The Al Barsha showroom of this furniture chain is our favourite. A rich, smoky wood aroma prevails, and its high ceilings allow Marina to accommodate some fascinating pieces, such as towering, intricately carved antique doorframes and old columns, as well as soft furnishings in the form of wall hangings and cushions. Best for: Expensive, decorative pieces. Everything is interesting to look at here, though much of it has more of an ornamental value.
Al Barsha, Al Barsha Road off Sheikh Zayed Road at the Interchange 4, near to Mall of the Emirates, www.marinagulf.com (04 340 1112). Other locations: Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0315); Mirdif City Center (04 284 0055); Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6050); JBR (04 437 0239); Souk Al Bahar (04 420 0191); Spinneys Umm Squeim (04 394 2541).
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