Top 10 Fashion Boutiques in the UAE

The UAE’s best independent shopping spots
ByLindsay JudgeFriday , 15 August 2014
Top 10 Fashion Boutiques in the UAE

West LA
Brands such as House of Harlow, Winter Kate, Paper Crown and One Teaspoon can be found at Dubai’s favourite hipster shopping destination, West LA boutique. This American-inspired store appeals to style fans who love quirky bohemian pieces with a touch of LA appeal thrown in for good fashion measure. So if it’s distressed jeans and slogan T-shirts that tickle your fashion fancy, make sure to stop by this shabby-chic inspired store. INFO: Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai, 04 394 4248,


Owned by an Emirati woman, Spontiphoria is the first boutique in Dubai to incorporate both a clothing label and a café under the same roof, and according to owner Sidiqa, each element receives equal attention. Spontiphoria aims to cater to both local and expat women and offers an impressive selection of products – you can expect to come across jewellery, children’s clothing, kitchen utensils and even accessories for pets! What’s more, you can sit and enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake in between browsing the eclectic selection of goods in store. With British brands CiCi London, Lovett & Co and children’s clothing brand Dainty Dizzy on display, as well as rustic American-style furniture from The Bella Cottage, you’ll surely be spoilt for choice! INFO: Al Wasl Square, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 338 8827,


This boutique is for all the modern and vintage fashion lovers looking for bargain buys. The creative store sets the mark with its exclusive range of flirty accessories, whimsical dresses and delicate interior pieces from the Thirties through to the Eighties. Bambah offers an impressive variety of reconstructed antiques as well as up-and-coming pieces by retro-influenced designers. The hardwood polished floors and French Renaissance-style furniture serves as further proof that this boutique should be on every stylista’s shopping itinerary. INFO: 142 Jumeirah Beach Rd, Dubai, 050 674 1754,

Etoile La Boutique

You’ll find a huge variety of luxury brands here – some internationally known, others from up-and-coming designers. Antonio Marras, Ingie Paris, Amanda Wakeley and Derek Lam are among the names you’ll spot, so be sure to bring your credit card! INFO: Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 4166; Wafi Mall, 04 327 9132; Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, 04 339 9933; The Galleria, Abu Dhabi, 02 626 6922;


This is the store for ladies who love their coffee as much as they do fashion. Spacious and eclectic, the boutique boasts exposed ceilings set off by classic furniture and retro detailing. Offering an impressive selection of casuals and evening wear, as well as high fashion and quirky accessories, it caters to label junkies and artsy style-lovers alike, offering brands such as Forever Young, Hana Hani, Sunboo and Lady Jean. Did we mention each shopper gets a cup of coffee? A trip to O-Concept is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Go check it out! INFO: Jumeirah 1, Dubai, 04 345 5557,


This fashion flagship opened its doors in 2013 at the hands of stylish siblings Dalia Sadiq Chebaro and Lama Sadiq. Home to ultra-feminine pieces with edgy detailing, unconventional colour palettes and intricate tailoring, it sells brands including April May, David Koma, Three Floor and Rihanna fave, Opening Ceremony. Be warned: you’ll need to accumulate some hefty savings before your credit card will be able to take a hit at this upscale fashion hot spot. INFO: Sunset Mall, Dubai, 04 380 6830,

Sophie’s Closet

As exquisite as its name, this boutique is home to quaint costume jewellery and other accessories. The store is a proud host of brands such as Elizabeth Cole, House of Harlow 1960, Aura by Carolina, Noir, Pink Pave, Mawi London, Joomi Lim and many more. Sophie’s Closet represents every sartorially savvy woman, particularly those ladies with an undying interest in emulating their favourite celebrities. Sophie’s Closet is favourite among the women of Hollywood, with A-listers such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Shakira having been spotted flaunting pieces from the boutique. Make sure you check it out to boost your jewellery style quotient. INFO: The Single Business Tower, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, 04 380 4600,

Studio 8

Want to give your style some Eastern oomph? Then check out Studio 8, a multicultural store home to glitzy labels such as HSY from Pakistan, Priya Khataari Puri from Kuwait and Lebanon’s Aiisha Ramadan, to name a few. Studio 8 also sells a wide range of stylish, modern abayas, some from Emirati designers. Celebs including Paris Hilton have worn the style house’s glam designs and the store was even featured on her reality show when scenes were filmed in Dubai. If you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern chic, it’s definitely worth a look. INFO: Jumeirah Beach Rd, 04 344 3934,


Brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Zagliani, Illesteva, House of Holland and Temperley London reside in this exquisite multi-brand store. You won’t just find clothes in here, but also a superb range of accessories and even books, making this a top spot for literary fashionistas. Symphony has been designed as a place in which to relax while browsing through exclusive pieces from local and international designers, making it a complete feast for the senses. INFO: The Dubai Mall, 04 330 8050,


If The Great Gatsby set your style antennae abuzz, head down to this super-funky and flamboyant boutique. A one-stop destination for anyone brave enough to push the fashion quotient, ValleyDez houses an array of striking high-fashion pieces from labels including Collection 75 Faubourg, Noir, Manoush, Georges Hobeika, Kirsty Ward and Rada. A must-see. INFO: Sunset Mall, Jumeirah 3, 04 330 7333; Wafi Mall, Oud Metha, 04 324 2883; Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Rd, 04 321 2898;

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