13 Best Malls in Dubai for an Ultimate Shopping Experience!
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Shopping Malls in Dubai

The most famous and the largest malls are The Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, etc. These gigantic malls flaunt a great mix of high street chain stores, five-star restaurants, and various entertainment options.

A one stop destination for all your wants and needs, malls in Dubai are much more than your regular shopping complexes. Owing to the glamour and heritage embedded in the city, each year, approximately 16 million tourists walk the streets of Dubai. And one common activity that everyone has on their bucket list in Dubai is shopping.

With a huge number of shopping malls, this city will fulfill all your shopping desires.  Thus, it would be safe to say that almost all malls in Dubai, have a special, enticing attribute to themselves. From clothing to accessories, and home decor to precious jewellery, you will find everything here. The Dubai Mall, a luxury shopping destination, features various other attractions within itself to entertain the visitors including the Dubai Aquarium, the Underwater Zoo and the VR Park. On the other hand, the Ibn Battuta Mall happens to be the largest themed shopping mall in Dubai.

True to its name, it celebrates the voyages of Ibn Battuta, the explorer. It offers different cultural representations for each of the voyages it elaborates. Even if everything that glitters is not gold, the best shopping malls in Dubai have their sparkle like gold and perfectly suited!

Here is the list of best shopping malls in Dubai:

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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is the second-largest mall in the world (area wise) which encompasses around 1200 shops that cater to shopping, dining, and entertainment. This record-making mall became the most visited building on the planet in 2011.

The mall is so huge that it houses the phenomenal Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo, the Indoor VR theme park and the 22-screen Reel Cinema within its glass walls.

Timings
9am–10:30pm Daily

Location: Financial Center Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: The mall is known for its 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and around 120 plus restaurants and cafes. The major highlights of this mall are Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Dino where genuine fossils of large-necked Dinosaurs are found, Hysteria - a haunted house, Dubai Creek Tower replica, Rain-forest Cafe and KidZania - an interactive children theme park.

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Dubai Festival City Mall

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Dubai Festival City Mall offers a good choice of restaurants, a varied collection of international brands, furniture stores, and a cinema complex. The mall is an upbeat business and entertainment centre which is located along the glittering Dubai creek.

It is also preferred for business stays and corporate conferences with a view of the magnificent skyline dotted with towering buildings.

Timings:
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Sun-Wed)
10:00 AM to 12 midnight (Thus-Sat)

Location: Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE

Highlights: Dubai Festival City Mall is the only mall in the city to be housing a city's only IKEA, a flagship Zara store along with more than 500 other global brands and stores

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Dubai Outlet Mall

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Featuring over 1200 brands and 240 retail shops, Dubai Outlet mall is found on the Dubai-Al Ain Road and is a part of Dubailand. The mall was opened in the year 2007 and was featured in the top five best malls in Dubai by Forbes.

From clothes, shoes, accessories, perfumes, watches to electrical goods, you can grab anything here.

Timings: Saturday to Wednesday- 10 AM to 10 PM | Thursday to Friday- 10 AM to 12 AM

Location: Route 66, Dubai Land - Dubai - Al Ain Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: You can find high-end stores of Dolce & Gabbana, Façonnable, Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Iceberg, Coach, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, and Missoni, etc.

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City Centre Deira

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Set on the crossroad that marks between Sharjah, Bur Dubai and the Airport, the mall is set in the older part of the town. This shopping, entertainment and leisure complex features two levels which exhibit a total of 370 shops and stores.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Daily)

Location: 8th St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: Among the many stores available here, you can easily spot Carrefour, Debenhams, Iconic, Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore, and Paris Gallery, etc.

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Dubai Marina Mall

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Dubai Marina is a relatively small mall compared to the other huge malls in Dubai but it is located in a rather hip and happening location which is right across the Dubai Marina. This voguish 4-level mall is marked by a massive circular atrium and a promenade that further extends to the waterfront.

Besides housing around 130 retail outlets, it has a decent number of waterfront eateries and a cinema to keep you engaged. 

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday- 10 AM to 10 PM | Thursday to Saturday- 10 AM to 11 PM

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: Reiss, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West and Cos. And of course, there’s a great selection of affordable brands like Giordano, Miss Selfridge, Borders, New Look and Boots.

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Ibn Battuta Mall

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Nestled on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, Ibn Battuta Mall is said to be one of the largest themed malls in the world, Featuring over 270 shops, 45,000 parking space, 50 restaurants, and a 21-screen cinema, Ibn Battuta is also one of the largest shopping malls in Dubai.

The themed mall is designed based on the history of the Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta who travelled across six countries- Tunisia, Egypt, India, Andalusia, China, Persia in a span of 24 years. Hence, the mall is designed into six courts belonging to all the six countries and the designs are influenced based on the character of the particular country.

