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 Dubai Shopping


Shopping has to be one of the things Dubai is most famous for, and rightfully so. People in Dubai love to shop and with the innumerable opportunities to indulge in a spot of retail therapy you can understand why. Put simply, Dubai is a dream come true for a shopaholic, and a nightmare for whoever is left to pick up the bill!!! Shopping in Dubai revolves predominantly around the malls and with over 10, including the Mall of the Emirates which is the largest Mall outside of the USA.

Dubai's Shopping Centres

Al-Ain Shopping Centre

located in Bur Dubai, on Al-Mankhool Road, this electronic centre specialises in computers. The shops offer all sorts of peripherals and accessories for PC’s, such as external hard drives and USB gadgets. There is also a decent range of digital cameras. Opposite the Al-Ain centre is the Al-Khaleej shopping centre which caters for similar needs, although it comprises of fewer shops.

Al – Ghurair City

located in Deira, this shopping centre caters for those especially seeking traditional Emirati clothes. It is the oldest mall in Dubai, shops here offer stylish abayas and shaylas and Arabic jewellery and rugs. This shopping centre also includes well known outlets such as Paris Gallery and Nine West.

Burjamen Centre

This shopping centre concentrates mostly on the high end of the market, offering premium brand shops and luxury boutiques such as Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Calvin Klein and Tiffany. It is located near Khalid bin al-Waleed (Bank St.) and Trade Centre roads.

Deira City Centre

This shopping centre is not as fancy as most of the ones mentioned below but still competes well with its rational lay-out of shops. Like a lot of the other malls it offers a wide seletion of outlets such as Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, Zara and other international high street brands. It includes a multiplex cinema amongst a spread of restaurants and cafes.

Dubai Festival City

 This interconnected shopping centre, branded as a retail resort of its own, opened in 2007 and has been popular ever since. It holds around 600 stores, features out-door performances and 100 restaurants and cafes, as well as being the home of three major hotels. The centre presents so much variety, including well known shops like Mark Jacobs, Marks & Spencer and IKEA. Overall the shopping centre is set over an enormous 2.8 million square foot and its location by the water offers picturesque abra rides.

Emirates Towers Boulevard

This shopping centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Emirates Towers where Sheikh Mohammed’s office is. Therefore there is very tight security in this mall and it mostly attracts wealthy people who can afford to shop in exclusive designer shops. Brands include - Armani, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.

Ibn Battuta Mall

This shopping centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is the most unique and captivating mall in Dubai, having been separated into six different themes from the countries Ibn Battuta travelled to. These countries include: China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and the Andalusia. There is an eclectic row of shops to investigate and there is a golf-cart shuttle to help you get around.

Mall of the Emirates

Near the 4th interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, this is one of the largest shopping centres in Dubai. It houses more than 200 shops, including international high street chains, luxury brand shops, boutiques such as Charles & Keith, and craft shops like the popular Al-Jaber Gallery. Furthermore, the well known food outlet, Carrefour, is attached to the centre. The mall of the emirates also includes many restaurants and cafes and more importantly offers the chance to ski and even watch movies at the multiplex cinema, all under one roof.

Mercato Mall

This shopping centre is on Jumeirah Road and is the only Renaissance-themed shopping centre in Dubai or even in the whole of the Middle-East perhaps. Whilst there is not as much choice as you would find in a larger centre it still includes many trendy shops like Mango, Next, Massimo Dutti, Topshop and Virgin Megastore.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

located on Jumeirah Road, this is another of Dubai’s popular shopping centres. Its Arabian architecture with arched wooden ceilings assists to its resemblance of a traditional souk. The Souk Madinat Jumeirah can be quite confusing; with its dim lighting and identical passage ways you may end up walking into the same shops, tempting you to buy yet some very intriguing souvenirs but can be overpriced.

Gold & Diamond Park

At interchange 4 on the Sheikh Zayed Road, this Arabian designed centre contains over 30 retailers, and over 100 manufacturers willing to negotiate good deals on gold and diamond jewels.

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