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Dubai is far to expensive

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Dubai is far to expensive

I hear often that Dubai is an electronics haven. I am not a shopping bargain guru, but I found similar or cheaper prices for apple products on the internet. I even ended up in getting a cheaper discounts in Germany, then in Dubai. London is also cheaper in many ways if you look a bit. My conclusion is that Dubai is worth the visit, the giant malls are too, but just don't expect to find better prices then back in England or Germand. Even during a weekend to Paris, I found better bargains last month.

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1. Re: Dubai is far to expensive

You are 100% correct for most Western and Far Eastern Items...

For Gold and Diamonds, Dubai is a very good option and quite reasonable.

For Arabic and Middle Eastern items - like perfumes, handicraft, bakhoors, pashimas, rugs, carpets, abayas etc - Dubai is one of the cheapest (Bahrain and KSA are cheaper).

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Depends on the exchange rate, 4 or 5 years ago I bought a camera £100 cheaper than here in the UK.

I could also have saved over £1000 on a high end Denon amplifier and £400 on a Denon DVD player

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As the aed is pegged to the dollar ,there is no surprise things are more expensive now . Around 3 years ago the best rate i found was 2.07usd /£ , now it's around 1.55/£

Now, you do the maths Sherlock

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So Dubai is far to expensive ...... for electronics... (and booze)

The electronics sections in the Hypermarkets have special offers that (just) beat the UK. But the electronics shops are as you say.

But you have think about the rent levels that are required to pay for that fountain display or subsidize the snow slope which make Dubai shopping a visitor experience.

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Surely you're going to Dubai to explore this amazing city, not to buy random electronics that you could buy anywhere

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I'm not sure who would describe it as an electronics heaven and if you had asked on here beforehand people would have told you that it wasn't

Items can be easily purchased from the UK on the internet for much better prices than in Dubai (especially since the £ fell against the dirham)

Perhaps if you had asked before you left you could have saved the hassle.

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I recently bought a set of headphones that were full price in the Bose shop in Dubai Mall. They were cheaper than anywhere in the UK, including Amazon.co.uk. Having said that, it's a bit pointless coming to Dubai for the purpose of buying cheap electronics.

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The only people who find Dubai an electronics haven are loaded tourists from Central Asian, African, and CIS Countries, who can buy electronics without hefty taxes.

Electronics, and branded clothing stores are very expensive here. A levis jeans that I bought in the US for 40$ is on "sale" at 300 Dhs a year later in the UAE. The normal price is 500 dhs i.e. ~ 140$

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