With malls the size of towns filled with high end designer labels, high street fashion shops, stalls with the latest gadgets, large food courts, kids play areas, entertainment, water fountains and multiplex cinemas, it's no surprise that Dubai is a shopper's paradise. Dubai is not only famous for its retail attractions but also for the infrastructure within the malls such as Ski Dubai (the largest indoor ski facility in the world) at the Mall of Emirates, or the 33,000 specie aquarium at the Dubai Mall (currently the largest mall in the world).

With low import duties and taxes even the 24 hour Dubai Duty free shopping is famous amongst frequent travellers and even those who are just stopping over en route to another destination. Dubai International airport is highly ranked worldwide for its retail operations.

The Arabic word for a market is souk. Other than the lavish souks found in tourist spots around the city, quality bargain souks can be found in Deira. The world renowned Gold Souk gave Dubai its name 'City of Gold' due to high volumes and variety of jewellery as well as no sales taxes. Dubai is one of the fastest gold centres in the world. The spice souk, perfume souk and covered souk are all within similar vicinities and offer a taste of a truly Arabian shopping experience.