Dubai’s duty-free status means it’s a fabulous place to shop. The Mall of the Emirates is rammed with westernised stores carrying designer labels.
But to get a real flavour of local shopping here, visit the souks. Tourists throng the lanes of the gold and silver souks lined with necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches. But don’t forget the textile souk where you can pick up material from around the region, or the fragant-smelling spice souk stocked with everything from cumin to dried lemons. If you’re after electronic goods, visit Al Fahidi Street.