When the run-of-the-mill becomes too much to handle, there’s a place in Jumeirah that will put the pleasure back into gift shopping.
Over the road from Dubai Zoo you’ll find this house of fun with a fine range of odd gizmos, clothing and accessories that will bring a smile to even the most forlorn faces.
Its owner, Hussein Abdul Rasheed, might have expanded The Zoo Concept’s operations with a more prominent outlet in The Dubai Mall, one in BoxPark, another in Souk Al Bahar, as well a fifth to come at CityWalk, but we love the original shop.
The layout gives it a massively uncluttered feel, offering you the chance to roam freely as you browse the selection of curiosities. The immensely friendly staff will talk you through your next quirky purchase, revelling in the grins that will involuntarily creep across your face.
But it’s not just the perfect secret Santa gifts you’ll find here. There are also rails full of uber-trendy T-shirts, the funkiest line in sunglasses and a natty collection of bow ties for those after the ultimate in geek chic.
And if you’re looking for a game of head basketball, a bookrest lamp or a clutch bag resembling Mae West’s lips, this bizarre bazaar should be your first port of call.
The Zoo Concept