Dubai Mall

Located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Mall is a premier lifestyle destination for shopping and entertainment. It is a shopper's paradise, featuring 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, a 220-store gold souk, a 22-screen cinema complex, a huge aquarium, an ice rink and more than 160 food and beverage outlets – all spread over 12.1 million square feet.

Mall of the Emirates

Another of Dubai's huge entertainment malls, the Mall of the Emirates features the usual amenities (a 14-screen cinema, indoor theme park, cosmopolitan variety of stores and a dramatic theatre,) but its biggest claim to fame is the Middle East's first indoor ski slope - Ski Dubai.

Dubai Marina Mall

Situated within the world’s largest man-made marina, the Dubai mall is host to a fine mix of shopping, dining and entertainment venues (See Dubai Marina in the Activities section for more information).


Deira has a vast number of merchants selling local goods, artwork, jewellery, spices and traditional clothing. You may also come across the odd fortune teller or snake oil salesman. 


Originating from when a palm fringed trading port and a striking contrast to the huge shopping malls in the area, the souks (or markets) offer an opportunity to search out bargains while experiencing a more traditional, relaxed pace of life in the bustling city. Located on both sides of the creek, the most impressive souks are to be found around Deira. Don’t forget to haggle for everything!
Opening times (generally): Saturday to Thursday: 07:00 – 12:00 and 17:00 - 19:00, Friday: 17:00 - 19:00 

  • Gold Souk
  • Whether looking to buy up big, or just observe, a stroll through the dazzling Gold Souk is a must. The stores also offer platinum, diamonds and occasionally silver, and the government keeps tight control over the quality of all the merchandise, so rest assured that your purchases will be genuine.
  • Spice Souk
  • Colourful and exotic, the spice souk is one of the most popular and will welcome you with lingering scents of cinnamon and clove drifting through the air. 
  • Perfume Souk
  • Fascinating shops sell heavy exotic scents like jasmine, oudh, amber and rose. If you are unable to find the perfect combination, simply ask to have a go and create your signature scent.
  • Fish Souk
  • For the more adventurous, awake early and catch the frenzy at the fish souk. Fresh sea food is unloaded daily and sold immediately at the bazaar.
    Bus 5, 16, 19 or 20 all drop off at souks in both Bur Dubai and Deira.

Emaar Boulevard

Inspired by the great boulevards of the world, Emaar Boulevard, a 73m wide and 3.5km long lifeline of the buzzing Downtown Dubai, aims to be one of the finest and most exclusive shopping strips in the world.