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Shop, play and dine at Dubai's best malls

Mon, August 24, 2020

Dubai is a shopper's dream and with a multitude of malls boasting fun attractions, there's much to explore.


Dubai is a shopper's dream and with a multitude of malls boasting fun attractions, there's much to explore.


The Dubai Mall


There is something for every kind of visitor at one of the world's largest malls, including incredible family-focused attractions. Under one massive roof, you can find over 1,200 retailers here: explore high-street favourites like Topshop and Zara, or department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette. Meanwhile, luxury labels have found a home at the Fashion Avenue, a dedicated section at the mall that's popular with couture enthusiasts. For the best shoes, visit the nearby Level Shoes store and splurge on classic Christian Louboutin, Fendi or Dior. That's not all – you can glide on ice at the on-site Olympic-sized skating rink, or treat your kids to indoor thrills with aquatic friends at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


Mall of the Emirates


Luxury beckons at the Mall of the Emirates, where a wide range of couture and street-style fashion awaits. Highlights include the tech-focused Apple boutique, department stores like Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer, and Debenhams, as well as the exclusive edit of designers at the ultra-chic Fashion Dome. After a long day of shopping, savour a bowl of Dubai's favourite dumplings at Din Tai Fung, or sip on a warm cup of coffee at hip café, Common Grounds. Alternatively, enjoy sloping down the ice-clad hills at Ski Dubai, Dubai's indoor skiing arena, or let the kids loose at Magic Planet.


City Walk


Haute architecture meets European-style street shopping at one of Dubai's most Instagrammable venues. Positioned between Downtown and Jumeirah Beach, City Walk offers sparkling views of the Burj Khalifa with a host of exciting retail experiences. Shoppers can find anything from trendy streetwear to edgy fashion boutiques. Splendid views of the bustling streets lit up to perfection, open squares and London-esque streets make for an eclectic vibe. Choose from several culinary concepts for a memorable dinner, grab tickets to a movie of your choice at the cinema, or delve into a range of other entertainment options for a fun-filled evening.


Dubai Festival City


Set on the banks of the Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall is home to over 400 stores, including a massive IKEA furniture store. Afterwards, enjoy a pleasant stroll alongside the charming Canal Walk, or navigate to one of the waterfront restaurants on an abraDon't forget to head to Festival Bay for the scintillating IMAGINE light, laser and fountain show in the evening. Featuring the latest entertainment technology, the record-breaking show boasts the largest water screen projection, and largest permanent projection mapping.


Mercato Mall


Mercato Mall mimics the sights and feel of a Renaissance-era Italian village, complete with cobbled floors and piazzas. Shoppers can spend the day exploring the latest collections by international retailers such as Gap, Mango, Laura Ashley and Jack Wills. There are some great dining options here too. Devour some dessert at the local favourite, Cakery Epicerie by Stephane Glacier, or visit Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar for the city’s creamiest hot chocolate. There's even a dedicated entertainment centre for little ones, featuring lots of rides and games.


Ibn Battuta Mall


True to its namesake, the Ibn Battuta Mall reflects a passion to explore. The six courts of the mall are inspired the famed Arab explorer Ibn Battuta's travels to Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. Elaborate tiling, a gigantic golden elephant and high ceilings resembling blue skies are just some of the sights on offerr. Interiors aside, the Ibn Battuta Mall is a treasure trove of fashion, lifestyle and sporting shops with regular in-store promotions and celebrations.


Dubai Marina Mall


Sitting along the glittering 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. If you're keen to refuel, there are plenty of dining options with outdoor alfresco seating along the waterside. Wander next door to the attached Pier 7, featuring seven exciting dining concepts, each with breezy terrace seating to enjoy.


City Centre Mirdif


City Centre Mirdif houses over 430 retail choices, including Debenhams and Centrepoint department stores. As one of Dubai's suburban malls, it also sets itself apart with inventive entertainment concepts such as the indoor sky-diving hotspot, iFly, and edutainment for kids at Little Explorers. There's also a 12-lane bowling alley, which is ideal for families that like to enjoy playtime together.


The Outlet Village


Dubai’s luxury outlet mall features 1.5 million square feet of retail space including three department stores, over 125 brands, and premium dining outlets. And that's not all. Numerous expansions are on their way to help fuel a full day of shopping. Score fabulous deals on of-the-moment pieces from big designers like Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera, with boutiques dotted around the village’s charming Tuscan-inspired space. Stop by the nearby theme park destination Dubai Parks and Resorts for a day of shopping and recreation. 


The Beach


To spend a day, shopping, dining, movie-watching and lounging by the beach all at the same address, consider a trip to The Beach at JBR. The breathtaking open-air shopping boulevard is home to several retail brands ranging from Adventure HQ to Sephora. You can also find plenty of spots to stop by for a quick pick-me-up treat. Take in stunning views of the city as you enjoy premium retail therapy just steps from the water, or make it a night to remember with dinner at one of the venue's many beachfront restaurants serving up fusion flavours.


Nakheel Mall


One of the newest additions to Dubai's retail scene, Nakheel Mall sits proudly at the base of Palm Jumeirah. With five levels to explore, you'll definitely be kept busy at this community hangout. Pick up some top buys in any of the 350 shops, take in the panoramic views from the rooftop dining plaza, or catch a 4D movie at VOX Cinemas.  Little ones are well-catered for too. With a dedicated playroom featuring a LEGO city, supervised by fully-trained staff, you can shop with your mind at ease.




WAFI Mall is an iconic sight to behold, whether on the outside or inside. It draws plenty of inspiration from ancient architecture, so visitors can admire Egyptian scripts and carved figures at every turn. The mall presents an ideal Arabian shopping experience with luxury at its core. You'll find an array of Middle Eastern fashion boutiques offering trendy kandoras and abayas with fine Arabesque details, while an independent edit of luxury labels is showcased with style at Salam.


BurJuman Centre


BurJuman Centre may be one of the oldest malls in Dubai, but it still attracts thousands of shoppers thanks to its contemporary edit of fashion and family-focused feel. Explore a variety of leading retailers, a state-of-the-art cinema and delectable dining options, set within its colourful ambience. It's easy to stay up-to-date on the style front too, as this retail destination features highstreet favourites such as H&M, Zara and more.


Dubai Festival Plaza


Another new shopping destination, Festival Plaza offers everything you need under one roof. From fashion to home furnishings, it is the ultimate one-stop-shopping experience. Located in Jebel Ali, the mall is not only home to the largest IKEA in the country, but also other recognisable brands such as Marks & Spencer and Borders. Dining options include much-loved chains like Indian restaurant Peppermill, Turkish meat haven Sultan Baba Iskander and Italian speciality spot Sapori. There's also a packed calendar of events and offers to take advantage of at the mall, so plan a visit soon.


Dubai Outlet Mall


The 40-minute drive from Downtown Dubai to Dubai Outlet Mall is worth the trip for any dedicated bargain hunter. Shopping enthusiasts can enjoy year-round sales at factory outlets offering the best of trends. There is plenty to be found from designer labels like Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry and Marc Jacobs, to electronics, and perfumes. Can't resist a great deal? Visit on a Monday and be rewarded with further discounts of up to 50% at selected stores.

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