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  • Dubai Shopping Festival is the best time for deals and discount offers.
  • Outlet Mall is a factory outlet mall with many international and local brands having their factory outlet stores, with discounts going upto 70 %. The best day to go is a Monday, as they is additional offers on Monday.
  • Factory outlets for brands such as Giordano, Adidas & other brands are available in the city (Search for Factory outlets in the shopping section of Travex
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  • GITEX is the best time for electronic shopping
  • A lot of beauty, bath and fashion products are sold at discount prices at the Ramadan Night Market every year during Ramadan
  • Avoid buying souvenirs from malls. The best place to buy souvenirs would be at market places such as Al Karama, Diera, and also a few warehouses in Al Quoz.
  • Top souvenir must buys would be gold, Arabic perfume, Dates, Spices and Dry fruits, Camel Milk Chocolate, Shisha, Arabic antiques and probably a local designer dress.

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The word “dagger” is usually associated with fear and dread; however, the perception completely changes when it comes to Arabic daggers, also known as Jambia. Though their original purpose was self-defence, Arabic daggers stand as priceless antique pieces of art today. These short knives usually have a curved double-edged blade, made of non-corrosive steel, which tapers at the tip.

Arabic daggers are famous for their hilt, which was traditionally made of elephant ivory or horns of animals like cow, buffalo or rhinoceros. The horns were probably boiled to flatten them and soaked in or rubbed with vegetable oils to lend them a glaze. Back in the pre-Islamic era, in Yemen, men also wore the Jambia while performing their traditional Dagger Dance - spinning around waving the daggers above their heads.

A symbol of pride among men, the Arabic daggers differed according to one’s social status. Commoners were allowed to carry simple ‘Asib’ daggers placed vertically at the front of a belt at their waist. The aristocrats, however, wore “Tuza” daggers, placed in highly ornamented metal or velvet sheaths, at the front of the belt in a diagonal position. Today, the Arabic dagger has become a rare view, with few Emiratis wearing them as a part of their traditional attire. You could also appreciate them as antique pieces ensconced within the showcases of museums.

When in Dubai, you can actually become the proud owner of an Arabic dagger. From original Arabic daggers to exact replicas, you will find quite a few choices. Crafted in silver with real gold plating or carved from wood, marble or sandalwood, enclosed in ornate sheaths worked in silver thread, are a few of the options.  

The Gold Souk in Deira has replicas of Omani daggers available for around AED500. Check the antique shops on both sides of the Dubai Creek and the Karama Shopping Complex, near the fish market. Most of them have a good collection of daggers at a reasonable price. Arabian Treasures at Deira City Center, Mutrah Souq and the Yemen Pavilion at the Global Village are other places you should explore. You will come across daggers at prices starting from AED100 and going up to a few thousands. Another interesting place would be the Antique Museum/Souvenir Shop at Al Quoz that houses many antique-looking daggers. Souk Madinat Jumeirah also sells Arabic daggers, but it can be a little pricey here. The original daggers are heavy, have five rings and can be 50+ years old. For the serious collectors, the Al Jaber Gallery at The Dubai Mall sells authentic and antique Arabian daggers that cost upwards of AED 20,000.