Furniture shopping when you first arrive can seem daunting. Fortunately, you can make things easier by getting all the basics from one place. IKEA is a popular choice as everything is available in one large store. However, a trip to Mall of the Emirates is also a good option. All the furniture stores are lined up next to each other, making it very convenient to shop around.
Unless you are living in the new developments on the outskirts of the city, remember that to make deliveries the stores will want a location map rather than a street address. Go prepared or face the prospect of drawing a map from memory while you are in the store.
As new expats arrive in Dubai, other expats are leaving. This ensures that there is a thriving second-hand market for home furnishings. Great bargains of lightly used, good quality, second-hand furniture can be found by looking at the notice boards in the supermarkets frequented by expats and by looking at Dubai’s equivalents of Ebay:
Popular furniture stores:
This furniture and homeware store from France offers modern furniture in contemporary designs. Prices are competitive.
– Uptown Mirdif, Al Ghurair City
– Mall of the Emirates, Reef Mall, Mercato Mall
This store provides everything you need at very reasonable prices.
Homes R Us
– Mazaya Center, Arabian Center
Homes R Us provides very reasonably priced modern furnishings.
– Mall of the Emirates, Deira
IDdesign stocks good quality, modern, stylish products. The prices reflect the quality and design of the pieces.
– Festival City
IKEA is still a firm favorite amongst expats with everything you need in one place. It arguably provides shoppers with the best value for money in town.
– Festival City, Mall of the Emirates, Old Town – Burj Dubai, Souk Madinat, Umm Suqeim Spinneys, Al Barsha (warehouse showroom)
Authentic dark wood, leather and rich fabrics are combined to produce exotic, oriental-style furnishings that will last the test of time. Once competitive prices are now rising as the store is becoming increasingly popular.
– Wafi City, Ibn Batutta Mall
This store aims to provide good quality furniture and accessories at reasonable prices.
– Jumeirah, Wafi City, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Outlet Mall
The One is one of the favourite shops for most expat residents, although Marina is now competing for its customers. It sells good quality furnishings that combine contemporary modern design with ethnic and oriental styles. Prices reflect both the quality of the furnishings and its popularity.