Dubai’s retail scene may be slanted more towards boutiques than bargains – but there are cheap buys if you know where to look. So says stylist, personal shopper and entrepreneur Kelly Lundberg, who gave Benchmark her five tips for shopping on a budget in Dubai
1. Gold & Diamond Park
Who can resist diamonds or a little bit of bling? The Gold and Diamond Park, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, has not only some of the best bargains, but experienced craftsmen can also remodel existing jewellery giving you a whole new look without breaking the bank.
2. Dubai Outlet Mall
The Dubai Outlet Mall’s 240 stores offer product discounts of anywhere between 30 percent and 90 percent. There are fashion favourites like DKNY and Diesel, as well as high street stores Mango and Massimo Dutti.
3. Classifieds site Dubizzle
Advertising everything from fashion to furniture, cars and collectable watches, there is very little that Dubizzle doesn’t list for sale. It also has a huge advertising platform for apartment and villa rentals and sales. The one website any new expat should visit.
4. Dragon Mart
The largest source of products imported from China. From pretty pearls and accessories – note, the clothes are not worth a look-in – to fantastic items for your home, chances are you will go looking for one thing and come home with 10 items you didn’t know you needed.
5. Luxury brands, second hand
With the successful launch and growing profile of services such as Inseller and The Luxury Closet, this new concept means pre-loved designer goodies can be re-sold in style. Whether it’s a Hermes bag, Chanel tote or Céline sunglasses, this is the best place to bag a designer bargain.
*Check out Kelly’s website: www.kellylundberg.co