Shopping in Dubai
Mall of The Emirates
The Mall of The Emirates is the largest shopping centre outside of North America. Strategically located in the heart of what is now New Dubai, this centre offers a full range of shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities: Ski Dubai, a two-level Magic Planet, the largest indoor family entertainment centre in the country, the 14-screen Cinestar Cinemas and the Dubai Community Arts and Theatre.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, 4th Interchange, next to Ski Dubai
Tel: +971 4 409 9000
The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world and was built by Emaar Properties. With 10-15 individual smaller malls built inside it, Dubai mall comprises of a total of 1200 stores. Featured attractions include the world's largest gold souk with 220 retailers, Fashion Island, the Middle East's first Galleries, one of the world's largest aquariums, the Dubai ice rink, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, Oasis Fountain Waterfall and Waterfront Atrium.
Location: Business Bay, Burj Dubai
Tel: +971 4 437 3200
Deira City Centre
Located near the waterfront in Deira, Deira City Centre is Dubai’s first mega mall with a buzzing shopping vibe that makes it an enjoyable place to shop. The mall is spread over 3 floors, with over 350 stores. You will find fashion, electronics, entertainment in the Magic Planet or the 11-screen Cinestar cinema, a huge supermarket, a total of 40 different restaurants and cafés and 33 jewellery stores.
Location: Deira, opposite Park Hyatt Dubai/Dubai Creek Golf Club
Tel: +971 4 295 1010
An award-winning mall, Wafi City has won the Best shopping mall, Best Restaurant, Best New Hotel, Best Spa and Best Independent Boutique awards in 2008. With a legendary souk, world-class shopping and the finest dining in Dubai, Wafi offers a unique shopping experience with over 350 stores offering the world's most original, revered and influential brands.
Location: Oud Metha
Tel: +971 4 324 4555
Dubai Festival City
Spanning 1,300 acres and stretching 3 km along the Creek, Dubai Festival City is formed by three distinctive districts: Marsa Al Khor, Festival Centre and Al Badia which are connected by a 30 km internal road and a wide Creekside promenade. Rising along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, Festival Centre is Dubai’s waterfront destination for style and sophistication, showcasing an exciting selection of prestigious retailers, an international gourmet culture and entertainment retreat.
Location: Festival City
The souks on both sides of the Creek are attractive not only for their shopping bargains, but also as places for the sightseer and photographer. In the tiny lanes of the Spice Souk, the atmosphere and the scents of the past can be savoured. Bags of spices, incense, rose petals and traditional medicinal products are stacked outside each stall.
Along the slightly larger lanes of the Gold Souk, the UAE’s largest traditional gold market, each shop window is crammed with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches. Gold prices are among the lowest in the world.
There are also traditional bakeries where large flat loaves of delicious unleavened bread are baked to order inside domed tandoor ovens.
On the Bur Dubai side of the Creek are lanes full of textile shops, where a blaze of colourful raw silks and cottons hang in shop windows. Visitors can shop around for the best price on textiles, colours, textures and weaves from around the world. The best time to visit is in the evening.
The Fish Souk in Deira is an attraction in itself. Early in the morning and late at night, local fishermen unload mountains of fresh fish, which they sell in a frenzied bargaining session.
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