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Shopping tips for Dubai

edited October 2010 in - Dubai
Everyone knows that Dubai is this amazing shopping destination - but what are the best bargains to get there? Is anything truly astoundingly great value, or is just that there is no tax on the prices.

Can anyone provide tips on the best one-stop malls to visit that have both great range and prices?

Thanks in advance for any info!


  • edited 9:53PM
    I definitenly need to get a new suit - any tips on where to go ; bespoke or off the shelf? Tks
  • edited 9:53PM
    Dubai is no longer a discount shopping paradise. The malls sell goods at prices much the same as you will find in any large international city. Electronics are maybe 10-15% cheaper, but clothes are more expensive. You can find excellent knock-offs but it is risky to buy these as they are illegal and can be confiscated. The famous duty free at Dubai airport is hugely disappointing - I found prices to be at a premium here and nothing constituted a bargain when compared with London or New York retail prices.

    The other aspect to shopping in Dubai is that at least in the malls, the staff are completely useless - they know very little about the merchandise and are quite unfriendly too.
  • edited 9:53PM
    Only shop at the Duty free if you are in-bound and need to get some booze!! Otherwise its very expensive. In the modern world online retailers can provide everything cheaper in your own country without any of the problems assocaited with transfering guarantees and warranties.
  • Here is a quick summary of Shopping in Dubai. Hope it helps!
  • edited March 2014
    Short summary of shopping in Dubai. Hope it helps!

  • I agree with DavidF. Best option for shopping is malls as you will get several choices. Also many of the retailers in malls are giving discounts and deals. I recently visited City centre in Mirdif and found several shops for shopping. All the items are available here and gives special experience of Dubai shopping.
  • As Emile said I think the best place to shop is to go to a shopping mall. You can get all under one roof. There are some best malls like The mall of emirate, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif. Last week I went to City Centre Deira. Amazing place to shop in. Price is not too high. You have many offers on select products. One can experience Dubai shopping here.
  • Yes, City Centre Deira is my favourite.
  • edited July 2015
    There are many malls in Dubai Mall of the Emirates, City centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, Dubai Mall. All are very good.
  • edited March 2016
    One can shop at the mall of Emirates, Dubai Mall and Dubai Souqs. From Persian carpets to gold, there are many things one can shop for when in Dubai. I really had a great time.
  • edited March 2016
    i suggest you go to mall of the emirates, it has more than 560 different outlet, so you can definitely find what you're looking for, check the categories and stores list:
  • Electronic gadgets are much much cheaper in Dubai the only thing that's stopping me from having a shopping spree is the product warranty. I may not have the luxury of time and money to go back to Dubai in case I encounter technical problem with my gadgets.
  • edited February 26
    Dubai is an awesome shopping sport with enormous number of malls. Mall of Emirates has got a wide range of shops with good choices.The goods sold here are of good quality providing high customer satisfaction.
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