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Gold Souk

Gold Souk is a shopping mall full of jewellery and gold shops. With glazing golden colours, visitor will surely be amazed by its glory. Deira’s mind-boggling gold souk has also some 320 outlets, with pricing usually by weight rather than design or craftsmanship. Perfumes, Arab arts and crafts and carpets have their own dedicated souks. Cameras, computers and other electrical are there in profusion and the prices compare well with those in Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian shopping paradise cities.
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Beating America at its own game, Dubai has a plethora of western-style air-conditioned shopping malls, including the massive Gardens Mall, which currently claims to be the world’s largest - though the soon to be opened AED 235 billion Dubailand and Mall of Arabia will be even bigger. Among the best malls are Burjuman Centre, Deira City Centre, Lamcy Plaza, Mercato, Wafi Mall, Jumeirah Centre, Dubai Mall and the Oasis Centre. Many hotel lobbies also incorporate malls where designer labels rule. And when feet get weary, many malls feature extensive food courts, catering for everything from a simple burger or sandwich to full-blown Arab cuisine and gourmet offerings. New retail outlets are opening at a breakneck pace and the city’s 20 million square feet of retail space already accounts for more than four times per capita what the USA can offer.
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