Available Gift Cards in Dubai
The massive, bustling city of Dubai has many options when it comes to shopping, but sometimes we would prefer not to break our wallets at the expense of our trips abroad.
There is an array of different gift cards that you could buy, but the question is: what gift cards offer the best opportunities in Dubai? The Emaar gift card appears to be the best option for those planning on buying a card for Dubai.
Since the Emaar gift card is only one of many options that you may choose to purchase when traveling abroad in Dubai, let’s look at what it includes, and we’ll also examine the other options available for you.
Emaar Gift Cards
The Emaar Gift Card is a great option that allows you to upload money to the card once with a specific amount of money on it.
This sort of gift card is an acceptable form of payment for a variety of stores.
Luckily, if you plan on purchasing or uploading money onto the Emaar Gift Card, it is a valid form of payment for twelve months. So, if you plan on being in the UAE or Dubai for an extended period, your Emaar Gift Card will be valid for up to a year.
You can use this gift card for your shopping sprees, spa days, paying for your meals out, hotels, etc.
Using your Emaar Gift Card may have certain limitations for purchases.
Where Can I Use My Emaar Gift Card?
The Emaar Gift Card shows you the specific retail outlets where you can use the card to purchase items while shopping. These outlets include:
- The Dubai Mall
- The Souk al Bahar
- Gold & Diamond Park
- Dubai Marina Mall
You can also use your Emaar Gift Card for different experiences, such as spa treatments, paying at restaurants, paying to stay at a hotel. These different businesses include:
- Address Dubai Marina: Offers hotel stays, spa treatments, and dining options
- Address Dubai Mall: Offers hotel stays, spa treatments, and dining options.
- Address Montgomerie: Offers golfing, hotel stays, spa treatments, and dining options
- Manzil Downtown: Offers hotel stays and dining opportunities
- Palace Downtown: Offers hotel stays, dining options, and spa treatments
- Arabian Ranches Golf Club-Dubai: A golfing club that allows visitors a luxury golfing experience and dining options
- Atmosphere: This is a restaurant and lounge in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa
- Address Boulevard: Offers hotel stays, spa treatments, and dining options
- Rove Hotels: Offers hotel stays and dining opportunities
You may also choose to use your Emaar Gift Card for several attractions around the city, including:
- The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
- The Dubai Ice Rink
- At The Top Burj Khalifa: This allows you to visit the different observation decks of the world’s tallest structure
- Reel Cinemas
Obviously, the Emaar Gift Card offers its users a wide array of opportunities for exploring the city and enjoying their time in Dubai.
How Do I Get Set Up and Use the Card?
To set up your Emaar Gift Card, follow the following steps:
- First, you’ll have to register your card to activate it. Make sure you remember your PIN number as this will be required when you attempt to make any transactions.
- Simply use your card for transactions you wish to purchase with it. You can pay all or part of the total price of your purchase with this card.
- Make sure you keep up with the balance on the card. To check the balance of your Emaar Gift Card, you can log into your account or go to the Emaar Gift Card website.
Najm Gift Cards
Najm Net Virtual Gift Card
The Najm Net Virtual Gift Card is a great option if you don’t want to add another card to your already bulky wallet.
This gift card is completely online and is affiliated with Visa.
This virtual gift card is tailored to online shopping, be it purchasing items, gaming, or maintaining your online subscriptions for Netflix in the UAE, this gift card is an easy option.
Najm Gift Card
This is also a Visa card; the Najm Gift Card is accepted anywhere, except for vendors who accept cash only.
There is a one-time purchase fee of AED 15 (~USD 4). After paying the purchase fee, you can load any amount between AED 100 (~USD 27.23) and AED 3500 (~USD 952.90).
The Najm Gift Card is valid for up to a year, so you can make the amount on the card last for a while if you want to.
You can also track your purchase history and transactions once you register your card.
Majid Al Futtaim/ Mall Gift Card
The Mall Gift Card allows you to go shopping, to dine at, pay for leisure activities at, pay for entertainment at, or purchase a hotel stay with Majid Al Futtaim outlets in Dubai, the broader UAE, Bahrain, and Oman.
There is a one-time fee of just AED 7.50 (~USD 2.04). After paying for the one-time fee, you can load anywhere from AED 100 (~USD 27.23) to AED 3500 (~USD 952.90).
