For the past few decades, Dubai has been attracting tourists of all kinds and from all over the world. It is pretty obvious that all of them have different interests, and their aims of visiting the emirate also vary. However, there is one thing that brings all of them together, despite their varying interests and preferences―none of them miss out on a shopping expedition, while in Dubai. Yes, Dubai's shopping scene is seductive, and it is also extremely entertaining.
Tip: Inquire about the customs regulations of your home country, and how much gold you can carry back home.
Tip: Make sure that you don't carry these items in your hand luggage during your return journey.
Tip: While shopping for spices in Dubai is a good idea, it needs to be noted that carrying these spices on your flight can be a hassle. So, buy them only in limited quantities, and see to it that you buy only those spices which may not be freely available in your home country. Also, ensure that all the spices you have bought have been packed in an appropriate manner. Moreover, it is a good idea to check with your airline beforehand about the type and quantity of spices permitted on board.
Tip: If you are not looking for out-and-out souvenirs with pretty packaging, do not opt for dried fruits from malls. You can get similar quality dried fruits in souks and smaller shops at cheaper rates.
In Dubai, all the city's residents are required to have an alcohol license to consume alcohol in the city. Moreover, alcohol consumption is permitted only in certain designated areas such as bars attached to hotels or in their private spaces. Visitors, however, can purchase and consume alcohol within Dubai's designated areas without a valid license. It is worth mentioning that liquors of different kinds are available in the large, duty free outlet at Dubai airport.
Tip: While purchasing liquor in Dubai, confirm the quantity you are allowed to purchase. Rules regarding this are really strict in the city, and so, it is always better to be well informed. Also, inquire with your airline about the quantity of liquor you are allowed to carry on your return journey.
Tip: Check whether the electronic goods you are buying have a worldwide warranty, and also that the model you are buying operates in your country.
Tip: To avail some great discounts, visit Dubai during one of its annual shopping festivals viz., the Dubai Shopping Festival that is held in the first quarter of the year, and the Dubai Summer Surprises that is scheduled sometime in the third quarter of the year.
Like designer clothing, you can also pick up some of the best brands of designer handbags in Dubai's high-end malls, and before you indulge in shopping for these originals at non-bargainable prices, let us tell you that handbag shopping is more interesting and entertaining on Dubai's streets.
Note: Purchasing counterfeit items is both morally and legally wrong, and we are not, in any way, encouraging the sale and/or purchase of such items.