Dubai Has the many of the largest Structures of the World, like the Tallest Tower in the World, the Burj Khalifa, the Tallest Free Standing Hotel in the Burj Al Arab and the Largest Mall in terms of land area (but sixth in gross leasable area). Aside from that, The Dubai Mall is the most visited mall in the world and in 2012 had 65 million visitors.
The Dubai Mall, which is connected to the Burj Khalifa Tower and Souk Al Bahar. You can appreciate the structural wonder of the Dubai Mall and the spectacular waterfront promenade to Souk Al Bahar from the observation Deck of the Burj Khalifa Tower. This ginormous Mall houses more than 1200 retail outlets, ranging from restaurants, fashion accesories, cinemas, the Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Skating Rink, Coffee Houses, Bars and it also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. Don't forget the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and the Dubai Skating Rink. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system and a lot more.
retail outlets include: Bloomingdales, Louis Vuitton, Cole Haan, Debenhams, Ralph Lauren, Rolex, Marks and Spencer, Max Mara, Mossimo Dutti, DKNY, Dolce and Gabbana, Dockers, Hugo Boss, Faconnable, Paul Smith, Lacoste, Fred Perry, Pierre Cardin, Ermenegildo Zegna, Guess, Mango, Zara and a lot lot more.
according to their website:
Welcome to The Dubai Mall
The world’s most visited and largest shopping and entertainment destination. The Dubai Mall, with over 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, and 200 food and beverage outlets is one of DEPE's strategic partners.
So, if you are wondering about what to do in Dubai, then look no further; The Dubai Mall is your ultimate destination for great shopping, dining and entertainment in the city.
Stores and Attractions:
Daily - 10:00am - 2:00am
Restaurants & Food Courts:
Daily - From Iftar - 2:00am
Waterfront Promenade Restaurants:
Daily - From Iftar - 3:00am
Metro Link Bridge outlets:
Daily - 8:00 am to 1:00am
A 10 minute walk from Jumeriah Mosque or a couple of bus-stops further on, just past the zoo, lies the Mercato Shopping Mall. It is a themed mall designed to look like Venice with fake house fronts, bridges and paintings of the Grand Canal. It also has lots of shpos and a food court. It is lit up nicely at night. Get here by number 8 bus.
Do you believe that, sometimes, I was the one heading to the malls? Fernanda was surprised, but the fifty someting Celsius degress outside, pushed me into the air-conditioned.
Which one is the best? Well... that's a problem - all big, all with outstanding architecture, all with the same (expensive) shops and brands, all... so cool!
This shopping mall is located on the creek. You can get here by bus 4 from Rashidiya metro or bus S11 from Emirates Metro Station.
The mall looks quite futuristic, part of it is a gold centre, part of it is located on a man-made canal, part of it is on the creek. You can hire a sofa boat and pedal on the canal part. There is a marina outside on the creek. There are 2 hotels here - the Crown Plaza and the Intercontinental. The Intercontinental pool has an odd glass part where you can see peole swimming above you. The mall has sound and water shows at night. There are lots of restaurants, including areas to dine on the waterfront. There is a local restaurant with lots of middle eastern themed models. You can also get here by boat.
Never thought I'd be recommending a shopping mall as a 'thing to do'!
But The Dubai Mall is something a little different. For a start it is the biggest in the world. And whilst in many ways that's meaningless when you are there (you can't 'see' it all), it's still quite an experience. And once inside, it really is extraordinary - a lot of care has been taken in lay-out, design, facilities etc..
You'll want for nothing so fear not and, by Australian standards, things are relatively cheap. So plenty of labels on offer as well as gifts etc. Restaurants and cafes aplenty, so plenty of sustenance on offer to keep you there for the day.
But it's also the extras they offer that make the Mall a genuine 'thing to do' in Dubai. Main point is that it is the access to the Burj Khalifa, but there's also the famed 'dancing fountains' outside as well as the waterfall, a cinema complex, ice rink, aquarium and more.... And air conditioning..... :)
Most shops open around 10am and access is from the Burj Khalifa Metro station (note they are still building the pedestrian walkway from the station to the Mall - so a hot 15 minute walk or the F3 connecting bus are your two current options).
I am not quite sure when the first fountain show starts. I read somewhere it was 6pm but this was not correct. It may depend on the time of year. Maybe they start when it gets dark. I would guess in summer they start around 7pm and take place on the hour and half hour. We watched the show at 8.30pm. The fountain display was actually very good. The music was well-chosen and dramatic. It lasted maybe 5 to 10 minutes and was certainly worth seeing and all for free.
To get to the Dubai Mall take the metro to Dubai Mall/Burj Kalife Station then take the F13 feeder bus to the mall. Follow the signs on the ground floor for fountains. The lake with the fountains is right in front of the Burj Kalife - the tallest building in the world.
The Dubai Mall has plenty of other things to do, too, such as an ice rink, a huge aquarium, a gold souq , lots of places to eat and of course lots of shops. We had a pleasant, filling and cheap Lebanese meal in the food court there.
