There’s no denying the glitz and glamour of Dubai. The city’s become one of the hottest tourist destinations in recent years, thanks in part to its amazing shopping facilities. Here are some suggestions of where to shop in the majestic ‘City of Gold’:
Intrepid exploring (of the malls!)
If you like treating yourself to nice things, whether it’s retail therapy or a whim, the shopping malls in Dubai are a dream. They’re massive and you’ll find some of the world’s most exclusive brands there. However, Dubai malls are for more than just shopping. The Mall of the Emirates, for example, is also home to an indoor ski resort and snow park. Head here to cool off from that hot Middle Eastern sun!
As well as more than one thousand stores, Dubai’s somewhat legendary Dubai Mall includes the Dubai Aquarium, an Underwater Zoo and an Olympic-size ice rink, not to mention lots of cafés and restaurants. You can easily spend a couple of days exploring everything this center has to offer.
Wafi Mall sets a slightly different tone, with its sizable collection of artwork. You’ll feel like you’re walking through a gallery instead of a 350-store shopping center!
The Ibn Battuta Mall, designed in honor of Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta, is also something of an experience. Divided into six courts, the mall reveals the vast architecture that Battuta explored. Head here for some shopping and a glimpse into Dubai’s history.
Being good to yourself
Dubai has become such a global hub that you can find nearly anything you want there. The Mall of the Emirates alone boasts 520 international brands. Top designer clothes, exquisite jewelry and local silks and cashmere are aplenty. You might even score a freebie or two, such as a complimentary bottle of water at the Deira City Centre.
Somewhere to lay your head
Finally, to truly make the most of your shopping holiday, consider staying on-site at one of the malls. There are not one but two glamorous five-star hotels connected to the Mall of the Emirates.
The Address Dubai Mall, a hotel attached to the Dubai Mall, is also perfectly designed for the serious shopper. Set in a location not far off ideal in downtown Dubai, the luxury hotel even overlooks the impressive Burj Khalifa.
So, head to Dubai for the ultimate shopping experience. Shop ‘til you drop and remember to book in an extra bag for the return flight!