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 Book World is a treasure trove for those who love books and has more than 45,000 books ranging from fiction to non fiction along with countless magazines. This secondhand book store is a labor of love and not a profit making business. Downstairs you will find the bookcases filled with neatly arranged fiction and children's books and a few rare collector's items. While upstairs you will find everything from good quality encyclopedias, engineering books and National Geographic editions. Head here if you want books for a steal. Like a copy? Keep it as a souvenir if you will, then done reading another one? Return the book and not sure of finishing one? Just rent the book for time being, Book World gives you all the choices.
Sandwiched between Jumeirah and Bur Dubai, this little residential strip offers an intriguing shopping experience. Home to a dense concentration of South Asians, Al Satwa is perhaps your best bet if you're looking to shop at bargain prices. Textiles are a specialty of the area and it's possible to get a tailored outfit at fairly low prices. Besides this, the area is also famous for producing designer wear replicas; good for fashionistas who aren't bothered about flaunting a brand. A good number of inexpensive restaurants and cafes dotting the area offer something for everyone. Al Satwa's central location means that you're never too far away from the action, whether you wish to hit the Jumeirah Beach or go for some high-end shopping at The Dubai Mall.
A distinct lack of high-rises and almost uniform four-story structures mark Al Karama, one of the older areas of the mega city. A popular residential neighborhood, it is primarily home to South Asian expats and offers excellent options for shopping on a budget. An excellent array of shops spread throughout the neighborhood offer everything from clothes and accessories to electronics. The area is especially famous, or rather infamous for its shops that sell knock-offs of designer and high-end products at delightfully low prices. There's a good number of restaurants in the area offering a gamut of South Asian cuisines and more.
Chinese products have flooded the international markets today. They are known for their cheap prices and superior technology. In Dubai, the best place to buy these products is Dragon Mart which offers a variety of Chinese items under one roof. From electronics to pearls one can buy a whole lot of items at throw-away prices. The shopping complex is located on the Oman Hatta Highway which is called the Al-Awir road in Dubai.
If you are someone who loves to go on a shopping spree, then you are going to be spending a lot of time here. One of the best shopping markets in the city, Karama Souk is known to be the place where you can get first copies of designer apparels, accessories and lots more. The products here are identical to what you would find in the malls and much easier on your pocket. From leather products to clothes, footwear and jewelry, Karama Souk has it all.
Attracting locals from all over, the Deira Fish Market sells fresh fish at cheap prices. All varieties of fish can be bought here after striking a good bargain. This noisy place sees people and fishmongers caught making interesting deals day in and day out. It i s the best place to soak in the local scene. Visit here early in the morning for some splendid experiences buying fish.
The Al Bustan Centre has everything under one roof. It is a premier entertainment, shopping and residential complex. Located close to the main business center and about five minutes from the airport, this shopping haven is an ideal place to don your heels and strut across the shops. The center offers over 640 suites, including a gym and a family suite. You and your family will not face the boredom syndrome as Al Bustan houses the largest indoor entertainment center in the United Arab Emirates.
Snuggled in the heart of Bur Dubai, Al Souk Al Kabir or Meena Bazaar, as it is more popularly known as, has been the toast of the locals and tourists alike for more than 30 years now. A hidden gem of sorts, the bazaar can be reached by following the Al Fahidi or Al Musalla streets and is best discovered on foot. Shoppers come looking for steals in terms of garments and fabrics, jewelry and even stationary. Traders from India and Pakistan bring in their goods to be sold here at great rates, only adding to the exotic souvenir collection shoppers look for in Dubai. Hunger pangs are satisfied at little nooks and cafeterias selling street food and local coffee brews.