Timings:
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Sat-Wed)
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Thu-Fri)

Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Highlights: With Novo cinema and a large Carrefour supermarket, the six different courts is a treat to just tour around with themes belonging to six different countries.

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Mall of the Emirates

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Mall of the Emirates is a multi-level shopping complex which is situated at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed Road. The mall marks over 100 restaurants and cafes, 630 retail shops and around 7900 parking spaces which highlight it as one of the largest shopping malls in Dubai. The mall is famous for hosting an indoor skiing centre called Ski Dubai which is very popular among tourists.

Besides providing exclusive dining and shopping experience, it also features an indoor family entertainment centre called Magic Planet, and Vox cinema a 14-screen multiplex cinema.

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday- 10 AM to 10 PM | Thursday to Saturday- 10 AM to 12 AM

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: The major highlights of the Mall of the Emirates are Ski Dubai, Cheesecake factory, Imax movie theatre and lots of famous brand stores.

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City Centre Mirdif

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City Centre Mirdif is among the busiest malls in Dubai which aim at serving the local community rather than tourists. It's a large shopping complex in the Mirdif area of Dubai that offers more than 400 retail stores such as Carrefour, Crate, and Barrel, Hamleys, Decathlon, JashanMahal, Pottery Barn, etc.

From shopping to entertainment, dining, the mall boasts a wide variety of activities and options.

Timings:10 AM to 1 AM (Everyday)

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: With easy parking and fewer visitors, the mall has a huge Decathlon and Carrefour store which attracts the local shoppers

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Wafi City Mall

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Wafi City is a large multi-use development complex in the Umm Hurair district of Dubai that encompasses a hotel, mall, restaurants, residences, and a night club. Wafi City Mall is quite a prominent feature of the themed city that presents over 200 retail stores. The edifice is designed after ancient Egypt which covers an area of 10,000 sq. meters.

With a good collection of restaurants and shops, almost all shopping malls in Dubai boast essential amenities such as ATMs, currency exchange, prayer rooms, etc and so as Wafi City Mall.

Timings: Saturday to Wednesday- 10 AM to 10 PM | Thursday to Friday- 10 AM to 12 AM

Location: Oud Metha Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: The design of the building resembles an Egyptian temple with huge statutes and a pyramid-like top. The mall makes the kids happy with a large kid’s play area and mini-golf. You can also enjoy the bliss of ‘lazy river’ in the middle of the mall with friends and family.

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Mercato Shopping Mall

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Mercato Shopping Mall is a mid-sized shopping and entertainment centre that features over 120 global stores. Tucked in the Jumeirah Beach road, the mall also boasts a multiplex cinema and a family entertainment centre.

The decor and design of the mall are influenced by the Italian Renaissance.

Timings:10 AM to 10 PM 

Location: Jumeirah Beach Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: Spinneys, Virgin Megastore, Laura Ashley Home, Fun city and a great list of other stores are found here. The selling feature of the mall is the Vox Cinema Multiplex that can accommodate around 14,000 cinema-goers with 7 different screens.

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BurJuman Mall

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BurJuman marks its presence in the list of the oldest malls in Dubai which was opened during the early ’90s. It’s a 3-level, family-friendly mall with over 320 stores and a hundred more restaurants and cafes with entertainment centres and cinema experience

One of the few old malls in Dubai which is revamped in the year 2015 and 2016 to come hand in hand with the trending market.

Timings: Saturday to Wednesday- 10 AM to 11 PM | Thursday to Friday- 10 AM to 12 AM

Location: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: This classic mall offers over 40 restaurants and cafes with a large Carrefour supermarket in the centre.  Running since 1991, the mall added hip brands like H&M, Mothercare, and Next, etc. in its recent development. The addition of Vox Cinema and Magic Planet (a family entertainment centre) became its selling point.

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Century Mall

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With an eclectic mix of stores and entertainment options, the Century Mall in Dubai is a resourceful hub to find beauty essentials, electronics, jewellery, home furnishings, etc

The mall is very popular among visitors, especially families as it has the potential to keep everyone engaged with activities and options suited for all ages.

Timings:  8:30 AM to 12 AM daily

Location: Al Wuheida St, Hor Al Anz East - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: You will find stores like Giordano fashion, Jacky's Electronics, Damas jewellery and supermarkets like Carrefour.

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Times Square Center

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In comparison to other humongous malls in Dubai, Times Square Centre can be considered a mid-sized mall but it still is considerably huge. Tucked along the Al Quoz rote in Dubai, the mall houses a total of 40 shops and a decent collection of eateries and restaurants.

