Shopping and souks in Dubai
Dubai has long had a love affair with shopping and cemented this infatuation by staging the Dubai Shopping Festival in January/February each year. Featuring the world’s biggest shopping mall, Dubai is a shopping destination which can be enjoyed year-round in air-conditioned comfort. For a true Arabian shopping experience, walk through the alleys of the traditional Souqs around Dubai Creek.
The sprawling expanse of the malls, innovative architecture, designer boutiques, top brands, haute couture, latest gadgets and an endless choice of restaurants and cafes allow visitors the option of passing an entire day within the premises of a single shopping complex.
Existing alongside these modern marvels, are the traditional markets, also known as souks. With their historic structures still in place and restored to meet the demands of the present day, Dubai's different souks may vary in their offerings and character, but are all alive with the buzz of trade and age-old traditions.
Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits, this is the ultimate, cutting-edge shopping experience. The Dubai Mall is a place where an outdoor brunch can be followed by the delights of the big screen, and where a 21st century gold souk is set off against a world-class aquarium.
Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates is a shopping destination that includes a cinema complex with bowling alleys, Ski Dubai snow park, more than 560 shops and 90 restaurants. It features over 80 designer brands in the mall’s Fashion Dome and Via Rodeo.
Ibn Battuta Mall
The design of Ibn Battuta Mall was inspired by Ibn Battuta, an adventurer who spent 29 years exploring the world. Each region that Ibn Battuta explored is represented in the mall, namely Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. The mall features 275 shops, more than 50 restaurants and an IMAX cinema.
An urban precinct with European-style pedestrianised boulevards, City Walk combines café culture and chic boutiques with family entertainment and restaurants.
- High-end fashion boutiques
- Homeware and gift shops
- Green Planet
- Mattel! Play Town
- Coffee shops and restaurants
Dubai Marina Mall
Dubai Marina Mall is a modern shopping centre with a mix of luxury brands, fashion, waterfront dining options, a cinema and a supermarket. It is a trendy lifestyle shopping centre that provides an enjoyable time.
The Beach Mall
The Beach is situated on the beachfront next to Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai Marina. Enjoy the outdoor facilities of this mall that face the Arabian Gulf coast, including shops, a selection of dining options, beach activities and cinema theatres.
On either side of Dubai Creek, a maze of small alleys and walkways wind their way through Deira and Bur Dubai to form an area of themed souqs. Of these, the Gold Souq in Deira is probably the most famous, followed by the Spice Souq where fragrances of saffron and nutmeg waft in the air. A short abra ride across the Creek will bring you to Bur Dubai, where the Textile Souq awaits.
Gold & Diamond Park
The Gold & Diamond Park is a jewellery destination featuring a selection of 90 retailers, cafes and restaurants. The quality of products is unique and it is possible to design your own jewels with the help of the artisans.
WAFI Mall is located 5 minutes from the Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai. The mall offers its visitors a unique architecture and an unrivaled collection of high-end retailers and brands. Over 300 stores and a popular and lively collection of restaurants, cafés and bars make up this complex. You'll find a compelling mix of retail, leisure, dining, entertainment and residential facilities.