So we had an empty apartment (and after a few stressful phone calls – electricity and water), the fun really began FURNITURE SHOPPING!


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Hear me out.

When I was little I loved Dollshouses, altogether less bothered by the dolls/people – I was more interesting in rearranging the furniture, and when I was a teenager, like many other girls growing up in the late 90s/ early 00s, I lost days of my life to “The Sims.”

Even though I was klapauciusing and Rosebuding my way to becoming a billionaire, I still made my sims sleep in cheaper beds, that gave them a much worse quality of life, because I prefered how the furniture looked in the room.  Getting to to decorate an apartment from scratch was like a childhood dream come true for me!

Dubai is the ultimate shopping destination, so in terms of furniture shops we were spoilt for choice with the number of them.  The only trouble was there is a lot of bling, which is amazing if that’s your thing, but it’s not mine. We prefer a more scandinavian style – and luckily Dubai did not disappoint, I’ve found some real gems (List at the bottom of the article)

For all our big pieces, we found ourselves at the blue and yellow altar to cheap and functional Swedish furniture that is Ikea.

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Ikea in Dubai is based within Festival City Mall – A bright, clean spacious Mall, it also houses a John Lewis (within Robinson’s Department store) which offers furniture and decorative accessories, they also try as hard as possible to match UK prices so you’re not paying anymore.

As we didn’t have a car, we took a cab over an saw a part of the city we hadn’t seen yet – I’m also still not over how much prettier “Ikea” is written in Arabic.

This was our first married trip to Ikea, so I was fully prepared to us to fall out, but we made it out to tell the tale. This trip was just like the ikea runs we’ve done in the UK, except, it was Ramadan when we went so there was a lack of Meatballs, hotdogs, and tiny green and brown cakes. We’d already decided on most of the furniture via the internet so the trip was mostly painless as we just check that we liked how things looked in real life, got the essentials – and then brought a cuddly husky (who has brought endless hours of entertainment..)

Ikea Dubai has some definite benefits over back home (I think – I’m basing this on my local store back home so if there are services are available at other stores – my bad!)

  • Picking – Ikea staff will go through the warehouse and pick you boxes for you – we didn’t take up this option and instead wandered for a good 15 minutes looking for bed slats and still managed not to get the all important middle beam.
  • Home Delivery – Ikea will delivery EVERYTHING to you home for various Fees
  • BUILD – That’s right, They will come and build everything.  As we’d done more than a few of the most stressful life events you can do recently (got married, left jobs,moved countries) This felt like a good investment for us. The men turned up at about 10.30 am with all our boxes and within the space of three hours turned an empty apartment into a home. They also took all the packaging back with them – I cannot recommend this enough.
  • Curtains – Ikea will sew your curtains to size, and come and fit them for a very reasonable fee.
  • Lockers – Alright, I know this one isn’t that exciting but it gives you the opportunity to safely store your teaslights whilst you look around the rest of the mall.

Like I said you are spoilt for choice here, but below are some of the places that a found:

Crate and Barrel








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