A Shopper’s Paradise in Dubai
When temperatures soar to 50 degrees throughout the Summer months, the shopping malls come as a relief to many. From the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, to the tranquil surrounding of the Souks, Dubai is a destination set in a distinct mix of traditional and modern architecture where people live, work and… shop. If you’re a self confessed shopaholic this one might just interest you.
The Dubai Mall is the region’s premier shopping destination and is by far the largest shopping mall; not only in the UAE, but the whole WORLD. Located in the heart of prestigious Downtown Dubai, at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall has revolutionized the modern shopping experience. With more than 1200 retail stores including Armarni and Zara; anchor stores including Bloomingdales, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Galaries Lafayette and Paris Gallery, and Fashion Avenue, where you can sift through the latest collections from top designers like Versace, Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, Dubai Mall is the home to high fashion.
And just when you think the Mall couldn’t get any bigger, there’s more to come. Work has already started to expand the mall by a further 93,000 square meters… because the 5.9 million square feet the Mall is sprawled across just isn’t quite big enough! If the saying “shop til you drop” hadn’t already been invented, the Dubai Mall will definitely take ownership of it. Dubai Mall also offers an array of restaurants and cafes, an aquarium, an underwater zoo, an ice rink, cinema, indoor theme park and a souk!
Mall of Emirates
The Mall of Emirates currently features more than 560 international brands, more than 700 stores and 11 anchor stores. As well as being one of the biggest shopping malls in Dubai, it’s arguably one of the most beautiful too, with polished marble floors, spacious avenues and a stunning skylight. From Debenhams to Harvey Nichols, it boasts one of the best selections of shops, with several departments stores, along with dozens of exclusive designer stores, chic boutiques, shoe shops and cosmetic stores.
The famous Fashion District offers a dynamic collection of modern brands to complement the mall’s extensive range of luxury and accessible fashion and currently under construction is the world’s largest Apple store, which is estimated to be a huge 50,000 square foot. But this is just a tiny fraction of the Mall of Emirate’s total retail space, which sprawls 2.4 million square feet. As well as the mammoth amount of shops, there’s also a cinema complex, an enormous games and arcade area complete with a bowling alley and an indoor ski resort where you can go skiing, snowboarding, play with penguins or just have a snowball flight. Naturally. In a desert. Inside a mall.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Located on the banks of Dubai creek Festival City has plenty to offer, despite being smaller than some of the surrounding malls. With over 600 retail outlets, including DKNY, Marks and Spencer, Nike and Ikea, it is blessed with a beautiful outdoor canal and walkways with over 100 restaurants and cafes. Perhaps what makes the Festival City Mall stand apart from the rest is the picturesque marina which surrounds it. Here you can take a walk through the ground level shops while enjoying a view of the marina and finish off the day with a visit to the bar on the top floor, which boasts excellent views of the Dubai Creek and skyline.
The Burjuman is home to some of the best brands money can buy, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bvlgari and Fendi to name a few. The mall is one of the oldest in Dubai, and is a distinctive landmark comprising over 2.8 million square feet of space. A recent expansion included the construction of a retail podium with a mezzanine floor and four levels, a 26-storey residential apartment building, a 23-storey hotel building, and a 30-storey office tower. The retail podium and floors increased the retail floor space of the mall by 500,000 square metres. With over 300 leading high- end fashion brands available under one roof, the Burjuman caters for the elite and is the height of shopping luxury in Dubai.