Dubai Shopping Festival: The ongoing Dubai Shopping Festival that ends on February 2nd offers great discounts on various international brands and is one of the most popular attractions of the city. More than 70 malls and over 6,000 retail outlets are participating. Apart from citywide sales, one can also enjoy street shopping, delicious local food and amazing fireworks during the festival. As it is organized during this time of the year, the weather is perfect for roaming around in the city.
- Shopping Malls: Unlike the expensive malls in the West, Dubai malls are pocket-friendly and offer only the best-valued items. The malls are different in the sense that the decoration is surreal. The Wafi Mall that is home to brands of Montblanc, and Mall of the Emirates, are striking and very popular with the locals. The fully air-conditioned malls also offer great respite from the hot and dry summers.
- Unique Souks: Apart from the sophisticated malls, the city also boasts of souks that are Middle Eastern-style bazaars full of fun and bustling with people. From headscarves to gold, there is something for everybody at the souks and they are an experience that is unique to this urban place.
- Local Buys: Shoppers from all over the world come to the city to buy carpets, textiles, perfumes, spices and gold. Saffron is sold in large quantities here and so is gold. One cannot go back from Dubai without buying perfumes that add a fragrance of style to the shopping experience in the city.
- Shopping Hours: One thing that makes shopaholics fall in love with the city is the timings of most of the malls here. Usually, they start at 10 am in the morning and are open till 10 pm daily. Owing to the hot weather, a lot of local shops remain shut in the afternoon which makes sense as nobody would want to walk in the sun to shop. One can go out in the evening for an exceptional shopping experience.
The Dubai airport also offers finest duty-free shopping opportunities at the sophisticated outlets inside it. Both the departing and arriving passengers can buy items from these outlets.