DUTY-FULLY Dubai

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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.

FLEA MAR­KETS

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.

Ripe Mar­ket:

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.

Spice souk:

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.

Out­let Vil­lage:

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

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