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This is the mother of all malls, built in the shadow of the world's tallest building the Dubai Mall is as the marketing spiel says "a mall of epic proportions!"
It is more of a shopping and entertainment destination and an attraction in its own right! With more than 1200 stores and a host of restaurants, cinemas, sports & entertainment attractions the Dubai Mall really has something for everyone.
Right in the heart of downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates you will find the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building and right next to that is the Dubai Mall. It is easy to get to, the brand new Dubai Metro has a stop nearby (Burj Khalifa Station) where feeder buses then take you directly to the Mall (no walking in the heat here!) Several shuttle buses run between various popular hotels and the Mall for all your holiday shopping. As well as the normal Dubai bus service makes a stop here too, and don't worry if you are driving there are over 14,000 undercover parking spaces!
It could really take you a day to do a bit of shopping, eating and sightseeing or using the attractions and I'm sure that's what the Dubai Mall Management Team had in mind, particularly with the mall open from:
10am - 10pm Sunday to Wednesday
10am - Midnight Thursday to Saturday
You really have no excuse!
Attractions include the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which isn't too bad but can get very busy at popular times. One of the best bits is the fish feeding area where you go onto a platform and drop food into the huge tank and to the fish below. Outside in the shopping mall is a huge glass walled tank that goes over several floors full of all types of fish and sea life, so between the shops you can stop and admire the fish.
There are also cinemas, an ice rink, kidzania, sega republic and the Burj Khalifa itself as well as the Dubai fountain, which every evening does a water spectacular performance to music, this happens every 20 minutes and is worth a watch.
The shops are many and varied and come from high streets and designers around the world, there is even a gold souk and international department stores like Bloomingdales, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Galeries Layfayette.
The Fashion Avenue is an arm of the Mall where you will find all the high end designers in one place including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, Prada, Chanel, Temperley, Matthew Williamson and Missoni to name a few.
Throughout the Mall you will find all your favourites from the British High Street, although sometimes I find they are maybe a bit behind on stock, depending on the season.
Dining options are also plentiful with a variety of cafes, fast food and restaurants dotted about the Mall. There are even alfresco options on the Mall Promenade with views over to the Burj Khalifa Lake and to the Tower.
As I said it is the mother of all malls and you really do need to spend some time there definitely wearing comfortable shoes! The shops are great although when I visited I was less interested in the British High Street stores (I can get them back home!) and more interested in the other stores not available in the UK marketplace at the moment. Prices are not too bad particularly as the exchange rate at present is ok between the British pound and UAE dirham.
Dubai the city is truly full of shopping malls and the choice is amazing, however my friend who lives in Dubai says her favourite without question is now the Dubai Mall - she is a shopaholic and stylist and knows a good Mall when she sees one, so her stamp of approval is good enough for me!
Next stop the Dubai Mall please!