Shoppers were out in force to get Eid bargains in malls across Dubai this week.
Eid Al Fitr is renowned as a major date for shoppers in the Arabian Gulf region hoping to get a bargain or two, as well as making the most of the entertainment in the malls.
This year was no different with crowds descending on The Dubai Mall on Tuesday for festive shopping and to make the most of the three-day public holiday.
One shop getting into the spirit of things was Hamleys toy store, where staff danced and played with young children, as their parents browsed the shelves for Eid presents.
“It’s been so busy this Eid, much busier than previous years,” said staff member Charry Castillo.
“A lot of people are coming in to buy presents for their children because it’s Eid.
“The best sellers for us are drones for the boys and dolls for the girls. Lol and Barbie are the most popular right now.”
She said the toy drones can fly only to a height of about four metres and are strictly for children aged over seven.
To buy one will set you back Dh345 ($94).
For many shoppers, though, the hottest items were the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X consoles.
“It’s what all the young people want right now,” said a staff member at Geekay Games.
“We’re really busy because it’s Eid but to be honest it’s always busy when you’re talking about Dubai Mall.”
The store had special Ramadan offers at the front of the shop, with the PS5 starting from Dh2,418. Other PS5 packages were more expensive, depending on the accessories that came with them.
The popular console was also the most sought after item in Virgin Megastore, according to staff.
You could pick up the console and controller there for Dh2,100, which was the same price point for the Xbox Series X, which had sold out by Tuesday afternoon.
The Lego store in the mall was equally busy, with parents snapping up Eid presents for their children, alongside some collectors willing to pay premium prices for feature sets.
“The one set that everyone wants is the Titanic set, which costs Dh3,099,” said staff member Suzette Caalam.
“We sold quite a few of them today alone. We’ve also sold out of the model of the McLaren F1 car and are waiting for more to come in.”
To have your own Lego McLaren car will cost you just more than Dh700.
Visiting the Lego shop was Abu Dhabi resident Rohan Arte, who was buying a present for his son, Pratyuush.
“I’ve come up from Abu Dhabi to spend the day here because it’s a nice way to spend Eid,” said the marketing executive from India.
“It’s so big and there’s plenty to do. I also wanted to get some Lego as a present for my son.”
Online the most popular items are slightly different, with the Oculus Quest 2 virtual-reality set, which is Dh1,290, the best-selling videogames item on Amazon during Eid.
The best-selling toy on the website was the Pegasus Kid’s My First Learning Bag activity books, costing up to Dh31.
On Noon.com, the most popular item in the video games category is the PS5, starting from almost Dh2,400 for the digital-only model.
In the toys and games category, the major interest was in the Fidget Set, an activity box with sensory toys, which is Dh55.
Not everybody was at the mall to shop though. The heat outside made a trip there a logical choice for many.
Dubai residents, and long-time friends, Faiz Patel and Allen Pinto, were using the holiday to catch up.
“We haven’t caught up for the last six months so we thought this would be the perfect place to do so,” said Mr Pinto, 34, an operations manager from India.
“Plus, it’s far too hot outside to hang out.”
Mr Patel, 29, a finance manager from India, said they were avoiding the shops because of the crowds.
“We always catch up on long weekends due to work commitments,” he said.
“We’re just here to chill really, not spend a lot of money in the stores.”