Dubai has been called
the “shopping capital of the Middle East”. Dubai alone has more than 70
shopping centres, including the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall.
Dubai is also known for the traditional souk districts located on either side
of its creek. Traditionally, dhows from East Asia, China, Sri Lanka, and India
would discharge their cargo and the goods would be bargained over in the souks
adjacent to the docks. Dubai Creek played a vital role in sustaining the life
of the community in the city and was the resource which originally drove the
economic boom in Dubai. As of September 2013, Dubai creek has been proposed as
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many boutiques and jewellery stores are also
found in the city. Dubai is also referred to as "the City of Gold" as
the Gold Souk in Deira houses nearly 250 gold retail shops.