of origin. The choice for shoppers is unlimited and all you have to do is keep browsing and looking at everything.
For a comfortable shopping experience, Dubai has many modern air-conditioned shopping plazas furnished with escalators. For example, Mercato, the favorite shopping mall for people who stay in Jumeirah, which is located on Jumeirah Beach Road. The design of the shopping mall is quite unique and it will be a great idea to bring your camera along. In my opinion, enjoying the mall atmosphere is better than serious hunting for shopping except during the sale season.
One of my favorite malls in Dubai is Lamcy Plaza. The mall located in Bur Dubai area offers a great variety of fancy stuffs. I could not make my credit card stay in my wallet because their seasonal discounts for branded items such as Tommy, Guess, Dorothy Perkins, Benetton and many more are seriously good and I am very sure that it will be the right place for you to shop as well.
Another must-go area for shopping is Burjuman Center which also located in Bur Dubai, comprising around 300 shops. It has an array of labels from high-street fashion such as Next, Esprit, Giordano, Diesel, to world class designer goods such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior.
The best place to buy a number of souvenirs in bulk for your family and friends is The Museum. Although the name is such, it is not a museum at all; the place is like a warehouse with air condition located in the Al-Quoz Industry Area. They have a great number of souvenirs with cheaper prices and a wide variety like t-shirts, carpets, handicrafts, shisha, silk, pashmina and silver items. Once you start shopping there, you feel like you are on a treasure hunt because they have many different rooms that you need to explore. I’m sure you will love this place like I do and if you don’t want to bring cash, they also accept credit card. But, one thing to remember if you plan to go there, just give them a call to confirm whether their shop is open on the day you are planning to visit.
One more place to shop for souvenir seekers is in a big shopping mall called City Center located in Deira with the concept of ‘one-stop shopping’. It is close to Dubai International Airport and proves to be a good shopping place if you are in-transit in Dubai. Cosmetics, perfumes and beauty products can be found here. It also has a lot of fancy brands. Electronic gadgets also can be found here such as cameras, mobile phones and computers. The place is usually crowded, so be aware of the long queues during peak times.
Dubai is quite literally a shopper’s paradise! Shopping in Dubai is an incredible experience… even people who claim to hate shopping can’t help but be drawn into the experience.