Top Choice Mall in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Mall

With around 1200 stores, this isn't merely the world's largest shopping mall, it’s a small city, with a giant ice rink and aquarium, a dinosaur skeleton, indoor theme parks and 150 food outlets. There’s a strong Eur…
Top Choice Chocolate in Downtown Dubai

Mirzam Chocolate Makers

The art of crafting fine chocolate is taken very seriously at this high-tech 'Willy Wonka' factory where all stages from roasting to handwrapping take place behind glass walls. Only single origin beans from such far…
Mall in Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

More tourist-geared boutique mall than traditional Arabian market, this handsomely designed souq is part of the Arab village-style Madinat Jumeirah resort and not a bad spot for picking up souvenirs. Options include…
Mall in Dubai

Dubai Festival City Mall

Southeast of the airport, near Business Bay Bridge, this 350-store behemoth has all the standard shops, plus Ikea – a draw for locals and expats. Its main plus is the picturesque location around a semi-circular bay,…
Books in Downtown Dubai


This massive store is El Dorado for bookworms. Shelves are stocked with a mind-boggling half-a-million tomes plus 1000 or so magazines in English, Arabic, Japanese, French, German and Chinese.
Market in Deira

New Fish Market

In sparkling new digs on the waterfront behind Dubai Hospital, Deira's fish market may have lost some of its character, but it's lost none of its bustle and bargains. Wriggling lobsters, shrimp the size of small ban…
Clothing in Jumeirah

Threads & Tailors

This top-notch tailor has made bespoke suits for distinguished clients such as Roger Federer and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, along with men's and women's clothes. Expect to pay around Dhs950 (plus fabric) for a b…
Market in Bur Dubai

Ripe Market

Held every Friday in beautiful Zabeel Park, this market features not only fruit and veg from local growers but also local honey, nuts, spices and eggs, plus arts and crafts, food stations and locally roasted gourmet…
Mall in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Ibn Battuta Mall

The shopping is good if nothing extraordinary, but it's the lavish and exotic design and architecture of this 400-shop mall that steal the show, which traces the way stations of 14th-century Arab explorer Ibn Battut…
Perfume in Bur Dubai


The place for traditional Arabian attars (perfumes), Ajmal custom blends its earthy scents and pours them into fancy gold or jewel-encrusted bottles. These aren’t frilly French colognes – they’re woody and pungent p…