Dubai Shopping

Dubai thrives on trade, and so you'll not be short of somewhere to shop. 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 to spend up big.

Historically goods have come 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 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 over textiles, spices, and jewelry. But Dubai has also fallen in love with the air-conditioned mall, and these modern retail temples range over millions of square feet. Here there is an emphasis on luxury goods, with a capital "L." Residents are very brand-conscious and you'll find every label you'd also expect to see in Paris, New York, and Milan.

Although Dubai certainly appears to be shopping heaven, it's worthwhile keeping in mind the Latin phrase caveat emptor, or "buyer beware." Although prices are tax free, that doesn't necessarily mean 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. Shopping festivals can be filled with bargains, but often involve the retailers bringing out last years' stocks, so be informed if you are making an expensive purchase. Malls and major retailers are safe, but there are many sole traders in parts of Old Dubai around Karama, Satwa, and Bur Dubai, where fakes are rife. This extends over electronics, clothing, and accessories.

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Ahasees Spa

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Grand, both in size and decor, Ahasees has voluminous spaces including a 20-meter indoor lap pool, which sits in a conservatory-style...

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...

Alserkal Avenue

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An entire district rather than just one gallery, Alserkal is an entire creative zone where one could happily spend an entire afternoon;...

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...

Armani Spa

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Visiting the Armani Spa is just as stylish as slipping on an Armani suit. The interiors are sleek and minimal, with all those trademark...

Art Space Gallery

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The DIFC holds many galleries, and is a hub for investors and enthusiasts. It has built a reputation as a leading creative area in the...

Boutique Le Chocolat

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With its glamorous finishing, 19th-century chocolate factory paraphernalia, life-size chocolate sculptures and the design work of some...

BurJuman Centre

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BurJuman might be one of Dubai's oldest malls, but recent upgrades have seen it come back to past glories. It had been known as an elite...

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. There is an excellent...

City Walk

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This sleek development by the same developers who brought us the Dubai Canal manages to project that outside-in feel, perfect for Summer...


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