Upon first visiting Dubai, you’d be forgiven for thinking the city’s official sport is shopping. With some 96 malls across the city, there’s no better place to find that perfect dress, exquisitely tailored suit or quirky memento. But the city’s shopping hubs offer far more than retail therapy, with indoor theme parks, cultural attractions and much more. Here is a selection of the five finest malls for your perusal.
1. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is situated in the heart of downtown Dubai. It is the world’s biggest and most visited shopping mall, it is a remarkably vast retail, leisure and entertainment space. The internal floor area is 5.9 million square feet. Filled with flagship brands such as Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Gucci, Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
If shopping isn’t your forte, Dubai Mall is home to one of the world’s largest aquariums and aquatic zoos, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, complete with a 270-degree walk-through tunnel that makes you feel fully immersed in the deep sea. If looking is not enough you can dive into the depth of 10 million litre aquarium and experience the thrill of a lifetime by coming face to face with the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. The fun does not stop there you can also lose yourself in a full immersive virtual reality experience.
Address: Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai
Visit the Dubai Mall – https://thedubaimall.com
2. The Mall of the Emirates
The Mall of the Emirates is spread over an astounding 2.4 million square of retail heaven. Known as the world’s first shopping resort, with fashion designers from across the world put on full display in the mall’s Fashion Dome and Luxury Wing.
If you get tired of shopping, you will not struggle to find things to do at Mall of the Emirates. Enjoy being entertained at a family theme park or hit the slopes at the celebrated indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, for a day of skiing or snowboarding, tobogganing and playing with the penguins.
Address: Interchange 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road
Visit the Mall of the Emirates – www.malloftheemirates.com
3. City Walk, Jumeirah
Haute Middle Eastern architecture meets European style street shopping in one of Dubai’s most Instagrammable venues. Positioned between Downtown and Jumeirah Beach with startling views of the Burj Khalifa, the City Walk is redefining the shopping experience in Dubai. Open squares and London-style streets filled with edgy fashion boutiques, Michelin-starred culinary concepts and an array of entertainment choices will make City Walk the place to be this year.
Address: Al Safa Street City Walk
Visit City Walk – www.citywalk.ae
4. The Outlet Village, Jebel Ali
Phase one of Dubai’s Outlet Village mall opened its doors in early September 2016 with 1.5 million square feet of retail space that includes three department stores, over 125 brands (with more on the way) as well as premium food and beverage outlets to help fuel a full day of shopping. Score fabulous deals on of-the-moment pieces from big designers like Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera and revel in the village’s charming Tuscan-inspired architecture during your next shopping spree.
Address: Jebel Ali, Near Dubai Parks and Resorts
Visit The Outlet Village – www.theoutletvillage.ae
5. The Ibn Battuta Mall
Ibn Battuta Mall gets its name from the explorer, and the mall’s six courts source design inspiration from Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China, the regions in which he travelled. The decor in the mall includes elaborate tiling, a gigantic golden elephant, a high ceiling painted to resemble blue skies, and lush outdoor tea gardens. Interior design aside, Ibn Battuta Mall is a treasure trove of fashion, lifestyle and sporting shops with regular in-store promotions and celebrations.
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road
Visit Ibn Battuta Mall – www.ibnbattutamall.com
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