Best Time and Ways to do Shopping in Dubai – For all Your Shopping Needs

Dubai is without a doubt one of the best places in the world to shop! If the purpose of your visit is a full-on shopping spree, then you need to know the best times to visit Dubai. With the arrival of many tourists, Dubai has come up with a few shopping festivals to cater to customer needs accordingly.

The shopping festivals

There are several shopping festivals in Dubai, some organised by individual companies and others might be retail events. Most of these sales are 3-day super sales. Even tourists lodged at Palm Jumeirah hotels head down for some hardcore shopping.

 

Dubai Shopping Festival

This is one of the most awaited shopping festivals of the year! Thousands of shops give bulk discounts, cash prizes and rewards which happen to be luxury vehicles such as Bentley and Infiniti cars. They also give away apartments and gold. This festival takes place in January.

 

Dubai Summer Surprises

The month of July is when summer in Dubai is at its peak. This is when most people stay indoors, this is when many retailers start to look for ways to bring in customers. Modesh World at the World Trade Centre is a popular funfair here. Since July is the off-peak season even lodging options like Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort will be available at the lowest price!

 

Gitex

This sale occurs during April for spring and October for autumn. If you are a tech geek then this is the place to find all your favourite electronics for the lowest prices possible!

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Exploring the City of Dubai – Experience the City’s Many Souks

Looking to have a more authentic shopping experience in Dubai? Check out its many souks. They offer a welcome respite from the ultra-opulent and futuristic mega malls.

Just what is a Souk, Exactly?

Souks are traditional-style Arabian marketplaces. Some specialise in certain items such as gold, while others sell all and sundry ranging from fruits, perfumes and spices, to clothing and jewellery.

Deira Gold Souk

Check out the planet’s largest ring at the Deira Gold Souk! The Najmat Taiba, which translates to the ‘Star or Taiba’ is a behemoth of a 21-carat gold ring, and weighs probably as much as you! At a whopping 64 kg in weight, it’s worth over an estimated USD 3 million in value; perhaps that explains why there’s a ‘not for sale’ sign plastered next to it. The Deira Gold Souk is located about a 10-minute drive away from international accommodation options such as AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel.

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Madinat Souk

This is quite a touristy souk, which puts it on the pricey side; however, there are some baubles and trinkets which are to die for. If you fancy grabbing some beautifully-crafted lighting fixtures and lamps to take home, you’ve got to stop by this souk which is within easy reach of hotels in Dubai Deira.

Deira Spice Souk

Pay a visit to the Spice Souk in Deira in order to experience a more authentic version of the hustle and bustle that is common in popular local markets. It’s a good place to pick up fragrant spices as well as dried fruits, figs and nuts.

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Saving Money in Dubai – Ease the Strain on Your Pocket

Dubai is a city that is literarily sparkling with its shiny jungle of buildings. In spite of its cosmopolitan look, there is something irresistible about the destination to holidaymakers. Holidaying in Dubai can be very expensive but worry not! Here are a few tips on how to save and places to go.

Cheap tricks

Since the price of almost everything in Dubai is at a premium high, the locals have found ways in which to best minimize expenses. One suggestion would be to use Groupon which is rather popular in Dubai. There are tons of discounts and offers available on basically anything you might want to do! Next, we have ‘The Entertainer’, a magazine trusted by locals when it comes to special offers on theme parks, clubs, restaurants and more.

Eat for less

Like everything else, dining in Dubai too can cost extravagant prices! The solution? Grab a pizza for lunch! Yes, check out Debonairs at the Dubai Mall for some of the best deals like a pizza meal for just 15 AED ($ 4 USD) the pizza and drink may not be overly filling but it’ll do just nice for lunch. Maybe, instead of going for typical café lunches, head over to old Dubai for cheap eats. You will find restaurants that serve a good meal for just 20 – 30 AED ($ 5-8 USD).

Inexpensive transport

The metro network, even though it lies in the middle of the city is the cheapest method of travel here. A trip to the marina, airport and old Dubai cost only 8 AED ($2 USD), not to mention you can just glide over traffic that seems to pick up during the day and reach your destination in no more than 2 -3 minutes! It won’t hurt to take a taxi from this point if your final location is away from the metro station.

Low-cost stayovers

Fancy hotels in Dubai Deira definitely have over the top prices, however, if you happen to have hotel redemption points, take your chance and try out a night or two in places like AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel. You can also find normal hotels by referring Booking.com or even opt for Airbnb.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+