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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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A holiday never feels like one unless you get back home with souvenirs unfolding the good times. In Dubai something certainly would be amiss if one does not make revelations of the many shopping escapades; a must do on every tourists list, in the place tagged amongst the best shopping destinations in the world. A lucrative activity, catering to all tastes, the Government of Dubai in collaboration with the major retail market have staged many successful shopping ventures for nationals as well as tourists globally. The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) and Eid in Dubai are amongst those events held annually which attract scores of people within the Emirate and beyond.

If you’re amongst those shoppers who years to take home the essence of the Emarati culture whilst enjoying the shopping experience, head straight to either side of the famous Dubai creek, where you’ll face Dubai’s oldest souq; The Gold Souq and Spice souq in Deira and the other end facing the Textile souq in Bur Dubai. If imitation watches, traditional pashmina shawls, hand-picked and fresh spices, dazzling golden jewellery interests you, then a walk through the narrow alleyways of these souqs could be a feasible option for you.

For those shoppers, who choose to shop in the comforts of an air conditioned surrounding and feel haggling isn’t meant for them, will be spoilt for choice in the city. Be it shopping, leisure or entertainment, be prepared to spend an entire day at these major malls. Dubai Mall, the region’s largest premier shopping destination aims to provide a revolutionizing modern shopping experience, courtesy its 1,200 stores with all leading brands under one roof.

Another mandatory stopover for tourists should be the Dubai Outlet Mall; a maiden ‘outlet’ concept mall in the Middle East. Around 240 high-end international brands can be bargained for reasonable prices at the mall. An Outlet Plus card entitles shoppers to even further reductions for the best buy!