The Dubai Mall is regarded as the largest shopping centre on the Arabian Peninsula, according to some statistics it is even the largest shopping centre in the world. The Dubai Mall is a few kilometers south of the old city of Dubai in a new district called Dubai Downtown. It is a modern area with many new buildings.
The Metro of Dubai has a station called “Dubai Mall”, about 900 meters away from the large shopping center in Dubai. There used to be buses between the metro and the shopping center, but for some years now there have been treadmills, roughly flat escalators, on which you can walk faster.
The Dubai Mall now has around 1,200 shops, the total sales area of the Dubai Mall is over 350,000 m². More than 100 restaurants and cafés complete the offer. Among them are cafés, simple fast food restaurants and upscale restaurants.
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The shopping center is one of the largest in the world. However, there are about 10 larger shopping centres in the world in terms of sales area, especially in East Asia such as China. However, with around 100 million visitors a year, the Dubai Mall is probably the most visited shopping center in the world. Thus, the Dubai Mall is probably also the most visited building worldwide.
In the mall is the largest aquarium in the world, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Parts of the aquarium can be seen from the Dubai Mall. If you want to see everything, you have to pay admission. >>> Our page about the Dubai Aquarium
Right next to the Dubai Mall is the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world at over 800 metres. The entrance for visitors of the viewing platforms on top of the skyscraper is directly in the Dubai Mall. The fastest elevator in the world takes you up. >>> Our page about the highest house in the world.
In front of the Dubai Mall there is a fountain show every evening for several hours. The Dubai Fountain is the largest fountain in the world, the fountains are up to 150 meters high.>>> Our page about the largest fountain in the world
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For example, there is a large skating rink. Sometimes you can also watch ice hockey games here. There is also a huge cinema with over 20 projection rooms in the shopping centre in Dubai.
Almost all large chains are represented among the fast food restaurants, such as Mc Donalds, Burger King and KFC can be found in the Dubai Mall. We even saw a small branch of the German North Sea fish chain in the basement. You should also have a look at the “Rainforest Cafe” with many tropical plants and so on. Of course there are also many normal restaurants, whether Asian, Pizza, French, everything imaginable there is.
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Important Tip: Buy tickets for Dubai beforehand
Some tickets for Dubai should be bought in advance. Some tickets are only available in limited numbers (often sold out), other sights require a long wait without a ticket. You can also book great trips to the desert and other emirates on the Internet. We recommend the following tickets:
– Take the lift to the highest house in the world (Burj Khalifa): More information and booking
– Excursion in the desert, a must for every visitor to Dubai: More information and booking
– Great city tour Dubai (duration 4 hours): More information and booking
– Excursion to Abu Dhabi: More information and booking
The over 1,000 shops sell pretty much everything there is. A lot of shops in the Dubai Mall sell, as in all shopping malls in the world, fashion and shoes. Typical for Dubai and the Middle East, the Dubai Mall also has many shops selling jewellery and gold.
Of course, the Dubai Mall is completely equipped with air conditioning. Also the new entrance from the Metro is air-conditioned. Due to the size of the shopping centre, it is easy to get lost in the Dubai Mall. But there are many signposts in English language.
A quite new sight in the Dubai Mall is a waterfall over 20 meters high, in which human figures are suspended (see picture).
The name of the metro station is “Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Metro” (red line, modern driverless metro).
The Dubai Mall was built around 15 years ago. It opened in 2008 and was later expanded to its current size of 1200 shops.
More great sights in Dubai
You should also buy tickets for other attractions and tours in Dubai online in advance. It is difficult to find the right agency on site, there are often long queues or the tours are sold out.
1. Water Park Wild Wadi: Directly in Dubai, not far from the best hotel in the world, the Burj al Arab. One of the best water parks in the world. There are far more than swimming pools and slides, a total of more than 30 major attractions such as rides. You have to see the Waterpark Wild Wadi! >>> More info and booking
2. Aquaventure Waterpark: Not far from Wild Wadi Waterpark on the gigantic artificial island of Palm. One of the largest water parks in the world. Many rides, other attractions, gigantic slides, beach and animals like sharks. The Aquaventure Water Park is a must to visit when travelling to Dubai. >>> More info and booking
3. City tour Dubai: From our point of view the best city tour in Dubai. With hotel pick-up, all important sights of Dubai. Daily mornings and afternoons. >>> More info and booking
4. Boat tour Dubai: A great boat tour with sights of Dubai like Palm Jumeirah, Hotel Burj Al Arab and Marina Dubai. >>> More info and booking
Dubai Mall Shops
The Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the world, offers a variety of shops ranging from luxury brands to everyday retail chains. Here’s an overview of the different types of shops and services you’ll find here:
Fashion and clothing: Here you’ll find everything from luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci to well-known brands such as Zara, H&M and Gap.
Jewellery and watches: Shops such as Cartier, Bvlgari, Rolex and many regional jewellery brands can be found here.
Shoes: From luxury brands such as Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo to better-known brands such as Nike and Adidas.
Electronics: Shops such as the Apple Store, Samsung and Virgin Megastore.
Department stores: There is a huge Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette, among others.
Beauty and perfume: Sephora, MAC, Chanel, Dior and numerous perfumeries.
Home & Furniture: Brands such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and others.
Toys: The well-known toy shop Hamleys and others.
Books and stationery: Kinokuniya, one of the largest bookstores in the world, is located here.
Supermarkets and grocery shops: Waitrose supermarket has all your grocery needs covered.
Cinemas: The shopping centre is home to Reel Cinemas, a large multiplex cinema.
Food and drink: A wide range of dining options, from casual food courts to fine dining restaurants.
Entertainment & Attractions: The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, KidZania, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink and much more.
Services: Banks, pharmacies, opticians, mobile service centres and others.
Niche shops: art galleries, speciality boutiques, traditional Emirati products and much more.
Keep in mind that Dubai Mall is constantly evolving and new shops are opening frequently.