One of the city's more family friendly shopping destinations, Lamcy Plaza is actually one of the world's largest department stores, with "shops" carrying the latest lines from the likes of Giordano, Nine West, Guess, Paris Gallery and Jewelry Arcade. Not limited to just high-end apparel, Lamcy also boasts a top-floor supermarket (Lal's), home furnishings, and a terrific sporting goods department. There is plenty of entertainment for the kids as well, from everybody's favorite blue and red wall-crawler (Spiderman) to a collection of stuffed birds that move around and delight the little ones.
One of the Dubai area's largest and most popular shopping malls, Bur Juman Centre opened in the early 90s. With more than 170 prestigious boutique and specialty shops, shoppers can find everything from Western designer apparel, leather goods and gold jewelry to perfumes, consumer electronics and sporting goods. After checking out racks of the latest lines from Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Escada and Calvin Klein, treat yourself to lunch with an international flair at the mall's extensive food court.
Located on the Creek's west bank, this mall is part of the enormous Wafi City complex, which has undergone extensive redevelopment with the new pyramid-shaped Raffles Hotel at its heart. The elite shops and fine restaurants attract some of Dubai's trendiest clientele. Wafi's modern, pyramid-shape maximizes its retail space and creates an aesthetically pleasing environment whose contemporary design and natural lighting help make it THE destination for shopping in Dubai. Spanning four floors, the mall offers an array of alternatives for those not wanting to shop, including Encounter Zone, a family-friendly entertainment center with interactive exhibits, a 3-D Theatre and games.
Deira City Centre, as the name suggests, is located in the heart of Dubai, offering the well-heeled business crowd more than 200 first-rate shops, restaurants and other distractions. The Centre boasts a modern, two-level design scheme – one that allows for ample natural lighting, oasis-like sitting areas, and CityWalk, a boulevard-like experience with an 11-screen cinema and a variety of dining and nightlife options. The mall also boasts familiar international retailers such as Debenhams, JCPenney, Woolworths, Bennetton and Brantano's Shoe City, as well as regional favorites like Ajmal Perfumes, an upscale purveyor of fine fragrances.
Mall of the Emirates is a huge two-level shopping structure, but its most compelling feature is an indoor ski resort where shoppers can drop their bags and pick up their skis, toboggans, snowboards – or just play in the snow, year round. Other entertainment options here include an indoor amusement park complete with roller coaster, video game arcades, simulator rides, a community theatre and arts centre, and a 14-screen cinema. A plethora of shops includes designer boutiques and international chains, plus major department stores such as Debenham's and Harvey Nichols. Even the parking lot is impressive: 6000 spots are arranged in color-coded aisles that are electronically barricaded when full, so parking your car (and finding it later) is a whole lot easier than you might expect.
Gold as far as the eye can see! Well, almost. This one area is home to some 300 jewelers, offering mostly gold items but some gemstones and silver as well. Haggling is the expected means of transaction, so bring your best bargaining skills (it helps to know the going rate for gold – prices are based on weight). Even if you aren't in the market for jewelry, a stroll through this souk is definitely worthwhile for the ooh-and-ahh-factor alone.
Dubai is known for its souks, and this one at the Madinat Jumeirah complex is especially picturesque, and fragrant. Along with about 75 individual shops, there are more than 20 restaurants and cafes from which the most enticing aromas emanate. It matters not if you actually need to do any shopping – the food is more than enough reason for a visit!
The Festival Waterfront Centre in the heart of the vast Dubai Festival City has a two-floor Marks & Spencer as well as a range of classy outlets selling everything from luxury Blancpain watches to colorful Monsoon dresses. In a novel attempt to marry retail and culture, the mall has an ongoing program of live music, as well as exhibitions on art and photography. An indoor fountain and waterfall that glides over pebbles adds to the generally soothing ambiance.
Popular among the style-conscious residents of the Jumeirah district, the Mercato Town Centre is attractively designed in a Renaissance theme. Comprised of a series of spaces recalling the town squares of Italy, France and Spain, the mall has a great selection of upscale shops and boutiques where you'll find the latest trends as well as classic designs. Fashionable restaurants and cafes are scattered throughout, making this an ideal spot to meet for lunch or coffee.
One of Dubai's most grandiose shopping centers, this themed mall is based on the travels of 14th-century explorer Ibn Battuta and is comprised of six courts, each reflecting the culture and architecture of a different region. The mall houses an amazing array of businesses. There's a 21-screen cinema, IMAX theater, numerous restaurants from small independent cafes to large international chains, a massive supermarket, and a slew of clothing and accessory stores that include elite designer boutiques, trendy casual outfitters and everything in between. A sight to behold, the mall is worth a visit just to see the unique décor and accent pieces in each court, such as a life-size replica of a Chinese junk, an antique elephant clock, and a host of other fascinating inventions. English and Arabic tours highlighting the various historical and architectural aspects of the mall are offered Saturday-Thursday and last about 45 minutes.