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Shopping for Gifts from Dubai
Remember your trip with a special memento

No trip is complete without a few souvenirs to take back home and help preserve the happy holiday memories. And Dubai, being the shopping haven it is, has no shortage of stylish mementos to stow in your checked luggage to remind you of your unique desert adventures. Here are some of our choicest picks.

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Exotic tastes

Exotic tastes

Wander through the historic alleyways of Dubai’s Spice Souk. Located close to the waterways of the Creek, let the scents of frankincense, citrus and rose petals guide you to this atmospheric souk. Each store here stocks a curated selection of the world’s best spices, with great bargains to be had if you engage in friendly bartering.

Add local spices to your list. You’ll find premium quality saffron at the souk and a top tip to keep in mind is that real saffron must have a sweet smell, but must never actually taste sweet. Other commonly used spices in Arabian cuisine include sumac, dukkah, za'atar and bezar.

   Spice Souk, Deira

Traditional Bedouin dagger

Traditional Bedouin dagger

Curved daggers, known as ‘khanjars’, are an intrinsic part of Dubai’s Bedouin heritage. Find made-in-UAE versions that faithfully represent the traditional design and are crafted in silver with real gold plating – not dissimilar to what tribal leaders would historically carry. An intricate frame keeps it protected and display-ready.

   Al Jaber Gallery, The Dubai Mall
  +971 4 339 8566

Statement accessories

Statement accessories

Combining traditional Arabic calligraphy with European leatherwork techniques, accessories brand Palestyle has an important humanitarian message behind its designs. Founded by Zeina Abou Chaaban, the Dubai-based brand has successfully contributed to supporting refugee women, as well as producing a beautiful range of bags that are undeniably Arabian.

Each silken thread embroidery detailing is handcrafted by refugees in the region, supplying them and their families with both a source of income but also the opportunity to keep their traditional handicrafts and cultural artistry alive. A beautiful souvenir of your time in Dubai, the classic shoulder bag style is something you’ll treasure for years to come.

   Palestyle at S*uce, The Dubai Mall
  +971 4 339 9696

The scent of Arabia

The scent of Arabia

Purchase a bottle of fine fragrance at the beginning of your Dubai adventure, and wear it close every day of your trip to create memories scented with the Middle East’s most famous notes. Evoke Arabian Night’s mysticism with Amber Aoud perfume from Roja Parfums. A creation of French master perfumer Roja Dove, this sweet and spicy fragrance combines notes of Arabian oud with saffron, sandalwood, rose, lime and bergamot.

Those ready for something heavier can indulge in an oud oil blended with Turkish rose and jasmine from Swiss Arabian, one of the city’s leading merchants of the fragrance. Designed to be dabbed on your wrists and edges of the abaya, the potent oil leaves a trail of perfume behind the wearer.

   Roja Dove at Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall
  +971 800 744

Everything camel

Everything camel

Combining the finest traditions of chocolate-making with creamy, nutritious camel milk, Al Nassma premium camel milk chocolates are decadent and luxurious. Their praline gift boxes, containing an assortment of flavours including whole milk, dates, 70% cocoa and Arabian spices, are must haves.

If you’re not too much of a sweet tooth, bring back a gift of handmade soap and treat yourself to the powers of camel milk. These all-natural soaps from The Camel Soap Factory are made in Dubai using 25% camel milk, which is known to heal and soften skin, as well as pure essential oils and fine olive oil. Take your pick from fragrances such as lemongrass, sweet orange and cinnamon, lavender, and rosemary and peppermint.

   The Camel Soap Factory at Arabika, Ibn Battuta Mall
  +971 50 452 0826

Gorgeous adornments

Gorgeous adornments

Jewellery lovers can go by a one-of-a-kind piece from local diamond and precious gems ateliers at the Dubai Gold Souk. A short abra ride from the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai, this souk features rows of shops with glitzy window displays. Whether you’re looking for a bespoke engagement ring, a one-of-a-kind gold necklace or bracelets with UAE-inspired charms, you’ll find it all here. Remember that the price of gold is set in Dubai, so you can only haggle on the making or craftsmanship charges.

If bling isn’t your thing, fashionistas and visitors after something that’s both luxurious and practical will love a handmade silk scarf featuring elegant Arabesque calligraphy from the Antique Museum at the artsy Al Quoz district.

   Gold Souk, Deira

A personalised sunhat

A personalised sunhat

What better way to remember Dubai’s endless summer, cheerful sunshine and blue skies than a wide-brimmed sunhat? This popular street-style trend has found its roots in Dubai, with accessories design label 2520 producing a fun and eye-catching range of stylish and sun-safe wide-brimmed straw hats.

Opt for the new season collection of fun holiday-themed phrases and motifs – including an ode to Dubai – or try personalising your own hat design with your name or a favourite saying. In addition to the floppy brim style, the brand also offers Panama hats, men’s and kids’ designs, so your family won’t be hard to spot on the beach.

   2520 at SummerSou Beach Boutique, One & Only Royal Mirage
  +971 4 399 9999

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