The Dubai Mall affirms the city's famed glitz and glamour with its stylish presence in Downtown Dubai. Housing hundreds of stores that you can happily lose yourself in, the Dubai Mall is the home of fashion-forward boutiques, signature outlets, and high-end designer and department stores. Whether you want to indulge in shopping for the latest electronic items, or explore what global fashion brands have in store, this is the place that caters to all your needs. The Dubai Mall is also a recreational haven. You may have a hard time deciding exactly what to do first, but do test your skating skills at the ice rink or marvel at the glittering aquarium. You'll never run short of things to do, and you may even have to schedule several returns to completely explore everything this behemoth has to offer!
This stunning mall located near Jebel Ali Village is an icon of grandeur. Named after Ibn Battuta, Arab scholar and traveler, this shopping center is not merely a mall, but an avenue to experience some of the best features of the Middle East, Far East and North Africa through an array of themed shopping sections. This mall also has a Taj Mahal Dome, a Persian Dome, and a Chinese ship among various other diverse cultural elements and fascinating architectural features. Visitors can pretend that they're in a different region of the world, even if it is for a few hours. One can explore seemingly endless options for shopping, indulge in top-notch entertainment with family, and also enjoy a lovely culinary experience at this unique mall.
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!
While Dubai is renowned for its luxury retail stores and gold souks, another equally delightful destination is the Dubai Spice Souk. A vibrant market which features a plethora of shops and stalls dotted along narrow alleys, the souk invites visitors in with its sweet and enticing aromas of various spices. You will find herbal products, dried fruits, common and rare spices, incense, saffron, frankincense, rose petals, and hibiscus, among others. Regarded as one of the best places in town to buy quality spices at bargain prices, the souk retains its time-honored charm and promises a memorable and colorful experience to all those who venture here.
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.
Located in Jumeirah, this shopping complex exudes a charm which delights locals and tourists alike. A mosaic of diverse shops and establishments, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is reminiscent of an Arabian Bazaar, combining the old-world charm of traditional souks with the modern splendor of the city's landscape. Strolling along colorful alleys and lanes woven into the cultural fabric of this bazaar, you will discover several specialty stores that sell everything from designer wear to traditional arts and crafts. You can also enjoy a scrumptious meal at one of the many restaurants or relax at waterside cafes and unwind over savory treats and stunning views. If you are in the mood for a movie, head to the Madinat Theatre. No matter what you choose to do, you are sure to be enchanted by an enticing mix of culture and retail.
Daiso is a Japanese chain known for their reasonably priced goods from home products, crafts to make up items. The store sells almost everything at AED6 and is a great place to find some creative and unusual gift items to give someone or to adorn your homes. Located in the Ibn Battuta Mall, if you are looking out for some out-of-the-box things for your homes or souvenirs, then Daiso may fit your bill.
The king of all bookstores sits at Dubai Mall; spanning an area of 68,000 square foot (6317 square meter) dedicated to a surfeit of books and everything from the literary universe. The massive collection has more than half a million titles covering each genre - from bestsellers, children's books, fiction, non-fiction to classics; and more than a thousand magazines in every language. The store is smartly-organized and you will certainly not feel lost searching for the desired titles, and even if you do you will surely find a quiet corner with good reads, its books after all!
If you're shopping for a lady, then stop by Boom & Mellow. The choices here are abundant and classy. Clothes and accessories adorn every corner of the shop. From accessories to clutches, shawls and jewelry, every item displayed is elegant. You will only find interesting and unique pieces that are a cut above the rest by upcoming designers who don't want to follow the norm.
Located inside the famous Jumeirah Plaza, the House of Prose is a place for all book lovers. This unique bookstore has everything from crime novels to non fiction, such that it houses a book on almost every subject under the sun. This secondhand book store holds books for children as well. All of the tiles here are in good shape, possessing that wonderful aura of a well-read book, which is becoming a rarity in this electronic age. Browse through the sections and look around, chances are you might end up with a treasure in hand. House of Prose has a welcoming atmosphere wherein you can choose your book at leisure and buy them at reasonable prices, read it and if you want to, return it with 50 percent of your money back.