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RETAIL THERAPY AT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST
The Dubai Mall is reportedly among the largest shopping malls in the world.
It’s certainly among the glitziest and most beautiful ones. We’re talking artwork and intricate design everywhere.
They also have an outlet of almost every single famous brand I can think of — whether high-end or middle.
They even have branches of small and exclusive brands like the perfumers Dyptique from Paris and Jo Malone from London — which are two of my favorite small perfume brands, by the way.
I’ve been buying his shoes from his little workshop off the Marais in Paris for many years now, and long before he became internationally famous.
They’re the only heels I can wear for hours and hours with no problems, so I always buy a couple of pairs when I’m in Paris.
I was hoping Dubai would have them since they seem to have EVERYTHING, but so far I haven’t found the store.
But I almost gave up at the Dubai Mall — that’s how big it is.
I had about three hours of shopping time before dinner and I was exhausted just trying to get around this city of a shopping mall.
In one little corner alone I saw Hediard, Cacao Sampaca, and Maison Kayser.
But I tried to concentrate on stores and items that are hard to get elsewhere or else best to get in Dubai.
I travel practically every week and so I don’t need to really shop for brands or items that are available elsewhere.
I didn’t have anything particularly in mind. I just wanted to see what kind of goods were being sold here.
But at one of the stores, a beautiful Arab dress caught my eye because of its gorgeous design and also its unusual cut.
It was an Arabic dress but it could easily also be an unusual Western-style long dress that’s on the conservative side.
I just had to have it for some fancy event in Manila.
However, I’ve never bought any even during my many trips to Turkey, as I’ve always either maxed my luggages or else I was still heading for other destinations.
Buying bulky lamps just seemed too impractical.
Well, this trip to Dubai was a perfect situation as I had adequate luggage allowance, almost no luggage (it was a very short trip), and it’s a direct flight to Manila.
Most of them aren’t really shoppers so they spent the afternoon at the bookstore in the mall. I passed by the bookstore, as well, on my way out, to pick up some hard-to-get books on life in the Middle East.
This is a region that is endlessly fascinating to me.
For dinner, we headed over to the adjacent souk which has a very good Lebanese restaurant with a perfect view of Dubai’s famous fountains.
The Dubai Fountains come alive every evening to classical music, Arabic music, and even Thriller by Michael Jackson.
So instead, I disappeared from the table every so often to go downstairs and check out the stores in the souk.
On my second disappearance, I was found out because I returned to the table with another really bulky package containing another lamp.
I also picked up a gorgeous silver wall decor from Yemen, that’s now hanging somewhere along my hallway at home.
But when it actually came on, just as we were having dinner at the Lebanese restaurant, I was completely mesmerized.
What a show. What a city.
And, yes, what a shopping mall. Even in a never-endingly eventful Travelife.