Between Dubai’s grandiose malls, traditional souks and hip boutiques, you’re practically guaranteed to find a souvenir to treasure from your trip. Plus, with massive citywide shopping festivals like Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises, you could snag the deal of a lifetime during your visit to this global shopping destination.
With world-class malls that elevate the shopping experience to a completely new height, Dubai is one place where you can shop till you drop and you’ll still want to return for more. From the palatial Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, to the eye-popping wonder of the internationally inspired Ibn Battuta Mall, these mega-complexes are filled with entertainment for all ages. Plus, when you tire of shopping you can hit the slopes on an indoor ski mountain or swim with sharks in a massive aquarium—it’s all possible at the mall.
Travel back in time to the heart of old Dubai, where the bustling souks will treat your senses to rich sounds, sights and scents. Follow your nose to the Perfume Souk and indulge your desire for sought-after jewels and precious metals at the Gold Souk. Across the Dubai Creek, wander through the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai and dig through swaths of brightly coloured silks and embroidered fabrics.
For a more contemporary take on the Arabian market, Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Madinat Jumeirah and Souk Al Bahar overlooking the Dubai Fountain are great souvenir stops.
Shopping is a way of life in Dubai, where the city’s malls serve as recreational destinations and dining precincts as much as they do places for shopping. Take on one of Dubai’s iconic shopping malls where you will find everything from ski fields to aquariums, or meander around one of the city’s elegant outdoor shopping areas like Box Park, The Beach opposite JBR or City Walk.
There’s also plenty of traditional shopping at the Gold, Spice and Textile souks, which are worth a visit by themselves for their location in fascinating old Dubai.