The shopping scene in Dubai is like no other; huge luxurious malls with ski slopes, ice rinks and aquariums inside, exclusive designer boutiques and a number of traditional souks. Unlike your usual shopping experience, a lot of shops in Dubai also include spas and high-end cafes, creating the ultimate shopping experience. We advise you to bring an extra suitcase!
1- Dubai Mall
The largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall, is the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment destination. A trip to Dubai Mall is a full day’s itinerary, and even then, you probably won’t be able to get around it all in one day. Located next door to the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall is home to over 1200 luxury and premium brand stores, an Underwater Zoo, Dubai Aquarium, an Ice Rink, Theme Park, Cinema Complex, The Dubai Fountain, and a wide variety of restaurants. Plan ahead, wear comfy shoes & enjoy!
2 - Mall of the Emirates
Another of Dubai’s leading malls is Mall of the Emirates, hosting more than 560 shops consisting of high-street brands, boutiques, handicraft shops and luxury stores. Also home to a variety of amazing restaurants, a VOX cinema, and an incredible indoor ski slope, you are sure to have an unforgettable shopping experience at MOE! Take a break from shopping and get up close and personal with penguins, or hit the slopes to enjoy winter and snow in the middle of the Dubai desert.
Also known as the Old Souk, Bur Dubai takes you on a journey through traditional Middle Eastern culture. Indulge in some retail therapy in a charming and character-rich souk, as you explore a maze-like market of gold, jewelry, souvenirs, textile and spices, and experience diverse sights, sounds and smells. Hop aboard an abra, a traditional wooden boat, for just 1 AED (equivalent to 20p), to take you from Dubai creek to the souks, for an authentic Arabian experience.
4 - Dubai Marina Mall
Surrounded by the stunning Dubai Marina Skyline is the Dubai Marina Mall, a convenient shopping destination with over 140 shops and dining outlets. Tiered over four floors, Dubai Marina Mall offers a mix of aspirational couture and high-street brands with some incredible dining spots, overlooking the marina. Linked to the mall is Pier 7, a premium fine dining destination consisting of 7 different restaurants, offering exotic Arabic, Asian and European flavours.
Home to one of the top private beaches in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah is a popular dining and shopping destination located on the Burj Al Arab’s doorstep. Offering a modern take on an old Arabian town, combining tradition and luxury, the distinctive instagrammable architecture, vibrant shops and unparalleled views of the world’s only 7 star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, is the perfect way to experience authentic Arabian markets. After a long day of shopping, enjoy canal-side dining with an extensive range of dining options, representing a multitude of international cuisines that will satisfy every individual’s appetite.
Dragon Mart is Dubai’s biggest Chinese wholesale market, with over 3,500 retail outlets that offer a wide variety of world-class shops that sell premium Chinese products in Dubai. Think AliExpress IRL. The 1.2km dragon-shaped shopping mall offers a range of products from furniture, home essentials and accessories, office equipment, sports gears, electronics, building materials, machinery, fashion and more. Find everything you never thought you needed at Dragon Mart! Dxberience tip: make note of where you park, it’s very easy to lose your car here!