Shopping in Dubai
Dubai is one of the most sought after places by Indians. Apart from some of the world famous tourist destinations like Burj Khalifa, Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai Creek, The World and Jumeirah Beach, one of the reasons for Indians to visit Dubai is for shopping! From electric goods to spices to designer wear to Arabian Souvenirs, the city is filled with everything a shopper needs. The place creates a typical shopping ambience with everything a shopaholic buyer would dream of.
Shopping Malls in Dubai
Dubai is synonymous with shopping malls. Unlike costly malls in the west, Dubai has shopping centres with best-valued and affordable items. Dubai has the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall with a total area that spans across 50 soccer fields. The splendid shopping mall has 1200 retail units, 160 food courts, 220 jewellery shops and 22 movie screens. You will be astonished to see a huge Olympic sized skating ground and Hamley’s spectacular toy store where adults will also find it difficult to resist! Dubai’s shopping mall has a huge collection of local products like Bedouin ornaments and Arabian carpets. The malls are in itself tourist destinations of Dubai! While the Mall of Emirates has an indoor ski slope, the Mall of Arabia has a real life Jurassic Park called Restless Planet.
This is the world's largest and most happening mall! Dubai Mall is located in Downtown Dubai. The astounding mall has more than 1000 retail stores and 150 food courts. The mall is an unparalleled mix of entertainment, leisure activities and world class dining options. Apart from the mall's shopping possibilities, you can enjoy underwater zoos, aquariums and fashion streets. The underwater zoo features a long 270 degree tunnel, where you can walk and enjoy the site of rare fishes on either sides. Another feature in the Dubai Mall that attracts families is KidZania. This is a creative and innovative concept for young kids. KidZania has a 76000 sq ft theme park with lots of adventurous rides. The Grove in the Dubai Mall is an indoor-outdoor streetscape with a mind blowing retractable roof that will give you a glimpse of the open sky! Families with kids should visit Dubai Mall's Olympic Sized Ice Rink that entertains elders and kids at all times of the year. It also features "The Dubai Fountain". This is one of the world's most breath taking outdoor, musical water fountains. Best Buys -
Anything under the sun can be bought from the Dubai Mall. It is quite interesting to note
that the mall features retail units that will let you buy similar products at rock bottom rates and very high prices. From clothes to accessories to electronic items to basic-supplies, you can buy anything and everything from this beautiful, marvelous mall.Facilities -
The mall features 22-screen cinemas, lots of space for parking, a 5-star hotel for those who wish to shop and rest, food courts of world class quality and plenty of activities for elders & youngsters.Timings :
The mall is open from 10 am to 12 midnight everyday.
Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 362 7500
Dubai Mall Aquarium - an added attraction in the Mall
Emirates Mall alias Mall of the Emirates
This is the world's first and finest shopping resorts, that is located strategically in New Dubai. The exotic, 2-level shopping mall is spread across 220,000 sq. ft. Officially, the mall has 466 international brands and many department stores, electronic shops, lifestyle markets, fashion outlets and home decor outlets. The city's largest Carrefour is present in the Mall of the Emirates. The mall reflects the flagship of the Majid Al Futtaim Group. According to a stat that was taken in 2007, the mall was visited by more than 27 million individuals every year. The number has continued to grow exponentially over the years. Moreover, the mall has received awards like the "Most Innovative International Leisure Concept" and "International Retail & Leisure Destination". On the whole, the Emirates Mall has bagged nearly 20 Awards (International and Regional). Best Buys
- If you are a budget conscious buyer with picky desires, Mall of the Emirates will be your
safest destination. The mall will let you hand pick high quality products in an effortless manner. You can buy anything and everything (electronics, fashion, clothes, food items and lifestyle products) from the mall. Facilities
- The mall has 14-screen multiplex cinemas, the first-every indoor ski resort in Middle East, a five start Kempinshi Hotel, 70 coffee shops, countless number of restaurants, 500-seater community hall and ample space for car parking. Timing :
Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pmAddress:
Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 409 9000
Abraj Shopping Center
The Abraj Shopping Center is located in Deira, which is regarded as the heart of Dubai. The contemporary mall is present in a busy location witnessing more than 30000 visitors everyday. This makes Abraj Shopping Center one of Dubai's busiest travel destinations. The mall spans across three floors and has more than 1200 shops. From cheap clothes to branded electronic goods, you will find a wide range of items in this mall! And when hunger strikes you you can grab a bite from Continental to Malaysian to Western food varieties in the huge food court. Every day is a festival in Abraj Shopping Center! Best Buys
- A Great place for clothes from famous boutiques and exquisite jewelry items. Moreover, you can bag electronic goods at unbeatable prices from this huge mall. Facilities
- The mall offers free WiFi, an indispensable food court, parking for 3000 vehicles, lounges, space for kids, transport to different parts of the city and disabled services.Location
: Near Deira Souk Al Sabkha area, Dubai Creek Rd.Phone
: 10:00 - 13:30 , 4:30 -11pm (Daily) on (Fri) 4:30pm - 12 Midnight Timing
Abu Hail Shopping Center
Opened in late 2008, the exquisite shopping center is located near the Ramada Inn in Sharjah. The place is a convenient get together spot for travellers and businessmen. The mall has lots of retail opportunities. As you step into the mall, you will come across something for everyone in your family. The place is well maintained and it has everything a super-cool mall should comprise of. Facilities
- The mall has sprawling food court, parking spot, Free WiFi, Day Care Centers, Laundry and Disabled Services. Phone
: 10:00 - 14:00 , 4:30 -11pm(Daily) on (Fri) 4:00pm - 11.30 Midnight Timing
Arabian Center is a prestigious mall from "The Lal's Group". The entertainment and shopping destination spans across 90,000 square meters and is one of the country's finest environment for recreation. The mall has more than 300 international stores ranging from jewellery to fashion items to perfumes to home decors to electronic goods and toys. The mall has a massive hypermarket called "World Mart", with everything a shopper would want in their day-to-day life. Additionally, the mall features 8 cinema screens, medical centers and spacious food court with dine-in facilities. Well known brands like Mango, H&M, Aeropostale and Nine West have boutiques in the Arabian Center. Facilities
- The mall has a huge food court with delectable cuisines from every nuke and corner of the world. From tempting Bombay Chowpatty to South Indian Dosas to noodles, the mall's food court will definitely satisfy your hunger. The mall features a fun city with indoor playgrounds and gaming units. Also, you can accomplish bank transactions, engage in postal services and book tickets from the mall. Important Timings : Mall Timings:
Sunday to Wednesday – 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday – 10:00am to 11:30pmFood Court Timings:
Sunday to Wednesday – 10:00 am to 12 Midnight
Thursday - Saturday – 10:00am to 12:30amLulu Hypermaket Timings:
08:00 am to 12:00 midnightARABIAN CENTER
Khawaneej Road, Al Mizhar, near Mirdiff, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 2845555
Fax: +971 4 2845444
P.O. Box 28676, Dubai, UAE
Al Khaleej Center
Al Khaleej Center is a three level shopping mall with 20 kiosks and 100 retail shops. The mall is structured and organized carefully. Ground Floor is set apart from dinning outlets, fashion stores and accessories. While, the second floor is also known as the Technocity, with shops that sells a wide range of technology related items. The third level comprises of a mix of different types of shops. Facilities :
The mall has Dubai Islamic Bank and Emirates Islamic Bank ATMs. Along with lots of local cuisines, retail shops and space for simple recreational activities like bowling. Important Timing : Mall Timings:
Saturday to Thursday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 2:00pm - 10:00pmFood Court
Saturday to Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Friday: 2:00pm - 12:00amMall Management Office
8am - 1.30pm / 4pm - 7pm
Thursdays: 8am - 2pm
Tel: 04 - 3555550
Fax:04 - 3558635
