November 6, 2005
In terms of goods that ARE available here, it's mostly fabrics, incense, and (cheap) shoes, as I recall.
Why fabrics? The reason is most people do not buy clothing off the rack, but buy fabrics and take them, together with favorite garments, to a local tailor to have new items stitched up. The little hole-in-the-wall tailors found in every Gulf city are remarkably good. Indeed, many of my shirts have been made in just that way. If you have some time -- three or four days -- you could easily do the same. Just ask someone in your hotel for the name of a good local tailor. They'll know! As for price? About $7-9 for a shirt... Not much more for a woman's dress.
From journal Dubai: Hong Kong Wannabe