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  • Ensure you are aware of the custom allowance at your destination back, before you make any purchases
  • Keep a check on your baggage weight allowance on your departing flight
  • Never buy goods from individuals on the roads/by lanes offering discounted rates
  • Always ask for an original bill and warranty card (if applicable)
  • Exchange the currency to the local currency as you won’t get the best exchange rate at retail shops in purchases made in foreign currency such as USD, Pounds, Euros, etc…
  • Make sure you take a break or energise yourself before any shopping as malls, souqs, and markets are quit large and a lot of walking is needed
  • Dubai Shopping Festival (15th Jan - !5th Feb) is the best time for deals and discount offers.
  • Outlet Mall is a factory outlet mall with many international and local brand having their factory outlet stores, with discount 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)
  • If required for self-use, branded perfume is sold in Gold Souk, and Meena bazaar – Bur Dubai as ‘testers’, for almost 40 – 50 % lesser price
  • Best deals on branded luggage bags are available at Carrefour Supermarkets
  • GITEX is the best time for electronic shopping
  • A lot of Beauty and Bath, Fashion products are sold at discount prices at the Ramadan Night Market every year during Ramadan

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As with many other luxury and fine-living goods, Dubai prides itself on the fact that every single top perfume in the world is available in its malls and shops. So nothing could be a better choice for the returning visitor than taking a special perfume back home from Dubai as a cherished souvenir. In fact, trying out perfumes that are sublime or daring, thoughtful or flirty, and picking out the right one is a treat in itself.

The Arabian perfumes are usually categorised into different types depending upon their nature or origin – the most common ones being Amber, Animalic, Floral, Fruity, Musk, Oud, Powder, Rose, Spice, Sweet, Woody, and Vanilla. Let us start our olfactory experience with some of the popular perfumes of Arabian origin - Hind Al Oud, Anfasic Dokhoon and Khaltat. Hind Al Oud is the more expensive one as compared to the other two.  Blends of Love Laska is a favourite among the Khaltat creations. In case of perfume oils, Amiri and Syofi Dihn Oud are interesting choices, with Amiri being the best and of course, most expensive of the lot. For staying power, there is nothing much that beat Ruh Khus – you would be able to smell the oil even after months of washing the kerchief/towel.

On the lines of money not being a consideration, Amouage is usually acknowledged to be at the very top and has special gift box sets of multiple, small vials of different perfumes. Some of the notable creations from Amouage include Al Mas, Homage, Tribute, Opus VI, Memoir and Interlude. Beloved, Memoir for Women, and Asrar are feminine perfumes that are ranked all time high.

There quite a few authentic perfume houses in Dubai and Abdul Samad Al Qurashi is known for perfumes based on genuine and pure Oudh, Ward Taifi and Amber fragrance. The White Musk is their flagship perfume brand, renowned for several years across the seas. The most notable of Abdul Samad Al Qurashi creation is the Al Rawdah, said to have the legendary perfume of the holy place of Madina Al Munawara. The cap of the perfume bottle is inspired by the design of the green dome of the Masjid Al Nabawi in Madina. ASAQ also have a gift set called Al Mulook Kings; it contains a collection of prime perfume oils, sprays, oudh, bakhoor and more. Said to be a gift fit for a King, the set retails around AED 6500!

Other traditional perfume houses, the Arabian Oud, the Ajmal and Al Haramain are known for their excellent selection of perfumes and Bakhoors. Arabian Oud makes Seher Al Kalemat, also known as Kalemat Black, which is a famous unisex perfume consisting of oud, amber and musk. They also make oudh chips for fragrant burning with a slow release, which comes in a gift box with serving spoon. Ajmal’s signature collections include its W Series, a set of 3 beautiful wood spray perfumes. The Atifa Blanche Oil from Al Haramain is made from ambergris and comes in a bottle that is made of white marble with golden inlays and weighs around three kilos.

The economy range perfume houses includes Asgharali, Rasasi, Swiss Arabian, Ajmal, Syed Junaid Alam, YAS and others; Some of the other names in the world of Arabian perfume include Al Nabeel, Al Rehab, Lattafa, Mancera, Micallef, Montale, Reehat Al Atoor and Surrati. A mix of synthetic scents along with natural products keeps them affordable and yet provides good value for money. The mid-range perfumes are best bought at souk al bahar, near Dubai mall and the souk at the Hotel Madinat Jumeirah.