Dubai – A Shoppers Paradise – SAPPHIRE TRAVELS – Part 1 – Budget Shopping

MEENA BAZAAR or Cosmos Lane (old name), located near Khalid Bin Waleed Street in Bur Dubai. Originally called Cosmos Lane, the taxi drivers in Dubai began calling it Meena Bazaar because of the many  well-dressed mannequins of the textile stores on Al Fahidi street that resembled Delhi’s Meena Bazaar. In the 1970s a shop in Bur Dubai changed its name from Shardha Trading to Meena Bazaar, and the title caught on from there.

Opening Hours 8am till 12 midnight – Saturday to Thursday, 2pm to 12 midnight on Fridays.

Go here if you are looking for Textile shops – Tailors and Asian clothing stores -Native dresses – Arabic perfumes – Spices –  Jewellery (and imitation jewelry) – Eateries and watch repair shops.

How to reach Meena Bazaar – Our Tip – Use the public transport, coz you need to be lucky to get a parking spot – Get there by bus, C7 stops at the Faheidi, Roundabout or use the Dubai Metro and get off at Al Fahidi Metro Station 2 on the green line.

Hotels near Meena Bazaar – Sapphire Travels Recommends – XVA Art(4*) – Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa(4*) – Royal Ascot(4*) – RainTree Rolla(4*) – Park Regis Kris Kin(5*)


LAMCY PLAZA – A mid-sized shopping mall in the Oud Metha area of Dubai. With 150 stores spread over 5 floors, it houses 2 cinema halls, a food court and a family entertainment center.

Opening Hours 10am till 10:30pm – Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 12 midnight Thursday to Saturday.

Go here if you are looking for Anything or Everything (if you are a budget shopper and not a high roller) from Department Stores – Shoe Marts – Fashion Studios – Electronics – Food – Entertainment

How to reach Lamcy Plaza – Taking your car here is not a problem as they have a parking huge parking lot – To get here by metro, or use the Dubai Metro and get off at Oud Metha or Dubai Healthcare City Metro Station on the green line.

Hotels near Meena Bazaar – Al Waleed Palace Hotel Apartments(3*) – Movenpick Hotel Apartments Bur Dubai(3.5*)


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