Generally I hate shopping, but visiting shopping malls in Dubai has several big advantages. One, many of them are easily accessible by metro. Two, they are air-conditioned. Three, they have lots of restaurants and cafes. Four, many of them are really extravagantly decorated and they are worth just wandering around to look at the decor. Five, there are several entertainment options available in the malls.
We visited three malls during our stay.
Ibn Battuta Mall - to get there take metro to Ibn Battuta station. Exit and walk towards the exotic looking buildings on the other side of the road. If you are staying in Jumeriah, get there using the 8A bus in the direction of Ibn Battuta. The bus station is between the mall and the metro.
This shopping mall is named after Ibn Battuta who was an explorer - there is an exhibit about him in the centre of the mall. The mall is divided into six areas. Each area represents a place Ibn Battuta travelled to. There is an Egyptian area shaped like an Ancient Egyptian temple and covered with wall paintings and hieroglyphics.
There's a Persian area with a huge central dome covered in beautiful blue patterened tiles.
There's an Indian area with a huge elephant clock. There is a Chinese section with a Chinese junk.
There's a Tunisian section with a replica Tunisian town.
Finally, there's an Andalucian section with an ornate fountain.
Stores inside the mall include Woolworths, BHS, Boots and lots, lots more. There's an enormous supermarket called Geant. There is a food court and restaurants. We had a very tasty meal in Restaurant al Arab - a Lebanese restaurant in the Persian area.
Dubai Mall - get the metro to Dubai Mall Station and take the feeder bus from directly outside. It's very frequent. Dubai Mall is beautifully decorated - especially in its gold souk area. It is located near the Burj Kalife - the tallest building in the world. There are good places to photo this just outside the mall. The Dubai Mall has an ice-skating rink, a huge aquarium and a fashion area complete with a cat walk and fashion shows at certain times of the day. There is a stunning mall designed to look like an old Arabian souk just next to the Dubai Mall. Lots of restaurants and cafes, big Waitroses supermarket.
Mall of the Emirates - get there by travelling to Mall of the Emirates Station. Walk from the metro via an enclosed air-conditioned walkway. Inside Mall of the Emirates there is a huge Carrfour, Ski Dubai -with ski slope, real snow and lots of snow covered play areas for children. There is also a cinema and bowling rink and a food court in this mall.
This luxurious complex tries to compose the traditional look in studied harmony. Each door, each window, open to a perfect sight, where not a single detail was neglected.
Beach, hotels, shopping mall, pools, bars, lakes, everything is accessible and available to make you feel in a 1001 nights place. For a price... of course.
In the arid and torrid sands of Dubai which sport should I recommend? SKI, naturally.
Accessible from the shopping area of Mall of Emirates or from the adjacent Kempinsky Hotel (where you may book a chalet in the snow for "only" US $1000 a day) the artificial snow hill really creates the true ambiance. All the equipment may be rented or bought locally, but... you better try to book in advance.
There are huge shopping malls in Dubai. You can buy any thing at reasonable price. The most famous is "Deira City Center Shopping Mall".
Deira City Centre has over 240 shops. Alongside the Centre's extensive array of shops, there is a wide choice of unique leisure and entertainment facilities, designed to enhance your enjoyment each time you visit Deira City Centre.
Best malls to visit are Dubai Mall (see the fountain show there after 6pm daily), Festival City Mall (where you can take an abra or water taxi for a short ride), Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall - Wafi is nice for its glass roof and to visit Wafi Gourmet for food items.
Probably the most awesome time to go shopping in Dubai is during DSF...because of the sales! And at night, it's nice to walk around at the streets of Al Rigga, where there's game booths and mini-rides, shows, concerts, street performers, and food.. I think DSF is around February or so...check it out!!
The Global Village originally was associated with the Dubai Shopping Festival in January each year and was situated nearer the centre of Dubai than now. Now it has been transferred to a vast area out in the wilds. But don't imagine it as being set among sand dunes, it is just deserted land. Now the various countries are allotted pavilions usually representing some landmark . For example Britain has Big Ben and the changing of the guard as a facade, with the Welsh side showing Conway and Caerphilly Castles. China has a pagoda and the Great wall , France the Eiffel Tower etc.
Just walking around the 'village' is interesting , but it is in fact a market [see Shopping] where goods are on display and sold at reasonable prices if you can bargain.
Try these Shopping Malls:
Burjuman Center (Bur Dubai)
Deira City Center (Deira)
Al-Ghurair Center (Deira)
Lamcy Plaza (Bur Dubai)
Wafi City (Deira)
Ibn-e-Batuta Mall (Shiekh Zayed Road)
Mall of The Emirates (Shiekh Zayed Road)
Dragon Mart (Shiekh Zayed Road)
I am not a person who is very fond of shopping but Emirates mall is a big, nice mall to spend time in. You have to get a taxi to go there.
Easy to find many electronics shops which sell stuff for reasonable prices. (At least when compared with Turkey) Also one thing interesting is there is a ski center in the mall, something you don't expect to see in the middle of the desert.
Just keep in mind there are two food courts, one of them is more like a fast food place. And there is a second one which the same food shops in the first one serve in a restaurant fashion.