Dubai has expanded over the past 20 years and contributes a large portion towards United Arab Emirates’ economy, if not as much as Abu Dhabi. The major part of Dubai’s economy is due to the large number of tourists the city attracts, owing to its rich architectural structures and big shopping deals. Dubai is synonymous to shopping as there is nothing that you cannot buy in the city. The Emirate is full of huge shopping malls offering everything from gold to designer labels and electronics, constructed side by side with the local souks, selling spices, carpets, rugs and clothing. Goods from all over the world including Iran, China, Turkey and India are available in Dubai.
Shopping in Dubai is a national past time, for visitors, locals as well as residents of the city. Dubai is famous for its shopping festivals that are held in the city, two times in a year. These shopping festivals are annual events, that run for a month and offer huge discounts on all the major brands. The most popular shopping extravaganza amongst the two is the Dubai Shopping Festival or the DSF that has a record of attracting millions of people alone for this mega fest. In addition to shopping, DSF is internationally acclaimed for organizing the best of different sectors of events, concerts and fashion shows with international celebrities performing during this fest. Malls as well as the local souks take part in the DSF and offer major discounts on all the products. The fest is organized in the month of January and continues till the month of February, every year, full with firework display to mark the start of the event and continuing for the entire month.
Another annual shopping fest held in the city is the Dubai Summer Surprises or the DSS, which is a month-long event, starting at the beginning of Summer in Dubai. This festival is more popular amongst the residents of the Emirates for its various shopping deals and other fun activities designed for the whole family. Aside from these festivals, year-round shopping pulls in visitors from everywhere throughout the world. Depending upon what you are searching for there are many mainstream and shifted shopping goals for visitors and residents alike.
There are five most popular shopping hubs in Dubai, that has made the city one of the World’s largest shopping destinations.
Dubai Shopping Mall
No matter how many malls come up in Dubai, the Dubai Mall is still the one that provides people with a complete shopping experience. This mall is more of a mini-city, complete with indoor waterfall, ski-rink and an increasing number of food outlets.
Deira Gold Market
The market or Souk is lined with several shops selling gold of all different designs, varying from gold jewellery to gold bars. You can make some of the best bargains in this Souk, which is not possible in many parts of the world. Take your time while selecting a piece of jewellery as there are variety of options to choose from.
Al Fahidi Street
Since Dubai is a tax-free nation, electronics are much less expensive here than in different parts of the world. Al Fahidi Street is filled with electronic shops that offer PCs, portable workstations, cameras and in addition family unit electronics like stoves, fridges and washing machine.
The Global Village is a shopping festival that includes pavilions from all around the world. Its fair like atmosphere draws in guests from late November all the way to the end of February and features brave tricks and shows from global artists. Every structure showcases relics and things from their nation. If you are patient enough to wait till the last week, you can avail heavy discounts on some items.
Karama Shopping Centre
Karama shopping centre proves to be a reasonable option to shop at, for your family and friends, if you are planning to take gifts and souvenirs for them. The price at the shopping centre is inexpensive as compared to the malls of Dubai. Though there aren’t major attractions to look at, the shopping centre is filled with shops that sell knock off designer clothes, handicrafts, imitation watches and souvenirs, to take home, from the region.