1. Gold & Spice Souk
The word Souk is an Arabic word, which denotes a market place where you can buy and sell goods. The old souks once dealt with products from Asian and far Asian countries. The modernized Souks offer the best of shopping experience to the tourists. Shopping Tours In Dubai are no doubt interesting.
Dubai Gold Souk: The Dubai Gold Souk is close to Dubai Creek in Deira’s Al Ras area. You will find rows and rows of gold shops displaying a range of ornaments made of 22 and 24 ct gold in the narrow lanes. You will be amazed to find the shop windows packed with brooches, bangles, ear rings, rings, assorted necklaces and more. The souk shops display both traditional and modern jewelry. You will find gold ornaments decorated with shades of yellow, white, pink and more.
If you know the art of bargaining, it is time you can perfectly practice it here. The shops allow the buyers to bargain and offer the best prices. Even if you go without an intention to buy, the temptation to buy the gold at its best farms with the power of bargaining will ultimately take over. TravelPlanDubai.com in their Dubai Shopping Tour will assist you to make the best bargains. The most preferred shopping tour is Shopping Tour of 8 Hours in which one gets enough time for making purchases.
Dubai Spice Souk: The souk located very close to Gold Souk will invite you with the aroma of a range of spices and the colorful display. Finding unlimited number of spices brought from all over the world at a single location will give you rare but stimulating experience. The spices from best of their origins in the world and the Middle East will envelop you with the tantalizing aroma.
You can buy cloves, curry, chilli, turmeric, best saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, dried flower buds such as hibiscus, lavender, chrysanthemum, and dried lemon. You will also find a range of dry fruits, dates, nuts and basmati rice. You will get know the best of spices from the world over at one place.
2. Dubai Mall
Dubai mall located in the down town development area of Dubai occupies around 5.9 million square feet over a total land area of 12 million square feet. The mall opened for public access in 2008 has over 1200 shops, 22 cinema theatres, a luxury hotel with 250 rooms and around 200 small eateries and hotels. The three level car parking of the mall offer parking space to park 14000 cars.
The souk within the mall displays unique jewelry, accessories, best of handicrafts and conventional Arab wear. Spent time in the tree-lined walkways, restaurants and cafe and buy the best Denim brands. Bloomingdale and Galeries Lafayette are the two top department stores opened at the venue. The exclusive 440000 sq.ft fashion space opens up latest fashion accessories from all over the world.
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo located within the mall has thousands of marine specious offers the visitors the best view when they walk through a 270-degree tunnel. The other features of the mall include the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, an indoor theme park measuring 76000 sq.ft, and KidZania an edutainment zone exclusively for the kids. You will not be surprised to know this mall receives over 750,000 visitors every week.
3. Mall of the Emirates
The Mall of the Emirates built with a shopping cum resort concept is located on Sheikh Zayed Road. The multi-level shopping mall covers 234479 sq.m of shopping area to house 560 best international brands. The stores located at the mall offer home furnishing, electronic, sports, and lifestyle and fashion goods. The largest Carrefour supermarket in Dubai is located within the mall.
The mall houses Ski Dubai the first ever snow park and indoor ski resort of Dubai and Magic Planet a family entertainment area especially meant for kids. The Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) with a capacity of 500 guest seats is within the mall. The mall includes 90 eateries offering international and national dishes, a three level car parking to park 7000 cars. The Mall of the Emirates well connected to Dubai Metro received over 33.8 million tourists and visitors during 2012.
4. Dubai Old Souk
For the visitor who has seen the vertical development of new Dubai along the Sheikh Zayed Road, the old souks located on both the sides of the Dubai Creek will offer a pleasant change. You will find the old gold and spice souks on the north side of the creek known as Deira Dubai and a range of textile shops on the south side called Bur Dubai. You will be delighted to walk through the old fashioned alleys of Bur Dubai that retain the charm and the rows of shops that offer best of bargains only you must know how to bargain. Go around the textile souk to buy the cloth of your choice on wholesale prices.
Take an Abra ride to the other side to enter Deira Dubai and enjoy a walk through watching the wooden dhows close to the quayside and the range of goods in the process of export. The aroma of spice souk will welcome you. Rows of shops in the narrow alley will amaze you with a range of spices and try to get their names if you are an avid learner.
