The world’s most cosmopolitan city and one of the top destinations for travellers in the Middle East – has now been ranked as one of the world’s ‘Best Shopping Cities’ too.

According to a readers’ survey by popular travel website Condé Nast Traveler (CNT), Dubai has been ranked among the top three shopping cities in the world.

As part of the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, comprising avid travellers, here are the winners from last year’s survey, updated with the most recent winners:

1 – New York

One of the most iconic cities in the world, NYC, CNT describes the city as ‘dense with options, all budgets will find a way to spend a little too much money’

New York sets the standard for a destination shopping city-so dense with options, all budgets will find a way to spend a little too much money. There’s the fast fashion (Zara, UNIQLO, H&M) of SoHo; the Prada and Chanel of Fifth Avenue. You could spend a full day exploring Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman, sipping cocktails and wishing they would close up shop and forget you were there-just so you can have a Night With the Céline Bags. 

2 – Dubai

Making its way up to no. 2, Dubai is described as a city that ‘has redefined the mall experience’.

Dubai makes its way up to no. 2 on the list. No surprise here: The UAE city has redefined the mall experience with the Mall of the Emirates, the “world’s first shopping resort”, complete with an indoor ski slope. The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue delivers an alphabet soup of big-deal designers: Chanel, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Valentino. And the sheer volume of gold on display at Gold Souk, a covered market that includes dozens of jewelry stores, is blinding. It’s actually a glittering oasis in the desert. 

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