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Shopping in Dubai

Shopping Malls

Burjuman Centre*

Situated on Trade Centre Road, Bur Dubai it is undeniably upmarket – ‘The Residence of High Fashion’, for the elite shopper. Shame it's in a slightly downmarket area - it seems out of place. With over 300 leading high-end and high-street fashion brands you'll not be short of choice. They're all here, Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vitton, Dior, Prada, D&G, Versace, Cartier, Valentino and Cavalli, to name just ten. Plus of course there's a kids' play area and a range of restaurants and cafés as well as a food court. Find more at www.burjuman.com. Helpfully there's now a Metro station adjoining the centre.

City Centre Mall in Deira*

A large shopping centre with everything you’ll want including a large eating area. Over 370 mid-market brand shops including a Carrefour supermarket, an 11-screen cinema and a Magic Planet leisure complex.Very busy and hugely popular, but perhaps a bit ordinary when compared to some of the newer malls. Find out more at www.citycentredeira.com. There's a Metro station on its doorstep.

Dubai Mall*

The world’s largest mall, giant fish tank and entertainment destination is next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, originally known as the Burj Dubai, the Burj Lake and Dubai Fountain. The entrance to the Burj Khalifa's viewing gallery - At The Top - is on the lower ground floor of the mall. In the mall there’s a carpeted section where all the top designer shops are situated. You’ll also find a massive circular book shop on the top floor, the world's largest candy shop, Candylicious opposite the giant fish tank, a place to leave the kids whilst you shop called Kidzania, even a Bloomingdales. There's a whole host of eateries including a good selection looking out over the lake and the Dubai Fountain (the world's largest musical fountain) towards the Burj Khalifa.. Watch out for 30 minute Abra Rides in the 30 acre Burj Lake in the evenings. Oh, nearly forget, in the Mall you'll also find a cinema complex and Dubai Ice Rink. Nearby, across the little bridge, by the lake, there’s also the covered Souk Al Bahar with shops, bars and some superb restaurants overlooking the lake. It’s new but built in the old Emerati style. www.dubaimall.com. You can get to Dubai Mall on the red Metro route and there's an overhead walkway from Dubai Mall metro Station to the Mall, but it's a 15 minute route march.

Ibn Battuta Mall

Near the Jebel Ali end of Dubai this is said to be the world's largest themed shopping mall in six areas - Andalusian, Tunisian, Egyptian, Persian, Indian and Chinese - all individually themed and richly decorated. It's named after the legendary Islamic traveller Ibn Battuta, who was born in 1304 in Morocco and travelled 73,000 miles in 30 years. The mall traces his travelling route. It has a wide range of 50 eateries, 275 retailers and a 21-screen IMAX cinema. If you're driving to this mall also have a look, whilst in the area, at the Marina area and JBR Walk. Visit www.ibnbattutamall.com. The best way to get here is by car, taxi or red route Metro to the Ibn Bhattuta Mall Station which is about 150 yards away from the Mall.

Mall of the Emirates*

A large shopping centre with over 560 international brands. But it's world famous for Ski Dubai - a ‘real’ ski slope, sledging area and snow park that you can use, or just watch from the warmth of the mall. Also there’s a large kids' (and family) Magic Planet play area (upstairs) and a 14 screen cinema complex. Plenty of designer brands, high street stores, furniture stores, electronics etc. including Harvey Nics and Debenhams. One of Dubai's most popular malls and connected to the Kempinski Hotel. For more info visit www.malloftheemirates.com.You can get to the Mall on the red Metro route - go the mall of the Emirates Metro Station.

Mercato Mall*

Our favourite 'smaller' community mall is designed in distinctive Renaissance architectural style capturing Italian, French and Spanish flavours. Main shops include Spinneys supermarket, Home Centre and Virgin Megastore. Always seems to have a very 'relaxed' ambience. Go upstairs and you'll discover the mall is bigger than you first thought and includes a 12-screen cinema complex. Try the spacious ffod court which has a range of fast food outlets and a selction of quite decent restaurants. Unfortunately there's not much else of interest near to the mall at present but the nearby beach area is being redeveloped so should attract many more visitors to the area before too long. Find more info at www.mercatoshoppingmall.com.

Wafi Mall or Wafi City*

Wafi Mall & The Pyramids is next to the opulent Raffles Hotel. To me it always feels to be an upmarket sort of Mall, one where rich Emeratis shop in the evenings, let's say it guides you to (hopefully) affordable luxury. Offering an authentic shopping experience with a mix of retail, leisure, dining and entertainment facilities, the Egyptian-themed mall is elegant with pyramid-shaped atrium roofs. Focusing on luxury brands and boutiques it has over 200 stores, restaurants, an entertainment area, and at the lower level the Khan Murjan Souk. The whole Wafi (Pyramid) area is well worth a visit. See www.wafi.com.

Additional Info

* - it’s possible to hop off and hop on the Big Bus tours at, or near, these places.

For a newer, much smaller, undoubtably up-market mall, try Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road in Jumeirah 3.

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