Dubai is the world’s leading re-exporter of gold and you’ll find at least one jewellery shop in even the smallest malls, and large dedicated areas in the bigger malls. Gold is sold according to the international daily gold rate, so wherever you buy it there will be very little difference in the price of the actual metal. Where the price varies is in the workmanship that has gone into a particular piece.

While gold jewellery may be the most prevalent, silver, platinum, precious stones, gems and pearls are all sold, either separately or crafted into jewellery. Most outlets can make up a piece for you, working from a diagram or photograph. Just ensure that you are not obliged to buy it if it doesn’t turn out quite how you had imagined. A pendant with your name spelled out in Arabic, or some jewellery crafted with black pearls, are traditional gifts. The Gold Souk in Deira is the best place to start in terms of choice, but some of the air-conditioned alternatives may be preferable in the summer, including the Gold & Diamond Park.

Many of the world’s finest jewellers are represented in Saks Fifth Avenue’s jewellery department, such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Graff and De Beers. For watches, whether it’s a Rolex, Tag Heuer, Swatch or Timex, you’ll find most models here. Costume jewellery and watches can be found in most department stores; there’s a beautiful Swarovski range at Tanagra at Wafi. Several fashion stores also stock a small range of jewellery, and branches of Accessorize and Claire’s Accessories can be found in many of the malls.


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