The Middle East location of Dubai is well known throughout the world for its shopping malls and markets. And, it’s known worldwide for a reason. The many market places and grand sizes of shopping centers in Dubai explain why shopping is a must when visiting this Middle Eastern location.
Dubai Shopping Festival
Once a year a shopping festival brings individuals from different countries to gather for a month long shopping festival. People from around the world find flights to Dubai each year to experience this excitement. For 2013, the festival runs a full month and two days from January 3rd until February 3rd; it’s sure to attract millions from around the world, once again. If visiting Dubai at another time, there is still plenty of shopping to experience. Here are several locations to add to a list of top shopping locations to visit.
Mall of Emirates
With more than five dozen restaurants, this mall is one of the largest in Dubai. Not only does this mall have designer fashions and Middle Eastern goods, it also provides options for entertainment such as the Magic Planet indoor entertainment center, complete with its own restaurants and child care services. A day at the mall takes on a different meaning at the Mall of Emirates.
Dubai Outlet Mall
The Dubai Outlet Mall is the only Middle Eastern outlet mall. This mall offers shopping, dining and entertainment seven days a week all year. It even remains open until midnight a few nights a week. With over a thousand designers represented stocking everything from luxury handbags to designer eyewear such as Chanel sunglasses there’s plenty of options for big savings on the day of this shopping event.
The Dubai Mall, located in downtown Dubai, has earned the title of the largest shopping mall in the entire world. With more than a thousand retail stores, over a hundred restaurants and choices for entertainment, there will be plenty to buy, eat, see and do when this mall is on a visitor’s to-do-list when visiting Dubai.
Spice Souk Outdoor Marketplace
Located in Eastern Dubai, at Spice Souk outdoor marketplace, visitors are a part of a traditional Middle East marketplace experience. Haggling and trading are a part of this experience as visitors walk through the market among the many sellers of herbs, fragrances, Middle Eastern foods, incense and more.
Dubai Gold Souk Market
At the Dubai Gold Souk Market located in Dubai’s business district, the variety of gold pieces available seems endless because it is; there are hundreds of sellers with shops set up, ready and eager for shoppers. Walk the narrow pathways to browse the many jewelry shops at this Marketplace. Bargaining is common here, making the experience one that has retained the traditions of the Middle Eastern Market.
Dubai also has monthly markets for visitors to consider shopping at. Many of these markets sell second hand items, handcrafted items and artwork created by local artists. These monthly markets, daily markets and Dubai malls offer visitors many options for experiencing the excitement and culture in Dubai shopping.