With movies, food and activities galore, it’s much more than just shopping at Dubai’s malls
The world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall has something for everyone, including an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, and the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Under one massive roof, you’ll find 1,000-plus retailers, including high-street favourites such as Topshop and Zara, and department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette. Luxury labels find their home on Fashion Avenue, a section of the mall dedicated to high-end designers like Chanel, Lanvin and Elie Saab, with the nearby Level Shoe District occupied by brands such as Christian Louboutin, Fendi and Dior.
Mall of the Emirates has just opened a brand new shopping wing featuring Dubai’s new Apple store, favourite dumpling house Din Tai Fung and another hipster cafe, Common Grounds, amongst other luxury stores. Home to the Ski Dubai slopes, the Magic Planetindoor entertainment centre for kids, and Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centreproviding local and international music and theatre performances, there’s always something to do or see. Add in anchor department stores Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, plus the ultra-chic Fashion Dome and VOX Cinemas for a memorable day out.
Mercato Mall mimics the sights and feel of a Renaissance-era Italian village. Shoppers can choose from international retailers such as Laura Ashley and Jack Wills as well as plenty of bakeries like Cakery Epicerie by Stephane Glacier, a favourite with locals for a quick pick-me-up and Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar for the city’s creamiest hot chocolate.
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.
Housed in instantly recognisable Ancient Egyptian architecture, the iconic Wafi Mallcontinues the theme on the inside as well. Visitors can immerse themselves in an Arabic shopping experience with Middle Eastern fashion boutiques offering the latest in kandoras, burqas and abayas. Or head to Salam, the UAE’s independent department store, for household buys.
Sitting on the shores of the marina, Dubai Marina Mall offers a casual family shopping experience. It houses a variety of international retailers with an emphasis on affordable high-street fashion and beauty services in a relaxed atmosphere. There’s plenty of choice for lunch, all with outdoor alfresco seating along the water’s edge. Wander next door to the attached Pier 7, which offers seven exciting dining concepts, each with breezy terrace seating.
It might be a bit of a drive from Dubai proper, but Dubai Outlet Mall is worth the trip for any dedicated bargain hunter. Here, sales run year-round, with plenty to be found from designer labels such as Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry and Marc Jacobs, as well as electronics and perfumes. Visit on a Monday and be rewarded with further discounts of up to 50 percent at selected stores.
BurJuman Centre is a favourite among the brand-conscious. It is a hub for several fashion labels including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Hermès and many more. To explore, walk through the mall’s sunny courtyards, along its interactive fountain and towards one of its restaurants and cafes. If you’re with family, you can also watch a movie at VOX Cinemas or accompany your children to the play area on the third floor.
City Centre Mirdif houses over 430 retail locations with key anchor stores including Carrefour, Debenhams and Centrepoint. As one of Dubai’s truly suburban malls, it also sets itself apart with inventive entertainment concepts like indoor sky-diving with iFly, children’s edutainment at Little Explorers, interactive football with Soccer Circus Dubai and 12-lane cosmic bowling at Yalla! Bowling.
Set on the banks of Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall is home to over 400 stores including the massive IKEA department store, HyperPanda supermarket and ACE Hardware. This mall also gives you a chance to stroll along its charming Canal Walk or ride the abra at one of the waterfront restaurants.
For a full day of shopping, dining, movie watching and lounging by the beach all in one place, consider a trip to open-air shopping boulevard, THE BEACH opposite JBR. With retail brands ranging from Adventure HQ to Sephora and plenty of spots to stop for a quick pick-me-up treat, you can enjoy premium retail therapy just steps from the water.
Haute Middle Eastern architecture meets European style street shopping in one of Dubai¹s most Instagrammable venues. Positioned between Downtown and Jumeirah Beach with startling views of the Burj Khalifa, the new 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.