Perfumes in Dubai
Explore a world of fine fragrances

As one of the world’s top shopping destinations, Dubai is the first port of call for perfume lovers seeking something a little bit special. In our souks, shops and malls, you can find a world of fragrances from famous names, sitting alongside niche and specialty perfumes, including those created by Arabian perfumeries. Expect bold, heavy-hitting fragrances that use the finest ingredients and are sure to make a long-lasting olfactory impression. Ready to get spritzing? Here’s our guide to the best Arabic-style houses Dubai has to offer.

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Ajmal

Family-owned and run since 1951, Dubai-based Ajmal is a favourite fragrance house among locals and residents. In-house fragrance ‘nose’ Nazir Ajmal specialises in spice-laden scents and traditional ouds, each housed in an ornate flacon.

With boutiques in a number of Dubai malls, the Ajmal shopping experience includes sampling the brand’s signature scents to narrow down your personal fragrance profile. The Dahn Al Oudh line is a highlight of the collection, including the special edition Al Shams fragrance which comes in three concentration intensities, depending on the wearer’s fondness for the earthy resin.

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
+971 4 339 9303

Swiss Arabian

Designed to be delicately dabbed onto pulse points, rather than heavily spritzed all over, Swiss Arabian’s line of alcohol-free, concentrated parfums are true homages to oud, the rich and smoky resin distilled from the agarwood tree.

One of their bestsellers, Kashkha, is a strong blend of oud , incense and saffron, lightened with a touch of musk. Unisex and housed in an ornate golden flask, it’s a slightly showy introduction to heady, woody aromatics, Dubai-style. Find the brand in our leading malls including The Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and Souk Al Bahar.

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
+971 52 607 3834

Ne’emah

Popular with the Emirati fashion set and on-trend jetsetters and stocked exclusively in global beauty powerhouse, Sephora, Mohammed Ne’emah's creations modernise elements of traditional Arabic fragrance. Founded in 1997, Ne’emah was one of the first Arabian fragrance brands to infiltrate the mainstream, appealing to both local tastes and Western noses.

The brand’s clear bestseller in all markets, Laya, pretties up a smoky oud base with sweet vanilla, powdery musk and dry cedarwood for an easy-to-wear evening scent that retains the tones of its desert origins. The range is sold in opaque white or white bottles, meaning the fragrance is well-protected from both heat and light damage, and travels well.

Sephora, City Walk, Al Safa Street
+971 4 344 0794

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Amouage

Based in neighbouring Oman, Amouage was born out of the Sultan's love of fragrance, and is well-known for its intricate blends of precious woods and Middle Eastern spices such as frankincense and myrrh.

Amouage has been under the guidance of creative director, Christopher Chong, for ten years, with Chong imposing a story-telling element to the new launches, with opera a recurring theme throughout the collection. Luxurious and eye-catching, the luxury perfume house’s beautifully heavy flaons make the perfect memento of your travels. Amouage is best sampled in their UAE flagship store in The Dubai Mall.

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
+971 4 330 8184

M.Micallef

Splitting their time between Dubai and Grasse, France, co-founders Geoffrey and Martine specialise in recreating ouds for a modern market, with a European flourish. Their sophisticated blends of marine accents, tropical fruits and agarwood are rivalled only by the delicate crystal-studded perfume bottles.

Limited editions come with creative surprises, such as a miniature mascara concealed in the flacon’s stopper. Visit their boutique in Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, or the new store in City Walk to have your own bottle engraved with a personal message, or have a tailored blend created just for you.

Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
+971 4 317 6927

Ghawali

Inspired by the region’s first merchants who presented to Royal family members their cargos of precious oils known as ‘ghalia’ and exquisite scents, Ghawali is another fascinating find. Founded in 2016, Ghawali offers a contemporary interpretation of rich perfumes, ouds, oils, bakhoors, and bath and body products.

Fitted out with full customisation services and a bakhoor majlis, Ghawali boutiques let shoppers select the notes and strength of their own personal fragrance blend. An elegant bottle-engraving and personalisation service adds the final flourish on a meaningful addition to your scent collection.

City Walk, Al Safa Street
+971 4 442 9254

Khaltat

Luxury niche fragrance house, Khaltat, was founded by Emirati Mohamed Hilal and aims to capture the sensation of irresistibility using intense aromas. Dubbed "the blends of love," his eau des parfums take a more romantic approach to Arabian perfumery.

His signature fragrance, Ask, combines prestige notes such as velvety Turkish rose and Indian sandalwood with the traditional agarwood to create a softer, sweeter aroma.

Anfasic Dokhoon, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha
+971 50 934 7865

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