Pearls, pool tables, mini-motorbikes and film projectors
Tasheng Eric Trading USP: This store sells everything you could ever hope to buy to furnish your games room. Why go? Aside from any table that you associate with fun, including pool, foosball, air hockey and ping pong, Tasheng Eric offers gym equipment, such as silicone humanoid boxing men, yoga mats, weights, footballs and plenty more. For the martial artist within, it also sells tricky-looking wing tsun training ‘trees’ – chop at the arms and leg to develop your technique. Where? Shop ABC 03-14 (04 368 7109).
1 Silicone figure, Dhs1,000 2 Foosball table, Dhs950 3 Wing tsun trainer, Dhs1,800 4 Mahjong game set and table, Dhs6,000
Wealth in Company USP: Real pearls in every colour stacked from floor to ceiling, and they’re incredibly cheap. Test their authenticity yourself: real-deal pearls are always cold, and feel grainy when rubbed against your teeth (ask permission first!). Why go? The strands of turquoise beads make chic bohemian-style bracelets and, for as little as Dhs15 a string, you can afford to buy a stack. Where? Near the entrance of DragonMart, Shop AB-G6 (04 427 3284).
1 Turquoise beads, Dhs15 per string 2 Pearl necklace, Dhs160
Shukeda Trading Co USP: Don’t be fooled by the small space occupied by this venue. This is your go-to store for big boys’ toys, and there are plenty more in the storerooms out the back. Why go? If you’ve been scratching your head about where to get your hands on a desert ATV, look no more. They sell quad bikes, dirt bikes and, our personal favourite, underwater scooters. Where? Shop EBB-03 12 (050 879 7356).
1 Mini quad bike, Dhs1,000 2 Underwater scooter, Dhs450 3 Mini motorbike, from Dhs450
Modern Sally USP: Truckloads of stylish kicks at ridiculously cheap prices. Why go? This store is in danger of changing your life. You’ll find pumps in Missoni-style fabric, industrial boots, cork wedges and pointed flats in snakeskin and leopard printw for Dhs45 a pop. The store also stocks outrageously blinged-out styles. Where? Shop H1 (04 368 7080).
1 Boots, from Dhs155 to Dhs195 2 Faux-snakeskin flats, Dhs45 3 Wedges, Dhs65
Deniho Use FZ Co USP: This useful store is crammed to the ceiling with whizz-bang appliances, from crêpe makers to hair tongs. Why go? If you’re feeling Dr Evil-esque, pick up one of the electric mosquito swats shaped like tennis rackets – they make great gag gifts (and they work!). Otherwise, you’ll find mini doughnut makers, roti and waffle machines, and mini pie makers. Where? Shop BAC14 (no number).