Dubai is home to shopping, indeed it is a ‘Shopping Paradise’ and a huge shopper’s destination. Dubai provides facility for everyone to buy anything from every corner of Dubai. Amazing deals throughout the year makes it eligible for the shoppers to buy on desirable prices. Major deals and offers in Dubai includes:
- ‘Dubai Shopping Festival’ (DSF) which is for a month and 2 days; starting from 1st January which lasts to 1 February. Dubai Shopping Festival is a retail event almost every brands is a part of it. You can buy most expensive items in low ranges during DSF.
- Summer Sale in Dubai
- Clearance Sale in Dubai which is usually on lavish brands and many more.
Presence of wonderful places like malls, supermarkets plus hypermarkets and souks offer a vast area for shopping in Dubai. Moreover world’s largest Dubai Duty free in terms of sales volume and Global Village (which is for a duration of 5 months) also add flavors to the shopping experience of Dubai. These amazing deals and offer in Dubai brings out the shopaholic inside.
MALLS IN DUBAI:
Every Mall of Dubai is full of attraction which appeal viewers to their selves. Approximately 72 Malls exist and 8 more are under construction. Among these top malls of Dubai are as follows:
- Dubai Mall ‘The Largest Mall’:
The Dubai Mall well known as ‘world’s largest shopping’ or “Mall of the World” is mesmerizing due to attractive gigantic architecture and amazing shopping experience. Dubai mall is closely situated near Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain and Souk Al Bahar at the Downtown Burj Dubai; within 1200 stores large famous international stores like Bloomingdale’s, Galleries Lafayette, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, and Paris Gallery are also included.
The biggest most visited mall comprise of the top high and mid fashion retail outlets of Women, Men and Children and offer variety of restaurants too. Beside this it has various attractions like At the Top Burj Khalifa, Big Fun World, Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Ice rink, Dino, Goal, KidZania, Reel Cinemas, SEGA Republic and The Emirates A380 experience. Moreover, the direct connection of ‘Address Hotel’ in Dubai Mall is the real comfort and luxury for tourist. The operation hours are:
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Daily: 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00am
- Mall of Emirates (MOE):
Mall of Emirates, another busiest shopping mall, located in Al Barsha; opened in November 2005.
Enormous prominent outlets within more than 630 store are Fashion Diome, Harvey Nichols, Versace, Galliano, Debenhams, Giorgio Armani, Paul, and Paul Smith; along with 7900 parking spaces and over 100 restaurants and Cafes. Ski Dubai, Community theatre, Arts Centre and Magic planet are family leisure activities. The busiest hypermarket of MOE is Carrefour which provide reasonable deals throughout the year. The ‘Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel’ and the ‘Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates’ offers direct access to the Mall of The Emirates. The opening and closing timings of Mall are:
Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00am
Burjuman is commonly known as the oldest mall positioned in the heart of Dubai, the Bur Dubai; opened in 1991 but doubled in size in 2004.
It comprises of 300 leading stores with high end luxury and fashion. The Saks Fifth Avenue is the largest store of Burjuman. The best thing is ‘Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana’ hotel is directly connected with the mall. Beautiful seating arrangements, spacious Food court on third floor and of course the Vox cinema are the real pleasures. The operation hours are:
Sunday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.
Food & Beverages:
Sunday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m
- CITY CENTER DEIRA:
City Center the original flagship mall is located in Diera.
It comprises of two levels with 340 leading stores. Massive Carrefour and Sharaf DG (for electronics) also present. Mega stores are Debenhams, Virgin, Woolworths, and Paris Gallery. City Center Diera is commonly known as the shopping, entertainment and leisure complex which include multiplex cinema. ‘Pullman Dubai Deira City Center Hotel’ is directly link with the City Center Mall Dubai. The opening and closing timings of Mall are:
Sunday to Wednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 am
- FESTIVAL CITY MALL:
Festival city mall is located on the historic Dubai creek, Dubai festival city.
Like its largest store Aldo; Festive City Mall Dubai has many leading local and international brands with family promotions, events and activities and novo cinema too. 5-star Dubai Creek Hotel is directly associated with the Festive City Mall.
