In Dubai, a mall is not just for shopping. It is a destination. Think of it as the “town square” in other cities. It is a place for families and friends to gather and spend a leisurely day enjoying the activities and sites. This is due in part to the fact it is air conditioned which is very appealing when the temperatures top 100 degree.
With more than 1,200 shops to choose from, the Dubai Mall takes shopping to warp speed. Every imaginable product is offered from electronics, to designer fashions – both adult and children, to jewelry and house wares; even two grocery stores.
Keeping with Dubai’s Arabian heritage there is a gold souq and the Arabian Court Souk. Fashion Avenue will overwhelm you with every top designer in the world is offering their couture clothing. The waterfront promenade is the site of many special events and performances. Dining comes in all forms – food courts, specialty and ethnic restaurants and fine dining. Some restaurants have outdoor seating to enjoy when the weather is cool.
Entertainment offerings appeal to all ages. Cinemas, an ice skating rink, kids’ entertainment zones and the famous Dubai Fountain all clamor for shoppers’ attention. The waterfront promenade is the site of many special events and performances.
Twice a year, winter and summer, Dubai springs into a shopping frenzy with the Dubai Shopping Festival. This is an extravaganza of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks and entertainment. Its shopping discounts make this the perfect time to grab a bargain.
If this isn’t enough for you, the bridge across the Dubai Lake takes you to another shopping centre – Souk Al Bahar. Translated as “the market of the sailor,” this is an Arabic themed shopping and dining destination. There are more than 100 shops and 22 restaurants, most with seating on the waterfront promenade overlooking the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Note that alcoholic beverages are served in most restaurants on this side of the lake.
Sunday – Wednesday, 10AM – 10 PM
Thursday – Saturday, 10AM – 12 PM
Maps are available at the information kiosks
Dubai Mall: +971 (0)4 362 7500
Souk Al Bahar +971 (0) 362 7011