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Shopping in Dubai - Top 5 Must Visit Malls

Updated on January 4, 2020
Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall | Source

Dubai is a shopper's paradise. When you think of Dubai, shopping is the next thing that flashes in your mind. Malls in Dubai are not just a shopping experience; there is so much more than shopping in each and every mall.

Dubai Malls are not small they are huge, you should put on your walking shoes and be ready to walk. One day is not enough to cover an entire mall; you will need at least two days minimum to go briefly through each mall.

Presenting the top five malls, that must be visited on your trip to Dubai -

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall was constructed by Emaar Properties over a time span of fewer than four years. The internal floor area is about 5.9 million square feet. There are four levels in this mall serviced by many elevators and escalators.

Dubai Mall has 440,000 square feet dedicated to fashion alone and has the largest collection of fashion brands in the world. You will find the best of fashion designs around the world showcased in this mall. Ranging from high-end fashion retail outlets to daily wear clothes and accessories, Dubai Mall is a place where you will find varied styles and designs.

You will find the latest greatest range of electronic gadgets in many shops. Book lovers will not be disappointed; there are great bookstores such as - the "Book World" by Kinokuniya and W H Smith.

There are shops where you can find the latest trends in Arabic Fashion. The Arabic perfumes are out of this world and exotic.

Once you step outside the mall, you will find yourself transported into a mystical world of Dubai Water Fountains. Water jets are propelled to great heights and the jet streams dance to the sound of music. The jet streams are lighted up with vibrant colors and make the entire experience magical.

Another highlight of the Dubai Mall is the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. This aquarium is made of the world's largest acrylic panel. There are more than 140 species in this aquarium and is home to the largest collection of sand sharks in the world.

Once you enter Dubai Mall, you will feel that you have entered a mega world of shopping that has its own time zone. You will find that time flies when you enter Dubai Mall; you will wish that each day has more than 24 hours. Even that is not sufficient to explore Dubai Mall.

Mall of Emirates

The Mall of Emirates occupying an area of 6.5 million sq. Feet is a representation of architecture derived from the Middle East and Mediterranean countries. There are more than 400 retailers from across the world in this mall. The Mall of Emirates is a shopping experience that you will never forget.

You will be able to buy regular comfort wear and designer dresses in a wide range and variety. There are famous brand labels such as Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith and Burberry to name a few. Debenhams, Splash, Sketchers, Mont Blanc, Swatch, Carrefour are some of the retail outlets in Mall of Emirates.

There is a 14-screen Cinestar Complex with the latest films. Magic Planet offers the latest, greatest games to keep children entertained for hours. You can shop for authentic, traditional items from Arabian Souk.

Ski Dubai is another major attraction of the Mall of Emirates. Ski Dubai is the only indoor ski resort that has real snow. The temperatures around the year in Ski Dubai is -1 degrees to -2 degrees Centigrade.

It has five ski slopes; five snow covered hills and chair lifts. The slope is 80 meters in height and has a width greater than the average width of a motorway. There is a variety of activities for people of all ages.

Experienced skiers can take on the back runs from the top of the ski hill, and the snowboarders can have a time of their lives in the quarterpipe and tricks area. There are instructors to teach you how to ski.

Children can have fun on the toboggan runs, ice caverns and play in a large area to make snowmen or snowballs.

Mall of the Emirates is more than just a shopper's paradise.

Ski Dubai in Mall of Emirate
Ski Dubai in Mall of Emirate | Source
Mid-Slope in Ski Dubai - Mall of Emirates
Mid-Slope in Ski Dubai - Mall of Emirates | Source

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall is uniquely designed to represent the places explored by the famous Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta.

Ibn Battuta Mall is divided into six sections, each section representing the regions Ibn Batuta visited - India, China, Egypt, Tunisia, Andalusia, Persia.

The Persian Court has a stunning hand painted dome, the Indian Court has a beautifully decorated 8-meter elephant, the Chinese Court has a full-size Chinese junk and a beautiful square with many fountains. Pyramids, kings, queens and temples represent Egypt in its past glory.

Tunisia Court is themed with clouds in a blue sky inspired by the 14th Century Tunisia Court. You can enjoy the cuisine of international food outlets in this Court. The highlight of the Andalusia Court is the awe-inspiring Lion Fountain that is built based on the Fountains of Lions in Alhambra.

