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Dubai - camera shops and prices?

B M Mills , Jan 22, 2009; 10:28 p.m.

Hi guys,

Quick one - I've just learned that my next work travels will take me to Dubai and I'm wondering whether anyone has any experience with buying camera gear there. As always when in a new place I like to have a look at a couple of recommended camera shops.

Also does anyone have a feel for what camera gear prices may be like in the Emirates (that is, compared to US prices)?

I did a search of course before posting this but the majority of entries are on this subject are relatively old.


Gokce Yildirim , Jan 23, 2009; 01:43 a.m.

Hi Bernard,
Nikon is sold by Grand Stores in Dubai.. They have dealers around the city but most conveinient will be the Emirates Mall or the Ibn Battuda Mall I guess. I bought couple items from them and the customer support is generally good. They also have Sigma lenses and accs. like Tamrac bags and Sandisk card's.. Prices are higher then US ( maybe %20-30 ) for Nikon but I found Sigma lenses to be more or less the same.

James Symington , Jan 23, 2009; 04:51 a.m.

Hi Bernard,
Don't get your hopes up - I found no difference between the UK and the UAE let alone the US and the UAE - and that's before the GBP exchange rate fell through the floor.
In spite of the load of tourist claptrap you hear about Dubai being a bonanza of shopping the prices are bad and the traffic jams to get to any of these places just abysmal. Shop at home!

Thangavelu Nachimuthu , Jan 23, 2009; 07:49 a.m.

Dubai is costly by 25-30% compared to US

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