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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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The term ‘Souq’ conjures up a picture of a lively outdoor market place in an Arab city with people bustling around shops, buying and selling goods. It is the enthusiasm and energy experienced in such Souqs that made Ronaldo Mouchawar, the founder of Souq.com, choose the namesake for his site. Souq.com does what an actual Souq does – selling the widest variety of products to people at the most competitive prices.

Souq.com initially started off as an auction site, like e-Bay, in 2005 and was linked to Maktoob, an internet portal. It was in 2011 that the site got converted into an online shopping site, where various retail items were displayed for purchase. Headquartered in Dubai, Souq.com has its offices spread across six countries - UAE, Jordan, Egypt, KSA, India and Kuwait. Souq.com has been able to flourish in spite of all the political upheavals, strict and varying regulations between countries and logistical challenges. Currently, it is providing its much sought-after services to Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

The largest shopping site in the Arab world, Souq.com has made shopping convenient with more than 400,000 products on display. You are sure to find anything you are looking for with products ranging from mobiles and tablets, clothing items, handbags, shoes, fashion accessories, video games, toys, baby gear, beauty products, home decor, kitchen appliances, sports and fitness products, household goods, watches, perfumes and many, many more categories. There are over 23 million people visiting Souq.com per month and the number is still increasing.

Souq.com not only allows you to purchase products but also sell. You are permitted to list your product free of cost. Once the product is sold, a commission is to be paid to the site based on the price of the product sold. Many international investors have shown interest in the company and have stepped forward to fund it. Souq.com is now set to strengthen its technology to further improve the payment processes, extend their marketplace operations by working on their logistics, create a strong talent pool and introduce new product categories. Since 70% of the purchases happen through mobile devices, the company is all set to make improvements in their mobile apps.

What Amazon is to the United States, Souq.com is to the Middle East. It is here to change the face of shopping in the Arabian world.

Check out http://uae.souq.com/ae-en/ for more.