Dubai is the shopping capital. In the distant 2000s, people came here for fur coats, bought up branded equipment at a cheap price and left with a full sense of satisfaction. What has changed since then? Now you will find out the whole truth about shopping in Dubai.
Where in the UAE you can buy decorative cosmetics
All cosmetics in Dubai can be bought in one shopping center – Dubai Mall. Here are collected not just cosmetic brands, but their branded boutiques:
- Bobbi brown beauty boutique
- Chanel beauty boutique
- Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Boutique
- Dior Beauty Boutique
- Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Boutique
- Clarins boutique
- Kiko milano
- Kryolan Professional Make-up
- Make Up For Ever
- Etude House and many others.
How to get to the Dubai Mall
Metro. Take the red line to Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall station. Without leaving the metro, you will see signs for the “Dubai Mall” and immediately enter the Mall.
- But getting lost in the shopping center itself is easy, so do not hesitate to approach the electronic counters and enter the brand you need in the search. A map will appear showing how many times you need to go down or go up the escalator.
I promise you won’t be able to find the brand you need right away. Labyrinths of shops will confuse you, and hypnotizing shop windows will stop you. So it was with me in the first and even in the second.
Cons of cosmetic shopping in Dubai
Dubai has remained a shopping center only for those who do not know how to convert dirhams to rubles in order to see the difference in price. And she is.
As soon as you find the first branded corner, you will be surprised by the cleanliness of the stands, the availability of all positions, friendly consultants and prices. The latter will not please you.
The cost of cosmetics in Dubai is either equal to what we have in Russia, or more expensive by $ 20-$ 30. The difference is significant, that you would rather have to leave with nothing than with a full suitcase of cosmetics.
Cosmetics from the UAE
If we talk about the mass market segment, then I will surprise you. Just compare prices in Dubai and Russia:
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – 121 AED (2.600 rubles), in Russia – 600 rubles.
- Lipstick L’Oreal Rouge Signature Metallics Liquid Lipstick – 58 AED (1.300 rubles), in Russia-650 rubles.
- Palette for eyes Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette – 121 AED (2.700 rubles), in Russia-1.000 rubles.
There is no such mass market here, if we talk about pricing policy. And even on the days of sales, the price tag does not drop to Russian prices.
Sale season in Dubai
Speaking of discounts on cosmetics. They are not here. Perhaps the demand for cosmetics among the local population dictates its own conditions in which there is no place for pasture purchases.
Therefore, whoever complained about the Russian market, rejoice. You can afford to buy absolutely any product in any segment with an impressive discount.
Pros of cosmetic shopping in Dubai
- The opportunity to see legendary brands live.
- Find the rarest shades. Make-up artists will understand the change when in Russia there is no foundation and concealer for dark-skinned models. Here is the entire palette you can only dream of.
- Decide on the choice of a product in order to then buy it in an online store, but already being in Russia.
Online shopping in Dubai
Alas, delivery to Dubai is paid from any online store if it is delivered by regular Dubai mail – Emirates Post, as we have by Russian post. The fact is that when you receive a parcel at the post office, they will take money from you for the fact that it arrived at their warehouse.
- Therefore, they offer the following service: rent a mailbox for a year for 5,500 rubles, where all your parcels will be placed.
- Or … pay upon receipt of the parcel each time from 1.000 rubles. and higher, depending on its cost or dimensions, I have not figured out this issue.
This does not apply to express delivery, which, I must say, works great here: DHL, Fedex, USPS.
It is very convenient when online stores provide this type of delivery for free, so you just have to get it at your home or office. In Russia, none of the above deliveries work correctly with individuals. Remember how it was with Fedex when I lived in St. Petersburg?
So, cosmetic shopping in Dubai is not profitable for us – Russians. While there is a discount system and all kinds of promotions in Russia, believe me, dreams of cosmetics abroad should be left in the past. Now, the opposite is true – I dream of shopping in Russia.
As you can see, everything is learned in comparison, which is why it is so important to travel, or even better to live in a foreign country, in order to begin to appreciate what you once had.
How did you imagine cosmetic shopping in Dubai?
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