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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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Steaming cups of coffee laid out with succulent dates and crunchy dry fruits are sure to greet you in any Arabic household of the Levant or Middle East countries. Variations in the wafting aroma of the coffee have their roots in the roasting process – beans are roasted from very light to medium to dark to very dark. To add a touch of the Oriental charm, they are served in traditional coffee pots called Dallahs made from silver, copper, brass, tin, and even gold.

Dallahs are considered to have originated between 13th and 15th century or later.  A Dallah is an integral part of Bedouin tradition where serving coffee is a gesture of hospitality and generosity. People usually sat over cups of coffee served from Dallahs to discuss the news of faraway lands. Dallahs today find a place on only special occasions relating to births, deaths, and marriages. Once a symbol of pride and wealth, Dallah occupies a place of honour in many public artworks as well as the Emirati one-Dirham coin.

The bottom of the Dallah is bulbous, and its shape gradually tapers and broadens again at the top. The dome-shaped lid has a finial at the peak, and the spout is shaped somewhat like the crescent moon. A curved handle helps pour out the Arabic magic – the coffee called Qahwa and Khaleeji, the spicy bitter variety. Traditionally, Dallahs were crafted by hand from three sheets of metal using hammers, mallets, and drills. Dallahs come in two style - Chabsa, the simple version, and Gurayshia, the more detailed one.  They are often decorated with four types of motifs: a flower within a square, diamond, swirl, or a cardamom pod.  

Walk through any of the supermarkets, tourist markets in old Dubai or souvenir shops and you are sure to come across a variety of Dallahs catering to every budget. The price of Dallahs start at 20 AED and can go quite high depending on the material used, the size, its age as well as the craftsmanship. Madinat Dubai, Dubai Deira Souk, Bait Al Kandora in Souk Al Bahar, The Mall of the Emirates, Hatta - Heritage Village and Souvenir shop at Dubai Mall are a few places where you can pick a Dallah. In fact, the Expo 2020 will see some of the silver and gold memento Dallahs made specially for the occasion with the slogan of the event inscribed on it.