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The Tourist Shopper's Guide to Dragon Mart

07 Nov 2019

Clothes. Toys. Gadgets. Furniture. Food. Dragon Mart has practically anything for anyone, all in one place. And because the products are directly sourced from China, you are sure to find the best shopping deals.

Dragon Mart is conveniently located on Al Awir Road, near International City, Dubai International Airport, and Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to midnight from Thursday to Saturday.

Read this latest Dubai travel blog entry to help you get the most out of your visit to Dragon Mart.

Getting There

If you are planning on shopping at Dragon Mart, it is best to travel there via private transportation.

The place can get packed with bargain hunters during weekends and late afternoon on weekdays. The best time to do your shopping is in the morning on a weekday when you can easily find a parking space for your ride or take advantage of valet service.

Alternatively, you can take public transportation. Buses coming from the Dubai Marina, Global Village, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, and JBR all make a stop at Dragon Mart.

You may also take the metro and alight at the Rashidiya station.

Shopping Tips

If you want to get the best deals from your shopping trip, you will need to take the time to explore and hop from one seller to another to compare prices. To help you get more out of your visit, here are some helpful tips.

  • Dress for comfort

Dragon Mart is expansive, measuring 1.2 kilometers long. That translates to plenty of walking. As such, dress for comfort. Specifically, you should wear comfortable shoes that allow you to get more mileage.

  • Avoid the crowds

Mornings and weekdays are the best times to visit Dragon Mart when the number of shoppers is relatively fewer. By the weekend, you'll find the place filled with people in search of good deals. If you must shop on the weekend, go to Dragon Mart earlier.

  • Haggling is expected

Apart from offering a wide selection of products, the sellers at Dragon Mart are more than willing to provide shoppers with the best prices. If you find something that you like, do not hesitate to haggle, especially if you are getting multiple items from one seller. With a little courtesy and charm, you can end up saving a considerable sum of money.

  • Don't buy the first item you see

Upon arrival at Dragon Mart, you will notice that there are multiple sellers offering the same thing you are looking for. Don't settle for the first seller that you come across. Explore the area and check if other sellers are offering the same product you want to get. You could end up with a better deal with a different seller.

  • Check before you buy

Before paying for anything, make sure that you check for product quality. For electronics, in particular, be sure to ask the seller to test the product before buying it.

  • Know the lay of the land

Dragon Mart is conveniently divided into different sections based on the products being sold in each zone. There are separate areas for furniture, gadgets, garments, electronics, and more. Dragon Mart 2 has four sections which carry general merchandise, appliances, hardware, and building materials. It would be beneficial to list down the items you are planning to use to make your trip more efficient.

  • Not just about shopping

To say that Dragon Mart is expansive is an understatement. And with all the walking and bargain hunting, you will surely get tired and hungry.

Fortunately, Dragon Mart is a haven for foodies, boasting over 52 restaurants. From perennial fast-food favorites like KFC, McDonald's, and Subway to restaurants that specialize in local and international cuisine to cafes, you’re sure to find a meal or snack to satisfy your craving and fill you up for the rest of your shopping trip.

  • Fun for everyone

Dragon Mart isn't just for bargain hunters. Dragon Mart 2 features the Novo Cinemas which has 12 theaters that screen movies from India, Pakistan, and Hollywood. The cinemas open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to midnight from Thursday to Saturday.

Dragon Mart also frequently hosts concerts and activities for the whole family.

What’s more, Dragon Mart 2 is the home of Fabyland, an indoor entertainment destination for kids that offers rides and a soft play area.

  • Don't hesitate to ask for help

Can't find the item you are looking for? Overwhelmed by the sheer size of the mall? Dragon Mart has an information desk that can provide the valuable assistance you are seeking.

Where to Stay

The closest hotel that is currently open is Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis. Located next to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, the hotel is in close proximity to Dubai's famous landmarks and tourist destinations like the Academic City, Dubai Mall, IMG Worlds, Global Village, and the Dubai International Airport. This makes it ideal for business people, families, academics, and leisure travellers.

Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis offers amenities like a swimming pool, gym, meeting room, free covered parking, free Wi-Fi, and a business centre.

Premier Inn Dubai Dragon Mart will open this Winter, just next to Dragon Mart itself. The hotel caters to both families and business travellers, with free parking, free Wi-Fi, and a choice of dining options, from kicking back at Mr. Toad's Pub & Kitchen to a tasty family meal at Nuevo Restaurant.