Dubai Shopping Sins – When In Doubt Splurge

Dolce&Gabbana Rainbow Lace Collection

If you happen to be looking for some shopping therapy without busting a hole in your wallet, it’s time to turn your gaze towards Dubai. It’s no secret. One of my favourite things to do when in Dubai is go shopping! When you let go of all guilt and splurge on your lust list, something inside you changes.

Dubai Shopping Sins

My quest began at the Souk. I started off modest with packets of vibrant spices and strands of precious saffron! I am a fashionista who is a foodie at heart. I quickly moved on to my one of my favourites. Traditional handmade leather ‘jutti‘ slippers. I purchased a pair years ago at the Saturday market in Musgrave, Durban but never seemed to find these beauties anywhere. Then there came the stylish summer kaftans to add bling to my poolside forays this summer.

Feeling proud of myself for having been rather restrained, I decided to risk a trip to the Dubai mall. After all how bad can it be? Turns out…very bad! Those who know me will shake their heads in resignation. I can’t escape the allure of D&G at the worst of times (read no discounts). Imagine the kind of frenzy that settled over me when I stepped into the Dubai Mall.

Dolce and Gabbana – thou art my failing!

I invested in some beautiful, chic leather pieces and a pair of heels. What do you mean that’s extravagant? I needed the heels. My collection back home was getting lonely.


Dolce&Gabbana Rainbow Lace Collection
Dolce&Gabbana Rainbow Lace Collection

And that was when I saw ‘IT’! The mega bumper granddaddy of all sales at Level Shoes, which is the biggest shoe store in the world, I’m told. I scored a fabulous pair of Oscar De La Renta heels in my favourite colour.

I also could not resist a bottle of Arabian Oud perfume on my way out. Oud Royal is a warm and spicy elixir of agar wood, which is very popular in the Arab region. I ended by dessert madness with a visit to Hugo Boss – for the patient and ever forgiving hubby! One thing’s for sure – shopping is good for the soul!