When it comes to jewelry, Dubai is second to none. Firstly, historically Dubai is the birthplace of pearl divers. Secondly, the world’s largest Gold Bazaar operates here.
Obviously, jewelry purchases are tax-free, which makes shopping extremely attractive. For example, local and foreign jewelry designers are at their peak.
The annual Dubai Shopping Festival attracts millions of shoppers and tourists from all over the world. This is the hottest time for local retail, and therefore the best time to visit this amazing metropolis.
The Comptoir 102 boutique was opened in 2012 by Parisian women Emma Souko and Alexandra de Montadva.
This concept store is located in a villa by the sea, surrounded by palm trees. The atmosphere here is more like a private house than a shop.
The selection of jewelry matches the bohemian chic of the boutique itself. They sell wardrobe must-haves from Brooke Gregson, Mathilde Danglade, Delphine Pariente, and Pascale Monvosin. By the way, the latest brand Comptoir 102 is exclusively represented in Dubai.
The Symphony boutique, opened by Emirati-based entrepreneur Salama Alabbar, is the first multi-brand concept store in the Dubai Mall.
The Symphony boutique has gained particular fame precisely as a platform where you can find young designers from the Middle East. When it comes to jewelry, Symphony selects jewelry to complement designer clothing.
Expressive, eye-catching Alexander McQueen jewelry, Joomi Lim crystal. Pearl necklaces, Paula Mendoza abstract pieces, and sequined necklaces from Shourouk will complete any look.
Don’t miss out on jewelry by Shamsa Alabbar, a designer from the Emirates, inspired by her love of Arabic typography. Sold by Symphony only.
You can’t complete your shopping list without the Dubai Mall.
For example, there are more than 75 boutiques of leading international brands that produce watches and jewelry. The Dubai Mall, the second tallest building in the world, is set to grow even larger with the addition of a luxury neighborhood.
The boutique’s iconic aesthetic extends to fine jewelry, with handcrafted jewelry including Evan Sugerman’s Parts of Four collection in silver, bone, and other organic materials.
If Boutique was originally opened in Beirut by Johnny and Sokha Far. Later, Johnny Fair’s niece Maya Shehade brought the idea to Dubai in 2006. For her ultra-trendy pieces from Rick Owens, Simone Tagliaferri, and Damir Doma chose a two-story villa with a shady garden.
The Boom & Mellow Boutique is a true klondike of foreign and local brands, and you can get literally everything from imposing jewelry with gemstones to fun jewelry and fashion accessories.
It is the only place in the Emirates that sells the beloved Kismet by Milka brand, Selim Mouzannar intertwined diamond. By the way, you can find here sapphire rose gold rings, Sydney Evan, Zoe Chicco, and local designer Tiba jewelry. Also, don’t miss the boutique’s own brand, Personalize by Boom & Mellow.
You can also order bracelets, necklaces, and rings in 18K gold. Order something with your personal initials in Arabic or English, and optionally decorate with precious stones.
It is not often that you see a jewelry store filled to overflowing with shoppers chatting animatedly with sellers. However, the Cara Jewelers boutique is not ordinary at all.
Founded in 2004 by brothers Anil and Kiran Petani, who have worked at the Gold Souk for over ten years, Cara Jewelers has become one of the leading premium jewelry stores in Dubai.
In addition to selling finished products, they specialize in creating bespoke jewelry according to the exact requirements of the customers.
Get ready for a mesmerizing sight. Dubai Gold Souk is the largest in the world, and a visit to it is an unmissable part of the excursion program. It is also a market with an impeccable reputation.
Information boards tell you the rate twice a day, and purchases weight. The prices here remain one of the most attractive in the world, due to the absence of excise taxes and VAT. All in all, this is a jewelry lover’s paradise where you can find everything from gold bars to bracelets.
Insider tip: Go shopping on Saturday or Sunday, as the international exchange rate will only change on Monday at 2 am.
Nadine Kanso is an expert in Mass Communication, Design, and Advertising. She is famous in the world of graphic design, typography, and fashion.
In 2006, she was invited to participate in the “Friday Night at the Victoria and Albert Museum” program at the London Museum of the same name. The result of this work was the photo exhibition Arabise Me – a series of portraits of Arabs holding cards with life-affirming statements written in gold paint.
This project owes its origin to her jewelry brand Bil Arabi, inspired by the sensual curves of Arabic calligraphy, handcrafted in the UAE. It often uses an Arabic word or phrase as its basis.
Carved in 18-carat gold, diamonds, and other precious stones, her jewelry is also contemporary art.