With over 500 brands on show, The Mall of the Emirates attracts people from across the globe. Aside from luring shoppers with its magnificent range of shops, this famed example of Dubai shopping has an indoor ski slope with real snow. If such riches are overwhelming, The Village on Jumeirah Beach Road is a smaller affair with a range of quirkier boutiques.
The Dubai Mall is undeniably the city’s top shopping destination, not just because of its variety of stores, but because it’s also the world’s largest mall (at least in terms of land area). With over 1,200 shops open, visitors are spoilt for choice here. From retail outlets and department stores to restaurants and cinemas, you’ll find almost every type of mall facility inside. The Dubai Mall is also home to several unique leisure and entertainment centres such as The Emirate A380 Experience, The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The DubaiDino, and the Dubai Ice Rink. The entrance to the ‘At the Top’ experience of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is also located on its lower ground level.
As the exceptional Souk Madinat Jumeirah proves so well, not every shopping experience in Dubai has to be inside a modern mall environment. This one-of-a-kind shopping centre was designed to look and feel like an ancient Middle Eastern marketplace, transporting visitors to another world – at least for the duration of their shopping spree. With waterfront restaurants and cafés, winding alleys filled with boutiques selling various wares and souvenirs, and architecture that nods back to older times, this centre clearly offers a different shopping experience in Dubai. The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is open daily from 10am till 11pm.
As the world’s largest themed shopping mall, the Ibn Battuta Mall offers a retail therapy experience that’s quite different from all the other centres in Dubai. You’ll still find many of the usual retail stores and outlets here – over 275 of them, in fact – plus around 50 restaurants inside. But what really makes a trip here special is that it’s divided into six main sections: Andalusia, Egypt, India, Tunisia, Persia, and China. Each section represents the regions explored by the historical figure Ibn Battuta, whom this mall was named after, and features its distinctive cultural designs and atmosphere. This effectively provides visitors with a multi-cultural shopping experience with each visit.
ARTE, otherwise known as The Artisans of the Emirates, is a local group of artists and craftspeople, who sell their arts and crafts in markets held in different parts of Dubai. You’ll find a wide variety of artwork in pieces in these markets, from paintings and handicrafts to jewellery and various accessories. Catch the ARTE markets on select days of each month in the Times Square Centre, the Green Community, or the Al Hamra Mall. Make sure you check the collective’s calendar ahead of time to schedule your visit.
Featuring over 560 international brands, more than 90 restaurants and cafés, and a 14-screen cinema complex, the Mall of the Emirates is every shopper’s delight. This impressive structure is also home to the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre as well as the Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, so there is always something on offer to capture your attention.