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Shopping is taken seriously in Dubai, UAE, where those looking to splurge can take their pick from mega malls, jumbled souks and flashy designer stores. For the truly dedicated, there’s the Dubai Mall, featuring more than 1,300 retail outlets, an aquarium and an Olympic-size ice rink. Sounds exhausting? For hassle-free retail therapy, shop from home via the top online shopping outlets in Dubai.
Middle Eastern fashionistas on a budget adore Namshi, which stocks affordable fashion for men, women and children. It offers a range of high-street names in one place, including New Look, Top Shop, Forever 21 and Missguided, as well as a selection of designer brands such as DKNY, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. You can pick up beauty items, homeware and even a range of gifts while you’re there, and the site offers speedy delivery and free exchanges.
Now owned by Amazon, Souq.com offers a wide range of deals on laptops, fashion, electronics, toys and much more for anyone keen to hunt down a bargain. Many items are eligible for free shipping and daily deals, making this site great value for money. It’s the largest e-commerce site in the Arab world and allows thousands of sellers to advertise goods often not available elsewhere to millions of customers.
Desperate for a fashion fix? Sivvi stocks all of the top brands, including Nike, Mango and Calvin Klein, and even offers a super-speedy, three-hour delivery service within Dubai if you can’t wait for a new outfit. There’s no need to spend a fortune either; head to the outlet section for a virtual browse to pick up footwear, sportswear, bags and dresses for up to 80 percent off.
Savvy shoppers love to rifle through the rails at Retold, which stocks more than 6,000 items at its boutique in Dubai’s Red Crescent Compound in Al Quoz First. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the store, though, as its website sells a selection of pre-loved clothes – often barely worn at all – allowing you to help the planet while you shop. It’s a great way to pick up designer names such as Valentino, Balmain and Alexander Wang for less, and you can sell your clothes to the shop for store credit.
Ounass is your very own online personal shopper, curating a collection of top designers in one place for hassle-free shopping. Stocking more than 300 luxury brands, including Fendi, Prada and Alexander McQueen, it offers the widest range of luxury designers in the Middle East alongside local names, homeware and an exquisite vintage selection. You won’t need to wait for your treasures to arrive either. The site offers two-hour delivery within Dubai and a same-day service within the UAE.
Everyone knows accessories make an outfit, but it’s not just about shoes and bags. Eyewa offers top-notch eyewear for the fashion-conscious, selling the biggest and best brands of prescription glasses, sunglasses, blue light glasses, children’s glasses and corrective contact lenses. It has a 30-day exchange policy and fast shipping and even allows payment in cash on delivery for genuine easy-on-the-eye style.
Need a new gadget in your life? LetsTango.com was founded by Dikran Tchablakian, who previously started CompuMe, one of the most trusted IT retail megastores in the UAE. It sells a vast range of electronics, mobiles, gaming gear, photography equipment, kitchen appliances and even big-name fashion items, including footwear, jewellery and bags. It promises products are 100 percent genuine and offers a 15-day return policy and after-sales support. And if you’re looking for something even more hi-tech, you can order anything you like to be printed in 3D and delivered straight to your doorstep.
Splash is the largest fashion retailer in the Middle East, with 200 stores in 13 countries. It’s known for its fashion shows and sustainability practices, producing 80 percent of its clothes with ecofriendly fabrics. It stocks both men’s and women’s clothes, including sportswear, outerwear and jewellery, and has an extensive plus-size collection of dresses, coats, basics and more.
If Noon doesn’t stock it, it probably doesn’t exist, as this gigantic online marketplace is the Middle East’s version of Amazon. It has a huge selection of clothing, stocking big brands such as Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and adidas, and offers home appliances, skincare, toys and baby items, sports equipment and all the best-known electronics from Apple, Sony, Bose and more. It’ll even take care of your weekly food list with its extensive range of groceries, frozen food and fresh produce.