The emirate of Dubai remains relevant when any conversation about the world’s top shopping destination comes up. The Dubai Mall alone has more than 1,200 stores, and holds the title of world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, with over 92 million visits recorded in 2015.

Thanks to fashion shows like Dubai Fashion Week, Fashion Forward Dubai, Sole DXB, Runway Dubai, Arab Fashion Week and so on, Dubai is now gradually gaining some traction and catching up as shoppers’ favorite destination for fashionable items. Even though, there’s still a long way to go, Dubai has clearly evolved when we compare the contemporary and streetwear fashion scene today to how it was 10 years back. Fashion retail heavyweights now have at least a branch in the city of gold. Most Dubai streetwear and sneaker retailers now get the same release dates as their international counterparts.

At the moment, Dubai can’t exactly boast of a plethora of streetwear and sneaker retailers. This sometimes make it challenging for the streetwear enthusiasts and sneakerheads in the city to get what they want. That said, there are a number of worthy stores guaranteed to fulfill your contemporary and streetwear fashion needs.

Below is a shortlist of the best Dubai streetwear and sneaker retailers currently worth checking out.

1. Concepts

Cambridge-born streetwear and sneaker retailer, Concepts, opened its Dubai flagship store in the heart City Walk, to celebrate its 20th year anniversary. Concepts stock everything from John Elliot, to Y-3, Yeezy, A Bathing Ape, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Asics, Diadora, Reebok, and many more.

Concepts
City Walk
39 Al Safa Street
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
cncpts.ae

2. Worthy

Worthy is a multi-brand independent menswear boutique that blends contemporary streetwear with runway fashion. Located in the heart of City Walk, Worthy stocks some of the world’s most exclusive contemporary streetwear brands, such as Alexander Wang, Places + Faces, Gosha Rubchinskiy, MISBHV, M+RC Noir, Stampd, amongst many others.

Worthy
City Walk
Unit 8-02 Al Mustaqbal Street
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
worthydxb.com

3. Closet Case

Closet Case is another Dubai stockist for coveted streetwear brands like Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Y-3, Juun.J, Haider Ackermann, Abasi Rosborough, and many more. As the UAE’s first conceptual menswear store, it has been on the cutting edge of fashion in the region, but has recently expanded its offerings to women.

Closet Case
Dubai Design District
Building 7, Unit G09
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
closetcase.eu

4. Amongst Few

Amongst Few is a streetwear fashion imprint and a sneaker retailer situated at Palm Strip on Jumeirah Beach Road. Amongst Few’s offerings include printed tees, trackpants and accessories that utilize premium materials such as super-soft Peruvian cotton to elevate their designs which are influenced by the local culture. The Dubai-born streetwear brand stock sneakers from New Balance, Nike, adidas Originals, Asics, Jordan, and Puma.

Amongst Few
Palm Strip
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
amongstfew.com

5. Bauhaus

Out of all the retailers on this list, Bauhaus is the newest in the city. Bauhaus is a multi-brand streetwear store that stocks everything from apparel and footwear, to accessories, showcased in a minimalist yet creative space inspired by art, architecture and geometric accents. If you’re a fanatic of streetwear and hypebeast brands like Supreme, Palace, Anti Social Social Club, Stussy, The Hundreds, and more; Bauhaus is the ideal store in Dubai to go berserk fulfilling your desires.

Bauhaus
Level 1, Fashion Avenue
The Dubai Mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
shopbauhaus.com

6. Upclassics

Upclassics is a UAE online retailer that gives you access to the best names in progressive and fresh apparel, footwear and accessories that were previously only available abroad.

Website: upclassics.com

7. The Good Life

The Good Life is a top-tier sneaker store that started operations in heart of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2010. To further enhance the sneaker culture in the Middle-East, the sneaker retailer expanded its brick and mortar footprint to Dubai, UAE, in 2017 and has also recently launched its online store. Apart from being a sneaker retail location, The Good Life offers a space for like-minded people from different backgrounds to discuss their love for sneakers.

The Good Life stocks Yeezy, Nike, Jordan, ASICS Tiger, and adidas sneakers, as well as sneaker accessories, apparel and headwear. They also run a very active Instagram page, where they update followers with new releases, with dates and timing.

The Good Life
Alserkal Avenue Unit G-64,
Street 8, Al-Quoz 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
thegoodlifespace.com

8. Level Shoes

Level Shoes is a 96,000 square feet footwear location in The Dubai Mall, which houses 40 different boutiques offering various shoe collections. If you’re into Raf Simons, Y-3, Filling Pieces, ETQ, Rick Owens, New Balance, adidas, Nike, Asics, and the likes, Level Shoes is the place to knock yourself out. You can also shop the latest sneakers via their website.

Level Shoes
The Dubai Mall – Ground Floor
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
levelshoes.com

9. Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s Dubai is an upscale department store for apparel and accessories, and they stock brands like A.P.C., Public School, Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Gucci, DSQUARED2, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Rag & Bone, adidas originals, and so on. It’s a good place to spend some time if you’re into high-end.

Bloomingdale’s
The Dubai Mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
bloomingdales.com

10. Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols stock similar brands and collections as Bloomingdale’s Dubai. In fact, Harvey Nichols Dubai is operated by the same company running Bloomingdale’s Dubai – Al Tayer Insignia LLC. However, they’ve got more brands and contemporary menswear pieces in stock, when compared to Bloomingdale’s.

Comme des Garçons, John Elliott, A.P.C., Maison Margiela, Filling Pieces, Marcelo Burlon, and Oliver Spencer, are some of the coveted brands Harvey Nichols stock.

Harvey Nichols
Mall of the Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
harveynichols.com

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Namshi

Online retailer, Namshi, also deserves a spot on this page as they’ve evolved over the past few years; from stocking really basic brands to stocking some pretty impressive range. Carhartt WIP, Carrots, Nike, adidas Originals, Cheap Monday, Ellesse, Fila, Karl Kani, The North Face, are just some of the good stuff you’ll find on their website. In addition to that, they offer same-day delivery as well as cash on delivery.

Website: namshi.com

BAPE Store Dubai

Iconic and coveted Japanese streetwear brand, A Bathing Ape aka BAPE, officially opened its Dubai store in The Dubai Mall, in the summer of 2019. This simply means BAPE aficionados in Dubai and the UAE as a whole, can now directly get their hands on the most sought-after items and latest releases from the Nigo-founded brand.

BAPE Store Dubai
The Dubai Mall – Ground Floor
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
bape.com