If you look to bargain and buy the best spices just compare the prices you had seen in the super markets. The gold souk in Deira Dubai has comparatively wider lanes to walk through. You will be amazed with the variety of jewelry and the incredible display of them.
5. Al Fahidi Market
The market located within a short distance from the Al Fahidi Fort has a good number old type houses with conventional patio at the front. The tall sized wind towers and narrow lanes offer the tourists a glimpse of old Dubai. The new Al Fahidi Market, whose constructions will get completed in a few months time will have a number of energy saving features to cut down the energy usage by 45%. The market constructed at a cost ofDh50.5 million will occupy around 27000 sq.m area.
6. Ibn Battuta Mall
The Ibn Battuta Mall located over the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai is the largest themed shopping mall. The mall distinctly designed to commemorate the various travels of Ibn Battuta, the famous Arabic traveler. The mall divided into six separate sections such as Egypt, India, China, Andalusia, Persia and Tunisia each showcasing the places visited by the traveler.
The Persia court with its famous hand painted dome presents a stunning look. The Indian court is presented with a 8m tall elephant and the Chinese court is represented by a full-sized Chinese Junk. The mall covering an area of 521000 square meters has 50 restaurants, 270 shops, 21 cinemas and space to park 4500 cars. The mall which undergoes expansion will add 150 shops in its retail section.
7. Deira City Center Mall
The mall opened way back in 1995 was the first mall to change the perception about the malls. The mall was the first to introduce a different shopping experience by providing retail shop outlets, entertainment and restaurants at a single location. The idea of shopping and entertainment at a single location immediately caught the attention of the locals and the tourists.
The mall occupies a build up area of around 1300,000 square feet and serves the visitors with its 340 stores which include a food court, multiplex cinema, bowling city and a superstore. The mall a favorite destination for the tourists receives over 20 million visitors every year.
8. Naif Souk
The Naif Souk was once a camel market and latter developed in to a single level full-fledged market. During olden times it was also called as Souk Sanadiq due to its old box-like shops. An unexpected electrical fire destroyed the market in 2008. It was reconstructed in 2010. Now the fully air-conditioned market has a total 218 shops, 111 shops on the ground floor and 107 shops in first floor. The car parking at Souk can accommodate around 100 cars.
Unlike the big branded malls, the Naif Souk houses small shops that sell electronic goods, textiles, handbags, jewelry, wrist watches, leather goods and other souvenirs. The market allows the visitors the pleasure and the thrill of bargaining.
9. Mirdif City Center
The mall opened in 2010 is located in Emirates Road, Dubai. The mall occupies over 196000 square meter of built area and houses over 465 stores of different market mix. The stores located here offers electronics, home, fashion products and entertainment and leisure services. Some of the known store names located here include Fitness First, Decathlon, Hamleys, Home Centre, Crate & Barrel, Centrepoint, Emax, Debenhams, Playnation and Carrefour. VOX Cinemas offer 10 screen cinema within the complex.
The iFly Dubai provides indoor sky diving experience and other entertainment facilities include indoor water park, Aquaplay, soccer circus and a 12 lane bowling alley. The Gold Leed certified mall has the facility park 7000 cars.
10. Wafi City Mall
The construction of the mall is inspired Pharaohs of Egypt and other Turkish style. The mall houses more than 350 shops, over 30 restaurants, a complete leisure, and entertainment services within the mall. The Souk Khan Murjan locates 150 stores offering goods from all over the Arabia.
The entertainment facility at the mall includes a 18 hole mini golf course providing fun for all age groups. The Kids connection at the mall offers indoor swings, slides, see-saws, trampolines and springs, and other facilities such as climbing tower, bouncy castle, traversing wall and a softball court.
11. Al Ghurair City Mall
Previously known as Al Ghurair Centre the Al Ghurair City Mall is the oldest and first mall in the Dubai city. The mall reconstructed with additions in 2013 offers around 850,000square feet of retail space and houses more than 350 stores. The mall provides both outdoor and a multistory car parking facilities to park 2000 cars.
The mall houses fashion outlets such as Bossini, Guess and French Connection, a number of departmental stores, electronic shops, furniture outlets and restaurants. The children’s play area features several entertainments for them. The Grand Cinema located in the premises offers 8 screens. The mall also houses an office complex and service apartments.