City outlets open during the Holy Month - always call ahead to check
BurJuman This high-end mall houses designer stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel and Dior, alongside Zara and other high-street names. Open Sat-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Trade Centre Road, Bur Dubai, www.burjuman.com (04 352 0222).
Deira City Centre A vast mall that always attracts a large crowd. Offers all the usual high-street names, a Virgin Megastore, the first Iconic department store in Dubai, plus a cinema. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Port Saeed Road, Deira, www.deiracitycentre.com (04 295 1010).
Dragon Mart The largest Chinese trading hub outside China. Perfect if you’re after a cheap pair of comfy shoes or real pearls at bargain prices. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu 10am-11pm; Fri 2pm-11pm. Hatta-Oman Road, International City, www.dragonmart.ae (04 428 5665).
Dubai Marina Mall This fairly quiet mall is a coup if you live in JBR. It has about 160 stores, including Superdry and H&M, plus a cinema. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Marina, www.dubaimarinamall.com (04 436 1000).
Dubai Outlet Mall A large mall situated about 30 minutes outside the city. It houses more than 1,200 of the world’s top fashion brands, all with up to 90 percent off. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubailand, www.dubaioutletmall.com (04 423 4666).
Festival Centre Waterfront restaurants, cafés, department stores, high-street chains, a cinema and an Ikea furniture superstore. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Al Rebat Street, Festival City, www.festivalcentre.com (04 232 5444).
Ibn Battuta Mall A mall themed around Ibn Battuta’s travels, with a Grand Cinema and Géant supermarket. Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Near Discovery Gardens, www.ibnbattutamall.com (04 362 1900).
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard Expensive boutiques that are good for window shopping. Open Sat-Thu 10am-2pm and 10am-8pm; Fri 8pm-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 0000).
Mall of the Emirates Though many of the shops are on the conservative side, there are more than a few gems, plus an indoor ski dome and the new fashion dome. Open Sun-Sat 10am-1am; Sheikh Zayed Road, Barsha, www.malloftheemirates.com (04 409 9000).
Mercato Mall An Italian-themed mall that boasts big guns such as Mango, Massimo Dutti, Virgin Megastore and unisex boutique Bullets and Butterflies. Open Sun-Sat 10am-midnight; Jumeirah Beach Road, www.mercatoshoppingmall.com (04 344 4161).
Mirdif City Centre This huge mall has an indoor skydiving facility and brands, including American Eagle, Scotch and Soda and local designer hub United Designers. Open Sat-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Ramadan hours yets to be confirmed. Emirates Road, Mirdif, www.mirdifcitycentre.com (800 6422).
Oasis Centre This family-friendly mall opened in 2009 with 77 stores, including Babyshop, Shoemart, Splash and Q Home Decor. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, www.oasiscentremall.com (04 515 4000).
Souk Al Bahar An ‘Arabesque’-themed mall with several restaurants. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Downtown Dubai, www.theoldtownisland.com (04 362 7011).
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Built to resemble an Arabic market, with tourist tat-traps plus fashion and art stores. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, www.madinatjumeirah.com (04 366 8888).
Sunset Mall The luxe venue in Jumeirah houses top-tier brands such as Valleydez, West LA Boutique, Rivaage Boutique, Socialista Boutique plus high-end accessories and art galleries. Open daily 10am-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3 (04 330 7333).
The Dubai Mall The world’s biggest mall by area, this boasts more than 1,000 stores, a cineplex, aquarium, ice rink and the Sega Republic theme park. Open Sun-Sat 10am-1am. Al Doha Street, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.thedubaimall.com (04 362 7500).
Times Square Center A rather small mall with a few quirky stores, such as new outdoor store Adventure HQ. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, www.times squarecenter.ae (04 341 8020).
Wafi This pyramid shaped building hosts a good range of cafés, restaurants, chain stores and boutiques including Valleydez. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Ramadan hours to be confirmed. Oud Metha Road, www.wafi.com (04 324 4100).
Souks & markets
ARTE arts and crafts markets Featuring the largest selection of local arts and crafts in the UAE. First Friday of the month at Al Rebat Street, Festival City, 2pm-9pm. Second Friday of the month at Times Square Center, noon-7pm. Festival Centre, www.arte.ae (050 456 7481).
Bur Dubai Souk A bustling bazaar full of bargains. You can spend hours here, so it’s great if you fancy an afternoon stroll. Hours may change during Ramadan. Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (no number).
Dubai Flea Market This second-hand market takes place monthly in Safa Park but moves indoors during the summer. Various locations, www.dubai-fleamarket.com (050 296 9680).
Food Souk The fish market and fruit and veg market bustle with over-enthusiastic salesmen and buyers who haggle fiercely. Produce is delightfully fresh. Open Sat-Thu 6am-1pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Al Khaleej Road, Deira (no number).
Gold Souk Deira Dubai's famous gold souk is widely considered to be the largest in Arabia. Great for browsing. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Sikkat al-Khail Street, Deira (no number).
Gold Souk Dubai Mall There are plenty of jewellery outlets in this indoor souk, so you’re sure to find something you like. The Dubai Mall (04 362 7500).
Spice Souk Bag some bargains among the aromas of spices and herbs. Open Sat-Thu 10am-1pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Hours may change during Ramadan. Al-Sabkha Road, Deira (no number).
Textile Souk Stocks a huge range of fabrics from the subcontinent. Avoid taking a car, as parking is a nightmare. Hours may change during Ramdan. Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (no number).