‘Jewel of the Emirates’, Dubai is a hot-spot tourist destination with a buzzing shopping scenario. If shopping in Dubai is one of your dreams – you’ve come to the right place!

Here, the variety in everything – fashion, electronics, jewelry, perfumes, and more – will boggle your mind. To help you find the best places for shopping in Dubai, here’s a list you’ll find resourceful.

See also: Where to Stay in Dubai

Places to go shopping in Dubai

1. Ibn Battuta Mall – Themed Mall Exhibiting Different Cultures

Clearly, the mall was named after and built to honour the famous Arabian explorer – Ibn Battuta. With about 275 showrooms, it is one of the biggest shopping places in Dubai. Interestingly, the mall has six sections, divided as per the country names, i.e. Egypt, China, India, Tunisia, Andalusia, and Persia. Each of the sections represents the region to which Ibn Battuta traveled.

Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai
Ibn Battuta Mall

2. Dubai Mall – One of the Largest Malls in Dubai

One of most famous ones in Dubai, The Dubai Mall is located in close proximity to Burj Khalifa. It also is counted among the largest malls in the world. And yes, you’ve guessed right! There’s much more beyond shopping that awaits here.

You have theme parks, an underwater zoo, ice rink, cinema, candy stores, and a lot more entertainment for the not-so-shopaholic travelers.

Shopping in Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall

3. Wafi Mall – An Egyptian Themed Shopping Destination

Having its facades shaped like a Pyramid, Wafi Mall has adopted the Egyptian theme quite beautifully. Everything here is reminiscent of Egypt; alongside the artworks, there also is a spa named Cleopatra’s Spa. There are 350 stores here, including those of clothing, accessories, crafts, and lot more.

4. City Centre Mirdif – Mall with Premium Stores and VOX Gold Screens

An exclusive shopping mall, City Centre Mirdif is located in a residential area. There’s a ten-screen cinema hall, and what sets it apart is the fact that two of them are VOX Gold premium screens. There are 80 eating joints, and premium stores like Armani Jeans, Burberry, Hermes, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana.

When it comes to entertainment, iFLY Dubai becomes the most exciting part. This is an indoor skydiving area, a must-try on your trip to Dubai.

5. Mall of the Emirates – Shopping Mall with a Ski Resort

When talking of best shopping places in Dubai, missing out on the Mall of Emirates is out of the question. There are 475 stores, all of which are premium ones in interior, fashion, sports and other such sectors. Alongside multiplex and kid’s play area, the mall features a Ski Resort which is the talk-of-the-town.

6. Deira City Centre – Premium Showrooms and Local Outlets

With many major brands of fashion, electronics, and decor, this is among the oldest shopping malls in Dubai. Deira City Centre’s local outlets selling silk-crafts, and rugs make it a special place for shopping in Dubai. For entertainment, there’s a movie theater, kids’ play area and bowling alley.  

Deira City Centre in Dubai
Deira City Centre

7. Spice Souk – A Chef’s Paradise

A chef’s fantasy Spice Souk is where you’ll find the finest of pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, and all the other spices. And there’s not all where it ends; rice, hookah masala, dry fruits, flavoured tobacco are also found in here.

The souk is arrayed in a narrow alley, and is in close proximity to Gold Souk. The spices sold here add the rich flavour to the food, and it’s highly recommended for those who love to cook.

8. Gold Souk – With 300 Retailers Specializing in Jewelry

Indeed one of Dubai’s most shopping destination Gold Souk will make your eyes glisten. Even if you don’t intend to shop, this is worth a visit. There are more about 300 retailers here, each one dealing in jewelry exclusively.

This is a traditional market of Dubai, near Dubai Creek. At least 10 tonnes of gold is available here all the time. This tour of Old Dubai includes a visit to the Gold Souk.

9. Perfume Souk – An Aromatic Shopping Experience Awaits Here

Just a walk through this souk opens up the senses. An aromatic experience, Perfume Souk is located in a narrow passageway with local shops. Right here you can find varied brands of perfumes, and even authentic Arabic ittar. Not just the body scents, you also get incenses in different forms; rock, powder, and even crystals.

Perfume souk in Dubai
Perfume souk in Dubai

10. Meena Bazaar – Famed Local Market of Dubai

The famous local market in Dubai, Meena Bazar sells everything imaginable. Watches, textile, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and even Indian spices and furniture; there’s quite a variety to choose from.

11. Textile Souk – Get the Best Textiles in this Shopping Destination 

Also Textile Bazaar, Textile Souk is where you’ll find an enormous range in cotton, cashmere, cotton, wool, footwear, and souvenirs. The market area is located very close to Spice Souk, Gold Souk, and one of the famous places to visit in Dubai, the Dubai Creek.

Hope this list of best places to go shopping in Dubai was helpful for you. Next time you plan a Dubai tour, keep this list handy. And if you aren’t into shopping, perhaps check out some of the crazy things to do in Dubai.


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