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Dubai’s best outdoor malls and markets

Mon, October 18, 2021

Spend an afternoon exploring the city's al fresco shopping hotspots.

Spend an afternoon exploring the city's al fresco shopping hotspots.


The Beach

If you like strolling along the beach while you do your shopping, The Beach offers a plethora of cafes and shops, including minimalist Japanese lifestyle brand Muji, beauty haven Sephora and fine French fashion at Carmen. All through winter and during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, the venue also hosts a buzzing artisanal bazaar, with rows of stalls selling food, trinkets, accessories and one-of-a-kind pieces.


City Walk


Nestled between Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah, this outdoor retail hub contains a cinema, London-themed streets and plenty of great cafes. The indoor part of the precinct offers a great range of designers including Ted Baker and Maje, alongside cool finds at Concepts and boutique finds at Bambah. Stroll the tree-lined esplanade for views of the Burj Khalifa and check out murals by international street artists.


La Mer

European Family, La Mer

La Mer is the ultimate beachfront neighbourhood, where you'll find beautiful boutiques, charming cafés, beach lagoons and kid-friendly play areas. It’s truly a destination that will please any guest, young or old. Make sure to pick up some fashionable items at shops like ShayMartian, Via Rodeo and Beach Bunny. Afterwards, take a break and a bite at dining concepts like HQ’s 459 or Masti.




Discover Dubai’s homegrown street cred at this hip outdoor shopping and dining development. Stretching out along Al Wasl Road, this colourful urban strip features retailers and cafes housed within tricked-out cargo boxes. You'll find many novel boutiques including Urbanist and Kartell, hip Arabian ateliers like Ghawani, and cool yet casual dining spots.


Spice Souk

Alongside Dubai's glossy shopping precincts are the city's traditional souks. These offer a glance into Dubai’s past and a chance to do some good old-fashioned bargaining. The outdoor Spice Souk and former trading hub in Deira is deeply embedded in the city's history. Make your way through narrow alleyways and see bags overflowing with heady spices, such as cinnamon, saffron and frankincense. While you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t miss the equally famous Gold and Textile souks.


Ripe Market

Dubai Ripe Market

One of the first markets to set up in Dubai, Ripe Market is hosted in idyllic outdoor locations across the city during the cooler months. You'll find it at Police Academy Park every Friday and Saturday, and daily at the newly-launched Ripe By The Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall where you can shop and play by the waterside. Expect plenty of local vendors selling everything from fresh produce and organic treats to handmade gifts and jewellery, all set to a soundtrack of live music and family fun.


Al Seef

Located along one of Dubai’s most storied locations, right beside the Dubai Creek, Al Seef is the perfect place to unwind. The waterside destination reflects both the city’s futuristic style as well as its roots, with modern buildings on one end and heritage-inspired structures on the other. This district is home to crafts-focused boutiques such as homeware haven Dokkan Salla, souvenir shop Creek Side Novelties, and many more inspiring finds.


Global Village

Global Village in Dubai

With over 25 pavilions representing countries near and far, and thousands of shopping outlets to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice for authentic buys from around the world at Global Village – the region's largest and first-ever multi-cultural festival park. The 26th edition of the seasonal hotspot will be open from 26 October 2021 to 10 April 2022.


Expo 2020 Dubai

The biggest cultural gathering in the world, Expo 2020 Dubai has a packed calendar of events and entertainment for six months. The must-visit family destination also plays host to the popular World Souk. Head over on your next visit to explore artisan wares and beautiful gifts that have been ethically-sourced around the world, championing the theme of sustainability.
Tiesto, Norah Jones and Christina Aguilera at Expo 2020 Dubai
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  • 1 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
  • Expo 2020 Dubai

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