With its shopping malls and traditional souks, Dubai has become one of the biggest international destinations for luxury goods shopping.
The shopping malls attract upmarket clients looking for a large choice of designer labels. If New York is the city that never sleeps, Dubai is the one that never stops buying. Discover Mercato, decorated in an Italian style; Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall (the Moroccan name for Marco Polo) with its around-the-world feel; the luxury of Wafi City, a temple of luxury boutiques; the Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayed Road, which is the the biggest shopping mall in Dubai and in the Middle-East with 400 boutiques. It’s part of a complex that includes Ski Dubai, hotel Kempinski, and the Cinestar cinemas. Dubai also counts on their popular and traditional souks, which are essential for enticing tourists looking for authenticity at affordable prices. The main ones are Madinat Jumeira, the antique market, the spices and jewellery souk in Deira, and the gold souk of Bur Dubai. Visitors come from a wide variety of places such as Eastern Europe or Russia, but also from the Middle-East (Iran, Saudi Arabia) or from the subcontinent of India or China; so there needs to be something to suit all tastes: luxury European products from big name designers; and local produce such as jewellery, oriental clothes, antiques and decorative objects.