The spiritual home of Magrudy’s is a cramped store in the self-titled mall on Jumeirah Beach Road. Although there are newer, shinier Magrudy’s stores in the city’s larger malls, none come close to the original. A good bookstore, we would argue, should always look like an overstocked library.
Best for: The education, business and children sections are well catered for, and there’s a good audio books section too. But best of all is the surfeit of novels – especially classics – that cram the shelves. You can find practically anything providing you’re prepared to look. Invest some time here and you’ll discover some life-long literary loves.

Open Thu-Sat 9am-9pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Magrudy Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai (04 344 4193). Other location: Al Ittihad Road (04 297 4321).

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