“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping” That’s the most famous line from an anonymous shopaholics confession. Every day in Dubai is a shopper’s delight.
The emirate is teeming with shopping malls and each mall reveals a different theme and experience. The sprawling expanse of the malls, the designer boutiques, top brands, vast product range and an endless choice of restaurants and cafes allow visitors the option of passing an entire day within the premises of a single shopping complex like Dubai Mall, Ibn-Battuta Mall, Mall of Emirates, Wafi City Mall
Existing alongside modern marvels such as the shopping malls, are the traditional souks. With their historic structures still in place, Dubai‘s souks vary in their offerings and character from the Gold-Souk, Spice Souk, Textile Souk and even a souk for fish.
Apart from the contemporary merchandise, Dubai is also well known for traditional gifts like Arabic coffee pot, silver and brass swords and “khunjars” (Arabic curved daggers), prayer beads, soapstone figures, coasters and other items decorated with lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite and other semiprecious stones, marble goblets, silver antique jewellery from Oman and Yemen, as well as locally made items; brass and silver work, silver and wooden dhows, Persian carpets and cotton dhurries (oblong floor coverings) and a multitude of other ethnic items.
Dubai’s shopping potential begins when you arrive and extends right up to the journey home through its now globally acclaimed Dubai Duty Free shops at its airports.