Music Shops Around Dubai and Sharjah
Please note: a map WILL follow ...
The way things work here, is that only one person/shop will have the right to import a certain range, so no shop will have everything. If you want different products, you'll have to walk ...
*Zak Electronics - Bur Dubai - Karama - about 1 block on the Trade Centre side of The 0-9 Baby Shop, across the road from the main Post Office, Za'Abeel Rd, Karama.
Stocks: Good range of Fender Guitars (U.S.A, Mex and Squier), Fender Amps, Korg synths and keyboards, Korg effects (incl PandoraIII), Boss Pedals, Roland synths, Kawai pianos, good range of spares and accessories. Large shop with knowledgable friendly staff - worth a visit if you're in Dubai. Opens 10am-1pm and 4:30pm-9pm.
*Zak Electronics - across the road from Renaissance Hotel, Salah Al Din Rd, Deira.
Stocks: much the same as Karama branch, smaller shop, a bit crowded. Has workshop upstairs for repairs.
*Mozart Music (Stan's shop) - Near Lu-Lu Centre Karama. Stand outside Lu-Lu, turn toward Trade Centre, straight at small r/a, and then first left. (i.e. one road away from Lu-Lu) 2nd or 3rd shop in street on left side.
Stocks: Excellent shop - Jackson Guitars, B.C.Rich Guitars, Marshall Amps, Zoom Effects, Roland Effects, Roland Equip. (altho admittedly lately it's been a bit empty, and some other brands are creeping in).
**Mozart Music (Stan's new shop in Deira) - Right next to Fann Al Sout (see directions below). Small shop, but in the right area - big range of Marshall amps. Jackson guitars, Hendrix guitars, Zoom effects etc. Friendly staff.
*House of Guitars - backs up to Mozart (above) on the LuLu Centre side. If you stand outside LuLu and look right and across the street you'll see it. Unknown assortment of stuff, and some interesting pedals last time I looked, which was ages ago.
*Fann Al Sout - Deira, from Salah Al Din road, turn off Fish R/A past Claridges Hotel - Claridges on your right. The shop is 100m along on the right. You'll pass another music shop on the way, with an odd assortment of stuff (Soundline - Torque amps, Studiomaster desks).
Stocks: Another interesting shop - Ibanez Guitars and effects, Crate Amps, Trace Elliot Amps, keyboards and other stuff.
*Sonia Electronics - Deira, from Salah Al Din road, turn off Fish R/A past Claridges Hotel - Claridges on your right. The shop is 50m along on the left. Opposite, and before Fann Al Sout (above).
Stocks: Small crowded shop. Mackie desks, Laney, Farfisa and others.
*Thomsun Electronics - Deira - from clock tower travel toward Rigga Rd (Maktoum Br behind you) pass Rigga, pass Muraqqabat, pass Hamarain Centre, turn right in Salah Al Din Rd, Thomsun is on the right, just before Mashreq Bank Building.
Stocks: this is the Yamaha Dealer. Say no more. Guitars, Amps, Keyboards, Pianos, Effects - all Yamaha. Good shop. (Martin Guitars too I think), and Laney amps. Studio equipment, monitors etc.
*Thomsun Electronics - Bur Dubai - Khalid Bin Waleed Str (computer street) sort of opposite Marine Hotel, on right heading toward old Falcon R/A. Another branch somewhere in the souk behind that (have fun).
Stocks: much the same as Deira Branch.
*Madar - Deira, from clock tower travel toward Rigga Rd (Maktoum Br behind you). Shop is on the corner (1st or 2nd corner) on the right hand side. NOTE:! This shop is now closed - go to the warehouse nearby. (see below)
Stocks: Studio stuff. AKG mics - good selection. Behringer desks. Stands, etc.
*Madar Warehouse - Deira, from clock tower travel toward Rigga Rd (Maktoum Br behind you) pass Rigga, pass Muraqqabat, pass Hamarain Centre, turn right in Salah Al Din Rd, Thomsun is on the right, just before Mashreq Bank Building - just before Thomsun, turn in right (small street) about 50m on the right is the warehouse.
Stocks: Same as shop, but much bigger and more of it. Cubase software.
*Melody House (Nick the Greek) - Parallel to Salah Al Din rd. Carry on past Fann Al Sout with Fish r/a behind you (see above) and turn next right. About 100m on the right side.
Stocks: probably the most pro shop in Dubai at the moment. Alesis equipment (all of it) from ADAT thru synths to amps and monitors. Also Hamer guitars and Aria Pro guitars. Spirit by Soundcraft desks (Good range). Digitech effects, LINE6 amp, Shure, Tascam etc etc.
*Melody House Warehouse - Pass Madar warehouse, and turn 2nd right. (i.e. miss the road right next to Madar and take the next one) Warehouse is first building on the right, set slightly back from road. Alternately, stand with Hamarain centre behind you and travel up the T-junction past Cars garage. Warehouse is near the end of that road on the left. Took my very expensive Alesis synth in for repair (loose mod wheel) but their repairman was too busy drinking tea to help, so took it home and fixed it myself (in 6 minutes!). They lost points there (and probably a good customer).
*World Music Center - Al Wahda Rd - Sharjah - Drive into Sharjah on the Dubai-Shj rd, exclaim with wide-eyed astonishment "fuckin'ell" and take the first u-turn and drive back out. Just before Al Khan r/a (bridge) i.e. just before leaving Sharjah, it's on the right, black with gold sign. Small shop, haven't been there for a while, but had a Washburn guitar and some Fender amps the last time I looked. Watch the traffic.
A few others which I've not had the time to put in. Any which I've left out please email me the details 'case I've missed them.