This tiny no-frills shop might be hidden down an alleyway in Satwa, but don’t let that put you off. Ishwar, the proprietor has been churning out excellent ladies’ and gents’ outfits in Dubai for the past 26 years, and he’s got a loyal customer base to prove it. It’s a family-run business (his sons beaver away at the back of the shop cutting cloth) and the service is ultra-friendly. If you’re a regular, he’ll even supply you with a beedi cigarette or two while you wait (he insists the tiny Indian smokes are harmless, although we’re not so sure).
Select your material from any of the shops on the main street – Regal Traders (04 344 9092) is just nearby – and he’ll do the rest. We had a suit made three years ago that still ranks as one of the best-made items in our wardrobe.
Be aware that during peak season you’ll have to wait for a couple of weeks to get the end product back. And it’s best to have a picture of what you want to have copied, or even better, a similar item that you can leave with him to work from. This isn’t the kind of shop that boasts coffee tables laden with Milan stylebooks. But for Dhs500 a suit (excluding material, including beedis), it’s an absolute bargain and a great place to visit.