8 Unique Dubai Souvenirs
No trip is complete without a few souvenirs to take back home, and help preserve the happy holiday memories. And Dubai, being the luxury haven it is, has no shortage of stylish mementos to take home to remind you of your desert adventures. Here are some of our choicest picks.
A camel you can take home with you
Little girls will love the cute little pink camel soft toy from Camel Company, a modern, quirky twist to traditional Arabic souvenirs. Even grown up girls won’t be able to resist the unique, designer camels with puppy eyes.
From AED39 at Camel Company, The Dubai Mall
+971 4 330 8117
The hypnotising scent of Arabia
Evoke an 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.
AED2,050 for 30ml at Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall
+971 4 330 8289
The perfect silk scarf
Fashionistas and visitors after something both luxurious and practical will love a handmade silk scarf featuring elegant Arabesque calligraphy from the artsy Al Quoz district.
AED250 at Antique Museum, 12B Al Quoz Industrial Area
+971 4 347 9935
A 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 of yore would carry. An intricate frame keeps it protected and display-ready.
AED23,500 at Al Jaber Gallery, The Dubai Mall
+971 4 339 8566
Camel milk chocolate
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.
AED139 at gift shops of leading hotels, and Dubai Duty (also available at select souvenir stores, and online)
…Or camel milk soap
Bring back a gift of handmade soap and treat yourself to the powers of camel milk. These all-natural soaps in fragrances such as sweet orange and cinnamon, lavender, and rosemary and peppermint from The Camel Soap Factory, are made in Dubai using 25% camel milk (known to heal and soften skin), pure essential oils and fine olive oil.
AED99 for a gift pack of two, at Arabika, Ibn Battuta Mall (also available at other souvenir stores and online)
+971 50 452 0826
A personalised piece of jewellery
A personalised gold or silver necklace with your name in Arabic is a memorable keepsake, and the delicate calligraphy-style design looks pretty too.
Price on application at all Damas outlets (in various malls across Dubai, and Gold & Diamond Park)
A traditional Arabic coffee pot is a classic souvenir from Dubai. This oversized brass coffee pot is encrusted with coloured stones, and will look stunning in any home. It’s a wonderful memento of your trip to Dubai. Just don’t try and actually serve coffee from it.
AED1,800 at Antique Museum, 12B Al Quoz Industrial Area
+971 4 347 9935