Shop till you drop in the UAE, a shopperÔÇÖs haven!
The UAE is aptly known as a shopperÔÇÖs paradise. Whether youÔÇÖre a shopaholic or an occasional shopper, there is something here for everyone. The UAE is chock-a-block with some of the best malls and souqs (marketplace) for shopping. However for shopaholics, the question is: ÔÇ£What do I buy in the UAE?ÔÇØ
Here is a list of the best things you can shop for in the UAE.
Gold: All over the UAE, you will find gold shops known as gold souqs, displaying rows and rows of dazzling gold jewellery selling 18-carat and 22-carat jewellery. Some also sell 24-carat jewellery, though itÔÇÖs not the popular choice, because most people do not prefer the deep yellow colour of these high-carat jewellery.
Spices: The Arabian spices are famous for their aroma and taste. You will find various spice souqs filling the area with a heady fragrance. You could purchase the bezar (a mix of Arabian spices), saffron, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon, to name a few. Rosewater and Orange blossom water are also very popular.
Rugs and Carpets: Remember Aladdin and his flying carpet? Maybe not a flying carpet, but you will be amazed by the number of shops selling exquisite and beautifully woven carpets spread all over the UAE. The best bargains can be found in small alleyways and nondescript shops, where you can sit all day long bargaining with dealers over cups of sweetened tea.
Perfumes: A paradise for perfume connoisseurs, every possible fragrance brand is available here. Along with global brands, you can also find smaller shops selling local Arabian perfumes. Frankincense is also available here everywhere, as is Oudh, a rare scented wood.
Electronics: If you are a gadget-freak and cannot get enough of any and every kind of gadget, then come to Dubai. It enjoys the status of being a duty-free airport; hence the prices of electronic items here are very reasonable.
Dates: All of the UAE is famous for dates, but Dubai is especially famous for a kind of date known as Bateel. These are mouthwateringly scrumptious dates and one of the best things you can buy to gift everyone back home.
Watches: Just like perfumes, watches from some of the best manufacturers around the world are available here, at prices that make your eyes pop. However, there are watches to appease different price points as well.
The usual clothes, bags, shoes, accessories are of course available, but the above list is something that you should keep an eye out for. The trick to shopping in the UAE is small shop owners who love bargaining no matter what you buy. You can use prepaid travel cards for hassle-free shopping, and load as you go.
Now, happy shopping!