10 of the best Dubai souvenirs to bring back home
Forget boring keychains and magnets – here are things you and your friends will actually like.
Finding quality souvenirs in Dubai can be difficult, whether you’re looking for presents for loved ones or keepsakes to take home when your time in the emirate comes to an end.
But amid the sea of “I love Dubai” t-shirts and Burj Al Arab snow globes, we’ve managed to hunt out some real gems. Here they are, for your shopping inspiration…
1. This fancy camel
You can’t leave Dubai without taking at least one cuddly camel friend home. There are many options available – including ones with bright pink hair and UAE flags printed on their bottoms – but we rather like this understated little guy and his stylish plaid blanket. Get him from Gallery One.
2. This Burj Khalifa “soapenir”
We’ve seen many a Burj Khalifa-inspired souvenir in our time – but none quite like this. This unique memento pays tribute to the world’s tallest tower, offering a luxurious shower experience that will leave your skin gleaming like – well, the Burj Khalifa. Get it from The Shower Tower Company.
3. This cool Arabic snapback
Want to look awesome AND show off your knowledge of the local language? Well, you’re going to need to take home this snapback. It says “kashkha”, which is an Emirati word for “cool” or “well-dressed”. Get it from Dubai-based clothing company Hudoob.
4. This retro Dubai poster
We’re big fans of these vintage-style posters, which offer tongue-in-cheek representations of life in Dubai. From depictions of Friday brunch to portrayals of popular expat suburbs, they’re the perfect souvenir for departing residents to remember their time in the emirate by. Get them from Highlife Dubai.
5. This epic doormat
Impress your visitors with an awesome made-in-the-UAE doormat. You can get them personalised to say anything you like, but we think this one says it all. Yalla habibi. Get one from DXB Doormats via Little Majlis.
6. This tasty camel milk chocolate
It might sound a little bit weird, but the world’s “first and finest camel milk chocolate” gets a tick in both the novel and delicious boxes. What could be more Dubai? Get it from Al Nassma Chocolate.
7. These premium dates
Did you know that dates contain nutrients, vitamins and minerals that benefit health and overall wellbeing? What a thoughtful gift. You can get your hands on juicy dates all over Dubai, but these are the ones with the nicest packaging. Get them from Bateel.
8. This luxe Emirates First Class blanket
Impress all of your high-flying friends by taking home a little piece of the Emirates First Class cabin, this super soft blanket. They don’t even need to know that you bought it from a shop. Get it from the Emirates Official Store.
9. This excellent Sheikh Mohammed book
What could be a better Dubai souvenir than the wise words of none other than HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. In this book, he tells the story of Dubai’s transformation into an international hub. Get it from Books Kinokuniya.
10. This Dubai-themed board game
Continue to live the Dubai dream long after you’ve gone home. This Monopoly-style board game lets you buy, sell and rent property to become the next real estate tycoon. Get it from Virgin Megastore.