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.
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.
I would challenge anyone who can resist the shopping hypnosis that is Dubai
So here's my attempt at categorizing the Malls:
a- Emirates towers (Villa moda, diamonds and jewellery etc)
b. Merkato (built to look like italy)
c. Wafi Village (fashion, jewellery,spa)
d. Burjuman (fashion, electronics, home stuff)
e. Sheik Zayed Road
a. Al Ghurair (food, fashion, electronics, homestuff)
b. City Center (Virgin, fashion,electronics, kids magic planet, food)
c. Lamcy Plaza (fashion mostly)
d. Hamarain (attached to the marriot hotel,otherwise skip it)
a. Soug al Sanadig (Huge open market, plenty of traditional stuff on sale)
b. Manal Center (next to soug al sanadig)
c. Bur Dubai (open market, near the creekside)
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.
The Duty Free shop at the Dubai Airport is a 'Should not miss' experience. Its huge and worth spending your time while at the airport. But I should caution any prospective traveller who'll visit the shop that please remember that you might have a flight to catch. So just don't get lost in shopping there. Chances are high that one will, because its so so unbelievable.
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.
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!!
Would you say you have a will of iron? Do gadgets not interest you? Are shoes and clothing not your thing? Don't like malls?
Then Dubai may well not be the place for you. The shopping here is truly something that most women can only dream about (yes, I'm being sexist). The Malls are enormous, the Mall of the Emirates incorporating the worlds only internal ski slope-that has real snow - oh yes, you can look in on the snow capped hill from behind double glazed windows whilst slurping on a fruit shake listening to your newly bought ipod and wearing your newly bought outfit, you could quite happily spend most of a day in these places, you might not want to, but trying to find the entrance you came in and then finding your car in the parking lot may well force you to.
Yes, it is true. Dubai has enormous and excellent shopping malls with the most reputed worldwide re known brands and also little sohos with handcraft local art.
Go shopping as a tourist attraction, it is worth going.
You can visit the imponent Mall of the Emirates or Dubai Festival City, or Mercato shopping, or...
To get to this mall take the metro to Deira City Centre. This is not a themed mall, but it is a good place for shopping. It has a huge Carrefour, a small Marks and Spencer's, a Debenhams. There were lots of sales on and we got some reasonably priced shoes. The mall also contains cinemas, bowling and food courts.
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!
Located between two of the more expensive hotels (The Palace and Mina Salam hotels), Jumaira Village was simply enchanting
around 120 shops (variety of brands, and local arabic stuff)
There was a disco and stuff which we didnt check out for lack of interest
The scene is beautiful, with tiny boats (venice style) taking you to your hotel room if your a resident, or resteraunt booking
We absolutely loved the scene from the Moroccon resteraunt rooftop that serves tapa's and drinks and if your interested sheesha (pipes)
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
Its actually a good place but if you come there almost always you will get bored and never come there again. But still if you can't actually find another mall to shop you will still come back there. it happens again and again
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).