Ardent shoppers and fervent tourists consider Albustan Mall as a shopping arcade. The modern day mall is an ideal stop for shopping, fun and entertainment. With a total build up area of 100,000 sq ft the mall has 95 huge shops for your delight. From Damas to Paris Gallery, the mall will cater all your needs. Facilities
: Albustan Mall has amazing shops for discerning shoppers, cafes, restaurants, food courts and facilities for young children along with lots of parking space.Timings :
Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pmPhone :
+ 971 4 263 0000
The mall features branded products at amazing rates. The mall will delight you with a high end shopping experience with trendy clothes, footwear and eateries. The mall is spread across an area of 140,500 square feet and has two floors of high end shopping items. Apart from 50 different types of retail offerings, the restaurant has cool cafes and restaurants. Boulevard is different from other shopping malls. The mall will take you to whole new heights of royalty and luxury. As you step into Boulevard, you will feel privileged! Timings
: Open from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily, and 4.00pm to 10.00pm on Fridays.Phone :
+ 971 4 319 8991
Yet another place for designer wear would be the Burjuman Mall. Located near the heart of Dubai, the mall homes shops that redefine High End Fashion. At Burjuman, you will gain acces to a wide range of brands under one roof. Big names like Tiffany, Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, D&G and Polo has exclusive shops in the mall. Additionally, the mall is renowned for its high street brands like Gap, Zara, Guess, New Look and Espirit. With more than 300 top-notch brands, Burjuman is a great place for elite customers, who are ready to spend few extra bucks.Another distinctive feature of BurJuman would be its 2.8 million sq ft build up, with many residences, hotel suites and business towers. Facilities :
The mall has supreme dining choices, lots of foliage, eye catchy courtyards and beautiful lounges. If you are a visitor, you can reside in the mall's luxury hotel apartments. Timings : Mall Timing :
Saturday-Wednesday 10:00am to 10:00pm
Thursdays and Fridays 10:00am to 11:00pmFood court Timing :
Saturdays-Wednesday 10:00am to 11:00pm
Thursdays and Fridays 10:00am to 12:00am
Sheikh Zayed Street, Dubai
T +971-4-3520222. F +971-4-3510824 email@example.com
Another popular mall in Dubai is "The Holiday Center". The mall belongs to the Al Fahim Group. It is a retailing unit with lots to explore, see and buy. The mall is located ideally between Jebel Ali and Dubai. The prestigious shopping center will let you pick a wide range of items from branded showrooms and international boutiques. Many people consider Holiday Center as a world of style. Like many other malls in the city, Holiday Center has supermarkets, food courts, coffee shops and luxury hotels. Best Buys :
The mall will let you walk and shop from boutique to boutique that sell amazing home gadgets, watches, jewelry, sports items and exotic flowers. The mall is apt for young girls, who wish to get hold of high quality cosmetics and footwear.Facilities :
The mall is built luxuriously with a relaxing ambience and spacious walkways. It hosts many promotional activities, cultural events and entertaining shows for the young and the old. Timings :
Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pmPhone :
+ 971 4 331 7755
Ibn Battuta Mall
Ibn Battuta was a man of adventure and fun. He loved to travel and adhere to Islamic Values. At an young age of 20, Ibn Battuta set out and acquired great knowledge and insight into life! Today the Ibn Battuta Mall pays tribute to the life and journey embarked by an individual with lots of inspiration. Ibn Battuta Mall is the world's first and largest shopping mall with a theme. It has 275 retail shops, 21 cinema screens and 50 restaurants. The mall's six different courts are structured after Ibn Battuta's exploration through China, Andalusia, India, Egypt, Persia and Tunisia. These courts are made of cultural significance and richness. Also, the mall comprises of four different zones. Each of these zones represent Up Market Lifestyle Brands, Family & Convenience Outlets, Departmental Stores and Entertainment options. Best Buys
- If you wish to buy cultural artifacts and rich gifts with a real sense of ease, you will love Ibn Battuta's retailing zones. The mall is not a place for local buys. Facilities
- The thematic mall will give you an inspiring and never-like-before shopping experience. From culinary delights to great shopping options, the mall have everything a picky shopaholic would want!Timings :
