this is probably one of dubai’s best kept secrets – a store of exclusively japanese bargain products for your home, some food and stationary. daiso. it is not a very impressive looking store (about 900 sq m), nor is it easy to find, located in the far corner of the third floor in one of dubai older malls, lamcy plaza. but once you’ve been to daiso, you are sure to go back, and again. most products are priced at around AED 5 (about US$ 1.50). i bought all my japanese dining utensils from there: rice and soup bowls, chopsticks, tea cups, and sake glasses. what i was surprised to learn about this store is that it is one of a network of 8,500 branches worldwide of the japan-based daiso stores with impressive annual sales of about 300 billion yen (about $3 billion). daiso is a leader in the japanese hyaku-en (100 yen) shop market.
global daiso store locator