Dubai is a prime shopping destination in the Gulf though I personally found everything more expensive than London (despite no taxes - go figure!). In the end, I decided that, except for gold jewellery, London is probably the best destination for shopping so yay, London!
Jumeirah Beach Residence is amazingly lively at night with JBR walk and beach walk dotted with great restaurants, shops and even a really cool market selling beachwear and summer accessories (including kids clothes!) That was my fav shopping find in Dubai and I highly recommend a visit
This is a lovely mall in Downtown Dubai with many restaurants facing the Emaar Boulevard, where you can enjoy a lovely meal or coffee with the Fountain Show at Burj Khalifa. The Souk mall is not very large but is a good place for some lovely handmade products, bespoke boutiques and has a little crèche where you can leave your kids for a respite!
In addition to all the usual high street shops, Mall of the Emirates, has a lot of restaurants and luxury shops and you may find items not necessarily available in London. However, the over-servicing of the staff (they really do not leave you alone so browsing is virtually impossible) and the costs (much higher than London) did put me off!
Mall of the Emirates
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The biggest mall in the world and the most famous shopping destination. Yes you can find everything here but I don't know why the retail service staff in Dubai are so badly trained. They are either really clingy and annoying and won't leave you alone or really rude. Why not invest a little in staff training?
Anyways, shops are nice, food is nice and Emaar Boulevard is right outside if you fancy a walk and looking at the Fountaon Show
Do not forget to visit the ice cream vendors there - they had the most amazing flavours of ice cream. I had a pomegranate and dark chocolate which was positively heavenly!
Shopping in Dubai
The Fountain Show is a lovely choreographed show on Arabic and Western music (alternately) and takes place every 30 minutes from 6 pm onwards. Best place to see it from are outdoor seating areas in restaurants on the Emaar boulevard though you can just stand around on the boulevard and see the show but then be prepared for crowds and shoving!.
It is only a 5 minute show but very impressive!
The aquarium at Atlantis consists of multiple chambers housing a large number of unusual fish. The attractions are really amazing and worth a visit. There are even sharks, stingrays & lobsters! Allow about an hour for the attraction and I would say it is suitable for all ages.
The only thing that annoyed me were the bazillion security guards whose sole purpose is to prevent visitors from going to the Atlantis Hotel. They need to either just add doors that are locked, separating the aquarium from the hotel or train their guards in politeness/manners! They could at least mark off the restricted areas clearly! Talking to them was really exasperating and irritating. It kind of ruined my visit. I doubt I would go back!
Souk Al Bahar
JBR Beach Walk