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It’s time to polish off the credit cards as Dubai, now ranked amongst the world’s top four shopping destinations, positively glistens with giant malls, traditional souks and the hottest designer labels

What would you take home as a souvenir from Dubai? Something traditional from the souks, a piece of gold jewellery, or would you rather trawl the malls for designer fashions and accessories? Whatever you decide, Dubai has it all. With giant malls including The Dubai Mall, the biggest in the world featuring an Olympic-size ice rink and giant aquarium, together with Mall of the Emirates, home to the world’s largest indoor ski slope, Dubai’s malls serve as complete entertainment centres with miles of air-conditioned corridors and tempting window displays. If power walking your way through big brand malls doesn’t really do it for you, why not head to one of the local souks – or markets? From the narrow alleyways of the gold, perfume, spice, electronics and textile souks in Deira and Bur Dubai, to the more modern re-creations such as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Burj Dubai and Souk Madinat Jumeirah next to the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, you can test your bargaining skills while netting yourself a memorable memento of your trip to Arabia. Anyone looking to bag a bargain, meanwhile, can enjoy sizeable discounts (up to 80% off in some cases) from January to February and between June and August, as DSF (the Dubai Shopping Festival) and DSS (Dubai Summer Surprises) get under way with activities and fun for all the family. Whatever your budget and whatever your heart’s desire, you can rest assured you will find it in Dubai, now officially a major retail rival to the likes of Paris, London and New York, ranking in the top four shopping destinations in the world according to a recent report from CB Richard Ellis. Get ready for some serious credit card action!
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