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The Stores Outdoors


The Stores  Outdoors

A guide to the best al fresco shopping in Dubai

With sizzling summer temperatures, shopping in Dubai is mostly confined to air-conditioned malls, but as people increasingly yearn to spend time outside, newly-spawned open-air shopping centres are quickly becoming top-visited attractions! We give you the best of these outdoor shopping outposts and what you can bag at each one of them!



Boxpark

Located along Al Wasl Road, Boxpark is a hip outdoor retail concept with a unique a design featuring colourful and funky shipping containers. Here you will find a variety of shops specializing in up-to-the-minute fashion, edgy apparel, funky retro accessories and other offbeat items. One of the not-to-miss shops here is Zoo Concept, a quirky boutique selling innovative gifts, clothing, accessories, books and art sourced from around the world. Another cool store is Urbanist, where sophisticated city dwellers seek out the latest edgy fashion, spot trends and pick up unique and interesting objects. Al Wasl Rd. Dubai; 800 637227; boxpark.ae



City Walk

Breathing new life into the city, City Walk is a trendy outdoor shopping and leisure promenade providing the ultimate lifestyle experience with its unique mix of high-end retail and upscale gourmet outlets. Many fashion labels have outposts here, including names like Carl Lagerfeld, Coach, Tory Burch, 7 For All Mankind and Polo Ralph Lauren, as well as home-grown avant-garde boutiques like S*uce In the Hood, a casual offering, housing the coolest, quirky street-influenced designers. Sephora, the international beauty and make-up specialist, has a branch here too. Al Wasl, Dubai; 800 637227; citywalk.ae



The Beach

The Beach is the only place in Dubai where you can feel the sand between your toes moments before diving into a shopping spree at many handpicked shops or relaxing at one of the cool cafes and restaurants. the shops here straddle the fashion fence between upscale trendy and beach edgy. These include Roberto Cavalli Gym, Escada Sport, Lacoste, Patrizia Pepe, Hamac, and s*uce ON-SEA. For fashionable and trendy eyewear, don't miss the quirky Sun Eye Eyewear Boutique. Also, make sure you check out the 'I Love Dubai’ store for a special memento of the city to take back home.Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai; 800 637227; thebeach.ae



Old Souks and Markets

A visit to one of Dubai's traditional souks and markets should definitely be on your shopping itinerary (for the sake of the experience if not for the bargains). Those looking to bag something with a local character will find a variety of goods to buy here, from traditional gold accessories at the Gold Souk and exotic oil fragrances at the Perfume Souk in Deira, to exquisite hand-woven fabrics, silks and satins at the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai. Whichever one of these markets you choose to visit, you will find an array of traditional items and Arabian-style ‘antiques’ and handicrafts on offer, including shishas, coffee pots, wooden chests and much more.


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