Shopping In Dubai: Spend Your Last Few Days In Dubai Shopping At These Amazing Malls & Souks!

By Sakina Kamrudeen | 10, Sep, 2018
Shopping In Dubai: Spend Your Last Few Days In Dubai Shopping At These Amazing Malls & Souks!

Planning a shopping spree in the coming months? Have you considered Dubai as the ultimate shopping destination? Dubai is the place for all forms of shopping. From high-end designer wear to department store brands and everything in between and cheaper! Dubai also offers a plethora of souvenir shopping options. Let’s explore what to get where and where to get what, to take back a memorabilia of Dubai for yourself and as gifts for your loved ones.

There are a range of unique gifts to chose from as Dubai souvenirs, here are some of the best souvenirs to bring back from Dubai:

  • Camel Milk Chocolate
  • Camel Milk Soap
  • Camel Replica Souvenirs
  • Premium Dubai Dates
  • Arabian Traditional Sweets
  • Arabian Coffee
  • Traditional Clothing
  • Replicas of famous Dubai Landmarks
  • Oudh and Bukhoor
  • Silk scarfs and Pashmina shawls
  • Perfumed Oils (Arabic Attars) and Fragrances
  • Persian rugs and carpets
  • Unique Arabian themed showpieces, bowls and jugs

Now where should you purchase these lovely and unique souvenir gifts? Here’s a list of Dubai gift and souvenir stores. As you can see, such souvenir stores are spread across Dubai and available in all of Dubai’s premier and popular shopping malls and markets.

1. The Dubai Mall

Picture Credit: The Dubai Mall Facebook

This mall offers more than 200 luxury fashion brands for the shopaholic. With stores ranging from fashion and beauty products to household items and gift stores, the Dubai Mall is a must visit while providing a range of options for souvenir shopping.

Gift & Souvenir Stores: Camel Company, 2M Novelties & Gifts, Discover Dubai, Persian Carpet House, Pink Cat, Al Nabeel Perfume, Arabian Oud, Aoud Gallery, Bateel outlet, Al Nassma Chocolate Shop

Entertainment: Dubai Fountain, Dubai Ice Rink, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Nearby Hotels: Armani Hotel Dubai, Manzil Downtown, Address Dubai Mall, Palace Downtown, Vida Downtown, Address Boulevard, Rove Downtown, Address Downtown

Address: Financial Center Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: 10AM to 12AM (Mon-Sun)
                          *Opening Hours may differ according to the holidays, please refer here

Website: thedubaimall.com

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2. The Mall of the Emirates

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Considered one of the best shopping malls in Dubai, a must visit for everything and anything! Find a range of branded stores interspersed with specialty shops for your every need.

Gift & Souvenir Stores: IDdesign, Ajmal Perfume, Arabian Oud, Al Rifai, Jashanmal, Borders, Hallmark, Bateel outlet, Godiva

Entertainment: Ski Dubai, Magic Planet, VOX Cinemas, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC)

Nearby Hotels: Kempinski Mall of the Emirates and Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, adjoin the mall

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange 4, Al Barsha.

Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Sun-Wed)
                          10AM to 12AM (Thu-Sat)
                          *Opening Hours may differ according to the holidays, please refer here

Wedsite: www.malloftheemirates.com

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3. Wafi Mall

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The Wafi mall’s architecture is set to resemble ancient Egypt and is known for its affordable luxury range of shopping stores and brands. The mall is famous for a wide range of stores offering antique and unique gift items, traditional Arabian clothing for men and women, a range of perfume oils and Oud stores, Tamr Wa Teen – famed traditional Arabian coffee store, as well as many options for specialist traditional ware stores. The Khan Murjan Souk within the Wafi mall is a must for an amazing Arabian shopping experience.