Thursday to Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Weekdays 10:00 pm to 10:00 pmAddress:
Sheikh Zayed Road, Jabel Ali - Dubai
+971 4 362 1900Fax:
+971 4 368 5140 Website:
This is another interesting mall from Lal's Group. Lamcy Plaza is a shopping center that was built in 1997 and the mall spans across 400,000 sq ft. The mall has retail units to cater to the different needs of everyone in the family. Lamcy Plaza is regarded as a perfect place for young children. The mall has special day care centers that will let you leave your little ones under the control of Lou Lou Al Dugong's qualified and reliable staff. Hence, you can shop without worrying about your kids. Also, Lou Lou Al Dugong is the country's safest and cleanest places to play and enjoy. Best Buys -
The mall will let you choose from a wide range of products at attractive and reasonable prices. This is a one stop destination where you can buy many things. Meanwhile, for every Dirham you spend in Lamcy Plaza, you will earn Air Miles. Patrons with a thousand Air Miles will be delighted with enthralling gifts. Facilities -
Lamcy Plaza has a special Radio channel with real time updates on sales, discounts and offers. Also, the radio will keep you engaged and entertained while shopping. Lamcy Plaza is the country's most comprehensive mall with many food courts that can accommodate upto 700 elders at a given time! Timing :
Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pmFood Court Timings
Saturday – Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00 Midnight
Thursday & Friday: 10:00am – 12:30am
Tel : +9714 3359999
Fax : +9714 3359996
Locally, Mazaya means "Special or Unique". Similarly, Mazaya Centre lives upto its definition and name. The mall is famous for its supreme finish and amazing design. It is a place where wholesalers and retailers would wish to move around. Mazaya Centre opened in 2000 and is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road. This is less that 400m from the world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa. Best Buys -
Mazaya should be visited if you want to buy products from famous labels like Carrefour Express, Pier Import and Brands! Facilities
- The mall has a massive, well protected car park, gym, saunas, swimming pools, 48 commercial offices and 132 residential apartments. It has many coffee shops and four restaurants along with a huge array of shopping outlets. Timings:
Saturday to Thursday – 10:00am to 10:00pm
Fridays – 4:00pm to 10:00pmPhone :
+971 4 343 8333
Mercato Shopping Mall
In Italian, Mercato represents "Market". As suggested by its name, the themed mall brings together offerings from local, international and exclusive brands. The mall has a distinctive architectural concept that blends Spanish, Italian and French architectures. Quality conscious visitors will find Mercato as a splendid shopping destination. Located in Jumeirah with an aesthetically stimulating presence, the mall offers an entertaining and comprehensive shopping experience. Mercato has a very long history. Mr. Abdul Rahim Al Zarooni was a famous business man in Dubai, and he wanted a unique landmark to be established in the country. As an ardent traveller himself, Zarooni visited countries like Canada, Europe and USA. However, his visit to Italy gave him new ideas and that's how Mercato arrived. An interesting fact about Mercato is that every season and occasion, the mall sticks onto a special, different theme. The mall is decorated beautifully and prepared to host many events. Best Buys -
The mall is best in selling popular retail brands and offering international entertainment. It is a great place to get hold of brands.Facilities -
The stylish mall offers essential facilities like spacious car park, free WiFi and lounges. During festival seasons, the mall will give you a whole new surprise. Timings :
Saturday to Thursday: 10.00am–10.00pm
+971 4 344 4161
Built in over 1.44 million sq ft, the splendid and magnificent Oasis Center is located in Sheikh Zayed Road. The mall has a convenient layout and it apt for budget conscious visitors. The retail space is classed into four different levels. If you are a person of eclectic taste, you should visit this mall! Best Buys :
The place has fashion stops like Koton, New Look, BHS, Aeropostale, Max, SpringField and Mothercare. While, if you are sports inclined you should visit Adidas and Nike. Additionally, home makers will find Oasis Center's Q Home Decor and Home Center as an ideal heaven. Concept stores like Gourmet Station and Fitness First are also considered as the mall's unique forms of attraction. Facilities :
