Shopping in Dubai
Dubai is probably one of the first cities in the United Arab Emirates known for its luxury shopping. Indeed, Dubai’s luxury shopping since the ultramodern lifestyle infiltrated the traditional Islamic ethos became one of the key attractions for tourists, with Dubai’s shopping centers as the most famous in the world.
Among the 1200 stores the city is hosting, everyone will find its niche; the more traditional one will pass by the souks for gold, spices, and oud, the mass shopper will make a tour to the local street outlets, and the Jet-setter will enjoy the ultramodern mega-malls with the feeling of living the dream of a real Sheikh.
The malls of Dubai are definitely an otherworldly attraction and are a whole journey themselves, so if you feel like living the Sex and the City fantasy, that is your destination; here are our recommendations for you to have the best shopping in Dubai and come back with a total new closet!
Located near Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall is definitely the biggest shopping mall in Dubai and beyond that the World’s largest mall recorded. Be sure that you don’t suffer any agoraphobia because this place has something to make you dizzy. Featuring over 1200 luxury and premium brand stores, this place is not only the temple of the fashionista, as well a real microcosm (well, not so micro…) with an underwater Zoo (the Dubai Aquarium), an Ice rink, a Reel Cinema, a Theme park, fountains, and numerous restaurants.
It’s also the sweetest place for chocolate or candy lovers with the Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Candylicious store, a must where you’ll get the best products for good comfort after the craziness of the shopping. As well, it’s also known to host the best Dubai mall dress shops, so if you are on a honeymoon visit, you know where to go…
Ibn Battuta Mall
For the pleasure of the eyes, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Ibn Battuta Mall is the largest themed Mal, designed in honor of the Arabia explorer of the same name. You’ll enter an impressive dome with gilding and vaults of the middle east, the best shopping mall in Dubai to get a real taste of the Orient to add a magical spirit to your shopping day.
The six sections of the mall offer you a big journey throughout all the middle east, representing all the regions traveled by Battuta; India, China, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, and Andalusia in the spotlight dispatched between 275 shops. You’ll even find in the China part an Exhibition center housing many cultural events, to make your shopping a whole exploration time, definitely one of the best malls in Dubai to visit.
For a great mix of luxury fashion brands and popular labels, Burjuman center is the best mall in Dubai, and one of the oldest in the city. You’ll find there the top fashion stores in Dubai, with a wide variety of top luxury brand stores featuring all the labels such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, and Hermes; the temple for fashion lovers.
Dubai Outlet Mall
Known as one of the best places to shop in Dubai and the best friend of your wallet, offering 30% to 90% off, to shop without counting. From Harvey Nichols to Givenchy Adida, or Tods to Stella McCartney to Wrangler, the mall receives stocks of last season and for very cheap prices, a delight for fashion lover who still wants to pay the rent at the end of the month.
Mall of the Emirates
This impressive complex of 2.4 million square feet of retail floor space is the paradise for shopping lovers; hosting more than 630 high-end brands as well as fashion designers from around the world for in a display of an impressive Dome and luxury wings.
You’ll find there top boutiques such as Boutique 1, Centrepoint, Forever 21, Kate Spade New York, DKNY, and Apple store. But the place is not only known for hosting so of the best fashion boutiques in Dubai, but the mall is also a real touristic attraction with plenty of things to do; a family theme park with a renowned indoor ski resort (in Dubai, can you imagine?), where you can for a day do skiing or snowboarding, tobogganing or even play with the penguins. You definitely don’t want to miss this!
Mercato Shopping Mall
The mall sets an impressive decoration of a Renaissance-era Italian village, featuring cobbled floors and piazzas, if not for the shopping, it’s worth coming just for the scenery. Hosting the latest collections of international retailers such as Gap, Mango, Laura Ashley, and jack wills.
If you need to recharge your batteries in between two shops, you’ll find great options of restaurants but our little favorite is definitely the Cakery Epicerie by Stephane Glacier, or on another sweet note, Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar where you’ll taste the city’s creamiest hot chocolate. If your children get bored and uncontrollable, a lot of games and entertainment to keep the little ones diverted.
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