Good if: You are resident in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al-Ain and have a car. You can pick up good bargains on Sports equipment, sports clothing & office/casual clothing, branded stuff like Pierre Cardin, Guess, Steve Madden. Items are discounted ALL YEAR ROUND, so it is best to visit when there are no sales at the other malls. You should make regular visits, like once in two or three months as the stocks vary.
Not so good if: You dont have a car and have to travel by taxi as your fares you pay may be more than the savings on discounted items you purchase. Also if you are a tourist on a few days stay, you may better spend your time in shopping malls in Dubai city such as Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta. Also if you visit around the month of January or June, there are already discounted sales in these malls and you dont really need to visit the outlet mall.
Summary. Timing is the key. For residents with car its worth visiting. For tourists with limited time, Dubai city malls have so much to offer, so its best to spend your time wisely, make the most of your vacation and leave with a positive impression of this wonderful city.
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