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Best Shopping in Dubai

By Chris Boyle

Dubai mall

Shopping in Dubai is all about its glamorous and exciting malls, allowing shoppers to pursue their hobby unhindered by traffic, heat or crowds.

Furthermore, most of Dubai’s malls offer something more than merely shops; most contain restaurants, hotels and other unique attractions, and for one month in the winter the malls come alive during the Dubai Shopping Festival. Elite has chosen the finest malls in which to experience the best in Dubai’s shopping.


It is the largest retail space on earth and yet Dubai Mall is not as overwhelming as this claim might suggest.

The venue is divided into a variety of entertainments and shopping experiences. There is The Grove, a series of Parisian themed tree–lined walkways, The Gold Souk, showcasing 200 of the region’s most trusted jewelers, and Fashion Avenue, fast becoming a world–renowned fashion destination with Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette as anchor stores. Moreover, Dubai Mall is home to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the Sega Republic theme park, Dubai Ice Rink and The Dubai Fountain. The Mall also acts as a gateway for visitors to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.


This 2.4 million-square-foot mall has recently been enlarged.

Easily accessible in the heart of New Dubai, Mall of Emirates features 476 international brands covering a huge range of genres, including 60 outlets unique to the Emirate. Beyond the shops, Mall of Emirates is also the home of Ski Dubai and the five–star Kempinsky Hotel.

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Souk Madinet

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a modern recreation of the souks that once overwhelmed the Middle East.

Not only have the souks been recreated here, but also the lively trading culture, the sound of craftsmen at work and the galleries that spill on to the paved walkways. The difference is that these souks feature air conditioning, boutique shops and a 442–seat theater.


JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 20, 2012

This month–long event celebrates Dubai’s colorful variety of shopping, and it attracts serious shoppers and fashionistas from around the world.

In Dubai there are over 50 malls, and many more traditional Arabic souks, twisting passageways that conceal more exotic purchases.



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The Al Tayer group was established in 1979 and it has since focused on luxury brands in automobiles, perfumes, cosmetics and interiors as well as food and beverages.

Their Dubai store has amassed a vast portfolio of brands that include Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Jimmy Choo amongst others.


+971 4 201 1111

Garhoud Atrium Building, Al Garhoud Road


The first Bloomingdale’s store to open outside the US has become quite a phenomenon in Dubai.

Recognized as the anchor store of Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping center, it has all the signature elements that you would expect from the original New York store including the black and white Beauty floor, the Gift Registry for miscellaneous and souvenir items and the Forty Carrots Restaurant, home of Bloomingdale’s iconic frozen yoghurt.

+971 4 350 5333

Dubai Mall


Burjuman is one of the oldest and finest shopping centers in Dubai, a place of high fashion with world– leading brands.

Its flagship building is made up of 16 floors, all exclusively for shopping and packed with branded clothes, sportswear, beauty products, flowers, shoes, toys, perfumes, jewelry and books. Brands include Burberry, Celine, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dunhill, Fendi, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Tod’s, Moschino and Versace.


+971 4 352 0222

Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road


Deira City Centre opened in 1995 and has since become one of the most successful shopping malls in the world.

The mall is spread over three floors and includes all the big brands in fashion, electronics and entertainment as well as Magic Planet, one of the region’s most popular indoor family centers.


+971 4 295 4486

Baniyas Road


The Emirates towers are architectural icons of Dubai. Of the two identical towers one is an office tower and the other houses the five–star Emirates Tower Hotel.

Connecting the two towers is the 13,050 square meter Boulevard, housing a variety of dining and shopping options including major labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors and Lanvin amongst many others.

+971 4 319 8999

Sheikh Zayed Road


The largest Harvey Nichols store outside the UK has become a landmark in luxury and sophisticated retail.

It even features its own restaurant, Almaz by Mono. This store is all about luxury brands and labels.


Mercato Shopping Mall is an extraordinary blend of Tuscan and Venetian architecture and, in keeping with this theme, it features many of Europe’s lavish fashion, jewelry, perfume and cosmetic outlets.

You will also find many antique and carpet shops at the Porto Vecchio Village on the first floor.



