Dubai Duty Free: Retail therapy as soon as you land
The joys of shopping start at Dubai’s doorstop. Dubai Duty Free, sprawling across more than 60,000 square meters in two airports, has been named the largest airport retailer, recording annual sales of over US$ 1.917 billion last year, and representing over 5% of the world’s duty-free sales. Fastest-moving products include perfume, gold and confectionery.
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By the Creek: Throwback to old-world Dubai
Before gleaming developments began sprouting across Dubai, the city grew around the creek, the heart of its import-export industry. Today, this neighborhood is experiencing revival as the seat of a thriving cultural scene. It has a rich repertoire of art fairs, galleries, museums and cafes among the wind-towers of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood and long-winding lanes of the textile souks and tailors in Bur Dubai. Enjoy a traditional Abra ride across Dubai Creek and make your way through a maze of colour and aromas that is Deira’s Spice Souk. A few steps from there is the famous Dubai Gold Souk, a hub of hand crafted masterworks from traditional to modern designs.
The heritage and culture of the old neighborhoods are contrasted with the gleaming modern architecture: from the opulent malls of
Deira City Centre
Al Ghurair City
Hamarain Shopping Centre
to the street markets of Riqqa, Muraqqabat and Salahuddin streets and the souks of Nasser Square (This is now known as Bani Yas Square), Naif, Murshid or Al Kabeer.
Downtown Dubai: Head to the Center of Now
Downtown Dubai, home to the iconic Burj Khalifa, reflects the city’s hunger for the new. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, lined with delicately lit palm trees, is specked with pretty cafes and restaurants and the Dubai fountain, set in a 30-acre manmade lake, in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, entertains with a light and sound performance. The neighborhood is also home to the World Trade Center and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall, where the festivities of Dubai Shopping Festival will be in full swing.
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The World Trade Center
Marina: Shopping with a view
The city’s first outdoor shopping and dining promenade, The Walk at JBR, boasts an attractive mix of more than 300 restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets and boutiques. You can stroll along the coastline, browse knick-knacks, or head to the Open Beach to dip your toes in the sea. At Ibn Battuta Mall, which celebrates the travels of the famous Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta, interactive educational exhibits about his travels can be found among the more than
275 retailers; while at Marina Mall, there’s a mix of high street fashion brands and aspirational boutique fashion.
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Global Village: The world is yours
Global Village, one of the world's largest tourism, leisure and entertainment projects, hosts more than five million visitors each season. Pavilions representing many different countries feature stores thatsell traditional products including handicraft, knick-knacks, clothing and cuisine.
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In the boroughs: Value for money
Head to DragonMart, which is the largest trading center for Chinese products outside mainland China; or Dubai Outlet Mall where you’re sure to hit discounts ranging between 30%-90% on products from over 1,200 premium brands. At City Centre Mirdif and Arabian Center, there’s plenty of shops with home furnishings, electronics, jewelry, perfumes and fashion accessories.
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Dubai Outlet Mall
City Center Mirdif