The UAE is renowned as a top notch shopping destination, attracting millions of shoppers from around the globe every year. So why leave the country to go shopping elsewhere?
While Dubai and Abu Dhabi offer excellent choices to spend your hard earned money on shiny new things, other cities have their very own appeal when it comes to retail therapy.
From bargain hunting to brand buying, the following destinations offer their own shopping scene that will make any deal chaser’s heart beat a little faster.
Thailand is known for its bustling shopping centres and Bangkok is the place to be for bargain hunting. Ditch the big malls such as MBK and Siam Paragon - but by all means go take a look as they are truly impressive - for a shopping spree at one of the cities quirky fashion markets.
With prices way below anything you will find in stores, you can snap up some really good deals on stylish outerwear and more, designed and produced locally. Our favourite is the Pratunam area, where hundreds of little stalls offer great bargains.
For vintage and secondhand items, we recommend a visit to the Chatuchak area, where you can find anything from original Chanel to affordable retro wear. Flights to Bangkok are available on various airlines, with multiple direct flights from Dubai per day.
The city in the Northern part of Germany welcomes tourists with a beautiful harbour, lush greenery and a cosmopolitan feel. On top of all the landmarks and sites worth visiting, Hamburg boasts one of the most interesting retail scenes in the country.
Unique little boutiques in the Schanzenviertel, a district close to the city centre, invite shoppers for a browse through carefully collated fashion lines, offering a selection of interesting collections from local designers and international brands.
At the Karoviertel, only a short walk from the city’s congress hall, rustic cafes and vintage fashion stores operate side by side, making a stroll through the streets feel like a walk through a friendly neighbourhood. Flights to Hamburg go direct from Dubai twice daily on Emirates.
Kuala Lumpur has a diverse shopping scene that caters to every heart’s desire. Be it high end brands you are looking for, or indie fashion finds, the city has something to offer for every budget and every taste.
For luxury goods, head to the KLCC and Bukit Bintang areas, where upscale shopping malls boast all the popular luxury brands. If you can’t be bothered with brand names and are seeking a real bargain, head to Berjaya Times Square Mall, where loads of boutiques sell affordable clothes, shoes, and accessories.
Or head to Petaling street and the Central Market for local goodies and independent brands, artsy finds and reproductions (we won’t tell). Flights to Kuala Lumpur are available on multiple airlines.
The Balearic Island has a certain flower-power charm, with a culture still strongly influenced by the 60’s, when the art and music scene developed on the isle with a mantra of freedom of expression. Not
only do millions of party goers flock Ibiza every summer for their holidays, the island also has lots to offer for shoppers with a knack for quirky things. Visit the weekly hippy market in Punta Arabi to bag all kinds of colourful attire and feel free to haggle with the friendly Spaniards at the many stalls offering the latest in fashion, jewellery and more.
Ibiza city leaves shoppers spoilt for choice with a plethora of eccentric boutiques offering en vogue collections from Spanish brands, international names and local designers.
Home to some of the biggest and best outlet malls in the country, Florida is a shopper’s paradise presenting visitors with all-year round sunshine. Grab a bargain on high street and high end brands at one of the outlet villages close to Tampa, Fort Lauderdale or Orlando, before you enjoy one of the many theme parks, beaches and family entertainment options the state has to offer.
Orlando Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping centre so big you will have to spend all day there, is amongst our favourite places to visit for great deals on renowned brands such as Armani, Calvin Klein and many more. Flights to Orlando are direct from Dubai and Abu Dhabi and available daily.
Content provided by Tajawal.comFor all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.