Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Festival Centre, www.istyle.ae (04 232 9979). Other locations: The Dubai Mall (04 434 0440); Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3385); Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9797).
Apple fans can slalom between the display pods, each naturally lined with the latest MacBooks, iMacs and PowerBooks, as well as iPods and iPads.
Best for: Picking up the latest from Apple, with expert staff on hand to answer all your questions. Audiophiles will also appreciate the Jambox from Jawbone – big sounds from a little box.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, www.samsung.com (04 339 9504).
This flagship shop is full of TVs from the market-leading Korean brand and often offers package deals that give it a significant edge over the cheaper department stores.
Best for: Picking up a seriously Smart TV. Samsung’s range lets you watch TV, stream content from the Internet and even lets you update Facebook. You’ll never need to move from the sofa again!
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Deira City Centre, www.tarsamimage.com (04 295 1173). Other locations: The Dubai Mall (04 339 8161), Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4145), Mirdif City Centre (04 284 0028).
If you’re in the market for bright LEDs, electrostatic plasma balls, quirky lights and more glow in the dark stuff than you can shake a stick at, Tarsam is where you’ll find it all.
Best for: a unique gift for anyone who likes their gadgets bright and flashy. A word of advice though, don’t head in straight after a big meal.
Open daily 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, www.sony-mea.com (04 339 8503).
This is a specialist computer store stocking an exclusive range of its own-brand of trusted PCs, laptops and the like for both business and home use.
Best for: Technology that not only acts but also looks the part. The seriously stylish VAIO range of notebooks is a Time Out favourite.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11pm. BurJuman, www.vertu.com (04 351 6410). Other locations: Wafi (04 327 9080).
Billed as a mobile phone boutique – this store is for the ridiculously rich only. Prices range from the extreme to the extraordinarily extravagant, for which your mobile is decorated with diamonds, white gold and sapphire crystals.
Best for: An elegant, exclusive gift for that slightly difficult yet special someone in your life. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like diamonds, after all.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. BurJuman, www.bang-olufsen.com (04 355 1162). Other location: The Dubai Mall (04 339 9314).
The daddy of sound and vision is worth a browse, even if you know you can’t justify splashing out on any of the top-of-the-range products on offer. They are, however, worth every dirham.
Best for: Kitting out your apartment with the best in home entertainment gear. Your bank account manager won’t thank you, but your ears will.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Deira City Centre, www.harmanme.com (04 295 0030). Other locations: Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4130); Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3843); The Dubai Mall (04 339 9629).
The gamut of up-market audio products released under this respected American brand name is available here.
Best for: Variety. It houses a power-packed line-up of the world’s leading audiovisual brands including JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity, Samsung and AKG.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 5pm-10pm. Computer Street, Bur Dubai (04 397 8841).
No prizes for guessing what this little independent shop offers: yep, a wide range of the latest Wi-Fi-enabled gear from well-known brands, namely Toshiba, HP and Fujitsu.
Best for: Surprisingly good value for money. If you know what you’re after, it’s best to head down and see what their ‘best price’ is before hitting the big malls.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. BurJuman; www.grandstores.com (04 352 3641). Other locations: Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4555); The Dubai Mall (04 339 8614); Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5353); Dubai Outlet Mall (04 426 4922).
Serious snappers will be spoilt for choice by the latest cameras, lenses and other photographic delights, including a good selection from Nikon, Fujifilm, SanDisk and Epson.
Best for: Professional and amateur photographers looking for some of the best gear around, with knowledgeable staff on-hand to answer your snappy questions too.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am to midnight. The Dubai Mall, www.jackys.com (04 434 0222). Various other locations including: Nasser Square, Deira (04 223 8700), Deira City Centre (04 294 94800), Mall of the Emirates (04 399 6803), Mirdif City Centre (04 284 5192).
They have plenty of gadgets and appliances for your home and office, including a good photography range. Check out their regular promotions.
Best for: Electronic value bundles that are exactly that – good value for the average Joes around town. They always have the latest from top brands too, so well worth a visit.