If you’re yet to start your holiday gift buying, do not fear! There is still plenty of time for shopping across Dubai’s malls and popular retail strips, with some great places to get gifts across every product category. This is Dubai!
From toys and apparel to food and fun, there is something for everybody in every price range. Read on to find out more about the best places to visit for some last-minute gift buying. And don’t forget to treat yourself while you’re out and about!
The Ripe Night Market is back! Every Saturday from 3pm – 9pm this market brings the community together. It features food from best local food businesses. It started on 15th October and it is a great place to get your unique Christmas presents. Art, design, local jewellery and clothing are all available. It is so pretty under the stars and in the park. There are local artists, live movie screening and children’s activities and entrance is free. All set under the stars and a dazzling display of lights.
Bespoke and beautiful are the creations at the Christmas Arte Market. Whether you are looking for a special tree decoration or a unique scarf for your mother in law, this is the place to find it. They describe it as the market for the artisans of the Emirates. Handmade design, art, fashion and craft goods for Christmas all in the one place at Times Square. Every Friday before Christmas.
We love Global Village. The shopping isn’t the central attraction at this world fair but for many residents, Global Village it is the go-to place for good-value furnishings. It may not have the finesse of Dubai’s modern attractions, but Global Village is full of family fun, with rides and stalls and it is particularly good for shoppers seeking quality are the Persian carpets in the Iran pavilion, gold jewelry in India and cotton items in Egypt. And amazing ceramics throughout! Opens every day at 4pm. AED15 to enter – well worth the trip!
At The Reform Social and Grill there is a Family Winter Market this weekend 15-17 December featuring a weekend of festive shopping, food and family fun at The Lakes. In association with Handmade Dubai, there will be lots of artisan stalls with beautifully crafted goods and art for your family presents. A Hamley’s Santas Grotto will be there and the first 200 children each day will receive a Hamley’s Christmas goodie bag. Reservations are required so don’t to call 04 454 2638.
We love a Christmas market and especially a german one! The Al Habtoor City Hotels have come together and the result is magical. The St Regis, W Dubai and The Westin AHC do everything in style. The Christmas tree lighting took place on the 7th and now it is time for snow fights in the special snow fight zone and of course food from all three hotels. If you are looking for foodie gifts this is the place to go. It is free to enter and there’s a kids train and cookie decorating area! Perfect for Grandma’s home made gift! It is open from 5pm – 9pm week days and 3pm at the weekends from now until 31st December!
Want thoughtfully created gift experiences for your loved ones? Eat, drink and share the joy at Fairmont the Palm. They have vouchers available at Delicacy. Everything from fitness to spa to afternoon tea. Why not get fit and fabulous 10 sessions of group training for AED600 or a buy a Visia Skin Analysis followed by a Dr Rakus Black diamond facial AED980. Afternoon tea plus 60 minute spa treatment for AED450 Wow!
And if you are looking for Malls. Well Dubai has the best in the world!
The Dubai Mall should be the first stop on any last minute shopaholic’s list. With more than 1,200 stores, it’s home to all of the world’s biggest brands, from clothing and accessories to housewares and electronics. And this week the National Day sales continue in stores plus the new Home Centre opened just last week.
A firm favorite on the Dubai shopping scene, this mall cemented its status recently with a major renovation. Housing over 700 shops, including department stores Harvey Nichols and Debenhams -- and the world’s largest Apple store -- as well as nearly 100 food outlets.
We have just scratched the surface with shopping in Dubai and as always these are the places that we love! Don’t forget to Download the Citispi app for IPhone or Android to discover more of Dubai’s best kept secrets and popular picks, with more than 1,200 promotions available that help you socialise smarter.
Happy Shopping! Good luck with your search
The CitiSpi Team