Every traveller is of course different, but one thing we all have in common is that if you’re treating yourself to a trip to a far-away place you want to do some research and plan what ‘essential visits’ you want to make and what to do every day you spend there (as far as possible, of course). It’s a good idea to set an entire day or morning aside for shopping so you can treat yourself to those whims you’ve seen but not bought yet (whether it’s because you didn’t want to carry them along on the sight-seeing, or because you prefer to leave that kind of expense to the end of your holiday).
One of those destinations where going shopping is a true pleasure is Dubai, a place where you can enjoy the magic of the desert and the essence of a thousand and one nights staying in an exclusive hotel like the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa. It’s a hotel in the centre of Bur Dubai offering the best rooms in Bur Dubai, located just steps from the main independent, most exclusive and original boutiques of the capital city.
Contemporary and innovative fashion
Speaking of Dubai you normally get the impression that everything at the destination is expensive (or very expensive). Yes, this is the first myth we have to dispel. Our route of alternative shops actually proves that you can find everything here in the gem of the United Arab Emirates, and that it doesn’t always have to cost you an arm and a leg. So which are those boutiques that you mustn’t miss? Take note, here are some examples:
Bambah and The Zoo Concept
A shop located in the heart of the capital that welcomes you with a lawn and unique interior design that you won’t find in many boutiques in Dubai: this is what Bambah and The Zoo Concept is all about. The space is run by two Egyptian businessmen and it’s designed to make clients feel that they are in the middle of a true oasis. So what kind of clothes can you find here? Literally anything from modern t-shirts to Haute Couture, and at really competitive prices to boost. Their incredible occasion dresses deserve a special mention.
Even if it’s not your style, or nothing you would wear on a daily basis, you mustn’t miss the opportunity to visit Das Collection. It’s a traditional Emirati fashion shop, but imbued with trends from international fashion in Paris or New York. It’s so popular with European clients that the brand has a shop in the Harrods department store in London.
The industrial touch and interior design that might make you feel like you’re in Camden Town make O-Concept Store another essential place to visit when you embark on a shopping trip in Dubai. What will you find inside? Everything from high-class brands to accessories with an Emirati touch, or high-quality sunglasses.