- IBN BATUTA MALL:
Ibn Batuta, world’s largest themed shopping mall, according to architectural is considered to be the most beautiful mall and a must place to visit. It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road.
It comprises of many courts namely China Court, India Court, Persia
Court, Egypt Court, Tunisia Court, and Andalusia Court. Its impressive architecture and single level differs it from other malls. Large stores includes H & M, Debenhams, Paris Gallery, and Sharaf DG. National and International brands, entertainment, kid’s fun city and the cinema in china court are real desires. The busiest hypermarket Geant have all needed items at one place with reasonable deals. A 5 star hotel ‘ find more info Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai’ is walking distance from Ibn Batuta Mall and Dubai metro too. Timings of the mall are:
Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 12 midnight
Restaurants & Food Court
Saturday – Friday: 10am – 12 midnight
Saturday – Friday: 9am – 12 midnight
- MERCHATO SHOPPING MALL:
Merchato, Italian Renaissance-style, shopping mall is located in Jumeirah with more than 140 leading stores
Merchato is a French word; meaning market. It is the first theme mall mostly presented the Italian, French and Spanish flavors. Large stores include Virgin and Mango. Spinny supermarkets, fun city, and cinema for entertainment are present. Operation hours are daily (7 days a week): 10:00am – 10:00pm
Other shopping Malls include the Oasis Mall, Lamcy plaza Wafi Mall, Dubai Outlet mall and many more. Cheap places for furniture and house wares are Ikea, Home Box and Home center. Dragon mart is another place where you can find Chinese imports on reasonable prices and bargains.
Hypermarkets and Supermarkets:
Hypermarkets and Supermarkets in Dubai are huge and numerous which provide facilities since many years. They are well supplied with enormous variety of products. Fruits, Vegetables and meat all fresh. Every mall has one hyper or supermarket or they are located separately in every corner of Dubai. These are enumerated below:
- Lu Lu
- Al Maya
- West Zone
- Al Madina
Souk word is used for an open air market. In Dubai these are traditional Arabian markets and the perfect place where you get bargain. Best time for visiting souks are after midday prayers up to early evenings when they are filled with people and voices of bargains. Famous souks are:
- Gold Souks:
Gold Souk, best known and popular souk of Dubai, is located near Dubai Creek in Al Ras area of Deira.
Dubai also called the city of Gold; because of this amazing and astonishing Gold Souk market; comprises of hundreds of jewelry shops. This glittering souk of Gold is reason for many traders and tourist to visit Dubai. Eye catching shimmering glass covered line of windows full of Gold knot your vision to sparkling pieces made up of Gold, Silver and Precious stones. The good thing is you can buy from here in reasonable prices with bargains.
- Spice Souk
Distinctive aroma of spices from Spice Souk take you from Gold Souk just few minutes’ walk to Spice Souk.
The skittle alley occupied with number of shops retailing various herbs, spices, whole spices also include saffron, rice, dry fruits, high quality dates, and traditional shisha too at local prices. The authentic aroma from all these can’t resist you to go there.
- Perfume Souk
Perfume soak of Dubai is situated on Sikkat Al Khalil Street just east of Gold Souk.
The strong and pleasant fragrance of traditional Arabian oud, many other international perfumes, and essential oils all are available; you can find your desirable scent in cost effective prices.
- Textile Souk
Textile souk is commonly known as Old Souk of Dubai. Textile souk is situated over the creek in Bur Dubai; reached by water taxi or abra.
Cotton, Sari fabric, Cashmere Abaya fabric, Kandora fabric and embroided fabrics in all beautiful colors and contrast are available from all around the world. Beside this slippers and other goods are also found.
- Souk Madinat
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Dubai is located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort Dubai.
Waterfront dining restaurants with amazing view, beautiful architectural, night club, theatre and traditional shops are its attractions.
Others include Souk Al Bahar just alike Souk Madinat, Khan Murjan, Naif Souk, Karama market, Friday market, Fish market, and Fruits & Vegetable market. All souks are different and unique in its own aspects and add more glory and attraction.