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Boxpark

This urban district concept stretching 1.2km on Al Wasl Road offers a selection of unique retail experiences and quirky dining options. Inspired by urban renewal projects, the stretch is made up of 220 shipping containers exhibiting a cool edge over mass malls and is inhabited by funky, homegrown concepts, as well as international brands.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard, hidden away in the Al Quoz district of Dubai is a self-contained hub of character and charm, housing everything from art galleries to cafes and quirky stores. Our favourite store is Petals; an opulent mansion with hand blown glass, Venetian mirrors and decorative pieces reproduced in antique style.

Details

Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), Al Quoz Industrial 1, 4 B St

+971 4 347 5050

www.courtyard-uae.com/

Ripe Market

Ripe is one of the first organic markets to hit Dubai. Based in Zabeel Park, its aim is to provide customers with the best fresh, organic and seasonal fruit and vegetables. They also sell coffee, cheese, dairy, raw honey, locally-sourced jams, chutneys and marmalades, breads, organic and corn fed chicken, duck, and quail’s eggs.

Details

Zabeel Park, Gate 1

+971 4 380 7602

www.ripeme.com/market-dubai

Mall of The Emirates

Home to top international designer fashion brands, Mall of The Emirates houses a 14-screen cinema complex and Gold Class theatre and lounge. It also features the world-renowned indoor ski-slope at Ski Dubai, the impressive Magic Planet family entertainment area, more than 85 food and drink outlets, and a community theatre and arts center.

Details

Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha

+971 4 409 9000

www.malloftheemirates.com

Level Shoe District

Level Shoe District holds the title of the world’s biggest footwear destination. It houses an unparalleled collection of women’s and men’s shoes across a gigantic 96,000 Sq feet. Home to top international designer brands, it also has a funky trainer section with collaboration pieces, as well as featuring a Vogue café and in-house cobbler for repairs and bespoke commissions.

Details

The Dubai Mall, Ground Floor, Downtown Dubai

+971 4 501 6888

www.levelshoedistrict.com/

The Magazine Shop

From the makers of The Archive in Safa Park, this modern and minimalist café, library, community space and magazine shop based in Dubai’s quirky financial district serves a great cup of tea and champions art, culture, film and design. It specializes in unique and independently published international magazine editions, not readily available in the Middle East.

Details

Bldg 2, DIFC

+971 55 780 4351

www.themagazineshop.tumblr.com/