From Dubai to Zagreb: Family Travels to Croatia for Sales

Lauren Simmonds

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Prices in Zagreb dropped by anywhere between 50 and 70 percent yesterday, sparking a shopping frenzy among many hungry for a bargain amid the chaos of the traditional post-Christmas sales. One family came not from another city, or even from over the border from Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary or Bosnia and Herzegovina, but all the way from Dubai to Zagreb, just for the Croatian capital city’s price cuts.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of December, 2018, the family, who arrived from Dubai to Zagreb stated that when compared to their prices over in Dubai, there are some real bargains to be found in Zagreb.

”So, that’s why we come to Zagreb every year when the sales are on,” Shamma AlZaabo explained while he and his family were searching for said bargains in the very heart of Zagreb’s city centre, choosing between a multitude of colourful pullovers, dresses, and shirts.

In the [United Arab] Emirates, prices are much more expensive, he says, so there he needs to deliberately choose every garment wisely and calculate how much exactly he needs to purchase it. In the Croatian capital however, this isn’t the case, he says, and even though he didn’t come all the way from Dubai to Zagreb for anything special in particular, he certainly left the stores with his hands full, according to a report from Večernji list.

As is commonplace, the big winter discounts have begun in order to shift stock, and according to the Consumer Protection Act, the sales and price cuts are set to last for the next sixty days, and during that time all of the goods must be clearly labeled with both their old and new price tags, as well as the exact percentage discount customers will be getting for their purchase.

While some stores inevitably keep hold of the same prices for the entire sales period, others, such as the popular clothes store New York, will lower their prices once again following the turn of the year, in 2019. Although yesterday was just the first day of the “first round” of sales, ”scandals” at the hands of bargain-hungry shoppers have already taken place at the entrances to numerous shopping centres in Zagreb.

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