The Dubai mall surely is one of the most spectacular malls in the world. Among other things, it houses an aquarium, two theme parks, a cinema and almost two thousand stores Food-wise, you will find almost any kind of food you can think of at the enormous food court as well as the over 400 restaurants and franchises, such as Cheesecake factory and Cold Stone Creamery.
When it comes to fashion, you probably expect to only find everything to be on the expensive side, yet, Dubai has no VAT an therefore, even brands that may be quite expensive in your country are more reasonably priced in Dubai. You will likely find any major and popular brand in this enormous mall, which is divided into different sections.
1. The Village
The Village is an indoor & outdoor street scape, styled like a typical pedestrian area with small shops and a retractable roof. Of course, a regular shopping street would not have been spectacular enough, so they decided to add a layer of colorful umbrellas above the ground floor to create a stunning and unique effect. Also, if the roof is retracted and it starts raining, you won’t get wet.
If you enter the hallway on the right of this photo, you will end up at a full size ice rink, which will host hockey matches, ice skating discos or even soccer tournaments depending on it’s daily schedule. The second floor houses the KidZania and the SEGA republic indoor theme parks as well as a 22-screen movie theater.
2. The Souk
The Souk is a dimly lit labyrinth of small stores, designed to look like an unrealistically polished version of a historial arabic market (souk). Jewelers and fashion stores in this section offer more traditional merchandise than in other parts of the Mall, but since that would not have been unique enough, they added the 7 meter high “Dubai Dino”, a dinosaur imported from Wyoming, where it was discovered at the Dana Quarry in 2008. With its impressive age of 155 million years, it offers an interesting contrast to its brand new surroundings.
Not only at the Souk but across the entire mall you will find elaborately decorated atriums extending over the upper three floors, thereby creating bright open spaces.
3. The Waterfall
The Dubai Mall does not want you to find what you are looking for immediately – it wants to keep you entertained as long as possible. How else can you explain massive installations like The Waterfall, spanning 30 meters in diameter and 24 meters in height, extending over all four floors of the mall?
4. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Speaking of water, what would the biggest mall of the world be without an oversized aquarium? The Dubai Mall hosts the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, with a spectacular 32.8m by 8.3m acrylic viewing panel open to the public and a stunning walk-through tunnel under the shark basin. The underwater zoo features water animals from all parts of the world, including the over five meter long “King Croc”, a huge 40 year old crocodile rescued from a municipal park in Australia, where it was starting to become a problem as it grew bigger. He didn’t want his picture taken when we came by, though. Maybe next time?
5. Everything Else
Believe it or not, we did not come to The Dubai Mall to take pictures. In fact, we spent almost an entire day there without even getting the camera out because we were exhausted from our travels in Kenya. When we came back on the second day, we took most of the above pictures and also couldn’t resist to take a few shots of store displays. All throughout the Mall, stores are not just stores but unique and sometimes unbelievably detailed sceneries competing to display the products in the most original ways. Below are two candy displays we found particularly interesting.
Have you been to the Dubai Mall? What was your favorite spot?