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Dubai Shopping Guide

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Best Shopping Malls in Dubai

If you are one hard-core shopaholic and on a Dubai vacation, then shopping in the streets of Dubai is more fun than shopping anywhere in the world. The city boasts over 65 mega malls, with 200+ popular brands, over 1200 shopping centers, traditional souks and bazaars, and vintage stores. Here, you will be overwhelmed by the myriad shopping spots. With our Dubai shopping guide we’ll walk you through plenty of places to shop in Dubai. 

Hence, if you are feeling the stress on your wallet, we’ve got you covered.

Ratti Retail Showroom

The Dubai Mall

Located near the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall is the world’s second-largest mall and is the largest destination for shopping, leisure, game, and entertainment. This opulent mall is home to over 1200 world-class luxury and premium brands, where you will get what you are looking for. From fashionable apparel at Ralph Lauren to the best perfumes of Chanel, from expensive Gucci bags to elegant diamond rings from Tiffany & Co., Dubai Mall is for luxury shoppers.

  • Address
    Financial Center Street, Along Sheikh Azad Road, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab to Burj Khalifa or take a metro to Burj Khalifa metro station, and then take a cab or bus to reach the mall.
  • Brands
    Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, etc.

Ibn Battuta Mall

The mall is named after the Moroccan explorer and scholar Ibn Battuta, who travelled around the world in 1335. It is home to over 200 stores from different parts of the world, where Ibn Battuta travelled around- Egypt, Persia, Andalusia, Tunisia, China, and India. Each court represents the local, traditional design, where you will find authentic Persian rugs and Spanish tiles. The shops display an array of exquisite products- from fashionable apparel to home decor, gold jewelry to electronics, and home appliances.

More than its luxury shops, the architecture and the mall’s interior attract millions of visitors annually.

  • Address
    Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab to Ibn Battuta Mall The mall is just opposite the Ibn Battuta metro station, hence taking a metro is convenient to reach.
  • Brands
    Koton, Kiabi, American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, Aeropostale, etc.
Ibn Battuta Mall
Dubai Outlet Mall

Dubai Outlet Mall

    Dubai Outlet Mall is the first outlet concept mall in the Middle East and is one of Dubai’s best places to shop. With over 1200 premium and fashion brands, and 240 stores, Dubai Outlet Mall is a perfect destination for shopaholics. The stores of the mall receive products during the end-of-season sale. The options are not just limited to clothing and footwear; you can purchase home decor items, kitchen appliances, gadgets, and more here.

  • Address
    Route 66, Al Ain, Dubai Road, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take Green Line metro to Creek Metro Station
  • Brands
    Adidas, AFTERSHOCK London, Aeropostale, Al Barinu, Bloomingdale’s, etc.
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Mercato Shopping Mall

The architecture of the mall is more enticing than the fashionable clothes inside its stores. A beautiful Mediterranean town of Italy from the European Renaissance period has inspired the design of the building. The mall is home to over 130 retailers selling various products, ranging from apparel, watch, footwear, jewelry, electronics, home appliances, and more.

  • Address
    Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take a metro to Financial center on Red Line
  • Brands
    Luxury Gallery, Pandora, Silver Dunes, GAP, M.A.C, etc.
Mercato Shopping Mall
Wafi Mall

Wafi Mall

Wafi Mall is located inside the Egyptian themed Wafi City. With over 300 shops and boutiques, your shopping ex[erience in Wafi Mall will be tremendous as you return home with hands full of bags. It is one of the best malls in Dubai. The mall is divided into five levels designated for shopping, entertainment, and leisure activities. If, after a hectic day, you would like to enjoy Cleopatra’s spa, head to the Arabian Souk located underground.

  • Address
    Oud Metha Rd., Umm Hurair 2, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take a shuttle bus or cab to reach the mall. The mall is 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport
  • Brands
    Al Washia, Marks & Spencer, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons., BMore Soiree, Cesare Paciotti, etc.
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Best Souvenir Shops

Khan Murjan Souk

Khan Murjan Souk

The architecture of this traditional Arabian souk is inspired by an ancient rendezvous prevalent in 14th century Baghdad. This huge 50,000 square feet underground market exhibits over 100 quaint shops, where you will find the best middle eastern Turkish rugs, traditional jewellery, handicrafts to bring back home as a souvenir.

  • Address
    Wafi City, Oud Metha Rd., Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take a shuttle bus or cab to reach the mall. The mall is 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport
  • Popular for
    Handicrafts, Turkish rugs, Antique Jewelry, Exotic herbs & spices, etc.

