The top spots to grab a pressie for your loved one this Valentine's Day...
Accessorize: Accessorize shops – an offshoot of Monsoon – are heaven for fans of boho or sheer glitz with seasonal trends including embellishments and metallics incorporated into the cutest of little clutches, slippers, purses, scarves and so on. Whether you’re dressing for a wedding or the beach (there’s a great selection of kaftans), you can find the necessary extras in pretty styles at affordable prices. Mall of the Emirates (04 340 9052). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All major credit cards. Other locations: BurJuman (04 355 2205); Deira City Centre (04 295 0725); Dubai Festival City (04 232 6601); Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5640); Lamcy Plaza (04 335 7375); Wafi (04 327 9001); Marina Mall (04 399 7953).
Boom & Mellow: This is the sort of boutique that any serious shopaholic loves to stumble across. Bags line the walls, chunky necklaces hang temptingly from silver pegs, and crystal-encrusted earrings sparkle alluringly behind glass cabinets. Look out for the cool vintage creations from the likes of Madame Rêve and Miss Pink. With regular shipments from around the globe, you can keep up-to-date with the latest trends without leaving the country and, while some items are a little pricey, there are plenty of bargains to be had. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3993). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. All major credit cards.
Cartier: This store swarms with a dazzling display of diamonds, gorgeous charms, luxurious links, glistening bestiary and delicate paves. Many of the pieces don’t have prices attached, usually meaning that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 330 0034; www.cartier.com). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 5pm-10pm. All major credit cards. Other location: BurJuman (04 355 3533).
Damas: This popular jeweller prides itself on its quality gold creations. Damas was once associated with the more mature woman, but this is no longer the case; witness the appointment of Lebanese singing sensation Nancy Ajram as the face of the brand. Indeed, all ends of the age spectrum from teens to their grandmothers will find something to get excited about at Damas. Prices go right across the board, from Dhs600 to far more bank-breaking figures. Deira City Centre (04 295 3848; www.damasjewel.com). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All credit cards accepted. Other locations: Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9944); Lamcy Plaza (04 335 5177); Mercato (04 349 8833); Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888); Town Centre (04 344 0111); Wafi (04 323 4555); Oasis Centre (04 339 7441); Marina Mall (04 434 2530) and branches throughout the city.
Glitter: You don’t have to blow your budget when buying bling; just take a trip into Glitter and check out the Crislu collection of crystal rings and pendants. Those with money to burn, however, should seek out Montblanc’s ‘Magic en blanc et noir’ jewellery collection, which consists of gleaming white freshwater pearls and black Tahitian pearls. A Montblanc necklace retails for around Dhs17,000, with matching earrings coming at Dhs9,000. Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5582). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All major credit cards. Other locations: BurJuman (04 359 7225); Dubai Festival City (04 232 6671).
Gold & Diamond Park: Gold is good value in this part of the world, but if you can’t be bothered to haggle in the souks head here instead. You’ll find about 30 retailers and over 120 manufacturers in this purpose-built structure designed to have a real old-world Arabian souk feel to it. In addition to purple, black and gold pearls, there’s all sorts of traditional and modern pieces of jewellery, and you can also commission your own unique designs. Interchange four, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 347 7788; www.goldanddiamondpark.com). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. All major credit cards.
Graff: Those with a predilection for diamonds should get on over to Graff where the focus is very much on a girl’s best friend. This hugely attractive shop is one of the few to produce, manufacture and retail its own gems, so the stunning range changes every day. The pieces are classically beautiful and elegant. Wafi (04 324 4221; www.graffdiamonds.com). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri closed. All major credit cards.
Joy Alukkas: Joy Alukkas has become a household name among expatriates from the subcontinent. They have a range of jewellery to suit almost all budgets, from gold earrings and necklaces to opulent diamond and pearl jewellery. Oasis Centre (04 339 7884; www.alukkas.com). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.
Mahallati Jewellery: With over 10 branches in Dubai displaying ridiculously over-the-top jewellery, Mahallati has a dazzling display of gold, pearls, diamonds and other precious stones. Marina Mall (04 399 788). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am- midnight. All major credit cards.
Tiffany & Co: This outlet of the legendary Tiffany’s has a lingering Audrey Hepburn-style glamour about it, with a flabbergasting selection of jewellery, chic accessories and gift items. Check out the highly coveted engagement rings (and say, ‘Pretty pleeease’ to your fiance) or the signature Tiffany bubbles, hearts and watches. And if you can’t afford it, eating a danish and gazing through the window is the next best thing. The Dubai Mall (04 434 8350; www.tiffany.com). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All major credit cards. Other locations: BurJuman (04 351 1784); Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0655); Deira City Centre (04 295 3884).