Gift & Souvenir Stores: Amber Gallery, Bayet Gallery, Raffles Retail Store, Just a Minute, Aainah Gifts & Novelties Trading, Abdullah Al Majid General Trading, Al Howameir Perfumes & Incense, Amouage, Al Zeena Perfumes, Areej Al Oud Perfumes & Incense, Al Qasr Al Bajaa, Al Raheeq Al Malaky Honey & Natural Oils, Al Rand Fashion, Atiqa Boutique, Lebanon Forests Herbs & Honey, Moka Godiva, Patchi Chocolates, Tamr Wa Teen

Entertainment: Kidz connection, Games Court, Tee and Putt Mini Golf, X-Space

Pampering and Wellness: Cleopatra's Spa & Wellness 
                                         Female Spa | 8AM to 8PM (Daily), Male Spa | 9AM to 10PM (Daily)

Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Sat-Wed)
                          10AM to 12AM (Thu-Fri)

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal dining options

Nearby Hotels: There are many hotels near the mall which is centrally located and only 10 minutes from the Dubai airport

Website: www.wafi.com

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4. BurJuman Centre

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Located in Bur Dubai, this shopping centre has been recently upgraded and renovated improving the shopping experience by adding a range of new stores and entertainment options. Burjuman has a range of affordable gift and souvenir shopping options in Dubai.

Gift & Souvenir Stores: Ajmal Perfumes, Firsous, Rasasi Perfumes, Bateel outlet, Patchi Chocolates, Just Accessories, Charming Charlie, Abu Haleeqa, Ximi Vogue

Entertainment: Magic Planet, VOX Cinemas, 12D Rides

Opening Hours: ​10AM to 11PM (Thu-Fri)
                          10AM to 10PM (Sat-Wed)

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal food options at the food court and in restaurants and cafes

Nearby Hotels: BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana

Website: www.burjuman.com

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5. City Centre Deira

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Located amidst the heart of Deira, this shopping centre cum dining complex revolutionized the mall concept in Dubai over nearly a quarter of a century ago. Today, the Deira City Centre is home to a range of affordable shopping stores and many dining and souvenir shopping options.

Gist & Souvenir Stores: Al Jaber Gallery, Miniso, Boarders, Sanrio, Ajmal Perfume, Arabian Oud, Al Hunaidi Perfumes, Al Haramain Perfumes, Bateel outlet, Godiva Store,

Entertainment: Magic Planet, VOX Cinemas

Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Sun-Wed)
                          10AM to 12AM (Thu-Sat)

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal dining options

Nearby Hotels: Aloft City Centre Deira, Ibis Dubai City Centre Deira, Novotel Dubai City Centre Deira, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Website: www.citycentredeira.com

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6. Shopping Avenues at The Atlantis

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A comparatively recent addition to Dubai’s shopping experience, the Avenues Atlantis, provides a luxurious shopping experience for the MUSLIM shopaholic. International branded stores range from fashion to travel and everything in between with a luxury dose of home grown luxury brands of note.

Souvenir Stores: Al Tantawi Novelties and Gifts, Precise, Montage, Elephant Parade, Gallery One, The Spirit of Dubai, Yas Perfumes, Aqua Therapy, Bateel outlet, Dolphin Bay Boutique, Legends of Atlantis, The Lost Chambers Boutique

Entertainment: Aquaventure Waterpark, Dolphin Bay, Sea Lion Point, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Diving in Atlantis

Pampering and Wellness: ShuiQi Spa & Saloon

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal restaurant options

Nearby Hotels: The Atlantis, The Palm

Website: www.atlantisthepalm.com

7. Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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A combination of traditional and modern, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah gives the shopper the Middle Eastern shopping experience of booths and stalls together with a range of boutique brands, luxury fashion and jewelry shops, and an affordable range of Dubai gift and souvenir shops.

