Dubai Shopping

Dubai is a mecca of shopping, and if it's sheer volume that gets you to part with your dollars there are few spots on earth that can beat it. With tax-free prices and billions of dollars' worth of giveaways for customers, the emirate has gained a reputation as the place for bargains.

Dubai produces next to no products, but it never mattered because historically goods came flooding in from

around the Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, and the horn of Africa. Now they stream in from around the globe, as designers hunger to establish a presence in this red-hot town.

The top buys start with gold and precious stones—Dubai is one of the cheapest places in the world to buy quality jewelry. It's also the largest marketplace, outside of Iran, for handmade Persian rugs, and prices are much more affordable than in the United States and Europe. Indian and Chinese silks and satins occupy an important sector of the market, while spices and incense are must-buy items. The city has what might be the best range of up-market goods outside of New York Fashion Week. It's rare to find such a saturation of French, Italian, American, and British designers together in one city.

The alleyways of the old downtown souks still have the bustling atmosphere of a traditional Arab trading port, and you can get down to some serious haggling here. But Dubai has fallen in love with the air-conditioned mall, and these modern retail temples range over millions of square feet.

Although Dubai certainly appears to be shopping heaven, it's worthwhile keeping in mind the Latin phrase caveat emptor, or "buyer beware." Large electronics producers use Dubai to offload last year's stock, so many computers, electronics, and cameras are not current models. And even though the shopping is tax free, it doesn't necessarily mean that prices for international goods will be cheaper than in your hometown. Numerous shoppers come to Dubai from countries where luxury goods and designer labels are hard to get, so price is less important than availability. If getting a bargain is the main reason for traveling to Dubai, make sure to research prices of similar goods at home before you come.

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Akaru Spa

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Akaru Spa, a large private spa with 14 treatment rooms, a sauna, and hammam (Turkish bath), has a range of treatments available. Alongside...

Al Ghurair City

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Al Ghurair City, Dubai's first mall, still draws shoppers in droves with its well-known labels, including Adidas, French Connection,...

Al Karama Healthcare Centre

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Al Karama Healthcare Centre is a holistic medical center concentrating on the principles of ayurveda. The practitioners here offer diagnostic...

Amara Spa

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Amara Spa, surrounding a palm-shaded pool, offers eight luxury pavilion spa suites with living area and terrace, hammam, and aromatic...

Angsana Spa & Health Club

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Angsana Spa & Health Club is managed by the Banyan Tree Spa company in Singapore, and brings a tropical Southeast Asian spa concept...

Art Space Gallery

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Art Space Gallery, with a changing roster of exhibitions of Middle Eastern artists, is at the forefront of the growing interest in contemporary...


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B21 represents more than 15 local and international artists, and mostly stocks contemporary Arabian art across a range of genres. B21...


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Boulevard is Dubai's most exclusive retail address. This bijou (jewel) of a mall of less than 50 outlets is packed with luxury brands.

BurJuman Centre

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BurJuman Centre, an 800,000-square-foot boxy building, houses a some of downtown's finest designer names and a smattering of top-label...

CHI The Spa

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To reach CHI The Spa you cross the marble bridge over soothing pools, a symbolic departure from everyday stress. Biodroga and Futuresse...


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