The mall has two basement levels to support 1650 vehicles. Moving on, you will have access to free WiFi and lounges in the mall.Timings :
Weekdays - 10.00am to 10.00pm
On Thursdays and Fridays - 10.00am to 12 midnight Address:
Jumeirah Beach Road
Mall Enquiries (Tel): +971 04 344 4161
Palm Strip Shopping Mall
Built in 1999, Palm Strip Shopping Mall is one of Dubai's oldest shopping centers. The mall is built strategically in Jumeirah, a great location for vacations and outings. The mall devours the look and feel of Californian malls. It has green pockets, carved terraces, carefully chosen food outlets and open-air cafes. Palm Strip Shopping Mall is present in close proximity to the beach. This adds more value and image to the shopping outlet. If you want to hang out with your friends and little kids, you should visit Palm Strip Shopping Mall.Best Buys -
The mall has a carefully chosen list of fashion brands that will lure your mind and heart. Apart from these, you should visit the mall for its exclusive designer boutiques and beauty Parlours.Facilities -
The mall has open terrace cafes and restaurants, with a quiet surrounding for a great shopping experience. Timings :
Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Phone :
+ 971 4 224 9222
Wafi City Mall
Last but certainly not the least, Wafi City Mall is the country's award winning, exclusive and stylish mall no one should miss. The epic shopping center is made of sculptures, mosaics, glasses and carvings. It is a happening mall that is active during the mornings and night hours. Apart from shopping outlets, the mall hosts frequent exhibitions. Wafi has some of the world's most influential and revered fashion brands like Nicole Farhi, Chanel & Escade, Roccobarroco, Kitson, Versace and Ginger & Lace. Moving on, Wafi City Mall is a place for great food and art! Best Buys -
Wafi City Mall is apt for fashionable items and designer wears. Moving on, you should visit the mall for branded clothing, carpets, footwear and antique jewelry. Facilities -
Ample amounts of space for car parking, transport to major parts of the city and exotic bistros.Timing :
Saturday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pmPhone :
+ 971 4 324 4555
Shopping in Dubai will be a revitalizing experience. Almost all malls in the country are open between 8am and late nights. Generally, the malls are closed on Fridays. However, malls, souks and shops remain closed only during mornings on Fridays. Apart from exquisite shopping malls, the place features many sophisticated outlets like duty free shops for foreigners.
Two Ideal Destinations For Street Shoppers in Dubai
No #1 - Al Faheidi Street
Al Faheidi Street is an important place for street shoppers in Dubai! The place is located in Bur Dubai and it is an area that mixes a wide range of shoes with an exclusive collection of products like shoes, clothes and jewellry. The place is packed with many fancy items like watches and phones at rock bottom rates. However, remember that the place does not sell genuine items at all times. You should search for goods that would be worth what you pay for! Al Faheidi Street is often and intensely visited by Indians. After dark, crowds start pouring into the street and they are filled with bargains galore. You have the opportunity to bargain on everything that you buy!
What to Buy
: Al Faheidi Street has a wide range of items; however, you should visit the street especially for shoes, watches and textiles.What to Pay
: The prices of products will depend on how you bargain! Always remember that you can cut down upto 70% from the actual price.What to See
: As you complete your shopping spree in Al Faheidi, you should pay a visit to the Dubai Museum that is close to the Al Fahidi Fort. Built during late 1787s, the Museum is a well reserved and extremely old building in the country. The Museum displays traditional Dubai and its archaeological finds.
No #2 - Karama Shopping Street
Karama is a small market with lots of traditional and historical importance. The market is located 10 minutes from Dubai Creek and is regarded as a charming bazaar with everything under the sun. The place is well known for its fake handbags, pashminas, T Shirts, sunglasses, heritage items, cheap jeans, souvenirs and watches. Unlike huge shopping malls that would pull your eyes and increase your heart beat, Karama is a place for cheap, realistic merchandise. You can shop in this street without worrying about going bankrupt!
