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Shopping in Dubai - Top 5 Must Visit Malls

Nithya Venkat loves to travel to countries that offer unique experiences with unforgettable moments.

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. You have to see it to believe it.

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 -

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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.

You will find the best 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. 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 scent f the Arabic perfumes are divine.

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 at night.

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.

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 233, 467 sq m. There are more than 600 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 the Mall of Emirates.

Visit the Magic Planet with your children to play fun and keep them entertained for hours or watch a movie in the VOX cinema halls.

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 are -1 degrees to -2 degrees Centigrade.

It has 1.5 Km of slopes available with chair lifts. 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 quarter pipe 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.

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Do not forget to experience Ski Dubai when you visit the Mall of Emirates.

Ski Dubai in Mall of Emirate

Ski Dubai in Mall of Emirate

Mid-Slope in Ski Dubai - Mall of Emirates

Mid-Slope in Ski Dubai - Mall of Emirates

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall is the largest themed shopping mall designed to represent the places explored by the famous Arabian explorer Ibn Battuta. As of today, the Ibn Battuta Mall occupies an area of more than 7 million square feet.

Ibn Battuta Mall is divided into six courts representing the regions Ibn Battuta visited - India, China, Egypt, Tunisia, Andalusia, Persia. Each court is embellished with art and architecture unique to the country.

This mall has more than 500 retail outlets with restaurants and cafes. There are many food courts with local and international eateries and restaurants. You can experience the history and culture of each country as you shop in the Ibn Battuta Mall. Shopping in Ibn Battuta Mall is a magical experience.

a beautifully decorated dome

a beautifully decorated dome

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

Deira City Center

Deira City Center


Burjuman is hailed as the first luxury mall in Dubai. It is located in the residential area of Bur Dubai. It has over 300 high fashion retail outlets. It occupies an area of 123,028 sq meters featuring over 371 retail stores and services.

Entertain your children in the famous Magic Planet entertainment center or watch a movie in the VOX cinema halls. The restaurants in Burjuman offer gastronomic delights provided by renowned chefs.

Shopping in Burjuman is a great experience. You will be amazed by how the mall has been constructed. The mall has many atrium courtyards beautifully decorated with date palm trees, fountains, and potted plants.

Burjumann Mall, Dubai

Burjumann Mall, Dubai

Burjuman Mall

Burjuman Mall

Burjumann in Dubai

Burjumann in Dubai

Dubai is well connected by taxis, trams, 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. Dubai is a shopper's paradise, do not miss out on the unique, fun shopping experience in Dubai.

© 2013 Nithya Venkat


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 04, 2017:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2017:

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!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 12, 2015:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 09, 2015:

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!

Ken Kline from USA on January 09, 2015:

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

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on January 09, 2015:

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!

Linda Sarhan from Lexington KY USA on January 09, 2015:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 09, 2015:

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

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 09, 2015:

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.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on March 05, 2014:

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.

Angie D from Cebu, PH on March 04, 2014:

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! :-)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 03, 2013:

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

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 03, 2013:

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.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 28, 2013:

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.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 27, 2013:

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.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 18, 2013:

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

agusfanani from Indonesia on June 17, 2013:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 17, 2013:

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

Abhishek Gupta from Kolkata on June 17, 2013:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 15, 2013:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 15, 2013:

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

Voted up.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 14, 2013:

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

Rambo Fen from Raipur on June 14, 2013:

The list was really amazing and helpful...

Recently visited Dubai and took tips from your article..


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 14, 2013:

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

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

ocfireflies from North Carolina on June 13, 2013:

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

Best Always,


iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on June 13, 2013:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 13, 2013:

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.

Audrey on June 12, 2013:

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!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on June 12, 2013:

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.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 12, 2013:

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.

Mohan Kumar from UK on June 12, 2013:

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 :-)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 12, 2013:

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.

Mike Robbers from London on June 12, 2013:

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.

Eiddwen from Wales on June 12, 2013:

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


Dianna Mendez on June 11, 2013:

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!

travmaj from australia on June 11, 2013:

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.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 11, 2013:

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

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 11, 2013:

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

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on June 10, 2013:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 10, 2013:

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!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 10, 2013:

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

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on June 10, 2013:

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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