To Buy in Dubai

Plan­ning an in­dul­gent year-end break? Don’t miss the an­nual Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val.

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With its tra­di­tional Ara­bian souks and more than 95 shop­ping malls, Dubai is the A to Z of re­tail. Vir­tu­ally ev­ery global brand is rep­re­sented here – an­chor stores such as Har­vey Nichols, Bloom­ing­dale’s, and Gal­leries Lafayette stand along­side a col­lec­tion of home­grown bou­tiques and la­bels. It’s no sur­prise that shop­ping is one of the pri­mary rea­sons that vis­i­tors flock to the emi­rate, es­pe­cially dur­ing the an­nual Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val, which is the largest event of its kind in the re­gion. Mall; visit the largest Chi­nese trad­ing hub out­side of China at Dragon Mart; and fly on a zip wire above an in­door ski slope in­side Mall of the Emi­rates. You can also stroll down the wa­ter­front prom­e­nade at Dubai Fes­ti­val City, or in­dulge in a shop­ping spree with bar­gains ga­lore at Dubai Out­let Mall. flanked Dubai Creek for cen­turies. Hunt out that pre­cise shade of blue in the Tex­tile Souk; breathe in the aro­mas of saf­fron and in­cense as you wan­der through the lanes of the Spice Souk; and be daz­zled by dis­plays of glit­ter­ing gold and di­a­monds in the fa­mous Gold Souk. On the city’s out­skirts, the sea­sonal Global Vil­lage (open each win­ter and spring) show­cases the lo­cal prod­ucts of more than 65 coun­tries in 37 lav­ish pavil­ions. Buy honey from Ye­men, car­pets from Iran, and wooden pots from Africa. No two pavil­ions are the same, mak­ing it the ideal place to round off a fun-filled shop­ping trip to Dubai. For the quin­tes­sen­tial Ara­bian shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, head to the souks. Both Souk Al Ba­har and the Souk Mad­i­nat are mod­ern recre­ations of these bazaars ooz­ing charm and at­mos­phere steps away from five-star ho­tels and restau­rants; or jour­ney back in time and visit the his­tor­i­cal cov­ered mar­kets that have The ex­trav­a­ganza’s 23rd edi­tion will run from De­cem­ber 26, 2017 to Jan­uary 28, 2018, and it prom­ises to be big­ger, bolder, and bet­ter than ever be­fore, with no less than 4,000 par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail­ers, 5,000 re­tail pro­mo­tions, and AED 100 mil­lion in prizes to be won.

The 23rd edi­tion of the Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val prom­ises to be big­ger, bolder, and bet­ter than ever be­fore. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to vis­it­dubai.com

And be­cause it’s Dubai, the malls are sight­see­ing spots in them­selves. Spend a day at the world’s largest one, The Dubai Mall, which is spread over 1.1 mil­lion square me­ters. Fol­low in the foot­steps of one of his­tory’s great ad­ven­tur­ers as you walk through the sec­tions of Ibn Bat­tuta Mall, each one styled after a land he vis­ited; ex­plore the pyra­mids when you en­ter the Egyp­tian-themed Wafi

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