Shopping is one of the main pastimes in Dubai. However, for those who lack the time or the inclination to brave the crowds and the traffic, online shopping may be the answer. The Internet allows you to mail order a wide variety of goods and products, compare prices and products before you hit the shops, or simply enjoy window shopping from the comfort of your home (or office).
Most online stores will deliver to Dubai for a small delivery fee. However, there are several local companies offering great products at reasonable prices.
- http://ellamart.com – Based in the Dubai, Ellamart is a global online shopping store that can deliver groceries & food, books, mobiles, office supplies, flowers, perfumes, pharmacy & home spa products at competitive prices. Delivery is within 5 days to anywhere in the Middle East, including Dubai.
- http://www.brownbag.ae – Claiming that they can deliver on the hour at any hour, Brownbag offers a variety of household items, snacks, groceries, books, DVDs and electronics.
- http://www.persiancarpethouse.com – You can browse the extensive collection of carpets, handicrafts and antiques that the Persian Carpet House sells. Then you can order online or visit one of their ten showrooms.
- http://www.jackys.com – Jacky’s Electronics has over ten stores in Dubai. It has also run a mail order service since 1970. The website is a great way of checking products and prices before a trip to the mall or you can order online.
- http://www.quickdubai.com – Quickdubai is an online gift service which promises next-day delivery anywhere in Dubai for orders placed before 2pm. It is a family run business, although the husband did use to be a director of the UK supermarket chain J. Sainsbury.
- http://www.bestwishesonline.com – This online gift service can deliver anywhere in the UAE, as well as to other countries in the Middle East, India and Singapore. Deliveries in Dubai are made within 24 – 48 hours depending on the item and its availability.
- http://www.emiratesflowers.com – Based in Dubai, Emirates Flowers can deliver flowers to you or a friend within 24 hours. They also deliver to other countries in the Middle East.
- http://www.emirateshighstreet.com – This online luxury shopping catalog is run by Emirates Airline for members of their Skywards scheme who can use points they have collected to make purchases. However, non-members can also use this site and pay with cash. Delivery times vary according to the product chosen.