And Now, the Concept Stores That Are Taking Over Dubai

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When you live in the retail capital of the world, it’s almost laughable to think you’ve run out of stores to shop from. Not only is Dubai home to the world’s largest shopping mall – which houses more stores than you can visit in an entire day – but it’s virtually impossible to exit one of its myriad shopping destinations empty-handed. And yet, some of us, unable to find items that really stand out, have ended our trips broken-hearted (but with a grateful bank account). 

Hours and hours of sifting or mindlessly scrolling through the overwhelming options that somehow all look similar can leave you feeling deflated. If this sounds like you, you’re likely suffering from ‘fashion fatigue’ — a condition where seeing the same items over and over again has made them lose their appeal. Before you start to believe that your quest to update your wardrobe with unique pieces has been in vain, there’s something you might be overlooking. Enter: concept stores.

A concept store by definition is a shop that stocks meticulously curated products that connect to an underlying theme, targeting a specific audience. The niche nature of concept stores is what makes them a treasure trove for statement pieces unavailable en masse. Scroll down to discover the concept stores in Dubai that we’re dubbing ‘hidden gems’, and discover a look that truly speaks to your personality.

 

Attuale

Shopping for wardrobe staples is always harder than impulsively hitting ‘add to cart’ on the latest trends that are parading through your IG feed. Understanding that the key to building a sustainable wardrobe is investing in key timeless pieces, Attuale – which translates to ‘contemporary’ in Italian – is an online concept store making mindful living easier with its carefully curated collection of conscientious fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products.

www.attuale.com

 

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Gigi Concept Store

Located in Galleria Mall, Al Barsha, Gigi is Dubai’s newest concept store showcasing regional brands and designers. Gigi – with its outdoor garden and Home Bakery espresso bar – has been curated as a space for customers to meet friends, hang out, and shop from a variety of categories ranging from fashion to art. Gigi’s smart retail concept focuses on homegrown designers and offers different sections conceptualized by the designers to reflect their respective brand identities.

Galleria Mall
(+971) 4 399 1550

 

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Comptoir 102

Nestled in the heart of Jumeirah, Comptoir 102 combines its selection of fashion, jewelry, beauty, and homeware with an organic cafe beloved by tourists and locals alike. Its bohemian environment makes for a laidback and comfortable setting, offering shoppers a relaxing retail experience. The Comptoir 102 cafe – which is synonymous with nutritious food – further emphasizes the holistic lifestyle that the store aims to promote.

Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
(+971) 4 385 4555
www.comptoir102.com

 

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Human and Beings

Human and Beings is a concept store (both online and offline) dedicated to curating timeless, minimalist pieces from contemporary and indie designers. You can expect the store to be stocked with sustainable clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as a bevy of cool beauty products.

City Walk
(+971) 50 918 3330
www.humanandbeings.com

 

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The Edit Dubai

The Jumeirah-based concept store The Edit, established by lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Rumana Nazim, offers an impeccable selection of cult fashion and jewelry labels, homeware, and beauty products. The gram-worthy space has been designed to encourage customers to make a day of shopping and relaxing. Tired of trying on clothes? Sip a cup of coffee and nibble on a delicious dessert before returning to the fitting room. The store also hosts several events, from book readings to art exhibitions.

Villa 966, Al Wasl Road
(+971) 4 332 0324
www.theeditdubai.com

 

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Tutus Kurniati

Every day is a beach day in Dubai. Considering the number of beach brunches, staycations, and yacht parties that crowd the social calendar, it’s (somewhat) justified that a considerable amount of our closet space is devoted to beach and resort wear. To that end, the Tutus Kurniati concept is entirely dedicated to resort wear, offering a treasure trove of niche resort wear labels like Cult Gaia and Hunza G.

In celebration of the fresh update that Tutus Kurniati’s e-commerce site just received, the platform has launched of ready-to-wear brand, Maison D’Angellan, a resort wear brand beloved by celebrities like Beyoncé. Visit the website to see its fresh new look, and shop online or in-store at its location at Nakheel Mall.

Nakheel Mall
(+971) 4 874 6600
www.tutuskurniati.com

 

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Jovoy Parfums Rares

Nestled in City Walk, Jovoy Parfums Rares offers a quick escape to the French capital. The UAE branch of the famous French boutique is designed to resemble a chic Parisian salon. Step in and get transported to an enchanting world of rare artisanal fragrances. The boutique’s tastefully curated collection of niche perfumes is sure to get your olfactory senses simulated.

City Walk
(+971) 04 282 0978

 

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Amongst Few

Hidden away from the bustling malls, Amongst Few is a curated space designed to defy the glitzy stereotype often associated with Dubai. The clean industrial vibe makes a perfect setting for the concept store’s niche streetwear collection. That’s not all — the unique retail destination also features a cafe offering vegan and organic dishes.

Palm Strip Mall
(+971) 04 386 9221
www.amongstfew.com

 

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THAT Concept Store

One of the newest concept stores in Dubai, THAT is located in the Mall of the Emirates. Dedicated entirely to an array of unique artisanal accessories, cult brands like Khaite and Y/Project can all be found at THAT under one roof.

Mall of the Emirates
800 8428

 

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