The Antique Museum

Our ultimate Dubai shopping guide would be incomplete without mentioning the Antique Museum located in Al Quoz, which is a massive souvenir shop, where you will be overwhelmed by the traditional handicrafts and mementoes. From decorative plates, traditional Arabic lamps, old tea sets, pashmina shawls, figurines, and miniatures, you can’t just pick one or two to bring home as a souvenir to reminisce about your good days in Dubai.

  • Address
    19 12 B St, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    The museum is 12.6 kms from Dubai, so take a cab or shuttle bus to reach the location.
  • Timing
    Saturday to Thursday (9am-8:30pm), Friday (9am-11am)-(3:30pm-9pm)
  • Popular For
    Handicraft items, ceramics, magnets, traditional Arabic antique pieces, sand art, etc.
The Antique Museum
Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Surrounded by lush gardens and interconnected by waterways, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a traditional market-style complex. Housing Arabian shopping stands, barrows, boutique brands, and high-end souvenir shops, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a perfect place to visit. Tourists can find unique products that depict the region’s history and culture.

  • Address
    King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St., Al Sufouh 1, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or shuttle bus to reach the location.
  • Popular For
    Arabic perfume, traditional clothes, traditional handicrafts, and other antique pieces.

The Camel Company

If you are looking for authentic souvenirs and gifts for your family and friends, then the Camel Company is the best place to visit. They have a rich heritage collection that features stuffed camels; hand-painted designs by artists inspired by the local scenes, mugs, T-shirts, postcards, etc.

  • Address
    Unit LG, 132, Financial Center Rd., Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Sunday to Wednesday (10am-10pm), Thursday to Saturday (10am-12am Midnight)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or shuttle bus to reach the location.
  • Popular For
    Stuffed camels, hand printed designs, and other heritage collections
The Camel Company
Karama Center

Karama Center

Our Dubai shopping guide includes Karama Center, as it is one of the most budget-friendly souvenir shopping complexes in Dubai, where you will find pretty trinkets, sand art glasses, and souvenirs at a very affordable rate. It may not entice you from outside, but trust me, it has a completely different vibe than other high-end places in Dubai.

  • Address
    Kuwait St., Near Al Attar Shopping Center, Al Karama, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Saturday to Thursday (10am-10pm), Friday (10am-12am Midnight)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or shuttle bus to reach the location.
  • Popular For
    Sand art glasses, Hand painted wall hangers, Decorative plates, trinkets, etc.

Ajmal Perfumes

Doesn’t matter how much shopping you have done; it will be considered incomplete if you do not do perfume shopping in Dubai. From luxury fragrances to affordable perfumes, Dubai is known for its incredible collection of the best-scented perfumes in the world. And Ajmal Perfumes is undoubtedly the prime example of it. Launched in 1951, Ajmal Perfumes has a unique collection of unisex fragrances, known as Qafia. Moreover, they create bespoke scents too.

  • Address
    Unit GS 025, Financial Center Rd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Sunday (9am-10pm)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab to Burj Khalifa or take a metro to Burj Khalifa metro station, and then take a cab or bus to reach the mall.
  • Popular For
    Perfumes
Ajmal Perfumes

Cheap Local Markets in Dubai

Al karma

Al Karama

If you are looking for cheap yet good quality clothes and footwear, head to Al Karama, an outskirt district of Dubai. Buy the exact dress at just AED50 at any apparel shop in Al Karama, which might cost you AED500 in a Dubai mall. If you have good bargaining skills, this one is the best place for cheap shopping in Dubai.

  • Address
    Western Bank of Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Sunday to Saturday
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab to Al Karama shopping complex
  • Popular For
    Clothes, Footwear, Watches, handbags, souvenirs

Deira Market

Deira Market is one of the largest and cheapest electronic markets in Dubai. With over 40 electronic stores that sell smartphones, television, washing machine, cameras, and lenses, Deira Market features all important electronics and gadgets at a very reasonable price.

  • Address
    8th Street, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Friday (24hours)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or metro to reach Deira
  • Popular For
    Electronic items/Gadgets
Deira Market
Gold Sauk

Gold Souk

Gold Souk Dubai is the largest and oldest gold market in Dubai. The fun fact is, the world’s most enormous gold necklace is displayed right here. From 18carats gold going up to 24 carats, you will find a wide array of intricate gold jewellery. Some of them are studded with precious stones as well. You do not have to worry about the authenticity of the products because of the regulation of prices by the Dubai government. The best part is, you can bargain!

  • Address
    Gold Corner Building, 3rd Floor, Gold Souq, Deira, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Saturday to Thursday (9:30am-9:30pm), Friday (4pm-9:30pm)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or metro to reach Deira
  • Popular For
    Gold & Diamond Jewelry

 

Dubai Spice Souk

Once you enter the Spice Souk, you will be overwhelmed by the colorful and aromatic fragrance of the exotic herbs and spices in Middle Eastern countries. The entire Dubai market area is dedicated to exotic herbs and spices. Stroll through the aisle, visit the stalls, and talk with the vendors about how to use the spices. Try to buy these spices and herbs in bulk at a very affordable price. Whether you want to enhance the flavor of your dishes or the aroma, the spices in Spice Souk will never disappoint your taste buds.

