Everything You Need to Know About Shopping in Dubai

Shopping Tips - Dubai

There’s one thing every traveler does while on vacation or visiting a foreign city and that would have to be shopping. No matter where you go, shopping is inevitable whether you’re doing so for souvenirs, great deals or rare finds.

Below is a short guide about everything you need to know when it comes to shopping in Dubai.

1) Dubai offers a wide variety of shopping for travelers and tourists which include your commercialized high end shopping malls to the very traditional bargain souks and markets and everything in between.

2)  Don’t be surprised if you’re assigned a personal shopper and offered over the top service at some of the stores in high end malls. It’s part and parcel for what they’re known for.

3)  Bargaining is the norm in many of the souks and supermarkets in Dubai where several tourists flock to for great deals and bargains on souvenirs and other goods. So don’t be afraid to come in with a few low offers and negotiate your ideal price.

4)  Your money may go a lot further at souks where bargaining is welcomed which are located in centers outside the malls where you can enjoy a wonderful al-fresco shopping experience.

5)  Shopping hours can be as early as 9 in the morning to 10 at night with an optional three hour break for vendors from 1 pm to 4 pm in the afternoon. You’ll also find that on Fridays almost all shops are closed from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for prayer and there are some supermarkets that stay open 24 hours.

6)  No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it in Dubai; from clothes to fabrics, electronics and sporting goods, fragrances and jewelry, carpets, novelties, exotic spices and many more.

7)  Not everything you buy will be authentic even if the vendor claims them to be, so be sure to check and double check the make, brand and manufacturing details if you can. This can include brand name clothing, perfume and electronics.

Image credits Gotodubai.net

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