Dubai city has many old markets featuring various goods such as gold ornaments, spices, designer clothing, electric gadgets and a different array of Arabian mementos. Each one of these old markets or popularly known souks offers a splendid shopping experience with diversities of goods displayed in an attractive manner while making a usual shopping ambiance.
The spice market at Al-Sabkha Road has become a famous tourist destination, whereas the busy Gold Souk in Sikkat Al-Khali District is one perfect place to buy gold items with great discounts. The district showcases stunning gold rings, brooches, studs and bracelets while giving the cheapest gold prices in the whole world.
While the buyers get gold jewelry at cheapest prices, the gold markets also make sure to provide the top quality gold jewelry. On the other hand, the electronic markets near Beniyas Square provide a great array of electronic goods and gadgets at inexpensive prices and wholesale costs.
Aside from old markets or souks, Dubai shopping centers are also favorite shopping destinations. Not like expensive shopping malls in the Western countries, Dubai malls are practical yet provide best-valued goods. The splendid Dubai Mall is the world’s biggest shopping mall with the land area long-drawn-out over the area equivalent to approximately 50 soccer grounds.
The compound has 1, 200 retail shops, a food court with 160 outlets, a 22-screem cinema complex, a large ice-skating arena, a world-famous toy store – Hamley’s toy store, and 220 gold jewelry stores. While the shopping mall is known as the best mall, it also has shops providing different collections of local goods like Bedouin decorations, carpets, and Arabian goods.
Usually, the opening hours of the shops in Dubai are between eight o’clock in the morning to one o’clock in the afternoon and five o’clock up to late in the evening. Typically, stores remain closed during Fridays, while shopping malls, souks and shops are all closed only on Friday mornings. Dubai offers also best duty-free shopping possibilities at the stylish retail stores found inside the Dubai International Airport. Both departing and arriving passengers can purchase from these retail stores.
While Dubai shopping is one famous activity, the city also includes a yearly shopping festival for both the tourists and local people. While providing the ultimate shopping chances for the people across the globe, the yearly Dubai shopping festival has emerged as a gigantic sightseer event of Dubai.
Started way back in 1996, the opening of the festival has a record of almost 1.6 million visitors from all around the world. In 2009, the number of visitors increased to more than 3.35 million making the event as one top shopping event in the world. After the extreme success in the past years, the 2013 Dubai Shopping Festival is anticipated to provide much more to the visitors while increasing the income of tourism industry and business sectors of Dubai.
The event lasts for four weeks while offering never-ending shopping possibilities with entertainment line ups for everybody. Every day, the event astonishes the mob with some brand new event like firework shows, advertising entertainment programs, handicraft displays, and Arabic cultural shows. Aside from usual Dubai products like perfumes, gold, carpets, Arabic spices and souvenirs, the festival also offers also a different array of some of the finest haute fashion design clothing, designer sandals and handbags especially for the Emirati ladies.