If you’ve ever been to Dubai, you know how impossible it is to visit without buying something… or many things. The shopping in Dubai is unlike any other destination. Boasting some of the largest malls in the world, tax-free shopping, and thousands of luxury stores, it’s no wonder shopping is such an experience in this city. Stick to this list for the complete shopping guide to your trip!
One of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai, BurJuman can be found in the residential area of Bur Dubai. Comprised of 2.8 million square feet, this mall has something for the whole family. With incredible restaurants, luxury shops, a multiplex cinema, and a major grocery store, you can literally spend your whole day here. Although the mall is best known for its high-end shops, it also has the Pavilion Gardens and sunny courtyards to provide a relaxing oasis for your trip. Many of the mall’s restaurants can be found in these courtyards, indicating pure bliss in this shopping haven.
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The Dubai Mall
The largest mall in Dubai and the second largest mall in the world by total land area, the Dubai Mall is a must-see during your trip. With over 1200 stores, you won’t run out of places to go while you’re here. The mall’s shops are conveniently separated according to product category, making the shopping experience at this immense structure a pleasure. Fashion Avenue contains high-fashion and luxury items, while the Souk features more traditional Arab clothing, jewellry, and accessories. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo can also be found within the mall, making it a unique and popular attraction to visitors of all ages.
Deira Gold Souk
The Gold Souk, located in Deira, has been around since the 1940s when traders and entrepreneurs from India and Iran set up their stalls in this area. This is the ultimate destination for jewellry and gold lovers, as the Gold Souk has an enormous collection of over 300 vendors. This is a great way to experience the Arabic shopping and bartering culture, and even if you’re not buying anything, it’s a must-see.
Bur Dubai Souk
If you’re looking for a more traditional, less commercialised shopping experience in Dubai, the Bur Dubai Souk offers the authentic garments and textiles indigenous to the area. Shoppers here will find Indian saris, pashminas, Persian carpets, and even tailor shops where suits and traditional garments can be designed and made for each customer. This offers a cultural experience that you shouldn’t miss on your trip!
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Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Situated in a luxurious venue, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is another traditional marketplace experience without the heat and noise. This offers a more peaceful atmosphere while still giving shoppers the ability to choose among the best Arab textiles, jewellry, handicrafts, and local delicacies. This is also a great place to experience and enjoy Dubai nightlife, as dusk transforms Souk Madinat Jumeirah into a lively and buzzing area full of entertainment from its delicious restaurants and bars.
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