A Complete Guide To The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is almost a complete destination in itself, with enough shopping, dining and entertainment to keep you occupied for hours. It is the largest mall in the whole world by total area and is located in Downtown Dubai.

Featuring twelve thousand shops and boasting international brands from all over the world, as well as 120 restaurants and cafes, a 250 room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and exciting attractions such the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the SEGA Republic indoor theme park, and even an ice rink!

Here’s a quick complete guide to navigating the biggest mall in the world.

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Spend your holiday savings at 1200 different stores

There is not one thing you could think of that you couldn’t find at Dubai Mall. With over 1200 different stores, it would take your hours if not days to get around to them all! Offering everything from massive international stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Marks & Spencer and Paris Gallery, to fantastic international brands including Victoria’s Secret, Zara, H&M, UniQlo and Forever 21 there’s nothing you can’t find here.

Fashion Avenue offers the largest collection of prestigious high fashion retailers including Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Chloe, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. The Grand Atrium is home to a number of luxury jewellers such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Rolex and Bvlgari. The Dubai Mall can also brag that it has the world’s largest sweet shop Candylicious as well as a whole wing just for shoes!

Check out all the options to stay at The Dubai Mall

view from the burj khalifa

Admire the view from the Burj Khalifa

At 828 metres with more than 160 stories and holding world records including tallest building in the world, tallest free-standing structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world, the Burj Khalifa is an attraction not to be missed during your day at Dubai Mall.

Make sure you book your tickets early, as times for the At The Top Experience quickly book out for the day and these are views not to be missed.

View From The Top: The Burj Khalifa

Get lost in the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Showcasing one of the world’s most diverse collections of marine animals with more than 300 species including sharks and rays, this aquarium is something special! Take a walk through the 270 degree acrylic walk through tunnel for some incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most exciting underwater animals on the planet.

Located above the aquarium is the Underwater Zoo, offering an interactive approach to educating children and visitors on the ecology and sustainability of marine life.

Book your tickets to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo HERE

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Cool Down at Dubai Ice Rink

Escape the harsh overwhelming desert heat of the Middle East by ice skating the afternoon away. With the capacity to hold up to two thousand guests you will be amazed by the size of this ice rink located in one of the hottest climates around.

Take an ice skating lesson for beginners, or if it’s nit your first time, maybe a figure skating or ice hockey lesson!

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Have a more cultural shopping experience at Souk Al Bahar

With natural stone walkways, high arches and a completely traditional vibe, make sure you check out Souk Al Bahar (meaning Market of the Sailor) for a more traditional and authentic Middle Eastern shopping experience.

Located right next to the Dubai Mall, across the Burj Khalifa and designed in contemporary Arabic style it features more traditional market style shops and many restaurants and bars.

Check out all the tours and experiences you can have at the Dubai Mall

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Try your luck at SEGA Republic

While there is a heavy focus on the SEGA video game Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA Republic can be fun for anyone as one of the worlds only indoor theme parks.

Featuring 15 rides as well as many amusement games including motion simulators, classic carnival games and competitive skill testers.

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Try cuisines from all around the world

No matter what you’re craving, The Dubai Mall has you covered. From the international food court to fine dining there’s something for every taste and every budget.

You can find something from home, from the Middle East or from any other country you could think of to be honest. Restaurants serving alcohol can be found in the Souk al Bahar.

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Experience the Dubai Fountain at Sunset

The world’s largest musical fountain is the city’s most popular free tourist attraction. With an illuminated water display choreographed to the music playing behind it it’s a beautiful way to end your day at Dubai Mall.

Located on the Burj Khalifa Lake right outside the mall you can catch a fountain performance every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm daily.

Just for your convenience

The Dubai Mall also offers free wifi, The Dubai Mall app, mobile charging stations, ATM machines, wheelchairs, Emirates Post letterbox, personal shopping experiences, valet parking, the Dubai Trolley and prayer rooms for men and women.

Please note that when visiting The Dubai Mall shoulders and knees should be covered and you shouldn’t display any overt signs of affection such as kissing and hand holding.

There’s so much to do at the Dubai Mall, it could easily overtake your whole holiday in Dubai. How many different things can you experience in one day?

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