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Shop, play and dine at Dubai's best malls

Thu, May 12, 2022

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.


Dubai Mall

DSF, 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 H&M 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 in footwear, 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 Olympic-sized skating rink, or treat your kids to indoor thrills with aquatic friends at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Opening Hours: 10am-1am

Contact: +971 800 382 246 255

Popular restaurants: Eataly, Al Hallab Restaurant and Sweets and Parker’s


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 boutiquesSplendid 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.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 4 590 5090

Popular restaurants: Farzi Café, Allo Beirut and Pickl


Dubai Festival City Mall

DSF, dubai-Festival-City

Set on the banks of the Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall is home to over 250 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.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 800 332

Popular restaurants: Hard Rock Cafe, Paul Bakery & Restaurant and Oporto


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.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 800 663 6255

Popular restaurants: Il Pastaio, Karam Beirut and Black Tap


Mercato Mall

Mercato Mall in Dubai

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, Bershka and H&M. There are some great dining options here too. Devour tasty desserts at Cinnabon or visit Arabian Tea House for authentic Emirati bites and a steaming cup of karak chai. There's even a dedicated entertainment centre for little ones, featuring lots of rides and games.

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm

Contact: +971 4 344 4161

Popular restaurants: SLAB, Arabian Tea House and Shake Shack


Ibn Battuta Mall

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 offer. Interiors aside, the Ibn Battuta Mall is a treasure trove of fashion, lifestyle and sporting shops with regular in-store promotions and celebrations.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 800 625 4335

Popular restaurants: Gazebo, Nando’s and El Mondo Cafe



Wafi Mall Dubai

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 and you'll find an array of Middle Eastern fashion boutiques offering trendy kandoras and abayas with fine Arabesque details. With a curated collection of fashion brands, dining and entertainment on offer, the entire family is guaranteed to have fun here.

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 4 324 4555

Popular restaurants: WAFI Gourmet, Asha’s and Khan Murjan


Dubai Marina Mall

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.

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 10am-10pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am-11pm

Contact: +971 4 436 1020

Popular restaurants: tashas, SALT and Carluccio’s


Dubai Outlet Mall

Dubai Outlet Malls

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 the latest electronics, and luxe perfumes. Can't resist a great deal? Visit on a Monday and be rewarded with further discounts of up to 50% at selected stores.

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 4 423 4666

Popular restaurants: Deja Vu Cafe, TomYum Thai and Beryozka




BurJuman 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 high-street favourites such as H&M, Levi's and more.

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 4 352 0222

Popular restaurants: Asia Kitchen by Mainland China, Nalan Restaurant and Sushi Your Way


City Centre Mirdif


The 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 skydiving 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. You'll find a curated selection of beautiful styles from regional brands at United Designers and Yoshii Boutique.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 800 226 255

Popular restaurants: Bosporus Turkish Cuisine, Hitchki and Switch


The Outlet Village

Outlet village Mall, Dubai, Family , Shopping

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. 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.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-11pm

Contact: +971 800 738 245

Popular restaurants: Operation Falafel, Urban Seafood and Papa Murphy’s Pizza


The Beach

The Beach at JBR Dubai

To spend a day, shopping, dining, movie-watching and lounging by the shore all at the same address, consider a trip to The Beach opposite JBR. The 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 the venue's many beachfront restaurants serving up fusion flavours.

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm

Contact: +971 4 590 5090

Popular restaurants: Akiba Dori, Catch 22 and Bombay Bungalow


Nakheel Mall

women shopping at nakheel mall dubai

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, sample inventive Indian flavours at Trésind Studio, catch a 4D movie at VOX Cinemas, or take in the vistas from The View at The Palm. 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.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 800 625 4335

Popular restaurants: Trésind Studio, Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah and Common Grounds


Dubai Festival Plaza

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 store in the country, but also other popular 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.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-12am

Contact: +971 800 332

Popular restaurants: Sushi Library, Tony Roma’s and Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que


Dubai Hills Mall

Dubai hills Mall

The Dubai Hills Mall is located in a chic residential neighbourhood, surrounded by rolling green lawns and a popular park. The lifestyle hub is a welcome addition to the city's expansive shopping scene and residents and visitors alike can browse through all the latest trends at 600 outlets spread across two million square feet of space. Covering a mix of retail, dining and leisure, highlights include a hypermarket, a cineplex, anchor stores and four major family entertainment venues. Don't forget to ride the fastest indoor rollercoaster while here.

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am-12am, Friday to Sunday 10am-1am

Contact: +971 4 448 5033

Popular restaurants: PINCODE, Mitts and Trays and Sushi Art

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