The Best Places to Buy Souvenirs in Dubai
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A big part of traveling involves picking up souvenirs for everyone back home. Therefore, it’s important to know the best places to buy good presents in any city one visits. In Dubai, there are a variety of fun souvenirs available, from traditional clothing to stuffed camels. Here are the best places to find them.
This store can be found in almost every mall in Dubai, as well as various other touristic locations, so visitors are never too far from an Al Jaber Gallery outlet. This chain of stores stocks all the very traditional souvenirs, such as shot glasses, mugs, Emirati clothing and more. Al Jaber Gallery is a convenient shop to check out, and gifts for the whole family at all price ranges can be found.
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Gallery One is found in several locations, such as Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. It is best known for selling beautiful traditional art, from incredible pictures of Dubai to paintings of camels. This is also a great place to buy gifts such as cards, notebooks and books. Gallery One sticks with a traditional theme, often depicting camels and Arabic words in their designs, making for unique and high-end souvenirs.
Although most people think of the Spice Souk as a place to buy authentic and delicious spices, this touristic spot also sells souvenirs. Around the Spice Souk, tourists can buy magnets, traditional clothing and even interesting home decorations. The great thing about shopping for souvenirs at the Spice Souk is that its is one of the few places in Dubai where bargaining is common. Therefore, for those shopping for souvenirs in bulk, this is the ideal spot to get more and pay less.
Spice Souk, 26 34 Street
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Souk Madinat Jumeirah
This is the ultimate spot to buy souvenirs in Dubai. Souk Madinat Jumeirah mimics a traditional Arabic market and has a vast array of stores selling products from the region. Tourists can find anything from Arabic perfume to clothing, as well as plenty of small stalls selling unique products that illustrate regional culture. This is a great place to buy high-end souvenirs, such as beautiful hookahs and decorative pieces.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, +971 4 366 8888
The Camel Company can be found at several malls around Dubai, such as Dubai Mall and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. This store focuses solely on souvenirs and sells an array of fun and colorful items. The Camel Company is specially known for its stuffed camels, which come in all shapes and sizes and make great gifts for children.
Naif Souk is one of the oldest traditional markets in the city, and used to be a camel market. Much like the Spice Souk, this is a great place to experience local culture while checking out over 100 stores. Here you can find all kinds of souvenirs, as well as textiles, abayas and leather goods. This Souk also allows bargaining, making it a great place to stretch one’s souvenir budget.
Naif Souk, Deira Street, Naif Area, +971 800 900
A trip to the Dubai Museum should be on everyone’s agenda when visiting Dubai, as this is one of the best locations in the city to get an understanding of the history of the UAE. After doing the rounds, hit up their souvenir store, just before the exit. With a better grasp of how the city became what it is today, picking souvenirs should be a fun and educational experience.
Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, +971 4 353 1862