The skyline of Dubai is an eye-opening sight for any first-time holidaymaker to the bustling metropolis in the desert. The best-known amongst the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai features some of the biggest and most luxurious buildings in the world, and it’s clear that Dubai is the perfect place for the affluent to dwell.
Certain visitors that choose to visit this vastly wealthy city for a holiday come for the warm climate, white sandy beaches and turquoise water. Others arrive to experience the fascinating mix of Islamic culture and fast-paced modernity. However, few will have failed to notice the abundance of shopping malls and retail centres.
Thankfully, cheaper holidays to Dubai means that you can save more of your UAE holiday budget for the latest fashion trends and exclusive designer labels. So here are a few of the best places to shop until you drop in Dubai.
Where better to start than the world’s largest shopping mall. With 1,200 shops to choose from, the enormity of this multi-billion dollar complex might be a little difficult to comprehend at first. But it won’t take long for any shopaholic to fully embrace the Dubai Mall’s magnificence.
The 44,000 square foot Fashion Avenue has been recognised as the largest collection of fashion brands under one roof. Therefore it might require a few return trips to find exactly what you’re looking for.
In addition to every major label in the world, Dubai Mall also boasts an Aquarium, Ice Rink and SEGA Republic indoor theme park with over 150 amusement games.
Mall of the Emirates
Not to be outdone by its colossal rival across town, Mall of the Emirates is yet another leisure and retail emporium that claims to be the world’s first shopping resort.
As well as 560 international brands, Mall of the Emirates also features a Magic Planet family entertainment area, 14-screen VOX cinema, the 500-seat Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre as well as over 90 food and beverage outlets.
But perhaps its crowning glory is Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort featuring the world’s first indoor black run. Alongside five ski and snowboard runs that vary in difficulty, both young and old can have fun in the interactive Snow Park or dine in one of the winter-themed restaurants.
The home of high fashion in Dubai, the BurJuman Centre is where the rich and famous come to shop. With luxury brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace and Cartier, you’ll be sure to find some truly unique and special garments.
To accommodate such opulence, BurJuman’s carefully planned retail space features atrium courtyards and beautiful flora for a leisurely shopping experience.
Of course, traditionalists may want to sample the glittering wares of the Dubai Gold Souk while in town, and try their hand at haggling for some beautiful jewellery or ornaments to take home. From street stalls to cavernous malls, if you’re looking for a shopper’s paradise, Dubai ticks all the boxes.
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