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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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Millions of people from across the globe visit Dubai every year to do their shopping. Of the hundreds of things in their to-be-shopped-in-Dubai list, watches are almost always on the top.  Indeed, there is a very good reason for it. Dubai is the place where you will find all kinds of watches - the most exotic to the everyday wear – from the finest brands coupled with the best deals anywhere in the world.

Dubai Mall has almost all of the world’s most distinguished jewellery watch outlets; you will come across the widest assortment of haute couture designer as well as legacy watches. Every elitist watch can be seen on sale at the Dubai Mall, including Piaget, Longines, Chopard, Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, Bvlgari, Patek Philippe, Waltham, Panerai, Jaeger and Vacheron Constantin - brands with more than a hundred and fifty years of international reputation.  It would be interesting to know that a Patek Caliber 89 watch costs more than a Ferrari and is priced at 5.12 million US dollars a piece!

Apart from the branded outlets in the malls, the Gold Souk is another good destination for the watch shopper. The stores are reputable and offer competitive discounts on most of the popular mid-range watches. You will find the best deals on entry level watches, especially on brands like Seiko, Citizen, Orient and the Like.  The Gold Souk is also a good place to find exceptional pre-owned luxury watches, which give the wearer the same pride, but at a much lesser cost. A word of caution here: stay away from individuals selling “master copies” and “first replicas” as lowest priced originals or pre-owned watches. It is always a better idea to go inside a store rather than trying to strike a deal with a street hustler – you might end up losing in more ways than one.

Watch prices in Dubai are much less as compared to US, UK and even India; they can be further bargained. This is true even in mid-end outlets and more often than not, persistent haggling will result in a considerable discount being offered. Paying by cash rather than through credit card might get you an additional discount, in lieu of the charges that the outlet would have to pay the credit card payment gateway. Besides, genuine watches brought in Dubai come with a worldwide warranty and the fact adds to the many reasons why people shop for them during their visit to the city.