  • Address
    26 34 St., Al Ras, Deira, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Sunday to Saturday (9am-11pm)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or metro
  • Popular For
    Exotic Spices, herbs, and dry fruits
Dubai Spice Souk
Friday Market

Friday Market

With over 25 stalls for readymade garments,. stalls for decorative items, textile products, carpet shops, etc, Friday Market is an ideal place to know the authentic local products.

  • Address
    426 Al Rasheed Rd., Hor Al Anz East, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Friday (3pm-10pm)
  • How to Reach
    Take a cab or metro
  • Popular For
    Cloth, Furniture, Housewares, local snacks

Dubai Duty Free Shop

Have tax-free shopping at Dubai Duty-Free shops and bring home your favourite liquor or gadgets. From premium fashion and beauty brands to chocolate, confectionery and souvenir gifts, the Duty-Free shops feature everything you would like to bring with you.

  • Location
    Dubai Duty Free stores are located in both Dubai International Airport and the Al Maktoum International Airport.

Best Place to Buy Second-hand Items in Dubai

Friday Market Al Rasheed Rd is an excellent place to buy and sell used items. Whether you are looking for electronics, home furniture, kitchen appliances, or scrap building materials, Friday Market allows you to shop when you are on a tight budget.

Art, Craft & Textile Shops in Dubai

Dubai is known for its intricate art, craft, and textile industry, representing the region’s history and culture. How about bringing home that Emirati crafts skillfully traditionally handmade by local craftswomen? Or Khoos- a handwoven palm tree leaves usually used at home as dining mats and baskets? In our Dubai shopping guide, we have curated some of the best craft and textile shops for you.

Here is a list of top crafts shops in Dubai to bring Emirati culture home.

Crafts Land

  • Address
    Shop No. 8, Town Center Shopping Mall, Beach Rd., Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Saturday to Thursday (10am-10pm), Friday (2pm-10pm)
Craft Land
Handloom House

Handloom House

  • Address
    50 B St., Al Fahidi, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Saturday (9:30am-1:30pm), (4:30pm-10pm), Sunday (4:30pm-10pm)

Ratti Retail Showroom

  • Address
    Al Fahidi St., Al Fahidi, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Sunday (10am-10pm)
Ratti Reatail Showroom

Handicraft Home

  • Address
    Golden Mile 3, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Sunday (10am-12am)

Vintage Shops in Dubai

Vintage is timeless, and it’s high time we all should embrace a sustainable lifestyle by shopping at vintage stores at thrift store Dubai. While Dubai has no shortage of unique shopping destinations, the vintage collection stores are undoubtedly the best gem for those with a knack for antiques.

Windmill Antiques

Windmill Antiques

  • Address
    Showroom 2, Al Wasl Square, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Saturday to Thursday (11am-9pm), Friday (12pm-5pm)
  • Popular For
    17th to 19th century European items, including paintings, clocks, furniture, etc.

Antique Museum

  • Address
    19 12 B St., Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Sunday (9am-8:30pm)
  • Popular For
    Antique pieces from Egypt, UAE, Indonesia, Morocco, Africa, Turkey, and other nations.
Antique Museum
AMAL STAR ANTIQUES L.L.C

Amal Star Antiques L.L.C

Alt text: Bring home the 19th century famous painting from Amal Star Antiques L.L.C

  • Address
    Al Owais Building, Office No. 17, Behind Union Metro Station, Next to Municipality Clinic, Deira Pharmacy Building, Ground Floor, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Thursday (9am-8pm), Friday (Closed)
  • Popular For
    Antique ceramics, paintings, stones, books, etc.

Duty-free Wine and Liquor Shops

Dubai Duty Free

  • Address
    Dubai International Airport
  • Look Out For
    Taylor’s Single Harvest & Bowmore 18 years old.
Duty Free Wine
Le Clos

Le Clos

  • Address
    Near Gate A1, Concourse A, Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport, Dubai, UAE
  • Timing
    Monday to Sunday (24hours)
  • Look Out For
    Le Clos Napa Cuvee & Highland Park 18 year old, Viking Pride

Wrap Up

From high-end malls to traditional open-air souks, Dubai spoils its shopaholic visitors with an overwhelming range of choices. Whether you want to complete your wardrobe with a traditional Emirati dress with designer brands or pick up a handbag from souks, shopping in Dubai never disappoints you.

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