Time Out heads off to find some gems in Dubai suburb
USP: A wonderfully crammed store offering the odd, the ornate, the tacky and the brilliant. Why go? From boxing camel pens to sheikh badges and fake Victorian antiques, this place is tat-tastic. Location: Block P, Karama Shopping Complex (04 335 9635).
Babushka dolls, Dhs25
Camel pen, Dhs10
Vietnamese plate, Dhs25
Syrian ceramic lamp, Dhs190
Tintin model, Dhs45
Indian clocks and compasses, around Dhs50
USP: While handbags line half of the store, the other half has goods from Rajasthan and Kashmir. Why go? For a great selection of Temperley-esque and bejewelled slippers in sizes 37-42. Location: Block N, Karama Shopping Complex (04 337 6806).
Wool pashmina from Kashmir, Dhs120
Slippers from Jaipur, Dhs60
Red shoes from Pakistan, Dhs36
USP: High-design furniture from boutique brands. Why go? While most of us may not be able to afford the goods, there are some genuine design classics in here. They’re also receiving Hermès furniture within six months – think slick tan leather combined with wood. Location: Opposite Malaysia Trade Centre, Za’abeel Road (04 334 4478).
B&B Italia chair, Dhs5,600
Jean Marie Massaud MDF chair, Dhs4,000
Flos MI6 floor lamp, Dhs17,600
USP: The Ikea of bikes, offering all manner of cycles for adults and kids. Why go? This store imports parts for bikes from China and Taiwan and then assembles them outside the shop. Great for some unusual wheels – it’s also home to some of the creepiest dolls we’ve ever seen. Location: Opposite Karachi Darbar, Block M, Karama Shopping Complex (04 334 4009).
Retro brown bike, Dhs650
Pink bike with basket, Dhs450
Adjustable Giant bike, Dhs800
Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery
USP: A busy, cavernous store with more chandeliers than you can shake a stick at. Why go? Founded in 1970 by prominent Indian expat Ramesh Shukla, this store offers art and a great framing service, but the gems are the heritage photos taken by Ramesh himself (who is close to the UAE royal families). Location: Al Zomorrodah Building, opposite Babyshop, Za’abeel Road (04 334 6060).
Heritage pictures signed by Ramesh Shukla, Dhs650-Dhs3,500
Hand-made chandelier, Dhs13,720
USP: A friendly sports store crammed with shoes. Why go? Having been in the business for 10 years, staff have a great relationship with local suppliers, so often get first choice – and, being away from the foot traffic of malls, hard-to-find models last in store longer. Particularly good for fans of basketball shoes. Sizes range from a UK six to 13. Location: Inside Karama Shopping Complex, next to the fantastic Yahallah shawarma store (04 335 0821).