THE GOLD SOUK

LOCATION Al Dhagaya, Deira

OPENING HOURS Open 24 hours, all days

Dubai is known for its incredible gold market, and many tourists from India purchase gold from the city as there is absolute quality assurance, lots of designs to choose from and big discounts and promotions during sales. Although there are plenty of jewellery shops spread around the city, shopping at the traditional Gold Souk is an experience in itself. Walk through the traditional Arabic lanes, covered with a wooden panel ceiling, with narrow cobbled streets, and traders of gold lining the streets. Get ready to be amazed by the generous display of gold all around the market. Choose from a wide variety of products and designs, and you can be absolutely assured of the purity of the gold. This is surely a must see when in Dubai!

Don't Forget to Buy: Gold jewellery

SPICE SOUK

LOCATION Sikkat Al-Khail Road, Deira

OPENING HOURS 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Saturday to Thursday), 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Friday)

ENTRY FEE Free Entry

The largest and oldest souk in Dubai, Deira Spice Souk welcomes you with an aroma that takes you into another world. With hundreds of stalls lined up along the narrow streets that make up the souk, it offers a wide range of exotic spices and frangrances, also known as ittar. You can also shop here for groceries, electronic goods and footwear at wholesale prices.

Don't Forget to Buy: Incense burners, Saffron, Henna kits, Sheesha pipes

 

DUBAI MALL

LOCATION Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road

OPENING HOURS Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:

ENTRY FEE Free Entry

Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world and boasts of 1200 retail outlets, along with 2 departmental stores and over 150 eateries. Clothes, accessories, books, toys, electronics and more - you can actually shop till you drop here! The Dubai Mall is, by far, the best place to shop at in Dubai. The mall is also home to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the Sega Republic Indoor Amusement Park and the Dubai Ice Rink. It will be wise to keep one day aside for the Dubai Mall on your trip to Dubai, for the wide range of entertainment options and shopping outlets it has to offer.

IBN BATTUTA MALL

LOCATION Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

OPENING HOURS 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEE Free of Charge

Built on the theme of the famous Middle-Eastern traveller Ibn Battuta’s travels, Ibn Battuta Mall is a wonderful reminder how culturally diverse and visually appealing various countries can be. With 270 shops, 50 restaurants, a 21-screen cinema and over 4,500 parking spaces on a total of 521,000 square metres, Ibn Battuta is the world’s largest themed shopping mall. Walk through China, Egypt, India, Andalusia, Persia and Tunisia, and admire the architectural elements specific to the places. A great place to go to with kids, who can learn about the journey and adventures of Ibn Battuta, while enjoying a day at the mall!

 

SOUK MADINAT, JUMEIRAH

LOCATION Al Sufouh Rd,Al Safouh - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

OPENING HOURS 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEE Free of Charge

At Souk Madinat, the traditional Arab market-place is perfectly replicated to the luxurious interiors of Madinat Jumeirah. One can shop from stalls and shops for a wide range of boutique brands, home accessory stores, souvenir gift shops, luxury fashion and jewellery, and more. This fascinating souk is also home to over 24 restaurants offering cuisines from all over the globe, including Italian, Asian, Indian, Persian, traditional Arabic and Lebanese, French and American. To top it all, enjoy spectacular views of the canal connecting Al Madinat, Al Qasr, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf and Jumeirah Al Naseem, the super luxurious hotels Al Madinat Hotel Complex is home to. While you are here, take the lovely abra tours, explore the nightlife and indulge in a range of entertainment activities, which make for a perfect luxurious night-out.

GLOBAL VILLAGE

LOCATION Emirates Road Highway, Dubai

OPENING HOURS Open from October to March: Saturday to Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursday to Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

ENTRY FEE AED 15

Unlimited shopping, cultural shows, fun fairs and dining venues – the Global Village in Dubai welcomes you with all this and much more. Stalls and pavilions from over 20 countries (offering their traditional handicrafts and other merchandise) are set up here.

Don't Forget to Buy: Handicrafts, Souvenirs from various countries

DEIRA CITY CENTRE

LOCATION Port Saeed District, Deira

OPENING HOURS Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Carrefour: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

ENTRY FEE Free Entry

Deira City Centre offers one of the best and oldest shopping experiences to its visitors. There are stores with something for everyone here. You can also shop at the hypermarket, Carrefour, for its wide range of products. A one-stop shop for entertainment in Deira, DCC is a favourite among locals and tourists for its wide choice of stores and relatively reasonable shopping options.

 

MALL OF THE EMIRATES

LOCATION Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road

OPENING HOURS Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

ENTRY FEE Free Entry

With over 520 international brands, this mall is the most popular one in Dubai and is a one-stop-shop for all kinds of tourits. It has around 85 cafes and restaurants as well as a multiplex, gaming arena and ski slope. Mall of the Emirates offers everything from clothes and bags to footwear and jewellery, from furniture and electronics to antiques and souvenirs.

Don't Forget to Buy: Arabic coffee set (Al Jaber Gallery), Carpets (Pride of Kashmir), Luxury brands for clothes, Footwear, Accessories

 

 

DEIRA PERFUME SOUK

LOCATION Sikkat Al Khail Road, Near Gold Souk, Dubai

OPENING HOURS 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Perfume Souk, one of the many souks around Dubai, is truly a dreamland for lovers of a good scent. With a huge variety of perfumes for men and women, the Perfume Souk, spread across many blocks, is sure to mesmerize you. Practically any and every brand of perfume and all fragrances that you can think of will be available here. Some brands you can shop for here include Hermes, Cartier, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy, to name a few.

