Ready to shop til you drop?

Welcome to Dubai, one of the most exciting shopping cities in the world! From international designer labels in contemporary malls to exotic finds at the traditional marketplace, this bustling city makes it a delight to part ways with your cash for some bargained goods or hard-to-find gems.

It can be overwhelming to decide where to shop in this city with something to buy at every turn. Hence, you can refer to the table below for a breakdown of the top places to shop separated by the type of things you’re interested in purchasing.

List of top places to shop in Dubai:

Shopping categories Location
Luxury brands
  • The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Outlet Mall
  • Outlet Village
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Burjuman Centre
Electronics
  • Al Fahidi Street
  • Jumbo Electronics
  • Souq (Online store)
Gold
  • Deira Gold Souk
  • Gold & Diamond Park
Spices
  • Dubai Spice Souq Market
  • Bur Dubai Souk
Souvenirs & a mix of everything
  • The Dubai Mall
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Wafi Mall
  • Bur Dubai Souk
  • Global Village
  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • Karama Shopping Complex

Now that you’re familiar with the list, keep reading to find out more info on many travellers’ top shopping destinations overall in Dubai.

Shopping malls

1. The Dubai Mall


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As the world’s second largest mall, we can bet that the Dubai Mall has everything you could ever want! With over a thousand shops, you best put on your most comfortable shoes for some serious shopping marathon. You might also know The Dubai Mall as the massive shopping complex next to the towering Burj Khalifa.

If you’re not so much a shopper, then perhaps you can venture into the augmented reality at the VR Park Dubai within the mall! For those travelling with kids, there’s also KidZania as well as Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Klook pro-tip: If you’re planning to visit those attractions, get yourself a Dubai Mall attraction pass, so you can gain entry to them at a major discounted price!

Besides that, this opulent mall also holds plenty of other excitement like an ice rink, reel cinema, a 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton, and more. Make sure you head outside to catch the daily impressive fountain show at the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. In fact, you can even be a part of the world’s largest choreographed fountain system aboard the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride!

So, if you really had to visit only one mall (which is quite a hard thing to do) in Dubai, you certainly can’t go wrong with The Dubai Mall.

The Dubai Mall
Address: Financial Center Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 2am

Klook shopping list:
Burj Khalifa
KidZania Dubai
VR Park Dubai
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Mall Attraction Pass
Dubai Fountain Lake Ride

2. Mall of the Emirates


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Step into the Mall of the Emirates and marvel at the marble floors and stylish decor. This luxury shopping destination is home a large selection of premium stores covering fashion, lifestyle, electronics, as well as other attractions.

Aside from the shopping experience, the Mall of the Emirates also boasts quite the spectacular dining experience with plenty of high-quality restaurants and cafes. There is also a massive cinema, theatre, and Magic Planet, an entertainment centre with indoor rides and attractions.

If you want to escape the heat, you can experience a skiing adventure at Ski Dubai, the world’s largest snow park! In this ski resort, you can ride a traditional toboggan or bobsled down the snow hills. There’s even a human hamster ball for you to enter and roll down. Make sure to stick around for the most adorable penguin show!

Mall of the Emirates
Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 2am

Klook shopping list:
Ski Dubai

3. Wafi Mall


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Modelled after Ancient Egypt, the WAFI mall encompasses more than just a shopping complex as its surrounding includes a hotel, a myriad of restaurants, residences, and a nightclub. It’s easy to spot the Ancient Egypt theme when you’re in the WAFI ‘city’ with Karnak-like columns, pyramids and images of pharaohs.

Most interestingly, WAFI mall is home to an indoor marketplace to mimic a traditional souk. Even if you’re not interested in buying anything, it’s quite the beautiful setting! Besides that, you also shop for luxury goods, dine at one of the many restaurants, relax at the health club, or try your hand at a black-lit 18-hole miniature golf course!

WAFI Mall
Address: Oud Metha Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 10pm | Thursday & Friday, 10am to 12am

4. The Outlet Village by Meraas


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If your heart is set on shopping for luxury goods, you’ve come to the right place at The Outlet Village. While it’s not a huge area, it houses a variety of designer brands and popular labels with some great bargains all year long. Do keep a lookout on their social media pages for special retail promotions every now and again!

Some of the brands you can find are Armani, Banana Republic, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Coach, Michael Kors, and many more. Styled like a European marketplace, the Outlet Village in Dubai also has kids’ wear, footwear and sportswear.

The Outlet Village is strategically located near the massive Dubai Parks and Resorts. So, if the kids aren’t fans of sitting around while you shop, the rest of the family can spend the day at the theme parks while you get your shopping done!

The Outlet Village
Address: Jebel Ali, Near Dubai Parks and Resorts – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 10pm | Thursday & Friday, 10am to 12am

Klook shopping list:
Dubai Parks and Resorts
LEGOLAND® Dubai Ticket
BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai Ticket
MOTIONGATE™ Dubai Ticket
Private Car Transfer to Dubai Parks & Resorts

Souks (Markets)

5. Bur Dubai Souk

The Bur Dubai Souk is a traditional souq (market) that is a must-visit when you’re in Dubai. Also known as the Textile Souk or the Old Souk, you can find a variety of exotic fabric. Seeing the vibrant colours and intricate designs stacked high or splayed out across the stands and hanging racks is quite the delight!

Around Bur Dubai Souk are tailoring shops and saree shops so that you can have your clothes tailored and made using the fabric you bought. While the souk’s main highlight is textile, you can also find plenty of vendors selling other trinkets, jewellery, spices, and many more.

If you find it difficult to make your way there and with limited parking spots in this market, you can still visit this souk when you join the Dubai half day city tour.

Bur Dubai Souk
Address: Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 10:30pm

Klook shopping list:
Half Day City Tour in Dubai

6. Gold Souk, Spice Souk & Perfume Souk

Located on the Deira side of Dubai Creek, you can find a network of traditional Arab markets within walking distance of each other. From Bur Dubai, you can get there via an abra (water taxi) for a ride to the opposite bank to visit the Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Perfume Souk.

The Gold Souk is easily one the world’s largest gold markets and extremely popular in Dubai. If you’re in the market for some fine jewellery, you’ve come to the right place. The Spice Souk, on the other hand, is a covered market with stalls displaying large, clear bags of saffron, rose petals, peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, just to name a few,

If you think smelling the spices is a treat for your nose, then wait till you get to Perfume Souk. We assume you can easily find your way by just following the scent if you were ever to get lost. The best thing to do in the Perfume Souk is perhaps to create your own personalised scent or make a one-of-a-kind gift as a souvenir.,

Deira Gold Souk
Address: Souk Deira St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday, 9:30am to 2pm & 4:30 to 10pm | Friday, 5pm to 9pm

Dubai Spice Souk
Address: 26 34 St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday, 10am to 10pm | Friday, 4pm to 10pm

Perfume Souk
Address: Sikkat al Khali – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm & 4pm to 10pm | Friday, 4pm to 10pm.

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