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Dubai's unique artisan souvenirs boutiques

Mon, August 24, 2020

Look for artisan mementos? Here are some distinctive and quirky boutiques, from bohemian homewares to bespoke fragrances, there is something for all tastes.

Look for artisan mementos? Here are some distinctive and quirky boutiques, from bohemian homewares to bespoke fragrances, there is something for all tastes.

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Cities

Specialising in unique art and designer finds, Cities boutique has a curated collection of favourite (and slightly eccentric) finds by globetrotting founder Hazem Aljesr. Popularly adorning homes of hip young Emiratis and in-the-know expats, this boutique focuses on regional designers. Cities boutique also features rotating in-house exhibitions that showcase exclusive works every season. Look for structural pieces with a Bedouin-meets-Lebanon twist from the likes of Alma de Luce, Nada Debs, and Corinne Martin.

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Stylish designs and quality coffee in Jumeirah

Embracing Dubai’s laid-back philosophy, this part-café, part-homewares boutique is all about beachy chic style. The bohemian vibe café features wicker baskets full of seaside treasures, hand-knotted and stone-washed rugs, beach-ready Bsbee kaftans and tunics. And, if you’re happy to pay for shipping back home, then go for the sun-bleached sofas and hanging pod chairs in natural fibres. You can even keep it simple and opt for a pastel-hued teapot from their hand-painted line.

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Shop an expertly curated collection of boutique fashion

sauce rocks

A spin-off of the popular and Emirati-owned high fashion boutique, Sauce, this jewellery-dedicated cousin is Aladdin's cave of gems, metals and precious stones. Sauce Rocks showcases beautiful pieces from regional and local artisans, from charms and rings, to a modern take on the traditional “evil eye” and Hamsa palm iconology. This unique boutique displays works from local designers Ayaat, Bil Arabi, L’Atelier Nawbar, and Lito and Ralph Masricuffs, which all capture the mashrabiya lattice patterns, seen in mosque windows and traditional-style homes around the city.

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Bateel

The humble date may be part of a staple diet across the region, but there is nothing regular about these sweet delights sold in Bateel. Premium quality, like decadent chocolate, you can choose from a wide variety. Try the one filled with caramelised nuts, or for a more exotic flavour and savour dates stuffed with candied ginger, lemon or orange peel. These sweet delicacies are grown from the date palms of Saudi Arabia, and come beautifully packaged in many guises – date cookies, honey and jams and even date mustard.

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Soh Art Beauty

Known for quirky nail art and speedy blow-outs, SoH has gained reputation for being a cool, street-style beauty bar. With intricate and edgy designs available as nail art, you can select the design that suits you best. Canvas totes, jeans, Converse sneakers, and even Hermes Birkins have all been given the SoH treatment. However, the most popular designs are the city's skyline, an Arabian re-imagining of Disney Princesses, and the abaya-wearing habibi mascot.

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Al Jazeera Perfumes

While the Gold Souk at The Dubai Mall is known for its namesake products, the wide indoor avenue is also home to a range of ouds and intense Arabic fragrances. A trip to Al Jazeera Perfumes is an experience within itself, with a private seating area reserved for sampling the wide range of distilled oils that can be mixed to your exact liking. Pure sandalwood, rose and jasmine oil, all bottled by the millilitre in a preferred glass flask, are available here. While the nearby Paris Gallery, with its more Western take, stocks  oud-heavy lines from niche perfumeries like Clive Christian, Music De Parfum, By Kilian, Roja Parfums, and Byredo.

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