Shopping is something of a national past time in the UAE and one of the major attractions for visitors. Glitzy state-of-the-art malls abound, but have not replaced traditional souqs (markets). The result is a thrilling mix of old and new where the very latest twenty-first century retail delights co-exist with ancient family run businesses that trade as they have done for centuries. Shopping in the UAE really does offer something for everyone.Our Tour begins with a stop at Deira City Centre one of the biggest malls in Deira side of Dubai, after which we proceed to Bur Dubai for a short walk through ‘Bur Juman’ shopping center. Shopping malls offer an incredible array of international brands – American, European and Asian.
After visiting both the malls we proceed to explore the bargains at the Gold Souq and savor the aroma of exotic spices while strolling through the Spice Souq. In souqs prices can drop dramatically and bargaining is expected, but increasingly major outlets in shopping malls quote ‘fixed prices’ and bargaining is no longer possible. That said, it is still worth asking for the ‘best’ or ‘last’ price as some outlets will offer discount without hesitation – all you have to do is ask.