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday- 10 AM to 10 PM | Thursday to Saturday- 10 AM to 12 AM

Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Highlights: Besides stores like Sharaf DG and H&M, there is also an ice lounge and a 5D cinema that can keep you entertained

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  1. Which are the best shopping Malls in Dubai?

    1. The Dubai mall:The Dubai Mall is undoubtedly ranked 1st amongst other malls in Dubai. The mega-mall is the ultimate destination for any shopper, as it features a number of luxury brands.

    Some of these are Mango, Balenciaga, Dior and Louis Vuitton. Along with being home to such high-end brands, it serves as a spot for unending awe – The mall is ranked as a Middle East attraction owing to its in-house aquarium, and underwater zoo. In terms of the area it covers, the Dubai Mall is the largest in the world.

    2. Mall of the Emirates:
    The huge mall, established in 2005 is reportedly the first shopping destination in the heart of the city of Dubai. It is a hub of plenty of restaurants and cafes; visitors love the food's taste and quality.

    The interior design, big brands, and entertainment parts are impeccable. Some of the many brands housed by the Emirates Mall are the Carrefour Hypermarket, Harvey Nichols, and Marks & Spencer. As compared to the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates happens to go a little easy on the pocket.

    3. BurJuman Mall:
    Derived from the Arabic word, Juman, meaning “perfect pearl”, the BurJuman Mall is one of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai. It was established in 1991 and is located in the district of Bur Dubai. The mall is renowned as a family friendly destination with approximately 320 stores, including Adidas and H&M.

    4. Ibn Battuta Mall:
    The Ibn Battuta Mall is unique in its own way, and a great tourist attraction due to its cultural design and decor and it is one of the best malls in Dubai . The mall, themed after the voyages of the explorer, Ibn Battuta, is split into 6 courts, namely, Tunisia, India, Andalusia, China, Egypt and Persia, with a distinct cultural representation in each of the courts.
  2. Which are the best shopping places in Dubai?

    1. The Dubai Mall: The Dubai mall is filled with high-end brands and labels. The mall covers a total land area of 12 million square feet, making it the largest mall in the world.

    The Underwater Zoo built in the heart of the mall consists of a 270 degree walk-through tunnel which helps you get a clear view of the thousands of aquatic animals present. The mall is undoubtedly the ultimate destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure activities.

    2. Global Village:
    The Global Village is ranked as the world’s largest tourism, leisure, shopping and entertainment venture. The fact that it combines elements of over 90 countries, all at once, makes it a cultural hub.

    3. Dubai Festival City Mall:
    This place is selected among the best shopping malls in Dubai, and rightly so. The mall is located in the heart of the Dubai Festival City, on the Dubai Creek.

    It is not only a tourist attraction for shopping, but also for the scenic view visible from every corner of the mall. It is one of the most popular malls in Dubai, and features the only IKEA store in the city.


    4. Dragon Mart:
    The Dragon Mart celebrates the culture of China. It has over 3500 premium outlets that offer high-quality Chinese products. Also known as the Dragon Mall, it is the world’s largest hub for Chinese products outside mainland China.
  3. What are the adventure things to do in Dubai Mall?

    1. Shark diving: You can indulge in shark diving at the Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Dubai Mall. Come face to face with live sharks here, and get acquainted with marine life!

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    Skiing: In the Ice Skating Rink in Dubai Mall, visitors can participate in skiing, and have fun with real snow. The Rink provides a faux-winter atmosphere to maintain authenticity of the experience. For those who would wish to learn skiing and participate in the activity, Dubai Ice Rink’s Skating Academy is always present there, accepting enrolments for the same.

    3.
    Ice skating: Skaters can put their skills to the test by participating in ice skating in the indoor ice skating rink in the Dubai Mall. While your family or friends are ice skating, you can watch them if you want to, and have a small picnic on the side. The ice skating rink features real ice and snow, to enhance the skating experience. You can even rent the ice if you’d want to!

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    Indoor skydiving: You can also try indoor skydiving in the Dubai Mall. It combines elements of virtual reality to give divers the simulated experience of a real skydive from a plane.

  4. What is the best time to visit Dubai?

    The most number of visitors are attracted in the months of November to April, when the weather remains favourable for exploring the city. It's winter in Dubai and you get relief from the scorching sun. However, as these months are the peak tourist season, all prices related to lodging  and flights remain high, so it is adjusted to make the booking in advance.
  5. What is the biggest mall in Dubai?

    The biggest mall in Dubai is undoubtedly the Dubai mall spread in 12 million sq ft, which is a one stop destination for luxury brands, entertainment and sparkle. The Mall is a great place for entertainment, dining, shopping, and spending your leisure time. The Burj Khalifa is also visible from across the mall. 

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