Chinese Court in Ibn Batuta Mall
Chinese Court in Ibn Batuta Mall | Source

Deira City Center

Deira City Center is located in the Deira Community. It is the first large shopping mall introduced in Dubai. It occupies an area of 1,300,000 square feet. This City Center has many retail outlets, multiplexes, and food courts.

Children can play in Magic Planet without getting bored, and you can shop till you drop. You can enjoy a movie or shop in many designer wear stores. You can gorge yourself on Baskin Robbins Ice Cream or enjoy the Falafel treats in "Just Falafel" located at the entrance of the Food Court.

Entrance to City Center
Entrance to City Center | Source
Deira City Center
Deira City Center | Source


Burjumann is one of the oldest malls in Dubai. Located in Bur Dubai. It has over 300 high fashion retail outlets. It occupies an area of 2.8 million square feet. You will find famous international brands like Ralph Lauren, Dior, DKNY, Prada, Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Fendi, Just Cavalli, Chanel, Hermes, Valentino and many more. You can also shop for daily wear clothes in this mall.

Burjumann has a play area that kids will enjoy. You can shop for hours without getting bored. One day will not be enough to cover this mall. You can enjoy going to the movies or just relax in one of the many cafes that offer a great variety of snacks and beverages.

Shopping in Burjumann is a great experience. You will be amazed by how the mall has been constructed. The interiors are done with class, and the architectural design of the mall is great. The mall has many atrium courtyards beautifully decorated with Date Palm Trees, fountains, and potted plants.

Burjumann Mall, Dubai
Burjumann Mall, Dubai | Source
Burjumann in Dubai
Burjumann in Dubai | Source

Dubai is well connected by taxis, tram, and the metro. All the malls in Dubai are close to metro stations, and you can hop from one mall to the other using the metro. Enjoy shopping in Dubai. Dubai is a shopper's paradise, an opportunity not to be missed.

© 2013 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you and you must visit Dubai someday soon, you and your family will enjoy the experience.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I have heard so much about Dubai malls and the pleasure of shopping there from my relatives and friends that I have a keen desire to visit these wonderful places.

      Your hub describes all this and more in details. Loved the pictures and the video.

      Thanks for sharing this excellent hub!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Healthnews thank you and yes the dancing fountain is really amazing.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      LindaSarhan thank you for your visit and many vote ups.

      Dressage Husband yes it is definitely worth another visit, things have changed so much.

      America Choices thank you for sharing, much appreciated. Dubai has changed so much!

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      5 years ago from USA

      Great hub! Shared out on Google+ Have been to Dubai for meetings but never have shopped - now I have an agenda!

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      It is a long time since I have been they only had the first Mall back then. It really looks like a place worth visiting again!

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      L Sarhan 

      5 years ago from Huntsville, Alabama, USA

      I absolutely love Dubai! :D Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and sharing across the boards.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      vocalcoach thank you for the many vote ups, pin and share. I do hope you do get to visit Dubai.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Visiting Dubai and shopping at these magnificent Malls are now #1 on my bucket list. I refuse to leave this earth until I travel to Dubai. :)

      This is a marvelous presentation and I thank you so much for this stunning tour. It's a pleasure to vote up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting and I will share on HP and pin to my pinterest board.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      angied83 am glad you enjoyed here in Dubai where I live. Do come again to visit, you will find plenty more things to be amazed at. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Angie D 

      6 years ago from Cebu, PH

      I've been to Deira City Centre, Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. I especially liked Mall of the Emirates, this place is huge! You are right in saying you need more than a day to explore each mall. I will never forget my time in Dubai. I hope to go back there in future to do more shopping! :-)

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you Vinanya, as you say people come to Dubai for different reasons.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Dubai is surely a shoppers' paradise. From my country,two types of people travel to Dubai. One, who want to work in Dubai as a migrant worker,two, who wants to shop in Dubai.

      Thanks for this wonderfully laid out hub.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      CrisSp am glad you re-lived Dubai once again through my hub. Tax free too!! Yes the fountains are great to sit by dreaming!!Thank you for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Vellur, you just made me miss Dubai! It's one of my favorites shopping place in the world. Tax Free! I'd say, I'm lucky for I've been to all those malls and I don't mind the walk, but now I'm broke! :)

      And, oh that fountain is so beautiful! I sat by there one sizzling summer night admiring it's beauty while enjoying the music and feeling the fountain mist and breeze. Amazing!

