Eight top Dubai souvenirs | CNN Travel

Shopping: its pretty much modern Dubais reason for being.

Fans of the city say you can buy whatever your heart desires there.

Almost literally: Dubai does, after all, have the worlds largest shopping center -- the Dubai Mall -- and it contains a lot of stuff.

The problem is knowing which stuff to haul back home as a keepsake or a gift for your nearest and dearest.

Or just for the people who bought you some stuff the last time they went away.

Gold from the souk