The iconic Dubai Mall, is the largest shopping mall in the world. Located next to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, and most popular hotels in Dubai, this mall truly breaks every record in the world, having the largest candy store in the world 'Candilicious', the largest choreographed fountain show, the biggest indoor aquarium, and an indoor underwater zoo. It also has an inbuilt souk, selling beautiful European jewellery, an indoor Ice-Rink, an indoor theme park 'Sega Republic', the famous 'KidZania', a haunted house, a cinema, and over 1,200 shops and retail stores and 150 cafes and restaurants. Like the Louvre, if you wish to enjoy this mall, store by store and avail all of its experiences excluding the various eateries, it may take you one entire week or even more than that! It's malls like this one, which gives Dubai its much-acclaimed title of 'The Ultimate Shopping Destination' in the world.
World's first shopping resort and one of the largest in the city, Mall of Emirates has 560 international brands, more than 630 high-end stores, the largest Carrefour city and its own 'Fashion Dome', which houses the major global high-end brands. It has prominent fashion brands, bookshops, banks and beauty lounges apart from the restaurants and two food-courts. You can also enjoy regular exhibitions held at the fashion dome by the top fashion designers of the world. Ski-Dubai, world's largest indoor themed ski resort, is a popular attraction. There's a café inside SkiDubai which serves its famous hot chocolate, and truly having a hot chocolate in the freezing -4 degrees inside is a heavenly feeling. This mall in Dubai also has its famous DUCTAC theatre which hosts various plays, dance shows, and stand-up comedians.
The concept of this entire mall is based on Ibn Battuta's travels and is the world's largest themed mall. The mall celebrates his achievements and discoveries, so there are different courts located in different areas that resemble the places he travelled such as China, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia, India. This is perhaps the only mall where you'd be able to cover every single store since the mall has only one floor. Multiple cafes and restaurants are spread throughout the mall, with some even placed at an outside providing splendid views. It houses the only IMAX cinema in the nation and most of the affordable yet popular brands.
If Burjuman is one of the premier malls in Dubai, then DCC, as we call it, is the first proper shopping mall in the city. It is located in Deira, a prime and one of the oldest region. DCC still bustles and is easily one of the busiest malls during the weekends. Home to many brands and the electronic giant Sharaf DG, it also houses the VOX movie theatre, Magic Planet, and a bowling city.
Burj Dubai is practically the hub of Dubai, so it is only convenient that this mall is strategically located here. Talking about convenience, it is easily accessible by the metro, bus and of course taxis. It is connected by both, red and green, metro lines. One of the premier malls in Dubai, Burjuman has recently undergone a renovation and now caters to all your needs, and has more brands than ever. With roughly two floors dedicated to restaurants and cafes, it is ideal for the ones with a healthy appetite. It has nation's only Saks Fifth Avenue centre.
MCC is relatively newer than the lot. Located in the sophisticated locality of Mirdif, this new mall has already become quite popular with the residents as it houses some of the most iconic and affordable brands. The mall has something suitable for all kinds of budget, and when the mall has the sales, the entire city comes here to shop. It also has baby changing rooms, and most importantly the entire mall is eco-friendly. MCC offers varied entertainment choices, such as IFly which is an indoor skydiving centre, Sky Trail and Climbing Wall, Little Explorers which is primarily for kids, Soccer Circus Dubai, AquaPlay, Vox Cinemas and Magic Planet.
This mall in Dubai is one of the largest and is still undergoing an AED 1.5 billion renovation. Though DFC has most of the popular brands, is still comparatively quiet. It has the largest Aldo store in the world, one of the largest IKEA stores in the region, an exclusive Ferrari store, a bowling centre, the famous New York restaurant Serendipity, the only Mint Velvet store to exist outside the U.K, and the only Hard Rock Café in the country. Apart from all the shopping brands and various eateries, the best part about DFC is that it faces the historic creek. During the cooler months, an everyday mini 'fair' is also held in front of the creek with lots of games and small stalls of food, accessories, and souvenirs. One of the highlights of DFC is the fountain show, similar to the one in Dubai Mall, however, it simultaneously also presents the incredible Laser show in the evenings.
Unlike others, this mall is not situated in the city, but in the outskirts of Dubai. Perhaps this is why it is relatively less crowded. However, this hidden treasure is one of the favourites among the residents' thanks to the sale it provides. The 'Outlet' themed mall, offers Warehouse/ Factory sale and always has 40%-90% off any time of the year. Sale season is a big deal at this mall, and you'll see the entire city flocking to the mall during the sale season, as it ensures unbelievable discount on all the major fashion brands, perfume brands, sports brands and many others. Housing more than 240 stores, various eateries, and a play area, it also has the largest Chuck-E-Cheese in the country.
Dubai is famous not just for its deserts, adventure parks and resorts, but for its many shopping hubs as well. Dubai's famous gold souk happens to be the world's largest gold market! Situated in Deira, this golden souk is the most famous and highly visited tourist spot in Dubai because of its excellent quality and designs of gold. With more than 350 jewellery traders and retailers, Gold Souk is restocked with at least 10 tons of gold daily.
WAFI is a shopping mall located within the Egyptian themed Wafi City Complex of Dubai. It showcases a distinct style of design with over 300 stores and boutique shops offering the visitors an excellent shopping experience. The Wafi Mall is spread over 5 levels with designated areas marked for shopping, entertainment and leisure activities. The Arabian Souk located underground is an area that attracts immense attention with Cleopatra’s spa being one of the top draws here.
Opened in 2003, Century Mall is a famous neighbourhood mall in Al Mamzar area, Dubai. Built over two floors and has shops that sell Arabian attire, perfume, accessories and electronics along with being home to excellent coffee shops, a hypermarket, some pharmacies and an activities/play area for children.
The Dragon Mall in Dubai, better known as the Dragon Mart, is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China since 2004. The 1.2 kilometer-long, 150,000 square meter dragon-shaped mall offers a stock of Chinese products at wholesale prices, housing about 4,000 distinctive stores in its arena. Comprising of Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2, the extensive mall is one of the best places for shopping and dining in Dubai.
Inspired by the deep-rooted Italian Renaissance with a unique Mediterranean atmosphere, stands the Mercato Shopping Mall in Jumeirah district, Dubai. The shopping cum entertainment center stretches over 643,067 square feet of area housing about more than 140 stores and service outlets with a tasteful design resembling Spain and France making the mall look like Italian market square. The designers who styled the mall with calm pastel shades have made Mercato the first eminent mall that captures a unique artwork of the European Renaissance worshiped by art lovers as well as tourists and locals.
The vast options for malls in Dubai are what makes the Emirate a 'Global Shopping Destination'. Dubai has many malls with many brands that suit all budget requirements and we hope that this list has answered any questions regarding the various shopping malls in Dubai.
This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer
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