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5 Tips for the best shopping experience in Dubai – Be smart and savvy to pick enticing offers whilst you enjoy shopping!

Dubai is the largest and the most outstanding Emirate of the United Arab Emirates and is renowned as a shopper's paradise. A fine blend of traditional souks, street outlets and ultramodern malls make it a city with boundless shopping, be savvy to not tax your wallet too much with these useful tips.


Plan to visit during Shopping Festivals

It is no wonder that Dubai is called the shopping capital of the world, Dubai Shopping Festival held from mid-December till late January each year is the most successful shopping festival in Dubai attracting locals and visitors. This is the best time to visit Dubai to grab exciting and even crazy deals and experience the high energy levels throughout the city as it is dressed up and glittering. Accommodations at Sheikh Zayed road Dubai hotels and others keep filling up fast during this festival. Huge discounts, enticing promotions, citywide sales and mega raffle draws are endearing treats. Dubai Summer Surprise and Gulf Information Technology Exhibition are two other mega events offering similar bargains.


Plan smart to buy for less

Dubai keeps coming up with varieties of options to pander to those shopaholics. So do a bit of research in advance before you step out on your shopping sojourn. Check out the deals offered by the various shopping malls on the piece of electronic item or appliance you are seeking to buy which can be checked online. Or visit the souks if you are looking for clothing and try out your haggling skills as many vendors are prepared to offer discounts for those intending to buy.


Look out for discount coupons or free offers

Many of the websites of the United Arab Emirates offer discounts at salons, restaurants, entertainment arenas and events which are yours for taking. Many visitors from properties such as Avani Ibn Battuta Hotel love using these coupons at salons and restaurants during their stay. Also, visit websites that keep offering bargains or deals in apparel, toys, utensils and even furniture items. Peruse the local shop and mall information for free coupons for various items when you purchase others.


Gain as you buy from Dubai Duty-Free

Dubai Duty-Free (DDF) is a haven for visitors by air or sea; it is tax-free shopping, making the goods cheaper as no sales or import taxes are included in the price. Thus buying your loved ones things they appreciate such as gold jewellery, perfume, fashion items, leather products, cosmetics and even alcohol comes at a lower price which is easier on your wallet, you finish up the local currency before you leave Dubai and you can also take part in the fabulous lottery draws offered at the Dubai airport.


Benefit from shopping on Wednesdays and Thursdays

As Dubai practices weekends on Thursday and Friday being an Islamic nation, many shops prepare for the exodus of shoppers by offering reduced prices on older stock and restocking new items for the weekend. This is a great opportunity to pick on those bargains on Wednesdays and Thursdays.