Not enough time (or patience) to trawl the jumbo malls? Dubai’s growing community of suburban mini malls will hit the spot. Kick-start your mall crawl opposite Burj Al Arab on Jumeirah Beach Road at the aptly named The Mall (+971 4 348 4848), which is home to a coterie of 55 hand- selected retailers, including French fashion brand Escales, luxury leather brand Native and Suit Express, where you can get a made-to-measure suit whipped up in just five days.
Further along the road, a stone’s throw from Jumeirah Corniche, is Sunset Mall (+971 4 330 7333). Be sure to pay a visit to Rivaage, which plays host to international designers such as Vera Wang and Vivienne Westwood.
With more than 140 stores to explore, the Italian Renaissance themed Mercato Mall (+971 4 344 4161) is another top stop-off. Label lovers should check out pre-owned designerwear store Bagatelle, while there's also plenty of popular high-street stores for a fast fix.
Hugging a corner spot on the adjacent Al Wasl Road is the boutique Galleria Mall (+971 4 344 4434), at which hip stores, such as trendy Californian beachwear label Beach Bunny and Saucettte (the kidswear offshoot of successful local fashion brand Sauce), cater to a well-heeled clientele. It's also home to an open-air VOX Cinema in the cooler months.
If you're passing by Palm Jumeirah, Golden Mile Galleria (+971 4 390 9999) calls with its curated selection of stores, cafés and restaurants along the elegantly arched walkway. Fitting for its location, it stocks a good selection of beachwear. For a fragrant souvenir of your stay, stop by Ajmal Perfumes for some oud.