Top 5 Shopping Malls in Dubai That Every Shopaholic Should Visit
You can’t talk about unique shopping malls and not mention Dubai, very few cities in the world can compete with this brand store magnet when it comes to shopping centers and high-end retail stores.
According to CNN Travel, Dubai is one of the top 10 shopping destinations in the world. With more than 100 malls in the city, the destination has become synonymous with shopping, to the point where it earned the nickname “Do Buy”!
But not all Dubai shopping malls are equal, and while most of them offer an upscale standard and an enjoyable experience, there certainly are some crown jewels that you cannot miss visiting while in Dubai.
So without further due, Here Is Our List Of The Biggest And Best Shopping Malls In Dubai
1. THE DUBAI MALL
With a total space of 13 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall by area, within that gigantic area there are over 1300 retail stores, 200 F&B outlets, and two large anchor department stores, one of which is the first Bloomingdale to open outside the USA, while the other is the world-famous luxury department store “Galeries Lafayette”.
The Dubai Mall welcomes more than 80 million visitors a year, who come to enjoy the unique mix of high-end retail, world-class dining, and immersive entertainment, and as if that’s not enough, it is currently undergoing a massive expansion to further enhance the mall’s retail, lifestyle and entertainment offer.
The design of the mall is internally split by theme into several precincts or sections, which are:
Being the newest expansion of The Dubai Mall, this one million square foot expansion named “Fashion Avenue” redefines the meaning of luxury shopping, with a five-star experience that is unmatched in the region.
Fashion Avenue is a shopping heaven for premier luxury shoppers, it holds over 150 luxury shopping outlets, with names like Gucci, Cartier, Rolex, Prada and Tom Ford, this place has more luxury brand stores than any other shopping mall in the Middle East.
Paying homage to Dubai’s local history and culture, The Souk is an elegantly designed precinct featuring traditional Arab clothing and accessory outlets, jewelry and handicraft stores, among others.
If you’re looking for jewelry, there is no better place to be, with 200 of Dubai’s best jewelry stores, this place is sure to get jewelry enthusiasts on their toes
Dubbed “Dubai’s first indoor-outdoor retail streetscape, The Village offers a rich collection of denim brands and brings an outdoor community feel with tree-lined walkways, cafés and restaurants.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall features the world-class featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel; and first-of-its-kind attraction for the Middle East, VR Park, a unique virtual reality attraction. Other family components include KidZania®, an innovative children’s ‘edutainment’ concept; the Reel Cinemas megaplex; and the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink.
2. MALL OF THE EMIRATES
Recognised by TripAdvisor as one of the best shopping malls in Dubai , the Mall of the Emirates has over 600 stores under one roof, along with the iconic Ski Dubai, a winter themed Ski Park where you can ski, snowboard, meet the penguins, zip line or take a chairlift ride.
It earns bragging rights for having the only Harvey Nichols store in the country, as well as several department stores like Centrepoint, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Boutique one
It is also home to hundreds of high-end fashion outlets, among the most notable are Versace, Victoria’s Secret, Burberry and Bvlgari.
Some of the popular restaurants in this mall in Dubai include Dean & Deluca, Texas De Brazil, Tribes and Hallab.
Other attractions in Mall Of The Emirates include VOX Cinemas, and rock climbing at the Go Sports outlet.
3. DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY MALL
Located near the Dubai Creek, with a stunning marina and some of the emirate's most instagrammable sunset vistas. the Dubai Festival City Mall is a destination for family and friends to get together and spend a fun time, it is the go-to mall for most residents living in the Al Rashidiya neighbourhood.
The Dubai Destival City Mall may not be as impressive as the two preceding malls, but it still has a lot to offer, it is home to the Robinsons department store, which offers a whole range of luxury brands, as well as classic favourites like the Old Navy store.
And it’s not just shopping, the mall also holds a few unique restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory, and Sugar Factory, which features some of the most insta-worthy desserts in Dubai, not to mention the only Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai.
And if you’re looking for entertainment there is a cinema complex, and a dancing fountain called ‘IMAGINE’. The outdoor area by the fountain is frequently used during the Dubai shopping festival to feature various family-friendly activities.
4. IBN BATTUTA MALL
Commonly advertised as the “Worlds Largest Themed Mall”, Ibn Battuta Mall is located Jebel Ali Village, it was designed in a way that pays homage to the travels of the famous Arabian explorer Ibn Battuta.
The mall is easily accessible by metro, once there you can enjoy the unique architecture and atmosphere that this place offers. It is divided into several thematic sections, each representing one of the countries that the famed explorer visited, which are : Andulasia, China, Egypt, Persia, India and Tunisia.
Some of the popular stores in the mall include Debenhams, Ginger and Lace, Lucky Brand, New Look, Home Box, Homes R Us and Paris Gallery. The mall also has quite a few dining outlets, including Shakespeare and Co, Pizza Express and TGIF.
5. CITY CENTRE MIRDIF
City Centre Mirdif is a super regional shopping mall built by Majid Al Futtaim Group. The mall is a hub of the greater community with extensive provisions of facilities such as dedicated community areas, medical clinics, spa, personal grooming facilities and a fitness centre. With over 430 stores, unique leisure and entertainment attractions and a host of tasty food outlets, City Centre Mirdif is ‘the place for you’.
Popular stores include Hamleys, Decathlons, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrell, Zara and Mango. Indian bistro Zafran, Middle-Eastern eatery Leila and Iranian restaurant Pars are some of the popular dining outlets at this mall in Dubai.