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Six of the best bookstores in Dubai

Mon, November 7, 2022

Want to pick up a copy of the latest award-winning novel, or buy books for the kids? Look no further than this list of the best bookstores in Dubai.

Want to pick up a copy of the latest award-winning novel, or buy books for the kids? Look no further than this list of the best bookstores in Dubai.


Books Kinokuniya

Kinokuniya in Dubai

Books Kinokuniya is by far one of the largest bookshops in Dubai and is situated across an expansive 68,000 square feet space on the ground floor of Dubai Mall. The bookstore’s collection includes more than half a million publications, including a wide range of both Arabic and English texts. It is also home to several smaller collections of other international languages, including French, German and Chinese. The bookshop caters to readers of all ages and genres and also stocks a substantial collection of magazines, Manga, music and stationery.



Booktopia in Dubai Festival City Mall is a bibliophile's dream. It’s one of the leading independent bookshops in Dubai and the family behind Booktopia have been helping readers for over 25 years. The expert-led team are on hand in the store to offer insider tips and advice on everything from classic texts to the latest new releases. The store stocks both Arabic and English language books, across all age groups. Booktopia is currently situated in Dubai Festival City Mall, with a second bookstore in Dubai Festival Plaza.


Magrudys Centre Dubai
The flagship Magrudy’s store opened in Dubai more than 40 years ago and quickly became one of the most popular school suppliers in the city. Since then, the store has gone from strength to strength, with four shops across the city. Although the shop now sells a vast number of books across different genres, the ethos of the bookstore is firmly rooted in education, with a large number of academic books for children of all ages. For adults, there is also a good range of non-fiction and fiction in both English and Arabic.


This independent bookstore has locations in both The Springs and Jumeirah neighbourhoods and caters for the youngest readers in the family. Bookworm is home to a brilliant range of fiction, non-fictional and educational literature for children of all ages. Alongside its extensive number of books, the store also stocks a variety of games and crafts all aimed at encouraging learning and creativity in young minds.



This popular British export has several bookstores in Dubai, including outposts in The Dubai Mall, Wafi City, Downtown Dubai and City Walk. This store focuses on the latest best-selling English language book releases, along with a large selection of international English language magazines and newspapers, with a smaller selection of Arabic media available.


Borders is somewhat of a household name in the UAE, with more than ten bookshops in Dubai alone. Each store has a range of the latest new English language releases for all age groups, with a smaller number of Arabic titles. The store also stocks local and international magazines, stationery and school supplies for the youngest shoppers. You can also find the latest games, toys and gifts in the outlets, which makes it a one-stop shop especially in the festive season.
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