Shop exotic and international in Dubai

Where to pick up weird and wonderful gear from India and the Far East

Don’t fancy trawling the stalls of Global Village for your household trinkets and gifts? There are plenty more places to check out in Dubai.

Get your mitts on Asian kitchen essentials, dried and tinned groceries, lucky charms, clothes and much more at Dragonmart (04 433 6200), a mall housing the city’s largest collection of exclusively Chinese retailers. In nearby International City, you will also find some of the city’s most authentically stocked Chinese supermarkets.

Antika Dubai (050 485 1583) deals in restored antiques from the northern region of Rajasthan out of a showroom in Jumeirah. Alternatively, check out Hindi Lane, located between Dubai Museum and the Creek in Bur Dubai. Here, you’ll find prayer beads, religious posters and models, as well as small potted curry plants.

Head to the shopping centre in The Greens for a hidden gem in the form of a kiosk selling a variety of good quality Japanese and Asian-made products, including chopsticks, tea sets, cushions, lucky ornaments and greetings cards.

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