Where to make massive savings in Dubai - and we mean massive
Time Out Dubai staff
Ahead of Dubai Summer Surprises, the month-long shopping festival that begins this year on Saturday August 2, find out where you can beat unscrupulous price hikes and save a few dirhams when you next hit the stores.
Brands for Less A franchise of the popular German chain Tchibo, Brands for Less sells clothes (mainly wardrobe staples rather than the latest trends) for men, women and kids at knock-down prices – think socks for Dhs5, T-shirts for Dhs13 and jeans for Dhs34. You can also find pet accessories, bedding, kitchen gadgets and cleaning products in store – with the range and variety of stock changing regularly. Various locations including Al Safa Paradise, Oud Metha Road, Oud Metha, www.brandsforless.org (04 396 2434).
Carrefour Hosting an enormous get-together in the near future? Head here to stock up on cupboard essentials – Time Out Dubai’s 2014 supermarket price comparison found the French hypermarket to be the cheapest in the city. Right now, you’ll also find great bundle deals on iftar beverages and staples such as rice and instant soups. Elsewhere in the store, find electronics accessories and bed linen for less than in Dubai shops well-known for both. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.carrefouruae.com (04 409 4899).
Day To Day Head here to find bargain clothes, shoes, stationery, make-up, perfumes, utensils, household goods and even electronics at remarkably low prices. Looking to fill up a Ramadan or Eid box for someone in need, or send a container of goods to family elsewhere in the world? This is a great place to start. Kuwait Street, Karama, www.facebook.com/pages/day-to-day-karama-dubai (04 396 8434).
Home Centre Though the larger furniture items may not be to everyone’s taste, there are some great finds in this store, from bargain cushions (though unfortunately not with changeable covers) to cheap, cheerful and wonderfully colourful coffee mugs. In fact, it’s the perfect place to get your table decked out for a dinner party on the cheap – pick up side plates and paring knives from Dhs9, loaf pans from Dhs16 and place mats from Dhs10. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.homecentrestores.com (04 341 4441).
My Ex Wardrobe Get barely worn, second-hand designer and high-street gear for impressively low prices via this clothes recycling initiative, which helps the city’s men and women turn their unwanted clothes into cash, while also reducing the impact of consumerism on the environment. There’s also a section for kids’ clothes. Peruse the rails at the company’s pop-up stores around town, for which you can find dates and details on the website. Various locations, www.myexwardrobe.com.
Sun & Sand Sports Factory Outlet Trainers you’ve been scouring Dubai for sold out? Chances are you’ll find a pair here. While many of the ‘discounted’ clothes are still more expensive than online, trainers tend to be half the price of the city’s mall stores, while swim accessories such as goggles (Dhs15) and workout gear such as kettlebells (from Dhs15), yoga mats and even treadmills are sold at markedly reduced prices. Al Quoz, opposite InterCoil building, www.sunandsandsports.com (04 341 1743).
Wen Zhou Pick up fresh vegetables, noodles, baked snacks and more at this Chinese supermarket in International City, with prices far lower than many inner-city supermarket chains. As you might expect, the produce is a little off the beaten path, which is great for food enthusiasts and Asian expats missing home comforts – pick up pak choi and kai lan for the bargain price of about Dhs5 per bunch. China Cluster, International City, off Dubai to Hatta Road (E44) (04 450 0850).