Is anyone else feeling like this summer has seen a mass exodus of friends? Dubai is such a transient city and saying goodbye can be hard, so we want to make sure you find the perfect gift for your gorgeous friends to ease that burden at the very least. The Gift Paper reveals the best farewell presents around…  So get shopping ladies, and remember whilst some loved families may be leaving, strong friendships last forever, and new ones in Dubai are there to be cemented.  

Traditional Gifts 

Bateel Dates

A luxury wooden box of gourmet dates is sure to be a hit as a leaving gift. Every morsel of these fine, organic delicacies will be committed to memory and will take your friend on a journey back to the city they love. What’s more, after the box is emptied, it can be reusedand the hand painted glass featuring an arabesque design will cherish that Middle Eastern heritage forever.

AED 760, available at Bateel 

Camel chocolates

The finest camel milk chocolate, in the form of a camel of course, is a fabulous gift for any leaver.  It’s not only delicious; but it is also packed with goodness and is known for its healing powers, perfect for someone moving home or on another adventure to ease any stress or anxiety on the way. Expect high quality chocolate with a distinguished taste – yum!

Available at Al Nasma

Oud Candle

Opt for a stunning Diptyque candle in the Oud fragrance as a leaving gift. The ethereal Middle Eastern fragranceis centuries old and offers a rich, mysterious and woodyscent that is sure to teleport your friend back to Dubai. And after all, every home can never have too many candles!

AED 350, available from Diptyque 

Gifts for a child

Alphabet of the Emirates colouring book

Local brand, Dubai Love make it their mission for kids to discover, explore and remember this Country and their Alphabet colouring book is a lovely token present for a child leaving from school.  Each page features a letter of the alphabet associated with something to remind them of the values, culture and environment that the city holds. Perfect!

AED 60, from Caramel and Sun

Personalised Necklace

Girls love jewellery and a necklace with the leaving child’s name in Arabic is a lovely farewell pressie.  At Monili you can choose silver or gold, and any type of thickness you want, and they will personalize a necklace for you.  Cute right?! 

Starting from 125 AED available at Monili, Gold and Diamond Park

Dubai Billionaire

Arguably better than Dubai Opoly, which challenged the infamous Monopoly this year, Dubai Billionaire is a fun board game where you can buy, sell and rent property in the hope to become a Dubai Billionaire. It features fun places from around the city, which is sure to bring back fun memories when the family settles down to a game.

AED 139, available at Virgin Megastore 


On to a new adventure print

A lovely memento for a family leaving to remind themselves in years to come of where they lived in Dubai and for how long. These prints can be personalized too, and the gold foiling certainly completes the keepsake in a Middle Eastern fashion – the perfect finishing touch!

300 AED, from lovemaps_dubai at

“All about Dubai” Camel Print

For a family that has lived in Dubai for quite a few years, we love these word prints in the form of a camel. Personalize with kids schools, villa numbers, car plates and favourite places in Dubai, or simply words that bring back fabulous celebrations in the city.

AED 290, from Personalised Prints

Dubai Skyline

These watercolour prints are just stunning.  Featuring the iconic Burj Khalifa, the distinctive sail shaped Burj Al Arab, and more, the skyline is one thing that families who have lived here will never want to forget.  

AED 550, available at


Olives, Lemon and Za’atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking by Rawia Bishara

The Middle East boasts the most incredible cuisine around and this book offers some traditional recipes to recreate at home. Taste, smell and savour the delights of cooking from the region each and every day, with sublime dishes and aromas that you will just want to soak in.

AED 110.50, available at Kinokuniya

The Camel That Got Away, by Julia Johnson


Locally written, Julia Johnson’s books are favourites amongst many children and with images of Dubai scattered throughout the pages of the book, expect fond memories of painted camels and more to come flooding back. The Camel That Got Away is a lovely book to give a child leaving Dubai.

AED 32, available at Magrudy’s

Group Presents

Mango Wood Bench 

For a traditional memento, a piece of furniture from Dubai art haven, The Majlis Gallery, is sure to be a forever keepsake. This mango wood bench is beautifully crafted, made with wood that has unique colours and patterns running thought it.

 1,750 AED From the Majlis Gallery 

These Noritake Arabic coffee cups are stylish and elegant. We love the simple design complimented by the etched rim and paisley motif. Your friends will absolutely love this gift, as they take tea wherever their new adventure begins, and reminisce of their days in Dubai.

From AED 330 for a set of 6 coffee cups, available at Tavola


There are so many places to shop for carpets but one name that has been mentioned over and over again is Sheba Carpets. Stocking authentic, quality carpets from Iran, an intricate rug from here is sure to bring some of the Middle East into your home. 

Enquire for prices at 050 678 6168

Read more from The Gift Paper:

Which expat ‘tribe’ are you? 

Difficulties of living with parents over summer

The Best Fathers Day Gifts for British Dads 

The day my husband lost his job

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