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Top 7 Malls in Dubai That You Can’t Afford to Miss

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The city of Dubai reflects a unique combination of modernity and traditional Islamic ethos. Being famous worldwide for its beaches, desert safaris, and architectural marvels, Dubai holds great significance on the global tourism map as it is a place to rejoice and relax. However, it is the malls in Dubai that more than anything intrigues tourists from across the world. For shopaholics, it is no less than a paradise. Right from souks to ultramodern mega malls, Dubai offers endless shopping options.

Although the list of malls in Dubai is long, let’s glance through some of the malls in Dubai (in no particular order) so you know where you exactly need to go to get the ultimate shopping experience.

1.  Ibn Battuta Mall

Also deemed as one of the world’s largest themed malls in Dubai, Ibn Battuta Mall is spread over an expansive area of 300,000 sq. ft. Drawing its name from the famed explorer Ibn Battuta, this single-storey mall is spectacular at its every nook and corner.

This famous mall in Dubai houses around 275 shops, a 21-screen cinema, and 50 restaurants to provide its visitors with an all-round experience. In addition to the variety of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment, Ibn Battuta Mall is praised for its unique architecture and six famous courts including India, China, Persia, Egypt, Andalusia, and Tunisia, offering a great opportunity for visitors to catch the glimpses of their rich glory, history, and culture.

  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Jebel Ali Village - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 10 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 12 am (Thursday and Friday)

 2.  City Centre Deira

In operation since 1995, City Centre Deira is one of the twelve City Centre malls in Dubai. The other malls are located in Bahrain, Beirut, Sharjah, Muscat, Cairo, and more. The one in Deira is extremely praised for offering an unparalleled shopping, entertainment, and leisure experience to its visitors.

Constructed over an expansive area of 1.2 million sq. ft., it is one of the highly sought-after places to visit in Dubai. Speaking of entertainment options, the mall has in store options like VOX Cinemas and Magic Planet, a leading family entertainment centre that entertains guests with a wide range of fun-filled activities, games, and rides. Besides, this Dubai mall has exclusive shops of various brands across the categories like mobile phones, fashion accessories, furniture, jewellery, and a lot more.

  • Location: 8th St - Port Saeed - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 11 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 12 am (Thursday and Friday)

 3. Burjuman Centre

No list of Dubai shopping malls is complete without Burjuman centre. Spread over 2.8 million sq. ft. and located in the residential area of Bur Dubai, it is among the oldest malls in Dubai that serves as one of the best leisure spaces in the city. With over 200 retail stores and boutiques, the Burjuman Centre provides you with an amazing opportunity to shop through a wide assortment of products, right from electronics & computers to fashion and lifestyle to toys and homeware. It has it all to satiate your quick shopping sprees.

Besides, the place is known for offering one of the best fine dining experiences. With highly rated cafés, restaurants, and food courts like Asia Kitchen, Bombay Chowpati, Baskin Robbins, Burger King, Costa Coffee, Dunkin, Happy Lemon, KFC, Nando’s, and more, the place promises a memorable culinary and dining experience. Not only this but Burjuman Centre also offers great entertainment options to elevate your spirit and yes, it also has fantastic options for beauty and wellness.

  • Location: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd - Al Mankhool - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 11 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 12 am (Thursday and Friday)

4. The Dubai Mall

the dubai mall

The Dubai Mall is the second-largest mall in the world and thus finds its place in most Dubai tour packages. Located adjacent to the iconic Burj Khalifa, this grand mall has a lot in store for its visitors. No wonder why people want to come here again and again.

Expanded over an area of 5, 40, 000 sq. ft. this gigantic Dubai Mall has quite a long list of shops dedicated to many luxurious and renowned brands, offering a great opportunity to visitors to indulge in shopping sprees. Other than over 1200 shopping stores, the place also has a lot of entertainment outlets, promising a full-filled and quality time. Speaking of other attractions at this massive mall, they include Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Hysteria (a haunted house), KidZania (an edutainment theme park for children), Reel Cinemas (a 22-screen cinema megaplex), and a lot more. Besides, the place has a lot of restaurants and cafés where you can indulge in a variety of delectable cuisines. Be it any list of malls in Dubai to explore, it is incomplete without The Dubai Mall.

  • Location: Financial Center Street, Along Sheikh Zayed Road, Next to Burj Khalifa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 12 am (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 1 pm (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

5. Wafi Mall in Wafi City

Extremely famous for its Pharaonic design, Wafi Mall in Wafi City is one of the spectacular malls in Dubai to visit. In operation since 1991, it is for its unique architecture and design that travellers include visiting this mall as one of the things to do in Dubai. When you visit this mall in Wafi City, at the entrance, you will be greeted by the popular Sphinx. Even from the inside, the place offers a reminiscent of ancient Egypt. Although small in size, the mixed-used development of Wafi City has something for everyone. With over 250 stores, here you will get to explore various options for retail, leisure, dining, and entertainment.

  • Location: Oud Metha Rd - Umm Hurair 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 10 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 12 am (Thursday and Friday)

 6. Dubai Festival City Mall

mall of emirates

Known for its magnificent light shows, the Dubai Festival City Mall is deemed as one of the best shopping malls in Dubai. Opened in 2007, the name of this Dubai mall is famous among travellers and visitors for its fantastic ambience and great options for accommodation, fine dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Speaking of accommodation options, it has renowned hotels like InterContinental Residence Suites, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, and Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City. For fine dining, it has cafés, bakeries, restaurants, and food courts serving lip-smacking delicacies. For entertainment and shopping, it has enough centres and retail outlets that will keep you engaged during your visit. You can check out online about shopping options at this Dubai mall before heading to this place.

  • Location: Crescent Dr - Dubai Festival City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 12 am (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 1 am (Thursday and Friday)

 7. Mall of the Emirates

Operating since 2005, Mall of the Emirates (MOE) is one of the best malls in Dubai to explore. Spread over 2 million sq. ft. area, MOE is one destination in Dubai that hooks the attention of every traveller with its grand structure and plethora of options to delve into for entertainment, fine dining, shopping, and more.

When it comes to entertainment, MOE is home to VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet (a family entertainment centre), Ya Bowling, Dreamscape VR experience, and SKI Dubai where people can enjoy winter fun throughout the year. Apart from the entertainment, MOE has many world-class restaurants and cafés, hundreds of retail and fashion outlets, and more. Being one of the biggest malls in Dubai, the place has so much to explore that one day is certainly not enough to see it all.

  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Al Barsha - Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Timings: 10 am – 10 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday) and 10 am – 10 pm (Thursday and Friday)

These are just 7 out of many malls in Dubai. The substantial options for malls in Dubai make the city a global shopping destination. When you are here, make sure to hit the aforementioned malls for an unforgettable shopping experience.


December 22, 2021


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