According to a report that was recently released by MasterCard and halal travel researcher CrescentRating, Dubai has been ranked as the number one destination in the world for Muslims to travel to for shopping purposes.
The report, The Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015, was released ahead of the Global Islamic Summit which was held in Dubai on October 5 th and 6th this year. It analysed the performances of 40 main international shopping destinations based on the preferences of Muslim travellers.
So, why does Dubai top the list for Muslim travellers? With a weighted score of 79.5 out of 100 it’s obvious to see that Dubai is ahead of its competition, with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia following not too far behind with a score of 73.3.
But what has Dubai done to market itself as a leading shopping destination?
The Dubai Mall
For starters, it is home to the largest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall, which hosts the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. According to Simon Wilcock, the Chief Executive Officer of Arabian Centres:
“Malls are an intrinsic part of the fabric of everyday life in regions such as Saudi Arabia and here in the UAE. Clearly, the frequency of visits is on the rise and this is a welcome sign for the malls, retailers and for the UAE economy,”
Therefore, it’s no surprise that Muslims are choosing Dubai as a holiday destination. And with plans for a huge tourism and retail development, including the largest shopping mall in the world, it wouldn’t be surprising for Dubai to remain as the top shopping destination for Muslims.
How big a development are we talking about? A park that will be 30% bigger than London’s Hyde Park and a retail complex named the “Mall of the World” are just a couple of the facilities that will feature.
Findings of The Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015
The results from the report offer an insight into the behaviour and preference of Muslim travel shoppers and diners. The main findings include:
· US$36 billion was the total amount spent by Muslim travellers who visited the 50 cities in 2014. Of this whole expenditure, US$9.3 billion (26%) was spent on shopping.
· 56% of respondents typically shop for souvenirs, while 45% shop for local clothing brands. 40% of respondents also purchase Islamic clothing and accessories, while 38% choose to buy traditional handicrafts.
· The study highlights that 27% of respondents spend between US$250-500 on shopping whilst travelling, 24% spend between US$500-1,000, and only 20% spend over US$1,000.
When travelling, 55% of participants prefer to use cash when making purchases. Whilst 35% favour using credit cards and 6% debit cards.
Muslims are becoming more adventurous in terms of shopping and dining experiences. Singapore and London made it in to the top five non-OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) destinations for Muslim shopping travellers.
Although OIC destinations have an advantage over non-...
Thinking of booking a holiday to Dubai? Then the Palm Jumeirah is a great location to stay.
And to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible, we, My Dubai Stay have put together an area guide just for you, showing you what you can do to make your trip extra special.
Places to Eat in Palm Jumeirah
Frevo – Fairmont, The Palm (04 457 3457)
A perfect place for meat lovers, Frevo is a Brazilian barbecue restaurant that offers a range of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and seafood – all carved fresh at your table. It’s not just about the food here either, there’s some brilliant live music to be enjoyed as well as a stunning sea view.
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Mashrabiya Lounge – Fairmont, The Palm (04 457 3457)
Whatever time of day it is, the Mashrabiya Lounge is a great place to go thanks to being open 24 hours a day. If you’re fancy a traditional British tea then you’ll find it here between noon and 6pm everyday, with a spread that includes fresh scones, Devonshire cream, Eccles cakes, Welsh bara brith and Battenburg as well as range of teas.
Alto Mar Restaurant – Jumeirah Fishing Harbour (04 343 5225)
If you enjoy seafood with a stunning view, then you'll love Alto Mar - trust us it'll be the perfect place for you. It is tucked away from a lot of the grandeur that you expect from Dubai, but this simply makes the restaurant more intimate, welcoming and attentive to your needs – not to mention that the seafood is unbelievably fresh and so tasty.
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Xclusive Dinner Cruise – Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 457 3185)
Looking for something a little bit different? This dinner cruise will take you on a two hour tour, while you enjoy music, views and dinner. There are several tours running every day, the sunset cruise is the most popular as you get to experience Dubai’s skyline turning a magnificent range of colours from your vantage point on the open waters.
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Places to Drink in Palm Jumeirah
Skyview Bar – Jumeirah Beach Road (04 301 7600)
Do not leave Dubai without visiting the Skyview Bar. At a whopping 200 metres above sea level on the 27th floor, you get a truly breath-taking view of the city and surrounding sea. It isn’t all about the views though, thanks to their master mixologists the extensive cocktail list is more than worth the visit!
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When most people think of Dubai, the first picture in their head is extremely luxurious buildings, fine dining and lots of culture – not exactly somewhere to take the family.
However, this perception is completely wrong as Dubai offers a wide range of activities, providing something for everyone!
If you’re planning a family holiday to Dubai then here are ten actives your entire family will enjoy:
#1 Go Skiing
Skiing in Dubai? That’s right! Here you will find the world’s largest indoor snow park that offers a range of activities from skiing and snowboarding for the older kids, to bobsledding and tobogganing that’s suitable for everyone.
#2 Climb the Walls
Adventure HQ, found at Jumeirah’s Galleria Mall, provides your kids with the perfect setting to burn off all that energy that can only be found in children.
Here your kids will be able to tackle a mini adventure course and scale climbing walls that have been made to look like dinosaurs!
#3 Desert Safari
Why not go on an exhibition and try your hand at being Lawrence of Arabia.
There are plenty of places to organise a desert safari, with options to tear around in 4x4s, quad bikes and even go dune boarding – this is one that’s great for older kids.
Education and fun aren’t normally associated with each other, but KidZania matches these two perfectly.
Here your kids can learn more about the world they live in and what it’s like to be an adult. This is a really unique experience that’s great for a day out with the kids.
#5 Magic Planet
If you and your kids love arcade games then Magic Planet simply cannot be missed! With hundreds of games and rides to choose from, it is practically impossible to get bored here.
Be careful though, it’s very easy to get addicted to the games so you may be getting nagged to return throughout the holiday.
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