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Top 10 Stunning Shopping Malls in Dubai

By - Anany Johari

Dubai is a land of wonders, with an intriguing topography in direct ties with Arabian Desert and marvellous Palm Islands. It is basically a gigantic man-made archipelago. The city of Dubai sparked in its early days with Oil Exports, but also due to the efforts of the local government.

Dubai has been expanding since then. The ‘Arab’ cosmopolis with a widespread culture, has sprung-up as a global hub for logistics, financial services, hospitality, tourism, and trade. This cosmopolitan culture is savvy of the retail market which brings us to the ‘Top 10 Shopping Malls in Dubai’. With the escalation of tourism and foreign investments, there has been a significant impact on the lifestyle of the region.
 
The city is home to major mega-complexes, financial hubs, and property developments, thus resulting in hypergrowth seldom seen anywhere across the world.

Dubai harbours the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa. Also, Dubai Mall is the world’s second-largest shopping mall. Shopping in Dubai is like a fantasy-fulfilment for a staunch shopper who goes about everywhere in the world for a hand-on experience, yet ends up in Dubai for all the jubilation.

Tourists and people are spoilt for choice with a number of shopping malls at Dubai and the attractions within them.

If one has to experience the biggest shopping malls, Dubai is their locus.

Here is a list of top 10 best shopping malls one can experience when they visit Dubai:

1.Mall of the Emirates

This Herculean mall has a blend of various retail giants housing a “Fashion Dome” with brands like Zara, H&M, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, and a lot more. The mall consists of four storeys with a total retail floor area of 220,000 square meters.

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski-resort situated at the western end of the mall. VOX Cinemas Mall of Emirates is a 24-screen multiplex cinema with concepts like VOX Kids and Theatre. Mall of Emirates is known as the premier shopping resort for Dubai and UAE.

2. Dubai Mall

Inaugurated in 2008, Dubai Mall has been one of the most successful and biggest shopping malls in the world. It has a gargantuan structure with more than 1200 retail stores, a virtual reality theme park, an aquarium, an Olympic Ice Skating Rink, and innumerable cafes, restaurants, and eateries. The Dubai Mall is neighbours with Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain at Downtown Dubai. Candylicious, the largest sweet shop in the world is situated in the Dubai Mall. The downright grandeur of the Dubai Mall has always riveted people from all around the planet.

  3. BurJuman Mall

The BurJuman Mall is considered to be one of the oldest shopping malls of Dubai which is situated in the suburban area of Bur Dubai. This mall has won 2 MAXI Merit Awards, from the International Council of Shoppers in November 2003 and ‘Mall of the Year’ by Retail Middle East Awards, in March 2006. BurJuman embodies over 300 retail stores.

4.  Dubai Outlet Mall

Dubai Outlet Mall has been conceded by Forbes as one of the five best Shopping Malls in Dubai, in January 2017. With a total retail floor area of 69,977 square meters, it currently houses around 240 retail outlets with over 1200 brands.

5.  Ibn Battuta Mall 

Opened in Spring 2005, Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai is the largest themed mall in the world. It is situated on Sheikh Zayed Road and is close to Jebel Ali Village. This mall consists of more than 270 shops, 50 restaurants and a 21-screen Cineplex. Ibn Battuta Mall houses many local and international stores giving visitors a unique experience that no other mall in the world offers. The speciality of Ibn Battuta Mall is that it was named after a Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta.

6. Wafi Mall

This mall has been terrifically peculiar with its imprints of an Egyptian-concept themed shopping arena. It opened in 1997 and consists of over 200 stores. It mostly features local brands and a very soothing ambience. This mall hosts the Wafi Gourmet restaurant, which is amongst the best places to dine in Dubai.

7. Dubai Festival City Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall is fabricated alongside the banks of Dubai Creek. The top-tier waterfront haven has been an amazing vantage point for friends and family get-together(s) and events. The mall houses Dubai’s only IKEA store, Bowling City, Hard Rock Café and an Automotive Park.

8. City Centre Mirdif

Another segment of City Centre malls by Majid Al Futtaim, this is an enormous retail stop-shop within the neighbourhood of Mirdif. This mall hosts 430 stores and a few restaurants. Some of the key attractions are Planation, iFly Dubai, Magic Planet, and Aqua Play.

9. Dubai Marina Mall

 With an exotic location of this waterfront mall and a splendid line-up of numerous top-notch brands alongside droves of activities and events, the Dubai Marina Mall is spectacularly developed by Emaar. Visitors also might find alluring views of the waterfront while grabbing an opulent meal with their friends and family.

10. Mercato Shopping Mall

This mall is exemplary to display the growth of Arabian nations and their markets. The word ‘Mercato’ with a literal meaning as ‘market’ in Italian. Located in Jumeirah, there is an exceptionally good collection of stores like Mango, Massimo Dutti, Laura Ashley, M&Co, and a few more at Mercato Shopping Mall.

Yet, apart from these top 10 shopping malls in Dubai, the city always has been in the prime of its development. The cosmopolitan culture of the city has made it successful in almost all niches of the market. Dubai is a city where roughly 85% of the population are Expatriates (immigrants) and rest are Emiratis (natives). Be it the best shopping malls in Dubai, and the exponential growth in infrastructure, market coverage, and lifestyle. 

In a report: “Emaar, developer for the Dubai Mall, stated that the Mall has clapped eyes over 80 million annual visitors in the last four years, making it the most visited mall in the world.” 

There has been a forthcoming project on the “World’s Largest Retail and Entertainment Destination” namely- “Dubai Square”. It will be approximately 8 million square feet of retail area space, which is going to revolutionize the strongly-held market for the top shopping malls in Dubai.

Dubai’s development has always been at a break-neck pace and the leaders are far-sighted about the future of Dubai and UAE. Dubai, in terms of market tapping, has been magnificent with the biggest shopping malls and complexes across the city. Dubai holds a very firm future for the retail market and wonderlands of finance, locally as well as globally.


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