Dubai – The Land of Shopping? Yes!

If things continue at the pace they are going, Dubai will have the distinction of possessing the highest per capita shopping space come 2010. In a recent byte, the President of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers predicted that the emirate would have a shopping space amounting to 25.3 square foot per head, the highest in the world, by next year.

 

Dubai, it seems is all set to be known as the land of serious shopping.
One of the sightseeing activities included in ourDubai tour packagesincludes trips to the popular malls of

Dubai Shopping Tour
Dubai Shopping Tour

Dubai. Tourists coming in for sightseeing in Dubai quite enjoy these excursions, as the bargains to be had in Dubai are some of the best in the Middle East.

Our Dubai travel companycan ferry you around shopping hotspots like theMall of the EmiratesIbn Battuta and Deira City Center. Incase you have not booked any tour packages with us you could still take advantage of the Dubai car rental service we offer.
There are varied Dubai car rental options as well. Depending on the duration of your stay, you could opt for a self-driven package or you could book a chauffer service.
Most hotel apartments in Dubai have excellent concierge services to help tourists who want to go on Dubai City tours. It is easy to arrange it before setting out on your tour trip.
This again is an orientation tour on Dubai’s shopping wonders. Begin with a halt at ‘City Centre’ one of the biggest malls in Deira Dubai, after which we proceed to Bur Dubai for a short walk through ‘Bur Juman’ shopping center. 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.
Shopping is fun in Dubai and if your Dubai travel company is good, you need not walk or take public transport to whichever part of Dubai you would like to visit.
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Sightseeing in Dubai? Experience the Night Souk as Never Before

One of the highlights of Dubai’s annual shopping festival is the Night Souk, which constitutes a sizeable chunk of the month-long festival.
Held in Al Seef Street, the Night Souk houses 50 retail units- all competing for buyer attention with attractive discounts and half-priced goods.  The crux of the idea is to provide customers with a point to shop until late into

Sightseeing in Dubai
Sightseeing in Dubai

the night after a day of shopping at other participating outlets in the DSF.

This year, the DTMC has chalked up an exciting entertainment plan for tourists and visitors who have arrived in the Emirate for the ultimate Arabian adventure. With Emirates Airlines stepping in with special excess baggage allowances (excess of 10 kgs free) for departing visitors, there is more the average visitor can shop for and buy when sightseeing in Dubai.
Lookout for these fun activities and attractions at this year’s Night Souk:
  • The Grand Raffle Stage
  • Floating Restaurants
  • Fun Fair
  • Gold Raffle
  • Lexus Mega Raffle
  • Nissan Grand Raffle
  • Dubai Food Festival
  • Al Zarooni Fireworks
  • Dubai Carnivals, etc.
Apart from shopping, activities like the ones listed above can be an especial delight for young children and will prevent them from asking you to take them home so that they can go sleep!
There are also Dubai City activities to enjoy during the one-month festival, which will take you and your family to places like the Heritage Village and Festival City. These places are simply crammed with sights to see and enjoy for the tourist.
Hire a well-known Abu Dhabi travel company for organizedDubai tour packages and a relaxing time in Dubai.

Dubai City Activities With A Bit Of History & Culture

A lot of travelers and tourists do go back to their hometowns with praises for Dubai’s cosmopolitan makeup and ultra-modern façade but very few take the trouble to discover the wonder that is old Dubai. A wonder that still exists, if you would only care to look for it.

 

Our Abu Dhabi travel companywould like to point out the official address of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum,

Dubai City Activities
Dubai City Activities

grandfather to the present ruler of Dubai. The house is located on the Shindagha end of the Dubai Creek and holds a collection of photographs and documents that is quite rare.

The Heritage Village and Diving Village, another point to soak in some old world charm and culture is in the vicinity of the Sheikh Saeed house.
Another historical location to go sightseeing in Dubai is the Hatta Heritage Village, a 400-year-old settlement. The community is nestled among the Hajjar Mountains and also houses the magnificent rock formations and rock pools known as the Hatta Rock Pools.
Of course, no Arabian adventure involving old Dubai is complete without a shopping excursion in Dubai’s souks. First on your list for sightseeing in Dubai souks should be the Gold Souk in Bur Dubai near the Ascot Hotel. Follow it up with a trip to the Perfume Souk, the Spice Souk and Textile Souk- each market an exciting experience in itself.
There are many Dubai City Activities that will show the soul of real Dubai and you don’t need a guide book to tell you where to go looking for them. Let our Abu Dhabi travel company help you out. We have well-placed contacts and a touch on the local pulse- perfect for your excursion into old Dubai.
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Experience Souk Shopping As Part Of Your Dubai Tour Packages

Eons before the Dubai tourism department brainstormed the Dubai Shopping Festival, there were the original souks of Dubai that dotted the Emirate. Just like the malls that are slowly taking over the retail area today, the souks were the heart and soul of Dubai trade and economy.

 

The mud paved, palm-thatchedGold Souk, Textile Souk, Perfume Souk, Fish Souk and Spice Souk may

Shopping Experience in Dubai
Shopping Experience in Dubai

have given over to cobbled and more spacious versions, but one element they yet retain is an old world charm.

One of the must-see and must-try Dubai City Activities, these souks are still the best places to get the best bargains and indulge in some authentically Arab grabs. The Gold Souk for instance, offers tourists and residents alike a selection of gold designs and craftsmanship that is more traditional as compared to the modern Westernized options sold at malls and showrooms.
Book a Dubai car rental through your travel agency and direct them to the Ascot Hotel, where the Gold Souk is located.

 

Gold Souk Shopping
Gold Souk Shopping

The Deira Spice Souk and the Perfume Souk are tastes of the exotic you must savor when sightseeing Dubai. The spices and attars (perfume essences) sold at these places are headier and more aromatic then the ones found elsewhere. Some attar shops can even concoct you a signature perfume to suit your senses and personality, making it a unique souvenir to carry home (we happen to know some authentic perfume sellers who can do this).

Our Abu Dhabi travel company can arrange for excursions and make a hotel booking in U.A.E. near these relics of Old Dubai. Contact us for an Arabian adventure high on some retail therapy.
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Shopping & Dubai Duty Free Delights Make For Fun Dubai City Activities

Anybody visiting or departing from Dubai has visited the Dubai Duty Free store at Dubai International Airport and experienced the fabulous attractions it has to offer at least once. It goes without saying that the Duty Free store is one trip that can’t not be included in any sightseeing in Dubai excursion.

As part of your Dubai city tours this year, you could experience this shopping destination where just about

Dubai Duty Free
Dubai Duty Free

everything and anything is offered at shocking discounts. Considering that the store is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, there are bound to be some good finds which you can add to your shopping cart.

Shopping is a very Dubai-centric activity and the innumerable malls, souks and supermarkets dotting the cityscape and filled to overflowing will give an idea of how much Emiratis and tourists love visiting them.
The annual shopping season, also known as the Dubai Shopping Festival is perhaps the best time to visit Dubai if you have retail therapy foremost on your mind. The next one shall commence from January 15 and last until February 15.
If you would like to make your trip to Dubai during this period, make sure you get your Dubai hotel booking taken care of as soon as possible. The rush that heads to Dubai during this period is phenomenal and you wouldn’t want to do without a room in some of the best hotels rooms and hotel apartments in Dubai.
Dadabhai Travels can help you identify and select the Dubai Tour Packages that suit you best for your trip to the U.A.E.
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