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IKEA Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Ikea is a well-known Swedish furniture and home accessories store with outlets around the world, including the UAE and other Middle East countries. Ikea is well-known for good value furniture that is easy to transport and frustrating to assemble, but the popularity of the furniture is obvious, as anyone who has been stuck in an Ikea queue at Festival City on a Friday night knows.

The first Ikea store in Dubai was a small shop in Karama on Zabeel Road. A larger store opened in Deira City Center when the new mall opened in 1995, and an even larger store opened in Dubai Festival City when DFC opened in 2005. There is also a large Ikea store in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, relocated from Abu Dhabi Marina Mall as of 15 March 2011.

IKEA locations
IKEA Yas Island
IKEA bus service Abu Dhabi
IKEA opening hours
Opening times Location Saturday-Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Dubai Festival City map 1000-2200 (10am-10pm) 1000-2400 (10am-midnight) 1000-2400 1000-2400
Abu Dhabi Yas Island map 1000-2200 (10am-10pm) 1000-2200 1000-2200 1000-2200
Abu Dhabi Marina Mall map 1000-2200 (10am-10pm) 1000-2200 1000-2300 1000-2200
What's so special about Ikea furniture?

For those who don't know, Ikea sells most furniture disassembled. Which means shelves, tables, chairs, desks, etc can be packed flatter and they'll fit into your Volvo stationwagon with ease (then again, a Swedish Chef and his complete kitchen would probably fit into a Volvo stationwagon). When when you get home, you unwrap your goodies, look for the assembly instructions which usually have a couple of diagrams of how to turn the special key provided and what the assembled item looks like, find a plastic bag with one less bolt than the number required, scratch your head for a while, and eventually find the maintenance guy and give him 50 dhs to put the blasted thing together. Or if you're Swedish and female, there is bound to be a copious supply of willing DIY male carpenters at any of the Dubai watering holes desperate to show off how clever they are. At least you save yourself 50 dhs that way since they'll be embarrassed enough when they fail to put the furniture together, that they'll pay the maintenance guy themselves.

The Ikea product line includes both home and office furniture, bathroom fixtures, beds and bedding, kitchen accessories from napkins to complete kitchens (minus the whiteware though), children's furniture, shelves and cupboards, pictures and picture frames, plastic plants, and wicker baskets to put everything in. Pretty well almost everything non-electrical that you need make your home a sweeter home.

A 10,000 dirham shopping spree at Ikea should be enough to kit out a 1 bedroom apartment with bed, sofa, table, chairs, desk, and most of the other bits and pieces needed. Take AED 15,000 if you're feeling generous, leave out the sofa and desk if you want to spend just 5,000 dirhams. Double or triple the amount for 2 or 3 bedrooms.

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IKEA alternatives

These stores have similar quality (although Ikea is likely to be the most robust choice), style, prices, and will garner equally disapproving looks from any snob friends you might have.

Last update Thursday 22-Mar-2012
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