What to Buy
: You would not believe, but you can get hold of products from famous brands like Calvin Klein, Juicy Couture, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Burberry from Karama! However, remember to keep your eyes open when you pick an item. What to Pay
: Bargain, Bargain and More Bargain in Karama is the secret to an exclusive shopping experience in this Creek!
What to See
: Apart from street shops, the place has a mini mall with many small-town shops. Moreover, you will find many small shops with different varieties of dishes, ranging across different types of cuisines like Italian, Indian, Chinese and Mangolian!!!
No #3 - Gold Souk in Dubai
A popular destination in Dubai with
Indians in every corner is Dubai Gold Souk. The
market is located in the Al-Sabkha Road in Deira. It is sells vibrant
gold at reasonable rates. Most Indians visit Al-Sabkha to buy gold at
discounted rates. They offer exquisite jewellery worth a look even if
you don't buy them, though it is very difficult to resist the
temptation! The crowded street offers beautiful gold necklaces,
bracelets, rings and studs at low rates. Apart from cheap gold
jewellery, Al Sabkha Road is renowned for its best quality gold. There
are about 300 retailers with both international and national making
their presence felt. Address :
Deira (near Baniyas Square) Al-Sabkha Road, Dubai
Dubai Annual Shopping Festival
The Dubai Shopping Festival is locally called as "Layali Dubai". It is an annual event meant for ardent shoppers and real shopoholics. The event was conceived during early 1996. Ever since then, the shopping festival has been a grand success. Dubai Shopping Festival opens with amazing firework shows and lasts for around 32 days. Currently, the festival attracts more than three million visitors every year. If you are ought to visit Dubai, try to step into the country during this annual event.
Layali Dubai is an ideal time for exclusive bargains and discounts. It is a time when rich, expensive items can be bought at unbeatable prices. It would be a shopaholic's dream to be in Dubai during DSF. A huge array of goods from perfumes to jewelry to watches to electronic goods to spices can be bought without paying any tax during this time of year. Additionally, the amazing time of the year gives away gifts worth several thousand Dirhams. For instance, in 2012 the Mega Raffle draw gave away Luxury QX56 SUV and a cash prize of AED 100,000 to a lucky shopper every day. The stunning car costs around AED 450, 000. Apart from these discounts, offers, promotions and bargains, DSF is a time for entertainment. You will spot many music shows, street performances, firework displays and film festivals in and around Dubai. Also, don't miss the annual Fashion Week that is hosted by famous brands and International Labels.
What Should You Buy During the Dubai Shopping Festival?
- Dubai Shopping Festival is the best time to buy expensive cars! This is because during this time of the year, you will get access to cars at affordable rates. The required model can be booked and bought at lower rates .than usual.
- DSF is regarded as a global village for clothes and accessories. People from different parts of the world flock into Dubai to get hold of clothes from this festival. You can get your hands of different types of clothes that are categoried based on the style, trend, quality and price.
- DSF would remain incomplete without electronic items. If you are in the country during DSF, don't forget to buy appliances like televisions, mobile phones and laptops. Even in luxury malls, you will have the wit to buy branded electronics at comparatively low prices.
- One of the wisest things to buy from the Dubai Shopping Festival is Gold.The Gold Souk in Dubai will confer you with high quality gold at a low price. Apart from affordability, you can buy gold that is made in jewellery of different patterns, designs and weights.
- Last but certainly not the least, Dubai Shopping Festival is an exotic time of the year for amazing nuts and spices.
Thus, if you a budget conscious buyer, planning on your next shopping trip; you should visit Dubai! The tax free trading country offers exclusive items at very low rates!
Watch this video to feel the pulse of Dubai Shopping Festival!
