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The best places to shop in Dubai, from traditional souks to gleaming malls

Dubai mall
Alongside some 1,200 shops (from designer boutiques to high street chains), the Dubai Mall contains an aquarium, an ice rink, a cinema and a children's theme park

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Shopping is a national pastime in the UAE, a place where high street and designer brands from around the world stand side-by-side in shiny, air-conditioned mega malls, while old-school souks still look much like the mock historic market on display in Dubai Museum. Elsewhere, emerging artisans are carving a niche off the beaten path. Telegraph Travel expert Sarah Hedley Hymers guides you through the retail temples you simply can’t miss and the ones worth making a detour for.

Downtown Dubai

The Dubai Mall

The UAE’s highest concentration of designer boutiques can be found here, alongside the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and an Olympic-sized ice rink, while the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa...

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