Shopping in Dubai: Top 5 shopping malls in Dubai, UAE

Dubai has amazing malls that are an experience in themselves. But, which malls are the best? Here your checkoff list for the best malls to visit when you are in Dubai. Indulge yourself in good food, a fun time and of course shopping. What do you buy? Well, almost anything you can dream of, from fashion to electronics.

If you want to club shopping with a great holiday, then there is no better destination than Dubai. Think of Dubai and the images that will probably flash through your mind's eye will be those of the iconic buildings, white sands and azure sea, fancy cars and ritzy shopping malls.

The shopping malls in Dubai are much like tourist destinations. They are an experience in themselves, and offer so much more, making the chance to shop, appear like an added perk! To begin with, the malls in Dubai are massive; you'll need more than a day to walk around an entire mall. So, make sure have on your walking shoes, because there'll be a lot of walking to do.

With so many malls in Dubai, you must wonder which ones are the best. Presenting here are the best of the best, which must be on every traveller's itinerary. Don't leave Dubai, without visiting these five malls.

The Dubai Mall

With a floor area of approximately 5.9 million square feet, the Dubai Mall is huge and extends up to four levels. A massive section of the mall is dedicated to just fashion, with over 80, of the best fashion brands, from across the world, retailing here. You'll find high-end stores like Armani and Christian Louboutin, alongside ready-to-wear clothing stores such as GAP and accessory stores like Aldo. It is a place where you can shop for the trendiest designs.

The Dubai Mall does not disappoint. It's got something for everyone. A technology freak, for instance, will find electronic stores, all around the mall. A few stores, like Sharaf DG, Eros Digital Home and Jacky's to name a few, also run parallel online shops in Dubai, UAE.

Book lovers to the mall have reason to rejoice, as it is home to the Kinokuniya Book Store, the biggest bookstore, in the UAE.

Apart, from these there a number of small shops, which sell local wares which make excellent souvenirs – traditional exotic perfumes and pashmina shawls, for instance.

The musical fountains or the dancing waters, outside the mall, are a sight to behold. Large crowds throng, to see the fountains in action, as water jets shoot up, to great heights and then fall, pirouetting, to the sound of music. It is an amazing, almost dreamlike show, with vibrant lights casting a magical spell, on this whole performance.

The Aquarium and the Underwater Zoo are other attractions of the Dubai Mall. The aquarium houses over 300 marine species and has the most number of sand sharks, in an enclosed space, anywhere in the world. The aquarium has the largest, see-through, acrylic panel in the world, making it a wonder of sorts.

That is not all; there is a big indoor theme park, with a special section for younger kids and more than 150 games, in addition to a number of exciting rides. There is more entertainment to keep you busy, screens and theatres and the world's largest sweetshop. Eating at the mall, especially at the Rainforest Café, is an experience in itself, with the forest moving around you.

Ibn Battuta Mall

The Ibn Battuta Mall is designed to represent the places visited by the famous Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta. It is an aesthetic piece of architecture, having six distinct segments, wherein, each segment epitomises the places visited by the great explorer. So, you have sections on India, Persia, Egypt, Andalusia, China and Tunisia.

The Indian Court, has the model of an elephant, very ornate and resplendent, with a stunning howdah. You'll find an intricate hand-painted dome at the Persian Court. Pyramids and temples and the magnificent history of Egypt are displayed in that particular section. The Andalusia section has a breathtaking Lion Fountain, inspired by the Fountain of Lions in Alhambra. The Chinese section of the mall has almost life-size replicas of various items interspersed with lovely fountains. The Tunisian Court is inspired by the Tunisia Court in the 14th century and is painted blue with clouds all around.

It is a great location to shop, the ambience is great and it packs everything that you need in a mall. You have got coffee shops, food courts and restaurants. You've got loads of entertainment in the form of Fun City, IMAXm Switch Bowling and more. And then there is shopping, with stores selling different items. You can shop for lingerie or cosmetics or stroll through a bookstore. There are fashion and jewellery stores and stores selling leather goods. You have huge department stores and then for the gadget aficionados, there are electronic and mobile stores where you can check technology news in Dubai.

Mall of Emirates

The Mall of Emirates is spread across a whopping 6.5 million square feet with over 400 retailers, from around the world, having a showroom here. It's not just a shopping mall it's a leisure experience.

One of the major attractions here is the Ski Dubai – an indoor ski resort, with actual snow. The indoor facility has got the works - 5 ski slopes and 5 snow covered hummocks and chair lifts. There is an area for children to play, make snowmen or have some snowball fun. Ice caverns and toboggans give the whole place, a real touch. You'll not know you're in the middle of a desert; it's freezing inside, with sub-zero temperatures. You also have ski instructors.

There are a lot more entertainment options, including 14-screens for movies, Magic Planet, which offers a wide range of games that keep kids entertained for hours on end and the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre. It has over 100 restaurants and 2 food-courts.

Shoppers, of course, have options galore. The mall has something of interest for everyone. You can shop for furniture, stationery, books, toys, watches, fashion, jewellery, cosmetics, and financial services and of course the best collection of smartphones and electronic goods in Dubai.

Deira City Centre

Spread over 1.2 million square feet, the Deira City Centre is the first big shopping mall to be constructed in Dubai. It is a fun place for children, as they can spend time playing at the Magic Planet. There are multiplexes and lots of places for eating, including posh restaurants, fast-food, dining cafes and ice cream etc.

Real shoppers will find a lot to do, with more than 370 retail outlets retailing all kinds of goods, from fashion to household stuff, and jewellery to sports goods. The electronic, home appliances and mobile phone stores are a big hit, and visitors can find some amazing deals on mobiles and electronic goods in Dubai, in all these stores.


The Burjumann Mall is among the first few malls that came up in Dubai. It consists of four levels, ground plus three. It is a great destination for good food, entertainment and shopping. There are 14 screens, where you can watch your movies in luxury. Dining options are aplenty, with eating joints at every level.

The mall has are more than 300 retail outlets selling high-fashion. You are sure to find almost all international designer labels in this mall, names like DKNY, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Just Cavalli, to name a few. There are stores selling international brands of a ready-to-wear collection, as well.

If you are looking to buy mobile phone in Dubai, then head to Sharaf DG, Eros and JBL Electronics to check their collection. You'll also find a host of other things in these stores, including health, fitness and personal gadgets and regular electronic goods.

The Burjumann Mall has a great environment, well laid out atriums, decked with fountains, palm trees and potted plants. It is very soothing to the eyes.

All these malls are easy to reach as they are well connected by the metro. Dubai is truly a shopper's paradise, have a great time shopping in Dubai. Share your experience in the connection if you've been to any of these malls. Is there one that you recommend more than the others? Share your thoughts.

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Author: Chitra16 Oct 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Yes, these are the most famous malls in Dubai, even though the country has many other shopping malls. One thing I would like to point out is that most of these malls are expensive except for City Center and Burjuman when thought of from a common man's point of view. One thing I like is that metro and bus facilities are easily available to all these malls which make life easier. People from other nearby countries like Oman and all come to Dubai for shopping as it is competitively cheap in UAE. The way these malls are built and designed is to be appreciated. Burjuman Center is known for the flower shows happening during Dubai Summer Surprises. Dubai Mall is famous for its dancing musical fountain and the Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building) near by. In Deira City Centre, you can find many branded outlets for almost every product.

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