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  • Dubai Shopping Festival is the best time for deals and discount offers.
  • Outlet Mall is a factory outlet mall with many international and local brands having their factory outlet stores, with discounts 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 of Travex
  • Best deals on branded luggage bags are available at Carrefour Supermarkets
  • GITEX is the best time for electronic shopping
  • A lot of beauty, bath and fashion products are sold at discount prices at the Ramadan Night Market every year during Ramadan
  • Avoid buying souvenirs from malls. The best place to buy souvenirs would be at market places such as Al Karama, Diera, and also a few warehouses in Al Quoz.
  • Top souvenir must buys would be gold, Arabic perfume, Dates, Spices and Dry fruits, Camel Milk Chocolate, Shisha, Arabic antiques and probably a local designer dress.

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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.