The Mall Gift Card is valid for up to a year, and you can register your card in order to track your purchase history.
Najm Load N Travel Card
The Najm Load N Travel Card allows you to avoid the constantly changing exchange rates between currencies and fees when traveling.
You have to purchase the card in AED (Emirati Dirham), but you can then switch between multiple different currencies when using the card.
You can choose from six different currencies permissible for you to use on the card. The card is capable for use with the British Pound (GBP0, the U.S. dollar (USD), the Euro (EUR), the Australian dollar (AUD), the Canadian dollar (CAD), the Swiss franc (CHF), the Saudi riyal (SAR), the Kuwaiti dinar (KWD), the Omani rial (OMR), the Bahraini dinar (BHD), the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), and the Singapore dollar (SGD).
You can load any amount on the card between AED 100 (~USD 27.23) and AED 60,000 (~USD 16,335.42). The amounts are reloadable as well, and this card is valid for up to three years.
To launch the card, you only have to pay a one-time fee of AED 45 (~USD 12.25).
You can easily transfer funds from your bank to your card using the LoadnGo app.
You can use this card at ATMs to take out cash, online and in-store wherever Visa is accepted (which tends to be most places).
Najm Load n Shop
The Najm Load n Shop card is a prepaid card that you can use to shop online or in-person wherever vendors accept Visa. All you need to sign up for the card is an Emirates ID.
To start loading money onto the card, you have to pay a one-time fee of AED 35 (~USD 9.53). You can load any amount between AED 100 (~USD 27.23) and AED 60,000 (~USD 16,335.42).
The Najm Load n Shop card is valid for up to 3 years, and you can reload the amount on the card within those thirty-six months.
If you download the LoadnGo app, you can view your transaction history and watch over the balance on the card.
The Carrefour card is great for saving money. On Tuesdays, you get up to four times back, and on every other day of the week, you get up to three times back.
All you need is an Emirates ID to purchase this gift card. You can use the Carrefour card anywhere Visa is accepted.
You have to pay a one-time fee of AED 35 (~USD 9.53), and you can load anywhere from AED 100 (~USD 27.23) to AED 60,000 (~USD 16,335.42)—amounts are reloadable.
This card is valid for up to three years, and you can constantly check the balance on your mobile LoadnGo app.
Mall Gift Card (UAE)
Similar to the Mall Gift Card offered by Najm Gift Cards, this Mall Gift Card is available for use in any Majid Al Futtaim affiliated mall in Dubai, the UAE, and Bahrain.
With this card, you can purchase items in a whopping 2100 stores, ranging from fashion stores, to electronic outlets, to entertainment and dining options.
Since Dubai is such a giant commercial city, there is a vast array of options for shopping, and you don’t have to necessarily pick a broad gift card for the whole city. Instead, you may choose to pick a gift card that is particular to a retailer you, or people you know, like.
The Happy Card is an eGift Card that is redeemable in over 165 brands in the UAE.
Some of the 165+ brands include:
- Virgin Megastore
- Yas Mall
- Casa Havana
- Pizza Express
- Ski Dubai
- Dubai Ice Rink
- Parlour Boutique
- Magic Planet
This gift card is valid for 12 months after purchasing it. You can load anywhere from AED 50 (~USD 13.61) to AED 5000 (~USD 1,361.29). You’ll also have to pay a service fee.
Mall of the Emirates Gift Card
Mall of the Emirates Gift Cards are available at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Purchasing this gift card also allows the person with the gift card to visit any of the malls related to the Majid Al Futtaim City Centre shopping malls, giving customers access to a whopping 2100 stores.
Functioning identically to a debit card, purchases automatically deduct whatever the price of the transaction was from the total amount of money on the card.
You can load a minimum of AED 50 (~USD 13.61) onto the card and a maximum of AED 3000 (~USD 816.77).
After the date of purchase, your gift card is valid for up to a year.
To collect the card, you can receive it at a Majid Al Futtaim affiliated shopping mall in the UAE. You can get the card from customer service desks. You’ll have to use a viable form of ID to purchase the card (passport, Emirates ID, driver’s license, etc.)
You can also have the card shipped to an address within the UAE. You will receive a call if you choose this option to confirm the delivery date and time.
This gift card cannot be reloaded once a specific amount has been placed on the card.
