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shopping sprees

Dubai's myriad retail options o�fer shopaholics a huge range of tempting retail options from glitzy designer malls to traditional souks full of colour...


- Shop and play - Buying souvenirs is an integral part of most holidays so sell a stopover in Dubai as the ultimate shopping experience. It has the added

advantage that the malls are also packed with alternative

activities which give them even broader appeal.

Downtown is where it's at Downtown Dubai should be the fi rst focus of any fashion lover’s itinerary. It is after all home to The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, which has more than 1,200 shops and a host of world-class attractions including an indoor theme park and an aquarium.

Stay close by

Make it easy by booking your client into one of a plethora of hotels and resorts in Downtown, ranging from top-end chic like The Address Downtown, with its infi nity pool overlooking the famous Dubai Fountain, to the designer Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa. If your clients want tradition then the Palace Downtown has it in spades and is even connected to the Souk Al Bahar, a modern shopping mall with Arabesque architecture. Vida Downtown Dubai off ers a more relaxed atmosphere or suggest Manzil Downtown Dubai, an upscale boutique property with modern Arabic design.

Souk it up

In Old Dubai’s spice souk traders still haggle over precious fl avours and fra- grances. Next door is the gold souk, the most famous destination for jewellery hunters, where gold is sold by weight, off ering up a traditional marketplace atmosphere where bargaining a deal is welcome. The Gold and Diamond Park in Al Quoz is also well worth a look.

Mall of the Emirates

This is Dubai’s second largest mall and home to a vast range of shops, nearly 100 restaurants, an indoor ski slope and cinema complex. It hosts interna- tional brands including Debenhams, M&S and Harvey Nichols from the UK; US favourites American Eagle, DKNY and Forever 21; and European brands H&M, Zara and Louis Vuitton.

Do something di�ferent

Off er visitors the chance to get up close to the fabulous local fl avours of Dubai with a trip to one or two of its colourful


Save your clients money by directing them to Dubai Outlet Mall, home to over 1200 of the world’s premium and top brands. Or recommend your clients go during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January.

food markets. The Ripe Food & Craft Market, held on Fridays, is a popular meeting place for friends, foodies and artists; while the Farmers’ Market on the Terrace, run by Bakers & Spice but held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, brings to- gether local farm producers and artisan bakers to mouth-watering eff ect.

See past and future

Visitors to BurJuman can peer into the lives of the rich and famous browsing the highest concentration of couture stores in the city. Here they’ll fi nd the luxury New York department store, Saks Fifth Avenue, and names like Dior, Valentino, Cartier and more.

Walk like an Egyptian at Wafi The Egyptian-themed Wafi Mall has a distinctive pyramid façade and combines retail therapy with art and entertainment. Visitors can shop until they drop at over 350 stores described as ‘aff ordable luxury’, or try their hand at the 18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

PICTURED clockwise from top le�t:Shopping and relaxing in The Dubai Mall; The fresh �lavours of the spice souk; The Dubai Mall exterior; Dubai Aquarium; Selecting fi ne jewellery in the gold souk















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