      Beautiful hub. Thanks.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      agusfanani thank you, I hope you get to visit Dubai.

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      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Many of us want to visit Dubai someday and you've given us valuable information needed so that we know where to go.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      idevices yes Dubai is a great place to visit. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Abhishek Gupta 

      7 years ago from Kolkata

      Dubai is really a place to visit.. I have it on my visiting list and these malls surely are one of the main attractions at the city... Nice Post

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly thank you, yes these malls are definitely worth visiting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      These malls are just too beautiful and grande. Certainly worth visiting.

      Voted up.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      rambofeno, I hope you enjoyed your visit and happy my article helped you.

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      Rambo Fen 

      7 years ago from Raipur

      The list was really amazing and helpful...

      Recently visited Dubai and took tips from your article..


    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      iguidenetwork thank you, yes you have to see it first hand.

      ocfireflies thank you for stopping by and for the voting up.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Just an all around excellent hub. Voted Up and Awesome!

      Best Always,


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      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Dubai is known for its extravagant buildings but I've got to see them myself! Thanks for your wonderful pictures too. Up and awesome.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Suhail and my dog Dubai has changed so much, you should visit when you can.

      aud99 yes Dubai is great and I do hope you get to visit.

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      7 years ago

      These are mega malls! Dubai, is in fact, a popular tourist destination and I'm sure there is a blend of old and new. Hope I have the chance to visit someday!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      7 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I lived in Dubai from 1996 to 1999 and then in Abu Dhabi from 1999 to 2004. None of the mentioned 5 super malls, except Burjuman, was there at that time.

      I am a civil engineer by education and am a nature lover by choice. I enjoyed the concrete jungles of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as off roading in its deserts and valleys.

      Shopping and window shopping in Dubai malls is what my family enjoyed a lot.

      Thanks you for sharing a great hub on a marvelous destination.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Docmo you should stop by and visit Dubai, it is a great place to see. Yes, now you have to meet your friend and step into the world of Dubai!! Do tell your friend about these malls!! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Awesome- everytime I pass through Dubai ( I tend to fly Emirates when I go east from UK) I always think of stopping by. One of our friends has recently got a job as a teacher at an international school in Dubai. Now I have another reason to visit... Just wont tell Louise about all these malls :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      always exploring I do hope you get to visit Dubai and the fountain, thank you for stopping by.

      midget38 Dubai has changed so much you should visit once more to see how well it has developed.

      travmaj great that you have been out here and you should visit all the malls. They are a must see.

      teaches12345 thank you, I enjoy your visits and a special thank you for always supporting my writings.

      Eiddwen thank you for reading. Thank you for the vote and share, much appreciated.

      Mike Robbers you are so right, you really forget that the primary function is to shop. There are many more but these are my favorite. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mike Robbers 

      7 years ago from London

      Incredible list and great photos. I think that they are such fabulously designed that you forget that their primary function is a place to shop.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Wow one brilliant hub and voted up, across and shared onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn..


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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      A visit to just one of these malls would be so amazing and fun. Thanks for highlighting the best of these types of venues. Always interesting to read your posts!

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      7 years ago from australia

      Hi - just spent a couple of days in Dubai - visited the Dubai Mall - a true experience - a city with style and so much to offer - will be going again.

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Dubai is a beautiful place I transited in once but would love to go to again! Thanks for sharing, Nithya.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a beautiful and informative hub. I would love to visit Dubai and especially see the water falls. Thank you again...

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      srsddn yes the malls are so beautifully designed and it is a pleasure to shop in these malls. Thank you.

      Faith Reaper malls in Dubai are out of this world, thank you for the vote and the share.

      Jackie Lynnley oh yes these malls are something else!! Each one of the malls in Dubai are constructed so beautifully. Very interesting to us ladies. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      These are something else! I have been to some pretty nice malls but these are way on up there! Thanks for sharing. Definitely of interest to us women!

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, how very interesting. Yes, I agree with srsddn, that all the malls are very unique and beautiful in design.

      I have never seen any quite like these malls.

      Voted up ++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      7 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      vellur, All the Malls seem to have designed beautifully and it is interesting to note Ski Dubai at the Mall of Emirates. Skiing and other activities must be like having fun in paradise specially for the children. Thanks for sharing such lovely sites of Dubai. Beautiful and Voted up.


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