Best Places to Shop in Dubai
The United Arab Emirates may be a land built on sand, but there’s certainly no drought when it comes to shopping. Boasting everything from ultra-modern mega-malls to traditional Arabic souks, this is a city bursting with designer goodies, Middle Eastern handicrafts and even a few bargains -- if you know where to look.
The Dubai MallAs the world’s largest retail, leisure and entertainment destination, The Dubai Mall should be the first stop on any shopaholic’s list. With more than 1,200 stores, it’s home to all of the world’s biggest brands, from clothing and accessories to housewares and electronics.
There’s also plenty of family fun to be had at the Dubai Aquarium, the SEGA Republic indoor theme park, edutainment zone KidZania and the ice rink. Energy can be replenished at the food court, which is vast and caters to all tastes.
Mall of the EmiratesA firm favorite on the Dubai shopping scene, this mall cemented its status recently with a major renovation. Housing over 700 shops, including department stores Harvey Nichols and Debenhams -- and in the future, if the rumors are to be believed, the world’s largest Apple store -- as well as nearly 100 food outlets.
The other big draw is SkiDubai, the world-renowned indoor ski slope. This bizarre snowy wonderland features an 85-meter-high mountain with 5 runs, a Snow Park for kids (even big kids) and the Snow Bullet zipline. There’s even a resident troupe of penguins who live in their own icy enclosure, emerging for special Penguin Encounters with the public.
WAFI MallLocated in a replica Egyptian pyramid complex, WAFI features a plethora of upscale fashion and lifestyle stores. It’s also home to Khan Murjan, a covered souk (Arabian market) selling wares exclusively from the Arab world -- fantastic for souvenirs and gifts.
September will see the return of the mall’s popular Taste of WAFI festival, where stalls spring up selling gourmet goodies. And if food’s your thing, check out the Pyramids area adjacent to the mall, where restaurants serve everything from seafood to tapas. If you’re visiting in the cooler months, head to WAFI Rooftop on Sunday evenings, when there are free open-air movie screenings.
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