Dubai offers you a charismatic and an incomparable experience, with some of the best shopping malls in the World. Tourists and shoppers will be in for a big surprise on seeing the variety of brands which are available at their disposal. One can find the best crowd when the Dubai Shopping festival is on. A drive of ten minutes across the streets of Dubai will definitely raise several eyebrows, thanks to its many malls that would enthrall you with its incredible vastness and futuristic construction styles. Here are some of the best malls in Dubai.
One of the largest malls in Dubai by area, this is a premier destination for shopping, entertainment, and lifestyle in Dubai. With more than 1,200 stores at their disposal, tourists and locals have access to several world-class attractions. The Dubai mall is transforming the modern shopping experience. It promotes a lot of leisure and adventure sports, which grabs the attention of several visitors. The big screen delight can be watched along with the outdoor brunch. A gold souk with over 200 jewellery shops can be seen next to the Dubai Aquarium and the Underwater Zoo. There is also a massive Hershey’s Chocolate world and Candylicious, where chocolate and candy lovers can revitalize their taste buds.
This is the answer to the shoppers need for high expensive merchandises, with top-notch brands like Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, DKNY, Guess, etc available under one roof. All brand lovers will be in high spirits and will be short of time with the variety to choose from. The mall is divided into two distinct areas – the old and the new one. The old part is the ultimate destination for all expensive brands, along with a play area for children on the third floor. The interactive fountain is one of the key attractions of the mall. The sunny courtyards and the gardens provide a unique stunning outdoor environment which would awaken your sensory organs. With a wide variety of several restaurants, the visitor would never be short of options to choose from. There are also underground spaces with sufficient parking space for the convenience of the visitors.
Deira City Center
It is one of the first mega malls to open in Dubai, which provides shopping, leisure, and entertainment all in one complex. The mall is known for its laudable friendly customer service. There is a diverse range of fashion merchandise, electronics, jewellery, and other local specialties like cashmere, silk, and oriental rugs, etc. There are around 33 dedicated jewellery stores, and visitors have ample options to choose from 40 restaurants to grab a bite. Drop your kids at the magic planet while you catch a cinema in the meanwhile. There is even a Toyota showroom in the mall. The mall also provides an exclusive shuttle service to 11 major hotels, which will take care of your conveyance. Due to its exemplary customer service, it receives close to 20 million visitors annually.
Secluded from the noise generally associated with a mall, Jumeirah Plaza is centrally located from all major hotels and is one of the most convenient malls to visit. Opened in 1994, the mall still has a lot to offer and is home to several international brands for homeware, jewellery, and watches. One of the key attractions to look out for is the steaks of TGI Fridays along with the happy hour mocktails. The mall provides several office spaces, furnished apartments, and a hotel in the same complex. The large exhibition center is a host to several kid shows, art performances, and other cultural events throughout the year.
Mall of the Emirates
It can be termed as an entire shopping resort for the visitors. Opened in 2005, and now with 466 retail stores and a host of other amenities, it attracts close to 30 million people annually. It provides a unique shopping experience for all members of the family. While kids can hang out at the ‘Magic Planet,’ the family entertainment center has several games and rides which can compete with any theme park. The fourteen-screen multiplex provides full reclining chairs to provide an entertaining experience for all movie buffs. One of the key attractions of this mall is the Ski-Dubai, a world-renowned indoor ski slope. There is a hotel also inside the mall.
Ibn Battuta mall
This is definitely one of the largest themed shopping malls in the World. It has been built and designed to honour the renowned Arab explorer, Ibn Battuta. The mall provides an illustrative and informative shopping experience. Each of the six courts reflects the region visited by Ibn Battuta. It has been close to 600 years since he has died, but he is definitely remembered for his strong Islamic values along with his insightful expeditions through this themed mall. The mall has around 275 shops, a 21 screen cinema multiplex, and 50 restaurants. During the peak summer, it is a host to specialised local markets like art, photography, and ethnic clothing.
Wafi Shopping Mall
An exclusive and extraordinary collection of high-end retailers and brands, it is one of the premier shopping destinations in Dubai. It is home to 300 stores, spirited restaurants, café’s, and bars. Due to the best-in-class and an exclusive collection of a wide range of fashion, jewellery, homeware, and gifts, it attracts a wide variety of customer profiles, especially the ones with high purchasing power. The mall has almost everything a person needs – valet parking, bank, service desks, automatic telephone payment machines, customer service desks, ATM tellers, currency exchange, food court, prayer rooms, etc. The mall is enlightened with a Light and sound show at Wafi every evening. It is flashed across the Egyptian theme buildings in the central courtyards. One of the famous sights which no tourists should miss is the Khan Murjan. It is located two levels underground within the entrance of the mall. It has one of the largest windows of its kind, which was created by several skilled craftsmen. The café court provides a unique dining experience and is one of UAE’s first Café Court. Five exciting dining concepts make up this court. They include Café Martinez (Argentinean café), Soho Grill (fast food like steaks/burgers, etc.), Zucca (pizza & pasta), Shisu (Sushi), and the Noodle Factory. It is a perfect way to tease your appetites and taste buds.
It is located on the banks of Dubai Creek, and offers a great retail shopping experience with outlet like Toys R us, Marks & Spencer, etc. There are close to 60 restaurants to choose from, which include many fast food items. The main attraction of the mall is the 250-meter wide yacht club that is located centrally. Many luxury yachts are surrounded by the shops and the top hotels in Dubai. The mall has it all, whether it is about watching a cinema, play games, or exercise. A waterside path called the Canal walk provides a marine view while visiting the ground level shops. Apart from this, the tops story skywalk, which extends over the entire center, provides people with eventful memories.
Located in the residential area of Jumeirah and spread across a total area of 645,000 sq. ft, the Mercato mall emphasises one of the finest Italian architectures that reminds us of the aesthetic ambience of the renaissance period. Tourists and locals are often floored by the elegant piazzas, pleasant cobbled streets, and original Tuscan and Venetian flavors across the mall. The mall was built in the year 2002 and is regarded as one of the first themed malls in the Middle East and UAE. Shoppers can choose among the 140 shops and service centers in the mall, which guarantees them a truly unique and fabulous shopping experience. There is something in for everyone, with an exclusive collection of homeware, fashion and beauty, jewellery, electronics, and confectionary, etc. Some of the famous outlets/stores in the mall are the Spinneys supermarket, Vox Cinemas, Fun city for kids, Virgin megastore, etc.
Al Ghurair Centre
It would be love at first sight for all fashionistas. With the best brands like Esprit, French Connection, and Baby Phatthis is definitely the mall for all merchandise fanatics. There are several shops which specialise in local fashion. The visitors will be spoilt for choices among the unique lush silks and quality textiles. The large accessories gallery, along with a cosmetic section, completes the shopper’s paradise. There is a large cinema hall adjacent to the mall which plays both the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies. The kids club and playground are staffed by employees, so parents can leave their kids to enjoy without any worry while they quench their shopping thirst.