Inspired by the famous street in Beverly Hills that is synonymous with fashion and glamor, Rodeo Drive in Dubai is a high–end, luxury brand chain unique to the United Arab Emirates.

Within the Emirates Towers store one can find brands including Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Lanvin and Ralph Lauren.

+971 4 330 3500

Emirates Towers


This New York export has been incredibly popular in Dubai.

It features numerous brands that, among others, include Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Lulu Guinness and Marc Jacobs.


+971 4 351 5551

Burjuman Center, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road



Villa Moda has become highly popular with Dubai’s discerning shoppers looking to kit themselves out in high–end fashion.

Among the lavish modern decorations and props you will find more discreet brands such as Anya Hindmarch, Dries Van Noten, Mulberry and Oscar De La Renta.

+971 4 382 5120

Emirates Towers Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road


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AUDEMARS PIGUET DUBAI BURJUMAN Phone: +971 4 341 1121 Address: Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Burjuman level 2, Burjuman, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road
DUBAI MALL Phone: +971 4 339 8883 Address: Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Mall ground floor
DUBAI WAFI Phone: +971 4 324 6060 Address: Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Wafi ground floor Website:
BREGUET BURJUMAN CENTER Phone: +971 4 355 7668 Address: Burjuman Center, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road
DUBAI MALL Phone: +971 4 339 8756 Address: Dubai Mall
MALL OF THE EMIRATES Phone: +971 4 395 1862 Addresses: Mall of the Emirates, Level, 1 – Fashion Dome; and Rivoli Prestige, Mall of Emirates
BURJ AL ARAB Phone: +971 4 348 7281 Address: Rivoli Prestige, Burj Al Arab, Lobby Level Website:
CARTIER MALL OF EMIRATES Phone: +971 4 395 1000 Address: Mall of Emirates
BURJMAN CENTRE Phone: +971 4 355 3533 Address: Burjman Centre, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road Phone: +971 4 359 7774 Address: Paris Gallery, Burjman Centre
EMIRATES TOWERS Phone: +971 4 330 0034 Address: Emirates Towers Boulevard
GOLD DIAMOND PARK Phone: +971 4 341 8285 Address: Gems World, Gold Diamond Park Bld. No 4, Shop No 45
GOLD SOUK Phone: +971 4 226 5129 Address: Gems World, Gold Souk Deira Dubai Website:
CHOPARD WAFI CITY Phone: +971 4 324 1010 Address: Wafi City
BURJ AL ARAB Phone: +971 4 348 9595 Address: Burj Al Arab
BURJMAN CENTER Phone: +971 4 355 5060 Address: Burjman Center, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road
ATLANTIS HOTEL Phone: +971 4 422 0232 Address: Retail Village, Unit No 4, Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah
DUBAI MALL Phone: +971 4 339 6333 Address: Grand Atrium, Dubai Mall
DE BEERS MALL OF THE EMIRATES Phone: +971 4 341 2121 Address: Mall of the Emirates Website:
DIOR HORLOGERIE Phone: +971 4 330 8739 Address: Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE – DUBAI Phone: +971 4 351 5551 Address: Burjaman Level 2, New Extension, Khalid Bin Walleed Road Website:
+971 4 327 9144 Address: Wafi City Website:
HUBLOT Phone: +971 4 324 4040 Address: Wafi City, Ground Level Website:
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DUBAI MALL Phone: +971 4 339 8111 Address: Dubai Mall Main Entrance, Ground Floor
DUBAI BUR Phone: +971 4 355 1717 Address: Dubai Burjuman Center 2nd Level 2nd Floor, New Extension Website:
JAEGER-LECOULTRE WAFI CITY Phone: +971 4 327 9117 Address: Wafi Ground Floor, Wafi Mall, Gharhoud Road
DUBAI MALL Phone: +971 4 339 8769 Address: Shop G269, Ground floor, Dubai Mall, Gold Souk Entrance Website:
OFFICINE PANERAI Phone: +971 4 339 8444 Address: Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Mall, PO Box 2123 Website:
OMEGA BOUTIQUE Phone: +971 4 339 8307 Address: Dubai Mall Website:
ZENITH Phone: +971 4 339 8104 Address: Dubai Mall, Ground Floor Website:

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