When it comes to shopping in UAE, you cannot miss out visiting the several gold souqs in the country. The cities have dedicated gold souqs where you can find a wide assortment of gold jewellery. You can also find them in the individual stores, located in the high-end malls. The shops usually contain 18 and 22 karat gold however 24 karat is also available. The production charges usually vary from shop to shop, but one thing is for sure that you will find unbeatable prices. You will also find an array of precious gems, stones, and pearls in these jewellery stores.
The traditional goods reflect the culture of the country and they make for some of the most sought after UAE souvenirs. Spend a day visiting the various traditional souqs and antique shops in the UAE. It is a unique experience that cannot be expressed in words. Feel like a local, and take a stroll around the traditional marketplaces, while letting the strong aroma of the perfumes intoxicate your senses. The traditional shops sell a variety of items including exotic wall hangings, oriental carpets, Arabic coffeepots, carved wooden chests, chunky silver jewellery, intricate jewellery boxes, woven camel-hair goods, shishas, beads, and brass items.
If you are wondering why electronic goods, then let me tell you that electronic and computer products can be significantly cheaper in this country. The high-end electronic stores in the malls sell about anything and everything that plugs in and plays. There are also numerous smaller outlets situated around the country that are very well stocked. If you are looking for some really good bargains then check out the Carrefour hypermarkets situated in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, and Ra’s al-Khaimah. Plug-Ins also has numerous branches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Jumbo Electronics in Dubai and Abu Dhabi also offers competitive prices on electronic products.
No visit to the United Arab Emirates is complete until you check out the amazing carpet stores. Even if you don’t plan to buy, let your eyes feast on the huge variety of colorful and authentic carpets available, just to witness the flavor of the region. It is an experience in itself! You will find carpet outlets in almost all traditional marketplaces and high end malls. The Blue Souq in Sharjah houses the largest collection of carpets at unbeatable prices. The finest carpets usually come from Iran, and they are popularly known as the traditional Persian carpets. The carpets are handmade from the finest quality silk; and an authentic carpet usually bears the signature of its manufacturer.
You can also buy UAE souvenirs and gifts online from the Zidan Store (http://zidanstore.com), the one-stop-site for authentic and traditional Emirati products.