8 ace shops that ship to the UAE
Tired of mall trawling? Here are eight websites you probably didn’t realise shipped to the UAE.
A stroll around a mall is often our weekly workout, but sometimes you just can’t beat shopping from the comfort of your sofa. But where to start? You can source hundreds of boutiques and outlets online. However, wading through the minefield that is international shipping can cause a real headache. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting all the way to the checkout before realising delivery to Dubai isn’t an option.
We’ve done the wading so you don’t have to. Here are eight excellent online shopping options that all ship to the UAE.
Its Tudor frontage makes it the prettiest of British department stores. However, you can get a piece of London delivered right to your door. Here you’ll find a sea of designer and mid-range labels, alongside a mix of niche beauty brands, reasonably priced gifts that should satisfy even your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones, and a range of fabrics clad in Liberty’s signature prints.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Dhs95
2. Cult Beauty
You know all those hard-to-find beauty brands that you read about in blogs, but think you have no hope of getting? Well this is a one-stop shop for most of them. Whether you want Japanese face masks, organic creams, French hair care or all-natural cosmetics straight from the USA, Cult Beauty is famous for its curated edits of products that actually work.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Free on orders over Dhs240
3. Need Supply
If you’ve always wondered where those It Girls get their clothes from, look no further than Need Supply. (Disclaimer: it might not actually be this Californian website, but it certainly fits the bill).
You can peruse a range of designers and homewares, but the real highlight is the site’s two own womenswear ranges – they’re minimalistic in a COS sense, but much more affordable.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Dhs92
If vintage clothing is your thing, you’ll agree that the Dubai second-hand scene falls a little short. However, you can get your retro kicks online thanks to this London store’s online portal, where you’ll find an extensive selection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Or if ‘looks pre-loved but is very much new’ is more to your taste, you’ll be hard pressed to beat US site Modcloth, which specialises in vintage-inspired designs.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Varies according to the weight of the order
5. John Lewis
Forget Ikea – you can also kit out most of your home using this department store. While sadly larger ticket items such as furniture and electricals can’t make the trip overseas, you can still get your hands on items including cookware, bedding, cushions, clocks, lampshades, artwork, gifts and more. There’s also a generous range of men’s and women’s fashion, kidswear and sportswear – so consider this Christmas sorted in one stop.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Dhs48
6. Urban Outfitters
It’s one of America’s biggest brands for a reason – it’s almost impossible to exit this site empty-handed, so to speak. Whether it’s breezy slip dresses that’ll see you through summer or ’90s-style denims, this place is a haven for that all-American fashion with a festival feel. Plus, you’ll also find pages full of accessories, footwear, and bits and pieces for the home (think bohemian tapestries and quirky bathroom accessories).
Shipping fee to the UAE: Dhs110
If you’re after lightweight linens, shift dresses that are stylish not stuffy, and classic Breton tees (think Duchess of Cambridge at the polo), you’ll want to bookmark this British favourite. The workwear is city cool – while, most importantly in Dubai, actually capable of keeping you cool – and the cute childrenswear will sort you out for birthday gifts galore.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Dhs57
It started out as a simple map shop on the streets of London, and now it’s the world’s biggest travel bookshop. This Covent Garden treasure trove is a must for worldy bookworms, stocking a range of novels (both fiction and non-fiction), guides, maps (including the kind you can frame and display around your home), gifts, stationery and travel accessories.
Shipping fee to the UAE: Dhs38 plus Dhs15 per additional item
No international delivery? No problem…
Don’t see the one brand from home that you’re just dying to get your hands on (cough, Uniqlo, cough)? Sadly not everyone ships overseas, but there is a way around that. Sign up for international delivery services such as Borderlinx (borderlinx.com) or Shop & Ship (shopandship.com). These will give you a postage address in the country you want to shop. All you need to do is get your items sent there, and then they’ll be forwarded on to the UAE.