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Experience The Dubai Mall

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.

Experience Dubai Mall  © 2015 Holly Dayz

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.

Chinese Food © 2015 HollyDayz
Chinese Food © 2015 HollyDayz

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.

Top of the Burj Khalifia from the sitting area © 2015 HollyDayz
Top of the Burj Khalifia from the sitting area © 2015 HollyDayz

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.

Gold Lamborghini © 2015 HollyDayz
Gold Lamborghini © 2015 HollyDayz
Ice Skating Rink © 2015 HollyDayz
Ice Skating Rink © 2015 HollyDayz

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.

Disney Fashion Store © 2015 HollyDayz
Disney Fashion Store © 2015 HollyDayz
Disney Fashion Store  © 2015 HollyDayz
Disney Fashion Store © 2015 HollyDayz

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.

In front the Waterfall  © 2015 HollyDayz
In front the Waterfall © 2015 HollyDayz

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.

Aquarium Glass Panel © 2015 HollyDayz
Part of the Aquarium Glass Panel © 2015 HollyDayz

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.

Dubai Fountain Show © 2015 HollyDayz
Dubai Fountain Show © 2015 HollyDayz

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?

16 Comments

  • Alyssa Ramos

    Nice! I got to go for a few hours during a long layover but would love to go back!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Awesome! I would love to go back too! Certainly not a mall you can conquer in 1 visit!

      Reply
  • Hector

    Would love to go there at least once in my life .

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a sight to see. You will get there!

      Reply
  • @thetravelguru_

    I’ve never been to Dubai and I’m not a big shopper but this mall right here? I would love to see this. I’m always amazed when malls have so much in them!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am not big on shopping either, but the malls in the UAE are so much more than shopping. Too hot too be outside most of the year so they head to the malls. The Mall of Emirates has Ski Dubai inside.

      Reply
  • Sarah

    Wow. What an incredible place to visit. I’m not a huge shopper, but this sounds like a real experience….

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    • Holly Dayz

      I’m not either, but it is a cool place to see. Wish I had time to see all the malls.

      Reply
  • thesophislife

    Just hilarious! everything so big and over the top! I cant imagine the aquarium in the mall and they have dancing waterfalls like Bellagio! And all the american fast foods places-wow!

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    • Holly Dayz

      That is Dubai…over the top!! They go big! Actually the guy who designed the fountains at the Bellagio designed these too! Dubai is like Vegas on steroids…so you know how I feel about that! Yes, it is very westernized.

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  • patricemfoster

    Wow what a difference fancy mall with lots of thinks to see. I would love to go someday.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I know, I couldn’t even see it all. I would like to go back.

      Reply
  • Christine @MomsNCharge

    Let me tell you how Dubai is on my list of places to visit! But goodness as beautiful as this mall looks and sounds, I feel like it might be overwhelming. But I guess it’s one of those things you just HAVE to experience if you’re in Dubai 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I loved it there! I want to go back! It was extremely crowded! Yea, you have to see the biggest mall in the world if your there!

      Reply
  • Elaine J. Masters

    I’ve heard of the mall in Dubai but your post is the first time I’ve gotten a peek inside. What an experience. It’s all and more than I’d imagined.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is certainly an experience. I am glad you enjoyed the peek!

      Reply

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