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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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No trip is truly complete without picking up a few souvenirs of your visit, either for yourself or for family and friends waiting back at home.  Over the years, a souvenir becomes a cherished object, a keepsake, or a memento with lots of fond remembrances of the place you visited once.  After all, the word souvenir itself has its origins in an old French word that denoted recall or memory. The best souvenirs always are the ones that are native to the place you visited, something truly belonging to the culture of the people. So when you are shopping for souvenirs in Dubai, explore the ethnic options that will let you take away a memento of the Arabian legacy.

Bakhoor is probably the most unique and interesting souvenir you can take back from Dubai. It is a traditional fragrance that originates from the Agarwood tree and is one of the rarest natural resource on earth. Use of Bakhoor in the Middle Eastern culture goes back thousands of years, when the Levantine nomadic tribes burnt the tree chips to ward off evil spirits and add a calming effect to the surroundings.

The modern day Bakhoor is conveniently available as Agarwood tree chips compressed into small square blocks that can be burnt on charcoals or electric incense burners. You can start your hunt for the choicest Bakhoor from Deira’s Spice Souk, or the Yemeni pavilion in Global Village. The many kiosks at Dubai Mall’s the Souk also sell Bakhoor in different shapes, sizes and prices. Prices could start at AED 100 and go as high as AED 500 or even more for a small souvenir box. Some of the high end choices for buying Bahkoor include shops like the Ajmal, Swiss Arabian, Abdul Samad Al Qurashi, Syed Junaid Alam Al Rassassi, Arabian Oud, and Asgharali. Most of these brands have their outlets in the Dubai Mall, City Center Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

The modern-day Bakhoor is available in the form of sticks, tablets, or even small granules. It would actually be a better idea to buy Mubkhara, the Bakhoor burner as well. Go for the electric option, should the prospect of arranging hot, glowing charcoals sound daunting in the place where you live.  Some souvenirs also come as a beautiful gift set that includes Bakhoor, the incense burner and a matching Oudh perfume to be worn on person. Expect to pay AED 250 and upwards for a good quality set.

When you are back at home, burn a few chips of the Bakhoor in Mubkhara and sit back to be engulfed in soothing notes of the fragrance that create the perfect harmony and contentment around you.