Sand Dollar Dubai offers what they call e-Gift Vouchers. These are basically gift cards with a specific amount of Emirati dirhams on it.
If you choose to purchase one of these to give to someone, or even for yourself, Sand Dollar Dubai will email the voucher to the purchaser of the voucher.
If you wish to gift the voucher to a family member or friend, then you can forward that email and send it to a person of your choosing.
vouchers come in a variety of prescribed amounts:
- AED 250 (~USD 68.06)
- AED 500 (~USD 136.13)
- AED 750 (~USD 204.19)
- AED 1000 (~USD 272.26)
- AED 1100 (~USD 299.48)
- AED 1200 (~USD 326.71)
- AED 1500 (~USD 408.39)
- AED 2000 (~USD 544.51)
- AED 2500 (~USD 680.64)
- AED 3000 (~USD 816.77)
These gift vouchers can help keep you on a budget if you want to avoid spending too much money, while also giving you the freedom to use them virtually wherever you want to.
Mylist Gift Cards
Mylist Gift Cards come in ranges from AED 50 (~USD 13.61) to AED 5000 (~USD 1361.29).
You can have this gift card delivered to any address within the United Arab Emirates if you are sending it as a gift.
The card will be delivered in an ornate box that contains a message you have written for the recipient if it is a gift.
If it is not a gift, you can also have the card delivered to you, but you may choose to have it sent to you via email instead of as an e-gift card (this way, you’ll avoid any delivery fees).
You can use this card to shop in any store or with any vendor that has partnered with Mylist Gift Cards.
You can refer to this list of stores to see where exactly you can use the gift card. If you are ever unsure when planning to check out at a store, you can simply ask an employee for clarification.
In 2014, Apple introduced the iTunes gift card to the UAE. If you, or someone you plan on giving a gift card to, use an Apple product, then maybe an iTunes gift card will be perfect.
Perhaps you know that the person you plan to give the gift card to has just recently gotten an iPhone. In that case, giving him or her an iTunes gift card could be a great accessory to the phone!
Just as in the United States or most other places in the world, retailers offer clients the opportunity to buy gift cards for their stores.
Retailers in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a whole are no different.
The website You Got A Gift helps consumers find the retailers they are seeking so that they can purchase either an e-gift card or a physical gift card to either pick up on arrival or to have delivered to a specific address.
At any rate, this gives customers the opportunity to diversify and specialize their gifts to tailor particular interests.
If you know that your mother-in-law plans on taking a trip to Dubai and that she loves jewelry, perhaps you could purchase her a gift card to Joyalukkas.
You Got A Gift pairs you with a plethora of options, and most of the retailers offer gift cards with amounts typically ranging between AED 10 (~USD 2.72) at the least and AED 5000 (~USD 1361.29) at the max.
The gift cards you purchase from You Got A Gift are typically valid for anywhere from three months to a year after activation.
Virgin Megastore Gift Cards-Electronics
Virgin Megastore is a massive retailer in the UAE, providing customers with a wide variety of different electronic devices such as headphones, earbuds, electronic watches, fitness bands, toys, and even fashion apparel.
You can purchase a Virgin Megastore gift card for yourself or a recipient for your choice. These gift cards allow the user the possibility to purchase thousands and thousands of items the store offers.
Gift cards with Virgin Megastore come in varieties of AED 100 (~USD 27.23), AED 200 (~USD 54.45), AED 350 (~USD 95.29), AED 500 (~USD 136.13), and AED 1000 (~USD 272.26).
Google Play Gift Cards
As of 2019, Google Play Gift Cards are now available in the United Arab Emirates. If you don’t have an iPhone or the person you plan on giving a gift card to doesn’t have an iPhone, then perhaps you’ll want to gift them a Google Play Gift Card.
Similar to an iTunes gift card, Google Play gift cards give customers the option to purchase apps, music, etc. on his or her phone.
There are five options of amounts you can pay for a Google Play gift card: AED 30 (~USD 8.17), AED 40 (~USD 13.61), AED 100 (~USD 27.23), AED 300 (~USD 81.68), and AED 500 (~USD 136.13).
You can purchase a Google Play Gift Card from thirteen retailers:
- LuLu Hypermarket
- Axiom Telecom
- Geekay Games
- Virgin Megastore
- Sharaf DG
Now you can embark upon Dubai with all the gift card knowledge you never knew you needed. Good luck and safe travels!