Don’t know what to shop where? Here is a list of Dubai shopping malls and souks that tells you what is where. Right from computers to gold jewelry and fancy cars to spices, Dubai is the shopping Mecca in the Middle East. With duty free shops and best deals on offer, Dubai is the place, which gives you more for your money…
Mall of the Emirates: This is one of the largest malls in the city. It has more than 200 shops, cinema halls, cafes, restaurants and a Ski center. The mall is located near 4th interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road. Mall of the Emirates has many international high street chains as well as luxury brand stores, including Harvey Nichols.
Ibn Battuta Mall: Located at Jebel Ali, this mall is themed around six countries—China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and the Andalusia. It has a wide range of shops but not many high class brands. The mall also has various restaurants and cafes (including three Starbucks), and a multiplex cinema including an Imax. Please note, no restaurants serve alcohol here. Ibn Battuta Mall is attached to (access via outside) one of Dubai's few second-hand bookshops, House of Prose.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah: The mall is stylish, expensive and is targeted on the tourists rather than the locals. It is situated on Jumeirah Road, has more than 75 shops, and numerous bars, restaurants and cafes. The mall also has a nightclub, and a theatre. There are a lot of souvenir shops here as well.
Burjuman Centre:This one has been opened recently and houses premium brand stores and luxury boutiques. The mall is located on Khalifa Bin Zayed Road. Here no restaurants serve alcohol.
Deira City Centre: One of the most popular malls in Dubai, Deira City Centre has Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, Zara and other international high street brands. Deira City Centre is a wonderful place to have all the fun. It has a multiplex cinema, many restaurants and cafes. The mall also has a large ‘Arabian Treasures’ souvenir and traditional textiles area.
Wafi Mall: If you are looking for luxury and branded items, Wafi Mall is the place to visit. Here the focus is almost on luxury brands, jewellery and expensive boutiques. Wafi also has many up market restaurants and bars, many of which are licensed and serve alcohol. A luxury spa is also attached to the complex.
Emirates Towers Boulevard: Part of the Emirates Tower Hotel complex, the boulevard is situated on Sheikh Zayed Road. The shops here are high class and in complete sync with the hotel. Lipton cafe has free wifi. Restaurants and bars all serve alcohol. It is a popular nightlife spot, with bars and nightclubs.
Mercato Mall: Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Mercato Mall is the only Renaissance-themed shopping mall in the Middle East. The mall has cinemas, Virgin Megastore, high street brands such as Next, Top Shop..etc.
Gold Souk: It is more a historic market than a mall. Part of Dubai, since its origin, Gold Souk is located at the mouth of the creek. The variety, quality and quantity of Gold here leave a visitor dazzled. No wonder, it is an exciting and popular place to shop for gold.
Spice Souk: This is again a historic landmark in Dubai and is located at the mouth of the Creek, it is not far from the Gold Souk. A must visit for shoppers and sightseers, the souk offers lots of souvenirs.
A note of caution both the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk are a bit hot and sweaty with limited air-conditioning, so wear cool, loose clothing.
Gold & Diamond Park: No historical strings attached, this is souk is fully air-conditioned and you’ll enjoy buying gold and diamond products oblivious of the hot weather outside (if you visit Dubai in summer). The Gold & Diamond Park is located at Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road (South side).
Al Ain Plaza: Locally known as Computer Plaza, this is the place to go if you are a gizmo. The mall specializes in computer parts, mobile phones, hard drives…. It is located on Mankhool Road.