Dubai is undoubtedly one of the world’s premier shopping destinations. Thanks to world-class mega malls to the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, fashionistas on all budgets will have a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience. Here’s a taste of what visitors can expect to see.
In numbers, the Dubai Mall welcomes over 80 million visits per year, is 10 years old, ranked the 5th largest mall in the world, and was voted #1 best mall in 2017. In practical terms, this mall houses department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette, a luxury-label mecca called Fashion Avenue, and even the famous Dubai Aquarium. This massive establishment can entertain entire families - including those beloved family members who don’t share a shopping affinity!
Dubai Outlet Mall
30 minutes from the CBD, the Dubai Outlet Mall is the designer bargain hunter’s dream. Sales run all year long, often up to 70% the normal ticketed prices for labels such as Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, and Marc Jacobs.
Ibn Battuta Mall
There is nothing subtle about this mall. Taking first place as the world’s largest themed mall, Ibn Battuta is named after a Moroccan traveller. Each section of the mall is named after one of the countries he visited during his documented travels in the 12th century, including Egypt, Persia, and Andalusia. Visitors can enjoy the over the top decor as they shop for fashions, and lifestyle and sporting goods.
Mall of the Emirates
It’s a mall! It’s a resort! It’s a mall AND a resort! The Mall of the Emirates is a mall with 360 international brands on offer, including fashion, electronics, home furnishings, and more. But this behemoth mall also features the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park called Ski Dubai, a VOS Cinemas, the 500-seat Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, and more than 90 dining options.
For an authentic Arabian shopping experience, visitors will enjoy a trip to Wafi Mall. Locals and Emiratis frequent this mall for traditional, high-quality goods, such as burqas, abayas, and male dress. While the offerings are traditional, they are far from old-fashioned; these are the latest fashions and are often quite opulent.
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