Don't Forget to Buy: Perfumes

 

CENTRAL SOUK/BLUE SOUK

LOCATION Al Majaz close to Khalid Lagoon

OPENING HOURS Saturday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Carpets are one of the most sought after items when shopping in Dubai and Central Souk is a premium place to buy them. What’s more, crafty showpieces, stained glass lamps, trendy cushion covers and many other beautiful masterpieces for your home can be bought from here.

Don't Forget to Buy: Carpets, Handicrafts

BUR DUBAI TEXTILE SOUK

LOCATION Bur Dubai, Near Dubai Creek

OPENING HOURS 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The lively atmosphere of the place and the huge variety of textiles that can be purchased over here are reasons enough for you to visit Bur Dubai Souk. Whether or not you are a fan of shopping, you won’t be able to resist filling bags after bags with some of the best textiles from around the world. Find them in every colour, texture, weave or embroidery.

Don't Forget to Buy: Textiles

GOLD AND DIAMOND PARK

LOCATION Sheik Zayed Road, Interchange 4, Al Barsha

OPENING HOURS Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A leading jewellery market of Dubai, Gold and Diamond Park is a must-visit for its huge and scintillating collection. Some stores here offer great bargains and the good part about this market is that it is not very crowded. Buy excellent quality gold, diamond, semi-precious and precious stone jewellery which displays brilliant workmanship.

Don't Forget to Buy: Jewellery

THE WALK AT JBR

LOCATION Dubai Marina, in front of Jumeirah Beach Residence

OPENING HOURS Saturday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Friday: 3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk has a number of supermarkets and boutique shops along with nice eateries. The 1.7-kilometre stretch offers a number of shops, departmental stores, boutiques and much more where you can indulge in retail therapy. Local handicrafts, bags and jewellery are some things to keep a lookout for. 

Don't Forget to Buy: Handicrafts, Bags and jewellery

 

BURJUMAN CENTRE

LOCATION Trade Centre Road, Bur Dubai

OPENING HOURS Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

BurJuman is not just a shopping destination but a landmark in itself. Like other shopping malls in Dubai, it offers a wide array of goods on sale. The shopping options that you can find here range from cosmetics and footwear to stationery, lifestyle and personal care. Name it and BurJuman Centre will have it for you. It is also home to a fine concentration of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Fendi and Cartier, among others. If unique, stylish and high-end designer wear is what you are looking for, BurJuman Centre is the place for you. Even if you don’t want to splurge much, you can enjoy window shopping at the exclusive boutiques which are located here.

Don't Forget to Buy: Designer goods

MERCATO SHOPPING MALL

LOCATION 1 Jumeirah - Dubai

OPENING HOURS 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Boasting of beautiful Renaissance architecture and home to a huge supermarket, a 7-screen state-of-the-art cinema and endless shopping options, Mercato Mall is an experience in itself. Mercato is also famous for many exclusive confectionery shops that offer a wide range of handmade chocolates and other delicious goodies. Do drop by on your next trip to Dubai!

MIRDIF CITY CENTRE

LOCATION Mirdif, Emirates Road, Dubai

OPENING HOURS Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Mirdif City Centre is one of the Dubai’s newest shopping destinations and a one-stop-shop for you. The mall boasts of more than 465 stores offering something to suit every budget. Shops selling fashion apparel and accessories, books, electronics, stationery, goods for children and a variety of restaurants can be found here. Don’t forget to visit the shops selling special Arabian perfumes and herbal oils.

Don't Forget to Buy: Arabian perfumes and herbal oils

 

MEENA BAZAAR

LOCATION Bur Dubai (Cosmos Lane) - close to Khalid Bin Waleed Street

Packed with people at all times of the day, Meena Bazaar offers a delightful shopping experience for all. Stroll through the maze of kiosks and small shops selling fabrics, jewellery and a number of other knick knacks here. You can also enjoy a quick bite at one of the busy eateries. What’s more, Dubai Museum and Dubai Creek are at walking distance from Meena Bazaar.

Don't Forget to Buy: Fabrics and textiles

DRAGON MART

LOCATION Al Awir Rd, Dubai

OPENING HOURS Sunday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Dragon Mart truly lives up to its motto – Where you can find one in a million or a million of one. Sports, fashion, electronics, home décor, lifestyle, furniture and lots more – the list of things you can buy at this shopping mall is endless. In addition to this, Dragon Mart offers a number of facilities like baby strollers, wheelchairs, buggy service and valet parking to make your shopping experience comfortable.

 

THE KARAMA MARKET

LOCATION Off Za'abeel Road, Karama, Dubai

OPENING HOURS 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

From imitation goods of all sorts to local Arabian handicrafts and souvenirs - find them all at Karama Market. Located 10 minutes’ away from Dubai Creek, this is one of the most charming local markets of Dubai and offers goods of high quality at low prices. There are a number of eateries here which offer Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Arabian cuisine at rock-bottom prices.

Don't Forget to Buy: Imitation goods, Arabian handicrafts

SATWA DISTRICT

LOCATION Satwa Road and Dhiyafa Street, Dubai

A number of small shops and stores selling goods of all sorts can be found in the Satwa District. Conveniently located at a distance of 10 minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road, Satwa District offers a shopping experience which you will surely enjoy. Supermarkets, clothing stores, gift shops and more – you can find them all here. Test your bargaining skills at one of the stores here and you might just strike a good deal!