Travel to Dubai where the largest mall in the world is located

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Dubai, where you can find practically anything, it is a shopper's dream: the city is home to all kinds of shops, as well as an infinity of malls, huge shopping centers offering from traditional clothes to antiques, from jewels to d ' clothing of the biggest international brands. But there are also numerous souks, the traditional markets that offer the visitor the opportunity to make affordable and original purchases. In this guide, we will provide some suggestions on shopping malls and markets where to shop during your stay in Dubai.

Dubai1 is the city of firsts, even in terms of shopping malls. With over 50 million square feet of stores and more on the way, shop in the overdone shopping centers Dubai is a favorite pastime of locals and tourists alike. In fact, shopping in Dubai is not only a glamorous experience but also a gastronomic, sporting and social experience with attractions for young and old. Next to the shops, there are multi-room cinemas, ice skating rinks, gigantic aquariums, indoor theme parks, kids clubs and even a snow park where you can jump on skis, and then restaurants and bistros that allow real tours in the world of flavors.

You cannot say that you have been to Dubai without purchasing a souvenir at the Mall of the Emirates, in Sheikh Zayed Road, one of the most visited places by tourists, whose trademark is Ski Dubai, an artificial ski slope complete with a chairlift and a playground on the snow for children. Or without having bought at least a pair of gloves at the Dubai Mall, the largest and most spectacular on the planet, located in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, inside which there are hundreds of shops but also many restaurants, a skating rink, a amazing little kid-friendly town, the largest aquarium in the world and a wonderful fountain.

Buy at least one ice cream at Wafi City, the Egyptian-themed shopping center, with its gilded sphinxes and hieroglyphic decorations. Instead, you can choose whether to shop in China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia or in Andalusia in Ibn battatta mall, which has over 270 shops divided into themed areas that follow the travel destinations of the Arab explorer of the fourteenth century. Finally, our shopping tour cannot miss the Market Mall, where the scenery is freely taken from Canaletto's Venetian views.

Whether you are looking for opulent gold jewelry, handcrafted fabrics or traditional perfumes, in suq there are big surprises in Dubai. Many of these, located near the Creek, in the area between Deira and Bur Dubai, date back to the days when Dubai was a trading port in the shade of palm groves. Walking in one of the very popular souks of the city will make you go back in time with intense noises, colors and scents. Visiting the tangle of narrow streets that make up this original urban oasis or stopping in a café to watch the comings and goings of sellers and buyers engaging in long negotiations is a truly fascinating experience.

The most famous is certainly the gold souk of Deira, a place that women looking for a souvenir or looking for a glittering and precious golden trinket full of authentic and certified precious stones will not be able to miss. Just as you cannot miss the stop at the very close spice souk, a tiny market pervaded by beautiful colors and the intense aromas of the dozens of herbs and spices displayed for sale, typical of the culture and cuisine of Dubai where Arab coffee is found and where you can smell incense, cumin, cardamom and cinnamon, saffron. It is a great place where you can also taste the products on display or some Arabic culinary specialties.

In the perfume souk there are numerous exotic fragrances, from incense sticks to traditional oudh or attar, essential oils with Western brands alongside them, while in the textile market in Bur Dubai, a few steps from the historic district of Al Fahidi, letting yourself be seduced by the beauty of the goods can be very expensive: in fact, here you will find fine silk shops, light cottons and sari fabrics. Do not miss the magical Jumeirah souk, inspired by the great Middle Eastern bazaars, where you can find souvenirs, art objects, sculptures, fashion items and jewelry.

But the Emirate has many other remarkable and so beautiful locations where you can make crazy and unbridled purchases, such as the Box Park, a trendy shopping and dining area offering shops, cafes and boutiques; or theOutlet Village, on the outskirts of the city of Dubai, a complex inspired by Tuscan architecture, specifically the town of San Gimignano, which includes more than 100 luxury brands, including the biggest Italian brands at discounted prices; or the Beach Jumeirah Residence (JBR), with its open-air shops and restaurants, which draws people who flock to the nearby beaches. There are also the City walk, with its range of trendy boutiques, certainly one of the most exciting shopping destinations in Dubai, and the karama, the right place to discover enchanting furnishing accessories.

In these parts the event of the year is Dubai Shopping Festival where you can find everything on sale: it is held between January and February in the canonical discount period. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city, born in 1996 to stimulate trade, which attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. The city becomes a veritable temple of shopping in an event that involves almost 3.000 shops and numerous malls, each of which offers products at extremely discounted prices and unmissable promotions. In addition, folklore shows, pop concerts with international guests, fireworks displays, water games and competitions to win luxury prizes such as cars and jewels are organized during the Dubai Shopping Festival.

In short, Dubai is the temple of the wildest shopping, where every occasion can also be a real global adventure: every year from October to April, the Global Village, with many attractions, restaurants with international flavors, evening entertainment and above all a lot of shopping. Over 65 countries in 37 pavilions exhibiting their products where it is possible to find honey from Yemen, carpets from Iran, African wooden jars, dried fruits from Thailand or colored fabrics and silks from India.

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