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Shopper’s Wish-list

Shopper’s Wish-list

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise and you’ll never run out of things to buy, but it’s better to go in forearmed as to what sort of things you may want to look for. Here's a rundown of Dubai's best buys from imports to locally made products.


Carpets are an old favorite for those enjoying a trip to the UAE. Carpet shops are in most shopping centers, but for something really special, a trip to the Souk is a must. Souks stock a wide range of carpets from India, Kashmir, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, all at the keenest prices. The finest carpets come from Iran – handmade from silk. Bear in mind that bartering is the name of the game here, so try to avoid accepting the first price you're offered.

Arabic Coffee

If carpets aren't your cup of tea, then maybe coffee will be! The aromatic Arabian coffee is a traditional beverage in Arab culture that plays a key role in the UAE’s rituals surrounding hospitality. What really makes Arabic coffee unique is the selection of the beans and the method of roasting – they can range from lightly roasted to very dark roast with various degrees in between. Differently roasted beans are sometimes combined together and, in most cases, mixed with spices.


Perhaps Dubai's most famous shopping delight is the gold market. Obviously this isn't one for the bargain hunters, but Dubai's holiday makers will be surprised by the prices of gold jewellery compared to other countries. Visit the extended Gold Souk in Deira or the modern air-conditioned Gold and Diamond Park in Al Quoz, Dubai. Apart from a spectacular array of gems and gold, you can watch craftsmen at work.

Pashmina shawls

Pashmina shawls are among Dubai’s most demanded and fastest selling apparel accessories for women. Those soft, warm, feather-light Cashmere shawls are available in different designs and colors. The art of weaving the Pashmina into shawls has been the legacy of Kashmir, which has been preserved in its best form. While at the souks in Dubai, the chance for buying a Pashmina is probably twenty steps away at any given moment.


Just about every perfume in the world makes its way here. New fragrances are in the second they are launched in their country of origin. The best experience is to get a more personalized fragrance by visiting a local perfumist. Here you can get a tailor made perfume, made with a mix of Arabian oils, Oud and notes individually blended to your preference.


There are approximately 600 varieties of dates in the world today. Out of them, the best dates are sold in the UAE. Dates are considered an integral part of the UAE's heritage and identity so much they are celebrated at the annual Liwa Date Festival. Bateel is one of the best retailers of gourmet dates with stores in all major shopping malls across the UAE.


Some of the world’s most exotic spices are sold in the UAE, and you can find almost every spice you can think of in one place – the Spice Souk. Saffron is one of spices which you can buy here. It’s considered to be the most expensive spice in the world.


Generally speaking, electronics are considerably cheaper in the UAE than most places. This is because pricing is so competitive between retailers with several superstores offering just about everything that plugs and plays.

Designer Fashion

For fashionistas, there are few cities in the world that compete with Dubai for clothes, shoes and bags hunting. Almost every fashion house from all over the world has one or more stores and boutiques here. The Dubai Mall and BurJuman are the top 2 malls that cater to designer-brand shoppers.

Silver trinkets

Bangles, ankle bracelets, coffee pots, Bedouin Khanjars (Arabic for daggers) and other silver trinkets are some of the coolest items to take back home from the UAE. You can buy them framed if you’re worried about restrictions on bringing them through the airport. Some of the best buys are to be found in antique warehouses and galleries. Visit Al Jaber Gallery, where you can find souvenirs of all sorts.

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