When you’re looking for the best area to stay in Dubai for shopping, you are in for a treat. Dubai is home to many incredibly shopping malls that sell the products of basically every designer brand possible. But it’s not only the big brands that are on display here. Malls, but also markets and local shops, offer handicrafts, local designer dresses, affordable clothes, gadgets and jewellery. Besides the huge variety of goods, there is one other factor that makes shopping in Dubai more fun than elsewhere and that is the tax. In Dubai, you only pay 5% tax on most goods, making it quite interesting to go for a shopping spree. With that being said, let’s jump to our recommended areas in Dubai for shopping.
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Where to stay in Dubai for shopping
Looking for the best area to stay in Dubai for shopping? Keep reading!
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Where to stay in Dubai for shopping?


The best areas in Dubai for shopping are Downtown Dubai, Bur Dubai, Deira, Al Barsha and Dubai Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence. These areas are located near at least one of the famous shopping malls in Dubai and have direct access to the metro, which allows you to move from one mall to the other easily. In the next paragraphs, we dive deeper into each recommended area. 
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The best areas in Dubai for shopping are:

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1. Downtown Dubai


The largest shopping mall in Dubai is located right next to the Burj Khalifa. Staying near the Burj Khalifa has two main advantages when you’re staying in Dubai for shopping. First of all, you have direct access to the Dubai Mall, but there is another popular shopping mall within walking distance. The second reason is that staying near iconic buildings like the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall gives you the advantage of using the excellent public transport system. For those who did not know, there is quite a distance between the palm islands and Downtown Dubai where you can find the city’s highlights. To be more precise, the distance between these two most popular touristic areas is about twenty-five kilometres. And in both areas, you can find incredible shopping malls. 

But even though there is an abundance of shopping malls with all the fashion brands you can possibly imagine, you probably want to shop for authentic handcraft, jewellery and local fashion. For that, you must go to the famous Souks. Here, you can find golden jewellery, handwoven fabrics, traditional souvenirs and an abundance of herbs and spices that you can buy as a souvenir. The most popular and somewhat famous Souks can be found at Deira, the area near the airport and above Dubai Creek. And again, here comes the metro line back into play. From the Burj Khalifa, you can take the metro to this area. At the bottom of this article, we recommend all the popular malls and souks and add them to a map, so you can decide where to stay in Dubai for shopping. 

Downtown Dubai is pricy as it’s right in the epicentre of the city. Staying near Downtown Dubai in neighbouring areas such as Bur Dubai can save you quite some money. If your sole purpose for visiting Dubai is shopping, then staying near one of the metro stations is a must. 

Tip: one of the coolest shopping experiences takes place at Souk Madinat, which is at the Jumeirah Al Qasr resort. Visitors tend to dress nicely and go out at this impressive resort for shopping, dining and souvenir hunting. 
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2. Bur Dubai


Bur Dubai is the larger area that includes Dubai’s main attractions such as the Dubai Frame and the oldest historical neighbourhood Al Fahidi. There are two major shopping malls located in this area and you’re also located near the Burj Khalifa if you’re planning to stay here. The two highly recommended malls are the BurJuman and our personal favourite, the Mercato Shopping Mall. While we dive deeper into each recommended shopping mall at the bottom of this article, it’s worth mentioning that the Mercato Shopping Mall has incredible architecture and simply walking through all that magnificence is an attraction on its own. 

The red metro line runs with several stations through this area as well, giving you the advantage to move around easily. This metro line does take you to the airport as well, which makes it super easy for those visiting Dubai for a short period of shopping. The difference between Bur Dubai and the previously recommended Downtown Dubai is that the malls in Bur Dubai are scattered over the place, while when you’re staying in Downtown Dubai, you can walk to the largest shopping mall in Dubai. 

Note: Bur Dubai offers all sorts of cheap stores and local Souks (markets). The most popular ones, however, are located in Deira. But if you love to discover local gems on your own, Bur Dubai is an excellent area to stroll around and buy local textiles and souvenirs. 
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3. Deira


Deira is home to the famous Souks, which are traditional markets. It’s also located close to the airport, although with Dubai’s metro system, going to the airport is a piece of cake among the most recommended areas in this article. Deira is the only recommended area that has access to both metro lines, which makes it easier to move around the Souks. Visiting famous malls like The Dubai Mall, Mercato Mall and the Mall of the Emirates is easy, but none of these is located in Deira itself. So, if you’re planning to visit the malls during the day and the souks in the evening, Deira is one of the best options you have. Besides, there are plenty of affordable hotels to be found in this area. 
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4. Al Barsha 


We often recommend this area to those visiting Dubai on a budget as you don’t have Dubai’s main attractions located nearby (within walking distance) and it does not have direct access to the beach. But this area is far from boring nor bad. It has access to the metro system which allows you to move around easily and the beach and the palm islands are not that far away. But when it comes to shopping, you have three excellent shopping venues nearby on top of that, making it a great option for those visiting Dubai for shopping. 

The first two shopping venues in this area are shopping malls, namely Dubai Hills Malls and the hugely popular Mall of the Emirates, which is one of the best shopping venues in Dubai. But when you take the taxi, it’s only a short ride to Global Village, a theme park for shopping, dining and entertainment. The downside is that the main attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame and Jumeirah Mosque are on the other side of Dubai. But as you might have noticed, it’s impossible to pick the perfect location and have everything close by. Those who only stay one or two days should probably stay closer to the airport than at Al Barsha. 
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5. Dubai Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence


The last recommended area in Dubai for shopping is Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and the area within JBR, namely Dubai Marina. This area is known for its nightlife scene, but the nightlife in Dubai is not as wild as in other places. Most tourists and citizens enjoy their evening by having good food and enjoying the beautiful views, although there are nightclubs to discover as well. Around this somewhat vibrant area are several shopping malls to discover but it’s also a good area to enjoy Dubai during the evening after a full day of shopping. Like all recommended areas, it has access to the metro system. One of the most popular shopping malls in Dubai is located closely, namely the Mall of Emirates. You don’t have the best access to the shopping malls, but when you want to combine shopping with a good night out, Dubai Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence are definitely worth considering. 
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Most popular shopping malls in Dubai:

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a. The Dubai Mall


More than 1,200 retailers all under one massive roof ranging from H&M and Zara to Bloomingdale's and Galleries Lafayette. It has a dedicated section for luxury brands. The famous Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located inside this mall too, which is an eye-catcher and is entertaining for both youngsters and adults.
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b. City Walk


Dubbed as one of Dubai’s most Instagrammable venues, this beautiful mall that’s located near the Burj Khalifa offers a wide variety of shops ranging from trendy streetwear to fashion boutiques. This mall is also known for its culinary highlights with the view of the largest building in the world.
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c. Dubai Festival City


Compared to the two previously recommended malls, the Dubay Festival City is somewhat smaller with “only” 250 stores. It’s located near Dubai Creek and during sunset, you can take phenomenal pictures here. This mall offers a good variety of common brands and practical goods, rather than solely focusing on the latest trends in fashion. 
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