Dubai has evolved into the world’s favourite shopping destinations. Dubai shopping is now practically a way of life, from its traditional gold souk to the opulent Dubai Mall. From local vendors to international brands, Dubai boasts some of the most prestigious shops on the globe, all in the same city.
Dubai’s best malls
The first stop for anyone on a shopping break in Dubai has to be the Dubai Mall. This huge shopping centre is heaven for holidaymakers who want to shop from morning to night. Inside, visitors can find over 1000 stores, as well as excellent restaurants, cafes and an indoor aquarium with its own shark tunnel. For the little ones, KidZania - Dubai Mall’s very own children’s theme park – will provide hours of entertainment.
Until the opening of Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates was Dubai’s biggest mall and it’s still among its most popular. This mall hosts exclusive department stores and designer brands. Elsewhere, Deira City Centre is famed for its selection of high street stores and Mercato is an elegant Renaissance-themed shopping attraction.
In the city's traditional souks, a mesmerising array of international spices colourfully arranged alongside one another. And with over 300 stores, the gold souk is the ideal place to pick up jewellery that has special meaning.
Dubai Shopping Festival
In January and February each year, Dubai hosts the Dubai Shopping Festival. This major event attracts around three million visitors to the UAE annually and it’s marked by significant discounts in almost all of Dubai’s shops and malls.