The city of Dubai has become known as one of the premier shopping destinations in the world. Stunning state-of-the-art luxury hotels, summer weather the whole year round, and some of the biggest shopping malls on the planet, who couldn’t resist coming to this ubiquitous haven for shopping galore? The following list will be familiar to Dubai’s fashion jet set, but for newcomers to the City the Gold, try these top spots for your best shopping experience yet.
1 Dubai Mall
The world's largest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall is home to 1,200 stores and a variety of world class attractions including an aquarium, a gold souk, ice skating rink, and cinemas. Walk down fashion avenue for luxury designer boutiques and take a stylish break at the sleek Armani cafe.
2 Mall of the Emirates
The recently opened Fashion Dome in Mall of the Emirates has quickly become one of the Dubai fashion crowd's hot spots. One of the largest of Dubai's shopping malls, this two level structure includes an indoor ski resort and amusement park as well as a community theater, arts center, and 14-screen cinema. Major department stores include Harvey Nichols and Debenham's.
3 Boutique One
Home to over 200 unique luxury brands, this specialty store operates very much like a boutique. Customers are greeted and assisted personally by well-trained staff who cater to each personal need and desire. A small art gallery has displayed masterpieces by Juan Miro and Alexander Calder while a specialty bookshop offers all of your favorite fashion and art coffee table books. An intimate experience for those who are cutting edge fashion fans.
One of Dubai's most popular shopping malls, BurJuman opened during the 1990s and has around 170 prestigious fashion boutiques. Other stores include leather goods, jewelry, perfume, consumer electronics and sporting goods. Gourmet restaurants and cafés offer shoppers a chance to relax in comfort from their shopping escapade.