A Shopaholic’s Guide to Dubai’s Best Shopping Malls

Where to Find the Best Shopping Malls in Dubai

If there’s one thing that Dubai is famous for, it’s their shopping malls. This globally renowned city is competing with itself for the title of ‘world’s biggest mall’ or ‘most impressive retail space’ as it revamps and builds bigger and better shopping centres every year. World-wide brands flock to this retail capital, bringing millions of shoppers from the Middle East and from the rest of the world to its amazing malls. Filled with some of the finest high-end brands, high-street labels and world-class attractions, the shopping malls in this city are breathtaking. So, whether you want to shop, catch the latest flick, learn to ski or have an underwater adventure, this is our shopaholic’s guide to Dubai’s best shopping malls.

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Dubai Mall

Let’s kick off our list with one of the biggest malls in the world, and definitely the most famous in Dubai, the Dubai Mall. Covering a total of 5.9 million square feet and housing over 1,200 retail stores, this mall is a shopaholic’s dream. This outstanding mall is one of the most remarkable buildings in Emaar’s portfolio, and once you step inside, you can immediately see why this is. A dedicated fashion avenue, boasting some of the top brands in high-fashion, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada, and exclusive stores such as Bloomingdales and Charlotte Tilbury, are exclusively found in the Dubai Mall. After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, you can check out the many other attractions inside this astounding mall.

 

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The Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo, Reel Cinema, VR Park and even an old-fashioned Souk are all lodged in this mall, making it very easy to spend days exploring everything it has to offer. Thanks to its impressive store collection, size and list of attractions, the Dubai Mall is easily one of the best shopping malls in the country.

Ibn Battuta Mall

This is where shopping becomes an adventure. The design of this beautiful mall was inspired by the famous Moroccan explorer, Ibn Battuta, and is thought to be the largest themed shopping mall in the world. The mall is split into six separate retail courts, each one inspired by one of the countries Ibn Battuta visited during his travels; China, Egypt, Persia, India, Tunisia and Andalusia. Within these courts, you will find all the usual flagship stores and popular brands. Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Decathalon, Ginger & Lace, New Look and Paris Gallery are just a few of the stores waiting to be explored.

 

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After you’ve finished hunting down the latest retail bargain, you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of their many restaurants, including TGI Friday’s and Pizza Express, or if you wish to relax, why not watch a movie at the on-site Novo Cinema. So, during your trip to Dubai, if you are ready to explore the retail world, then the Ibn Battuta Mall is one of the best shopping malls in the city for you.

Mall of the Emirates

Recognised by Forbes as one of the top 5 shopping malls in Dubai, our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the upmarket and highly impressive Mall of the Emirates. Covering an astounding 2.4 million square feet and boasting over 630 high-end stores, this mall is guaranteed to pull on those purse strings. Mall of the Emirates is home to the only Harvel Nichols in the country, high-end fashion brands such as Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Versace, and many popular brands including Forever 21, Apple, DKNY and Boutique 1. Fashion designers hold a special place in this mall as they are wonderfully showcased in the Fashion Dome and Luxury Wing.

Despite all this luxury, the Mall of the Emirates is actually one of the best shopping malls for families. Their Magic Planet theme park is perfect for the little ones to enjoy, and the whole family is bound to love the iconic Ski Dubai ski resort, where you can enjoy snowboarding, tobogganing and there is even a penguin play area.

BurJuman Centre

The BurJuman Centre is the perfect mix of luxury fashion brands and the most popular high street labels. Here you will find Louis Vuitton placed alongside H&M, making it a perfectly harmonious shopping experience. Since its recent revamp, this popular shopping mall has become even more famous, as it introduces stores such as Mont Blanc, Next, Shakespeare and Co, Nautica and Hermès. Alone with a handful of new shopping experiences, the BurJuman Centre has also introduced a 14-screen Vox Cinema and many new eateries including the ever popular Yo Sushi, Jollibee and Dome Cafe.

 

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If you are shopping with your little ones, don’t worry, the BurJuman Centre also has a children’s haven called Magic Planet, where kiddies can be entertained for hours.

Dubai Marina Mall

If there has ever been a shopping mall with a better view, we want to hear about it. At the Dubai Marina Mall, you can dine and shop while looking over the glistening water of the marina; making this the perfect exotic shopping experience. With an impressive lineup of high street brands such as RiverIsland, Monsoon, Billabong, Pinko and H&M, every shopaholic can find a fashion bargain over at the Dubai Marina Mall. However, this stunning building, by Emaar, is more than just a retail space. No matter what time of year you visit Dubai, this shopping mall has an endless stream of events and activities, including the Dubai Music Festival and the Dubai Street Food Festival.

 

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The mall’s on-site restaurants are also some of the most popular worldwide. Just take your pick between Five Guys, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Carluccio’s and many more.