Dubai Shopping Malls

It is easy to be impressed by Dubai’s shopping scene: glitzy, glamorous malls featuring designer names and international brands sit alongside quaint souks (markets), where money and goods have changed hands in the same way for decades.

Dubai has many souks, each specialising in a particular type of product. The Textile Souk sells fabrics in all colours and styles, the Spice Souk sells a huge range of herbs and spices in a rich, fragrant atmosphere, and the Gold Souk glitters with shop windows full of high-quality gold and diamond jewellery.Dubai Shopping Malls There are also the more modern ‘souks’, which have been built recently, but in the style of ancient Arabian souks – Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Khan Murjan at Wafi, and Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Burj Khalifa.

When it comes to shopping malls, Dubai breaks many boundaries in terms of size and style. From Dubai Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the world and houses an ice rink, an aquarium where you can dive with sharks, and an indoor amusement centre complete with daring rides, to Mall of the Emirates, home to the world’s largest indoor ski slope, Dubai’s malls offer so much more than just shopping.

Most of the larger malls have sections dedicated to Dubai handicrafts and souvenirs. Some of the more popular souvenirs include Persian carpets, carved wooden boxes, trinket boxes made from camel bone, traditional headscarves (keffiyeh), oudh (a scented piece of wood burned to perfume clothes or homes), dates and traditional jewellery.

Prices on many items purchased in Dubai are very reasonable. However, in souks and markets it is customary to bargain with the seller, even if this is not a practice you are used to in your home country.

 Most shops in shopping malls accept cash or credit cards, and they may accept foreign currencies too. If you don’t have cash in dirhams, you will find numerous money exchanges throughoShopping Mall Dubaiut all of Dubai’s shopping malls.

There are two major events each year that are linked to shopping: the first is the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is world famous for its discounts and bargains.The second is the Dubai Summer Surprises – there is less of an emphasis on shopping, but many stores hold huge sales during the summer months and there are plenty of bargains to be had.