Dubai’s own little city that never sleeps is renowned for its bargain tailors and authentic Pakistani and Iranian food, but it’s also great for retail therapy on the cheap. Satwa can sometimes feel like a maze, so we suggest starting in Al Hudaiba Street (colloquially known as Plant Street), which houses stores bursting with greenery, a second-hand bookshop and cheap local fashion, then head down Al Satwa Road for everything from wooden pipes to Dhs500 bikes and fancy-dress wigs. Put on your walking shoes and step to it.

National Flowers
USP: There are several stores selling plants along this strip, but the friendly service and stunning orchids make National Flowers a stand-out. It also provides landscaping services.
Why go? Green-fingered residents will find it hard to resist the magnificent orchids, Dhs8 sunflowers and the oddly-upright massangeana hailing from Holland.
Where? Al Hudaiba Street (Plant Street), Satwa (04 344 2217).

Orchids, Dhs85 each