Dubai Mall: The Queen Mall of UAE
Dubai is a city that is too hot to stroll for half the year, so shopping malls become an oasis. And in Dubai, malls are beyond shopping because it interweaves the rich diversity of the city. Malls in Dubai are like modern-day town centers in Europe where people go to socialize, meet with friends, watch a movie, dine, and of course get into a shopping spree.
Among the opulent shopping malls in the city, Dubai Mall is clearly the Queen. It is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area with 12.1 million sq. ft. of retail and entertainment in the heart of the city.
Situated in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Mall is the home of more than 1,200 shops, and even the world’s largest candy store that opened in October 2009. Among its primary attraction for shoppers is the Fashion Avenue, which is a 440,000 sq. ft. shopping complex dedicated to high-end fashion shops. This makes Dubai Mall the fashion capital of the Emirates. The mall is currently expanding the Fashion Avenue to add at least a million square feet to highlight luxury apartments, designer shops, and a modern retail complex.
The Dubai Mall is also the home of the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo that serves as a sanctuary of about 33,000 marine animals. Other entertainment attractions include the SEGA Republic, which is a 76,000 sq. ft. theme park and KidZania, which is promoted as “edutainment” for children. The mall also houses the 22-screen Reel Cinemas, which is a film megaplex with a seating capacity of 2,800 seats. There is also the Dubai Ice Rink, which can accommodate a seating capacity of 2,000 when converted into a venue hall. Another interesting attraction is the 155-million year old fossil of a real dinosaur.
One of the main attractions that lure shoppers to Dubai is the Dubai Shopping Festival, or DSS as it is known locally. This event has become more than a festival for spending. Certainly, there are great discounts, citywide sales, frenzy shopping promotions, and raffles with luxury cars as prizes. But there are also entertainment for kids, abundance in food stalls, and never-ending cultural activities and traditional performances.
During the DSS in 2010, Dubai Mall welcomed more than five million visitors that set recognition for the mall for an all-time record in shopper footfall.
If you are looking for a nice hotel in Dubai, you will surely find it convenient that this mega-shopping complex is surrounded by recommended hotels such as Al Murooj Rotana, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, and Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach. These Dubai hotels provide first-class accommodation and wide array of services to make certain that your stay in Dubai will be pleasurable.
Like most malls in Dubai, the Dubai Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m every day, even though some shops are closed until 2 p.m. during Fridays, which is the day of worship for Muslims. If you really need to buy something you need, avoid shopping from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. because this are the peak hours and most people are out. But if you want to experience the bustling city, you can enjoy these hours to meet new people and observe the modern culture of this booming Oasis of UAE.
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