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 Travex Tips
  • 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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What is gold? If you ask Google, it’ll say that gold is a chemical element and in its purest form, is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable and ductile metal. That clearly isn’t what gold is to us. To us, gold is a valuable asset that also is one of the most sought after jewelry in the world.

Gold in Dubai holds similar values. It’s looked upon as a very good investment but is also an ornament that is adorned and used to show off wealth. And there is no better country than Dubai when it comes to showing off. Dubai has a reputation for being the City of Gold and rightfully so; a small visit to the Gold Souq will validate that statement. If you have yet to visit the wondrous gold haven of Dubai, then strap on your boots and hustle off to it as soon as you can. It truly is a marvel to see hundreds of gold shops lined up just for you, selling this age old investment/accessory. It’s almost impossible to window shop there when the variety and numerous styles of gold on offer sway you to walk away with your own piece of bling. The people of Dubai will concur.

UAE is a large importer of gold and with that it brings us, the shoppers, an opportunity to gain access to an array of design styles from Indian to Arabic to Italian. What makes purchasing gold all the more better here is the elimination of VAT; hence the prices are lower than your expectations. And since there is an endless number of shops offering similar products, you can haggle down to get the best price after comparing them all over. 

The gold prices are based on the weight as well as the quality of the gold. And as said above, it also differs from store to store. So that raises a question, “Where should we buy from?” Well, let us try and help you out there. Dubai has plenty of stores and it’s almost impossible to name them all down but we can definitely direct you towards the best of the best. You can always visit the Gold Souq in Deira or the Gold and Diamond Park on Sheikh Zayed Road to get a variety of options but if you are looking for something particular then you can try Damas Jewellery, Joyalukkas, Marhaba, Kalyan Jewellers and Atlas Jewellery to name a few.

So now that you’ve been mildly educated on gold in Dubai, go out there and buy yourself some exquisite jewelry.