Souvenir Stores: Camel Company, Al Jaber Gallery, Al Jaber I Love Dubai, Gallery One, Heritage for Henna, Kashmir Cottage Arts, Modern Antiques, Orient Spirit, Pride of Kashmir, Sinbad Antiques, Tarrab Trading, National Iranian Carpets, Persian Carpet House

Entertainment: performances at the Madinat Theatre, water canal tours by Abra Tours

Opening Hours: 10AM to 11PM (Mon-Sun)

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal dining options

Nearby Hotels: The Madinat Jumeirah Resort and many other hotels/apartments in close proximity

Website: www.jumeirah.com

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8. Deira Gold Souk

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The ultimate in jewelry shopping, the traditional Deira Gold souk with over 300 shops offering jewelry in all sizes, colors using precious and semi-precious stones and metal is a must visit for the jewelry lover.

Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Sat-Thu) *Stores may close between 1PM and 4PM
                               4PM tp 10PM (Fri)

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal dining options near the Souk

For More Details: www.dubai-online.com

9. Bur Dubai Souk

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One of the oldest markets (Souk) in Dubai, this Souk is also referred to as the Old Souk and the Textile Souk. This traditional Souk comprises of small shops selling a wide range of products including textiles, footwear, handbags and a range of gift and souvenir items to take home from Dubai.

Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Sat-Thu)
                               4PM to 10PM (Fri) 

Halal Food: A wide range and variety of Halal dining options near the Souk

For More Details: www.dubai-online.com

10. Global Village

Picture Credit: Global Village Facebook

An annual carnival fair, the Global Village Dubai is a shoppers’ paradise with its country pavilions featuring county specific products and brands and the extensive range of products from clothes, cosmetics, accessories, footwear, household goods, souvenirs, gift items and much more. It is also the place for a variety of international cuisines an entertainment.

Operating Months: Annually from November to April

Halal Food: A wide variety of cuisines from around the world

More Details: globalvillage.ae

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11. Al Nassma Chocolate Stores/Booths

Picture Credit: Al Nassma Chocolate Facebook

Have you heard of Al Nassma? This is the only company in Dubai that manufactures camel milk chocolate, a true and unique delicacy of Dubai. These chocolates made from milk, cocoa, dates, macadamia and Arabian spices are an absolutely perfect souvenir gift for the chocoholic friend, family or colleague. 

What’s more, these chocolates also come in the shape of camels, making it a joy for children to receive as gifts.

Location: There are Al Nassma booths in many of the popular malls of Dubai and in some hotels, as well as at the Dubai Airport.

Standalone Store Location: Warehouse No. A1, Light Industrial Unit, Industrial Area - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Another Store: Located in Dubai Mall

Price range: USD 12 to 50

Website: www.al-nassma.com

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12. Bateel Dates Outlets

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Dates are a popular dried fruit in Dubai and many other Middle-Eastern countries. So, purchasing dates will not be a hardship. Dates are available in all supermarkets (pre-packed and easy to transports) as well as in the Deira Food Market (for fresh dates). 

However, to enjoy some premium quality and gourmet dates, visit the Bateel company outlets. Bateel also processes dates into special products such as date bars and stuffed dates, that must be tasted at least once. And remember, due to their nutritious nature, dates make a healthy gifting option for just about anyone!

Location: Bateel Outlets at many popular Dubai malls

Price range: Dates per Kilo - USD 10 to 70, Bateel special date products will vary in price.

Website:  www.bateel.com

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So, while the shopaholics indulge in their passion for shopping, the rest of his or her family can partake of the many other aspects of Dubai’s wonders, from Dubai’s desert safari, to Ski Dubai in its famed Mall of the Emirates to a visit to the Palm Islands and the famed Atlantis Hotel. Let’s not forget the Burj Khalifa and aquariums either!

Sakina has over 10 years of experience in the field of corporate communications; having worked for a leading Annual Report Production House dealing with top corporates of Sri Lanka and overseas, and later as the Group Communications Specialist for a Sri Lankan conglomerate for their overseas plantations business. She is well-versed in the production process of annual reports, sustainability reports, corporate videos and other corporate communication media. She also has experience in Social Media Marketing and works to increase and improve social media presence of corporates and small niche market businesses. Today, she works as a freelance writer and undertakes consultations on corporate communications and social media related projects. She enjoys writing for blogs on topics of interest.