Tourists and residents alike know that one of the most popular pastimes in Dubai is shopping. Home to some of the largest and most prestigious malls and retail centers in the world, the city is a true shopping destination not only within the region but across the globe.

Scores of visitors come to shop primarily, and then see the other iconic man-made landmarks that have earned the city its superlative status in the international scene. Dubai is all about the biggest, the most and the best, and it does shopping better than the rest of the world.

However, there are other options if you are looking for a quieter retail experience especially when you just need to grab a few things quickly. Community malls have become more and more popular in recent years, so much so that you can see one in almost every residential block within the city. Their appeal stems not only from convenience and location, but also the tailored portfolio of shops available, which is made relevant to the specific needs of the surrounding demographic.

Those who seek an authentic feel can also go to the souks – the spice and gold souks on either side of the Dubai creek which separates the old districts of Bur Dubai and Deira. Souvenirs, spices, carpets, together with traditional street food offer visitors a taste of how shopping used to be done prior to the fast-paced development of the city.

The Dubai Shopping Malls Group counts both major shopping destinations and community malls among its members and supports these retail centers in organizing promotions, offers and events that make the entire shopping experience truly memorable for patrons.