When done with meetings, travellers can shop till they drop, says Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, Senior VP, Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
What can an Indian consumer shop for in Dubai?
Known for its gargantuan malls and souks, Dubai's shopping experience is intriguing. Shopping for gold and spices in the souks are a must in Dubai, especially for Indian consumers. When in Dubai, Indians should not miss out on visiting the large wholesale jewellery souk, located in Bur Dubai – The New Gold Souk and the Sabhka Spice Souk selling piles of spices, salts, nuts, and dried fruits.
Dubai is also known for its exquisite shopping festival. From one-of-a-kind outdoor markets and flashmobs to fireworks, mega sales and rewards, DSF is a hit amongst Indian visitors. Whether it's about having fun with your family and friends or getting your hands on the hottest fashion trends, DSF is where you'll want to be. Not only are traditional retail spaces loaded with energy—and mega sales—but during DSF, one also witnesses pop-up fashion shows right inside the stores.
From organic produce to pop-ups to artisan
finds and night-time browsing, Dubai's markets have it all. A number of meeting places have popped up all over the city, showcasing local produce and fabulous wares.
The region's premier open-air marketplace, the Ripe Market has stalls stocked with artisan crafts, stylish labels, food trucks, and fresh produce straight from the Ripe farm.
Dubai Flea Market:
If you like to travel to the local market check out the Dubai Flea Market. Held three to four times each month and in locations including The Greens, Zabeel Park, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and Ibn Battuta Mall, this market is ideal for seasoned market-goers. Furnished with a strict second-hand policy here, each site attracts more than 300 stalls of furniture, fabrics, instruments, ceramics, clothes, crafts and antiques.
WITH TWO HOURS TO SPARE, GO HERE:
With just two hours to spare, Dubai still offers a horde of options for shoppers to select from whether you're looking for international brands or local specialties.
City Walk 2:
Nestled between Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah Beach, this sleek outdoor retail area contains a cinema, a London-themed street and plenty of great cafes. The indoor part of the precinct offers a great range of luxury and contemporary designers. Stroll the tree-lined esplanade for views of the Burj Khalifa and check out murals by international street artists at City Walk's art initiative, Dubai Walls.
The city's traditional souks offer a glance into Dubai's past and a chance to do some good, old-fashioned bargaining. Here, narrow alleyways are stocked with bags overflowing with heady spices, such as cinnamon, saffron and frankincense. The Gold and Textile souks are also nearby.
PLUSH FACTORY OUTLETS
Dubai is also home to some fabulous factory outlets for bargain shopping. Some of the best ones are listed below:
Dubai Outlet Mall:
It is the first ‘Outlet' concept mall in the Middle East and home to over 1200 of the world's premium and top brands. Buyers can snap up discounts of between 30-90 per cent on the majority of products available in the 240 stores on offer.
It is the ideal place for consumers to acquire iconic brands at exceptional prices.
• Sun & Sand Sports:
The largest retailer and wholesaler, Sun & Sand Sports covers the sports and fitness essentials of United Arab Emirates.
When buying gold in Dubai, you don’t have to look any further than the Dubai Gold Souk