Dubai is rapidly growing into one of the top destinations for cosmopolitans and global tourists alike. The epic opening of the Dubai Mall is evidence enough, with a retail record of nearly 600 stores that you can happily lose yourself in. Spiral through the maze of fashion-forward boutiques and department stores, or test some of the latest surprises in technology at the abundance of electronic shops. You may have a hard time deciding exactly what to do first, but do leave plenty of time to show off your skating skills at the ice rink or dive into the glittering aquarium. You'll never run short of something to do, you may even have to schedule several returns to get a full sample of everything this huge center has to offer!
Ibn Battuta, Arab scholar and traveler, was the inspiration behind this shopping mall named after him. Step into his world while you shop, and relive his experiences in the Middle East, Far East and North Africa through the several exhibits reflecting his travels and work. This mall also has a Taj Mahal Dome, a Persian Dome and a Chinese garden. So you can pretend you're in different regions of the world at the same time, even if it is for a few hours. Offering cinema houses and multiplexes, this shopping mall is fast attracting the attention of not only locals, but also tourists. Children can have a gala time as there are recreational activities for them to indulge in. So come and make your shopping experiences memorable.
This massive place is not a museum in the literal sense but it is indeed a wonderland that one must visit if you have the time in Dubai. Antique Museum is a hidden gem that will just delight you with its unique souvenirs from all over the world such as crystal glass shisha pipes, Pakistani swords, velvety pashminas, antiques, Arabic lamps and more such trinket treasures. Yes you have to hunt through this treasure trove and then bargain, and it may take a lot of time, but in the end its all worth it when you have something that's one of kind piece, timeless and precious!
See your shoe fantasy come to life at Level Shoe District, the world's largest luxury shoe store at Dubai Mall. This shoe kingdom is spread over a staggering 8918 square meters (96,000 square feet), and is more of a gallery than a showroom with a collection of more than 100 high-end designer labels. Magnificent as it is, the store also offers a host of services ranging from personalized shoe styling, shoe engraving, concierge services and foot spa along with having an on-site coffee lounge (Vogue) and a modern concept store. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton have their individual boutiques and the curated collection spans both men's and women's shoes. Limited editions and customized footwear are also sold.
Deira Spice Souk is one of the vibrant markets of Dubai and is filled with shops in narrow alleys. It is next to the Gold Souk and will lure you in with its sweet and pungent aromas of spices and fragrances. You will find herbal products, dried fruits, common and rare spices, incense, saffron, frankincense, rose petals and hibiscus. It is also among the best places in town to buy quality spices at bargain prices. Only thing is you have to haggle a lot and carry cash.
Dubai is 'the' shopping hub for shoppers and it can get quite exhaustive and confusing as to what to buy that is actually worth buying since everything is vying your attention. Boutique 1 at the Mall of the Emirates is a chic three story boutique store featuring an exclusive collection of designer-wears from Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Bonpoint and more. The store showcases the latest fashion trend and also has an amazing collection of designer books and home accessories. They also have the perfect accessories to go with your clothing. There is a separate men and women's section with a dedicated staff that is so good in helping you choose the best one for you. You won't have to trudge from one mall to another for that perfect designer wear and then later to another to accessorize it. Boutique 1 solves that for you and gives you a unique and exquisite shopping experience.