Dubai shopping

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 fa…
Top Choice Shopping Centre in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Mall

With around 1300 shops, 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…
Shopping Centre in Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

More tourist-geared boutique mall than traditional Arab 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 ca…
Shopping Centre 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,…
Market in Deira

New Fish Market

In sparkling new-ish digs on the waterfront behind Dubai Hospital, Deira's fish market (part of the Waterfront Market development) may have lost some of its character, but it's lost none of its bustle and bargains. …
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…
Shopping Centre in Jumeirah

City Walk

This city-centre shopping, dining and entertainment district has the feel of a European town centre with its faux Georgian-style buildings, water features and pavements lined with trees. Along with an ever-increasin…
Market in Jumeirah

Ripe Market

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 coffee – pretty much all you need for a pic…
Shopping Centre in Bur Dubai

BurJuman

Rather than rest on its laurels, Dubai's oldest high-end mall (open since 1992) just keeps reinventing itself. A recent remodel added some 200 shops (including luxury brands like Dior and Versace), a vast Carrefour …
Perfume in Bur Dubai

Ajmal

The place for traditional Middle Eastern 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 pu…