The best of Dubai Airport shopping


Want to experience the delights of Dubai but can’t make it out to the malls or souks in time for your next flight? Dubai’s airport shopping precinct offers a range of luxury items and local treasures to take home with you.

Dabble in the treasures of Dubai from the airport. Image credit: Bernard Bodo/iStock
Dabble in the treasures of Dubai from the airport. Image credit: Bernard Bodo/iStock

Dubai is a city known for its luxurious products and is a haven for shoppers worldwide, with many flocking to the city each year to take part in the its annual month-long shopping festival. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the many malls or specialty souks offering up U.A.E. goods and delicacies, there’s plenty of opportunities to take home something unique for yourself or a loved one from one of the many Dubai airport shops across the airports three terminals.

Take a look at our overview of some of the best Dubai Airport shopping to be had.

Local delicacies

Al Nassma camel milk chocolate is a uniquely Arabian confectionary, manufactured in Dubai using local camel milk. You can pick it up at a Dubai Duty Free store from Terminal 1 or 3, or pre-order online and collect from the airport. If camel milk is a little too out there, why not indulge in a box of dried dates, a very important fruit in Middle Eastern cuisine, also available at Dubai Duty-Free.

Take home some truly unique sweets from your Dubai Airport shopping spree. Image credit: Digihelion/iStock
Take home some truly unique sweets from Dubai International Airport. Image credit: Digihelion/iStock

Dubai Airport gold shop

Dubai is a city known for its gold souks, but if you can’t get to the dazzling marketplace, there is a wealth of eloquent jewelry and watch options at Dubai Duty Free, with brands including Bvlgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, and Rolex. You can even buy gold bars in Terminal 1 and 3 in the duty-free areas. Gold bars range from 18, 22, and 24 carat.

Gifts

For the coffee fiends in your life, there’s a range of Arabic coffee pots for purchase at Gifts from Dubai, located on the ground floor of Dubai World City and near Gate D in the departures lounge.

Dubai Airport Shopping – Duty-Free

There’s a range of top-notch spirits, wines, and liquors available at Dubai Duty Free to choose from or stop in at one of the Le Clos stores dotted throughout the airport, where you can engrave your own bottle and sample selected wines and spirits before you purchase them. There is also a wide selection of Cuban cigars available at La Casa de Habano in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal. According to Dubai Duty Free, 11.6 million cigars were purchased between January and September last year. Check duty-free allowances by country here.

Purchase a delicate sent to take home with you at Dubai airport duty free. Image credit: Zoranm/iStock
Purchase a delicate sent to take home with you. Image credit: Zoranm/iStock

You can also spend hours browsing through the isles, immersing yourself in the scents of numerous high-end brand perfumes on offer across the Dubai Duty Free shops. Choose from the classics like Clarins and Lancome or try something new from Givenchy and Versace. Considered the best-selling category at the Duty Free counters, perfume purchases totaled 300 million USD in 2017.

Go in the draw

Aside from souvenirs, fashion, and perfume, guests to Dubai Airport can also enter the draw to win a luxury car. The draw first began in 1989 and is considered the longest running duty-free promotion in the world. The draw is limited to 1300 coupons for the chance to win a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, or Audi. There is also a draw for motorbikes, which started in 2002, or the chance to win 1 million USD.

Dubai DXB Airport shops at Terminal 1 & 3

Dubai Duty Free

Where: Throughout the airport

Dubai Duty-Free spreads across the entire airport and is the go-to for electronics, fragrances, cosmetics, gold and jewelry, liquor, tobacco, souvenirs, sports, sunglasses, watches, and much more. DDF employs more than 6000 people and holds 38,000 square metres of retail space at Dubai International Airport (DXB). According to its website, DDF has received 600 awards for its operations since it opened in 1983.

Bookmywifi

Where: Terminal 1 arrivals, Terminal 3 arrivals

Need Wi-Fi on the go? Bookmywifi provides 4G/LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot rental services to stay connected across devices at local rates.

Boots

Where: Terminal 3

If you need to make a last-minute stop at the pharmacy, head to Boots where you will find a wide range of products. Boots is considered the U.K.’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain.

Chanel

Where: Terminal 3, concourse A

Open 24 hours, this boutique pop-up shop sits inside DXB Duty-Free and is open to all international outbound and transit passengers. Here, you will find leather goods, shoes, accessories, sunglasses, watches, and fine jewelry all perfectly suiting the theme of your Dubai Airport shopping experience.

Etisalat

Where: Terminal 1 arrivals, Terminal 3 arrivals

Staying in Dubai for a while and need to purchase a phone plan? Etisalat is one of the largest telecommunication providers in the U.A.E., offering wide coverage of 3G and 4G mobile technologies.

Gifts from Dubai

Where: Terminal 1, Gate D

Purchase a last-minute gift for someone from the Gifts from Dubai store, where products range from camel souvenirs, ornaments, Aladdin lamps, and coffee pots.

Le Clos

Where: Terminal 3 Gate A, B, D and arrivals, EK lounges

Le Clos boasts a wide selection of luxury wine and spirits and a team of in-house advisors. Complimentary services include personalized bottle engraving, in-store tastings and a delivery service of your purchases when you land in Dubai.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Where: Terminal 3, Gate A

Italian luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo is one of the many fashion-orientated Dubai airport shops on offer. Items here include shoes, leather goods, and men and women’s fashion.

Gucci

Where: Terminal 3, Concourse A

Open from 10 a.m., this pop-up boutique offers women’s and men’s bags as well as women’s and men’s accessories.

MAC

Where: Terminal 3, Gate B

This well-known cosmetics store offers a range of products and in-store makeup specialists. The company kicked off in Canada and has since grown to be sold in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Jo Malone

Where: Terminal 3, concourse 2

inside Dubai Duty-Free

This London boutique stocks a range of fragrance products, including candles, bath and shower gels, perfumes, and colognes.

Kiehl’s

Where: Terminal 3, Gate B

Kiehl’s began as an apothecary in New York and has since grown to offer a wide range of nature-inspired skincare.

H&M

Where: Terminal 3, Gate B

Seemingly everywhere now, this retail store boasts affordable fashion options and is ideal for those looking for basic items whilst on a last-minute Dubai airport shopping spree.

Du

Where: Terminal 1 arrivals, Terminal 3 arrivals

Telecom service provider Du offers paypones and 2G and 3G mobile coverage.

Find the Dubai International Airport (DXB) map here.

To get around DXB with ease and maximise your time at these shops, try Blacklane’s premium airport concierge service at Dubai airport.