Dubai Shopping Festival 2014
Duty Free Shopping in Dubai
Don't worry, if your long shopping list isn't complete before departing! Dubai Duty Free Shopping will bail you out! Dubai Duty Free Shopping is one of the largest airport retailers in the world. Dubai Duty Free celebrated its 30th Birthday on 20th December 2013. This was when DDF recorded a yearly sales figure of USD 1.8 billion. The place employees more than 6000 people and is regarded as vital benchmark in the field of airport-retailing. Till 2014, Dubai Duty Free has enjoyed 450 awards. Few crucial awards to be named would include "Best Enterprise Awards", "Best Duty Free Shopping", "Best Airport Travel Retailer of The Year" and "Middle East Retailer of the Year Award".
Apart from being a great consign for shopping, Dubai Duty Free is well known for Tennis Championships. Recently, Dubai Duty Free expanded its floor area by 7,000 sq.ft, en covering over a total area of 26,000 sq.ft at Dubai International Airport. From champagne to wine, to cigars, clothes, accessories, books and electronic items, duty free shopping is a bonus for tourists traveling to Dubai. However, note the luggage restrictions and allowances before purchasing.
Duty Free Allowance for Indian Travelers in Dubai
According to recent updation issued by the Indian Customs, air travellers, who have stayed less than 7 days in Dubai are allowed to carry jewelry worth INR 10,000 without any declarations. As per the new rules, if you have gold that is worth more than INR 10,000 you must officially declare it. The move is done to hamper the flow of gold between Dubai and India. Moreover, individuals are asked to complete lots of paperwork.
Indians who reside outside the country (should have being away from the nation for at least 6 months), will be permitted to bring free gold into the country. Where, male passengers can carry gold worth INR 50,000 and female passengers can carry gold worth INR 1 lakh. As the amount of gold exceeds the predestined figure, a customs duty of 10% and an excess duty of 2% should be paid.
Apart from gold, travellers can carry commercial goods worth 3000 Dirhams, perfumes worth 3000 Dirhams, 4 liters of wine, spirits and beer! When it comes to tobacco based items, travellers are permitted to carry 2 kilograms of cigars and tobacco. On an average, travellers should be have more than USD 10,000 in hand.
8 Must Buys From Dubai
Here in Dubai, all that shines and glitters is Gold! In Dubai, even the evening lights will deceive your eyes. The country is extremely famous for its amazing gold market. People from different parts of the world, tend to flock into Dubai for its cheap and high quality gold. Dubai Gold Souk is well known for its huge gold market. The market was established during early 1940s. The souk is located in Deira. This is the city's official business district. As you walk through this street, you will come across tons and tons of high-quality gold at competitive rates. However, you should be good at bargaining to survive and bag gold at half the price. The souk has more than 300 diamond and gold retailers. Gold shops in this eastern region are crafted carefully.
Dubai attracts more than a million tourists every year for its Spice Souk. The traditional market should be a part of your must-visit list. The Spice Souk is located next to the Gold Souk. It is present in the Deira, the business district of Dubai. As you cross through the Dubai Spice Souk, you will come across a huge myriad of spice shops. The street is arranged in small narrow, congested lanes. Apart from spices, these shops sell a wide range of herbs, fragrances, nuts and dried fruits from different parts of the Middle East. The Spice Souk will give you an amazing open-air marketing experience. According to experienced retailers, the smell of cloves, cardamom, incense and cinnamon from Dubai's Spice Souk will revitalize your soul and heal your body.
If you get a chance to visit Dubai, you must return with a handful of carpets. Being Iran's nearest neighbor, Dubai is a great place to engage in carpet shopping. From exquisite Persian carpets to rich Iran carpets, the place has everything you could think off! Nevertheless, when you shop for carpets, you should focus on the product's quality. Generally, you can judge the quality of carpets based on the number of knots and dye. The most expensive carpets in Dubai would be the silk ones. Similarly, Iranian carpets are much more expensive than the rest. This is because traditional Iranian Carpets are made of natural dyes. Moreover, the Iranian carpets are handmade using exquisite silk. The best place for carpet shopping in Dubai would be Blue Souq in Sharjah. The street sells a wide range of carpets at cheap, unbeatable rates.
