If shopping is your favorite past time, then Dubai is certainly the place you want to be! There are so many malls, and souks it could make your head spin. While in Dubai, we went to the largest mall in the world, based off area, The Dubai Mall. This mall is more than just shopping, but an experience.
The Dubai Mall is obviously huge, but you have no idea what that truly means until you arrive. We took a taxi to the mall. The taxi driver dropped us off near the parking lot area which is supposed to make it easy to get in. The hard part came when it was time to figure out how to exactly get into the mall. There are many floors and esculators. It was extremely crowded! Try a holiday shopping season, times 100. The first thing I noticed was a multi-floor movie theater and a Sega Indoor Theme Park.
After some odd minutes of walking around and taking the escalators up and down we finally figured out how to get into the actual mall. Being very hungry, we followed the signs and bee lined to the food court. The food court was extremely crowded and huge. There was fast food, restaurants, and cafes. Everything from Hot Dog On A Stick and Johnny Rockets to KFC and Subway. If you can’t find something you like to eat in this mall then I am not sure what to tell you.
After taking a walk around we decided on some Chinese food. Once we got our food we realized there was no place to sit. Walking around I spotted a door to more seating outside. I doubt that would be a place anyone would want to sit in the hot months. From the sitting area there was a view of the very top of the Burj Khalifia (the tallest building in the world.) After eating, we went back into the mall and walked around a bit. I spotted even more places to eat, including The Rainforest Cafe and The Cheesecake Factory, as we walked around.
We were in search of the waterfall inside of the mall. Following the signs towards The Waterfall we came across some pretty awesome findings. One being the ice skating rink. There were a ton of people skating around having a blast. As we continued to walk I spotted a gold Lamborghini. I love Lamborghinis and apparently so do people in Dubai because I saw a bunch of people driving them.
Continuing to follow the signs, in my mind we hit gold, A Disney Fashion Store! If you know me you know my LOVE for Mickey Mouse. I wandered around the store seeing all kind of bags, clothes, and sneakers with Mickey everywhere. It was pretty awesome! Right near the store was The Waterfall.
The Waterfall is beautiful and has sculptures of divers made from fiber glass. The waterfall can be seen from all 4 levels. It was crowded with people taking pictures, but there is another area to the right that has the same view, but no people. So walk away from the main area if you want a better photo opportunity. The mall has a ton of information desks, so if you are looking for a particular store or area, they many people behind the desk will point you in the right direction.
From The Waterfall we asked someone where to find the Aquarium. Between them and the signs we found our way to the crowded area. This is a serious mall to have an Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. We didn’t go inside, but decided to view the beautiful tank, which is one of the largest in the world. It also features the largest glass panel in the world. As I looked up towards the ceiling it looked like a starry night. It was beautiful! There is also a replica of King Croc for those who don’t go inside the aquarium.
The amount of stores in The Dubai Mall would go beyond the term “shop till you drop.” Whatever it is your looking for, they have it. They even have their own souks. The souk at the mall is much more modern then the more traditional ones. You can also get a great view of the Burj Khalifa and the Fountain show once stepping outside.
The fountain show happens everyday on the Burj Khalifa Lake. There are a couple of shows in the afternoon, and then every 30 minutes in the evening from 6pm – 11pm. I didn’t catch the show the day I went to visit the mall, but I did watch it on another night after an amazing dinner. In true Dubai fashion it is the world’s largest dancing fountain.
Although not usually a place someone would make their business to visit when traveling, The Dubai Mall is a must see.
Have you ever been to the Dubai Mall? If not would you want to check it out?