Top 10 shops to set you up

Whether you’re waiting for your freight to arrive from overseas, or are staring at a big empty apartment, you’ll need to turn your house into a home. Pretty much anything you’ll ever need can be found in these convenient and affordable stores, and at the lowest prices in the city save some serious haggling at the souks. Delivery on larger items is usually free, too.
  1. IKEA: Budget-friendly, well-designed furniture you can take straight home. Also stock up on bits for the house – from towels to tealights, cutlery to curtains. 
  2. Carrefour: Stock up on home appliances: toaster, kettle and fridge, and fill your kitchen cupboards with good international branded products as well.
  3. Sharaf DG: Appliances, electronics and related accessories at very welcoming prices. 
  4. ACE Hardware: Everything you need for DIY around the house, plus garden furniture and plants, as well as outdoor equipment to get you ready for some exploring in the desert.
  5. Home Centre: Put the finishing touches on your new home with items from this classy but affordable range of essential homeware.
  6. Centrepoint: This is a one-stop shop for several handy and affordable brands – clothe your kids, stock up on baby essentials and decorate the home. 
  7. LuLu Hypermarket: Great for all the household essentials – cleaning products and cheap necessities – as well as stocking up on tins and basics. The fruit and veg section is also brilliant. 
  8. Emax: A wide range of electronic brands to get your home entertainment sorted, from TVs and games consoles to wireless routers, plus a range of cameras to document your UAE adventures with.
  9. Sports Direct: Prepare yourself for Dubai’s outdoors and active lifestyle by stocking up on trainers, sportswear and all kinds of sports equipment. 
  10. Absolutely anything you can think of – from cars to furniture, someone will be selling theirs at a pre-owned price on this online expat institution.
Groceries â€‹Chances are high that your local convenience store will deliver to your door, night and day. Pop inside and ask for a phone number, and you’ll never need to nip out for milk again.

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