Dubai Shopping! A Big Attraction For The Tourists
Dubai is one of the most excellent shopping destinations of the world. The city is characterized by the big state-of-the-art and world class shopping malls providing the best and multiple recreational opportunities to have fun with friends and family. Shopping is the biggest temptation for the people who visit visiting Dubai on vacation. According to a report, in 2007 Dubai was the eighth most visited place in the whole world.
Dubai is famous to be called as the "Shopping Capital of Middle East". There are seventy shopping malls in Dubai, and among them seven are the largest shopping malls of the world. Several shopping tourists from other states and outside the region like European, South Asians and Africans visit Dubai every year. Large shopping malls in the city are Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta , Mirdiff City Centre, BurJuman Mall and Dubai Mall. The traditional Arab souks are also found on the other side of the city.
In boutiques, you find the best Dubai designer clothes and international designer dresses. There are several electronic shops where you can purchase Dubai mobile, television, laptop, iPod, iPad, Dubai iPhone and many other electronic items. Some of the shops follow the policy of fixed-price while there are some shops where you can negotiate over price.
A very traditional aspect of Dubai shopping is its souk. Customarily, the traders from China, South Asia, and Central Asia are aimed at to bring their products into the city in order to promote their trade. Many boutiques and jewelry stores are seen in these souks. Dubai is also knows as the City of Gold and the Gold souk is characterized by about 250 gold retail shops.
Dubai shopping festival is the biggest shopping event of the region. It started in 1996 with an objective to invigorate the trade in United Arab Emirates. The event has been encouraged as an attraction for the tourists. The event is usually organized during the first half of the year, and normally it is a month long occasion. Every year, more than three million people from the world come to attend the event.
During Dubai Shopping Festival, shops offer huge discounts on their merchandise, daily car raffles are drawn, and fireworks light Dubai's night sky. The focus of the shopping remains jewelry and electronic goods. People are inclined towards buying gold as one can get the best designs of the world in gold jewelry here in Dubai. Another reason for the tourists to shop in Dubai is its tax free shopping. They prefer buying the electronic products like LCDs, iPads, iPods, Dubai mobile including blackberries, and Dubai iPhone.
Dubai shopping attractions have a very important role to play in tourism industry and overall economic development. For tourism development, the interest and opportunities for shopping brings a great number of tourists from the world. On the other hand, the trade opportunities and the shopping trends also bring together the world's best brands and the products promoting the most excellent trade opportunities in the region.