Just returned from Dubai last week - had a great time - had to visit Al Karama Market - was quite void of people when I went - quiet and not to many vendors. Went to Green eye - asked for good stuff and they took us to an apartment block across the road ( not scary at all )-plenty of bags and behind a secret door where the watches - grade A, AA, AAA - every brand available - you had to haggle and they would come down a bit - LINKS - very rude and said no watches or rooms / maybe I did not match their private good stuff criteria!!
However next to Links was a cracking shop with some really friendly lads - private room in the attic and trays upon trays of AAA watches from ROLEX / BREITLING / HUBLOT / PATEK PHILLIPE / you name it he had it and all the latest designs - wife got some Paul Smith stuff and daughter got some bags - they did us a decent deal - but don't expect to get the watches for 300 durhams anymore - prices are roughly the same from shop to shop.
You can get to the market - down town by bus / metro or cab - we stayed at Jumeriarh beach and cost 45 Durhams one way - but if you want to save a few bob and do the bug bus tour - situated at Madinat souk market you can drop on and off the bus any where on the routes - buses are every 30 mins so it may work out cheaper than multiple taxi fares - by the way use the bog standard taxis ( cream with coloured roof racks) all owned by royal family !! - NOT to my mistake initially the private ones - about 20-30 durhams more expensive per trip.
I would give Al Karama Market a go - its fun and safe and you can get your goodies and look like a millionaire film star into the bargain.
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