“It's easy to play any musical instrument - all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” - Johann Sebastian Bach
We can't make you a good musician but we can make sure you know where to shop for your perfect instrument. Whether you’re looking for a violin, saxophone, or an exotic darbuka your local music stores' got you covered. Heres our list of Musical Instrument Stores in the UAE:
Adawliah has long been a popular destination for UAE musicians. The store stocks guitars, keyboards, mics and audio equipment but is perhaps best known for its Roland line of products – they’ve got a great range of Roland keyboards and those fantastic electronic V drums everyone's after. The brand has recently expanded its presence with a new store at the Outlet Mall in Dubailand.
A fantastic array of options await you at AKM Music. Their standout brands include Ibanez guitars famous for their high-end Japanese Vai and Satriani models and Cort acoustic guitars - one the best bang for your buck in terms of budget acoustics, other brands include Tama Drums and Aria. AKM has long been one of the few music stores in Abu Dhabi and the brand has grown into four incredible outlets across the UAE.
Although Brooklyn Melodies Music Centre is a best known as a music and dance school in the UAE. The institute is also the exclusive distributor of Belgian manufacturing giant ‘Stagg Music’. Stagg manufactures every popular instrument and they're sold at reasonable prices, so be sure to check them out.
No modern musical instrument list is complete without electronic music and DJ corner certainly seems to be the specialist. The store has exceptionally knowledgeable staff and stock the latest in audio recording and performance equipment including those sought after Pioneer DJs!
Unlike other stores on this list, House of Pianos doesn’t sell a variety of instruments and instead specializes in one - Pianos. The store offers top piano brands like Steinway, Haessler and Bluthner. House of Pianos also provides great payment options which include rent to own, a payment plan with Emirates NBD and piano tuning and service programs.
Another specialist shop – Maurice Ouds is a great oud store located in Karama. They sell a variety of ouds from master Egyptian oud luthier Maurice Shehata.
Established in 1993, Melody House is one of the longest-running musical instruments stores in the UAE. They carry a diverse range of global powerhouse brands for drums, guitars and keyboards including Remo, Nord, Pearl, Mesa Boogie, PRS and more. Melody House has two outlets in Dubai but if you aren’t based nearby, they have a great online store too!
This Al Quoz destination has long been a popular store with the local musician community. Musicians Warehouse stocks some great keyboards, bass guitars and guitar pedals– their pre-owned section is pretty cool too.
Music Chamber is a one-stop music showroom and academy. They have a great selection of Casio keyboards, Godin guitars and Ouds. For those looking to get their hands on pop music and rock books – this is your spot, the store has a great selection of books from Alfred and Hal Leonard.
Orchestra Megastore is a musical instruments store based in Deira. The store offers a diverse range of products but is perhaps best known for its assortment of Kawai pianos and Korg digital pianos and keyboards.
A paradise for guitar lovers! – Sadek Music delivers top acoustic and electric brands like Gibson, Martin, Taylor and Schecter. They specialize in string instruments and also sell some great ukuleles from Mahalo. The brand boasts a fantastic outlet in Dubai Mall and another in Deira.
Techniline offers a wide range of speakers, audio equipment and some great instrument brands most notably Laney, Mapex Drums and Washburn.
Although not primarily a musical instrument store, this hidden gem in Jumeirah Beach Centre specializes in sheet music and books. The Music Room is always up-to-date with new book revisions and they have some great string instruments too.
Thomsun Music has 5 stores spread across the UAE and also boasts retail spaces in Virgin Megastores, Emax Electronics and Jumbo. Thomsun offers brands like Yamaha, Bossendorf Pianos, Fender, Zildjian and Line 6. The store focuses on pianos, string instruments and wind and brass. Thomsun also offers music education at their sing and swing institutes and you can come away with a lot more if you take up some of their private music courses.
Located in Sharjah, White Gold is perfect for those who live in Sharjah and do not want to drive out to Dubai or Abu Dhabi to purchase their instruments. White Gold offers a variety of western instruments and is one of the few outlets that also stocks traditional Arabic and Indian instruments – it’s well worth the visit.
Did we miss anything? Email us your suggestions. Last Update - Sep 25
About the Writer
Faariss Khalil is a British musician who currently lives in Dubai. As a former turntablist from Bristol his experience of growing up in a thriving music scene has fuelled his passion to uncover new music in the UAE.