This huge old mall isn’t anything special to look at, and doesn’t begin to compete with newer and flasher shopping venues elsewhere, but remains one of the most popular in the city among less wealthy residents thanks to its huge selection of relatively downmarket shops (plus a fair selection of more upmarket places as well). The upper level is also a good place to pick up local perfumes and traditional Gulf-style robes.
It’s not somewhere you’d particularly come to shop, but offers a quintessential slice of Dubaian life, attracting everyone from veiled Emirati women and expat Indians and Filipinas stocking up on the weekly shopping through to sharp-elbowed Russian housewives looking for a bargain and the occasional dazed tourist – although the chaotic crowds can make exploring the place something of an endurance test.
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