Next to Dubai's Gold Souk is the Perfume Souk. As suggested by its name, the street is filled with an exotic range of perfumes. From Arabic Ittars to famous Western perfume brands, the street has everything you could think off! The mind blowing fragrances and sweet smelling perfumes will tempt you to visit this enthralling street. Though you can buy perfumes from huge shopping malls, the joy and experienced devoured by Dubai's Perfume Souk will leave you mesmerized. If you know how to bargain and negotiate, Perfume Souk is meant for you!
Though commoners in Dubai require a license to consume alcholic beverages, the country does offer some of the world's finest alcohol varieties. If you have the license to buy alcoholic beverages, you will definitely fall in love with Dubai's exotic range of drinks. When compared against many other other parts of the world, Dubai delights drinkers with rich beverages at affordable rates. This is a must-buy item from Dubai. However, Indians are advised to check on the amount of liquor you can carry from Dubai.
Dubai is regarded as a safe haven for electronic items. The place has massive shopping malls with everything you could think off! Electronics from Dubai will help you save lots of money! You can buy branded electronic items at cheap rates from Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Deira City Center, Festival Center, Walls of Emirates and Al Abraj Center. In Dubai you can fill your carts with everything from audio systems, laptops, electronic diaries, accessories, mobiles, cameras and televisions at affordable rates. The city sells electronic items at cheap rates due to its low-duties and no-taxation. Even for well known brands, you don't need to pay any tax or duty. Additionally, you can shop across different channels and streets. Luckily, even the crowdest streets in Dubai will provide you with flawless electronic items.
Till early 1970s, Dubai was well known for its spices, dried fruits and gold. However, the country's shopping industry witness many twists and turns after 1980. This was when people visited Dubai for fashionable goods like accessories, clothes and bags. The country has many high end boutiques with expensive designer wear. Shopping malls in Dubai will confer you with amazing footwear and clothing at unbeatable rates. Renowned brands like Ingelmo, Fendi, Alejandro and Belstaff are amongst the country's top 50 footwear boutiques. Dubai is a great travel destination where affordability meets style. A great neighborhood with designer wear would be "Satwa". The best time to buy designer clothes from Dubai would be during the "Dubai Shopping Festival". DSF is conducted during the first quarter of every year. It is a great feast for shoppers and retailers. Similarly, an important bazaar for designer wear would be Meena Bazaar. The souk is located in Bur Dubai. It will help you get hold of rare, expensive and beautiful handbags very low prices.
Camel Milk Chocolates
Along with Gold and Carpets, Dubai is famous for its rare Camel Milk Chocolates. The scrumptious chocolates will boost your immune system and health. The chocolates are made of fresh camel milk and lots of nuts. Camel Milk Chocolates are priced at 12 USD each.
Important Points to be remembered when you Shop in Dubai
Dubai is a shopping paradise with lots to see and explore. The place is a shopper's paradise! However, you should remember few important points, when you shop in Dubai:
- All malls are usually open from 10.00 am to 1.00 am, seven days a week. There would be slight variations during weekends, festive seasons and Fridays.
- Travellers should be very careful about their looks and behaviour in malls. Though malls may look bigger and better than what is present in USA or Europe, the Islamic Country adheres to stern rules and regulations. For instance, you may even hear prayer songs in the mall's speakers!
- Don't show lots of skin in Dubai Shopping areas. Try to wear decent, fully covered clothes.
- Don't display excess affection, love and care in the shopping areas.
- Don't speak stern, aggressive words in the mall. If you get caught using a bad word, you should be prepared to face the worse.
- During the Holy month of Ramadan, you must not eat or drink in the shopping malls.
- The best fashion sales and offers would pop up during the start of every year and during summer months.
So what are you waiting for? Dubai gives both a budget and a luxury traveller multiple shopping options to explore - something not too common in India! And yes, please carry at least one large additional suitcase to bring things bag! Oh! much better you can buy one in Dubai itself!