Shopping is a big part of the trip to Dubai for many – and the shopping is absolute world class. Not always cheap, but the supply is really huge. In Dubai, there are more large and luxurious shopping galleries than anywhere else in the world. Here we recommend the best ones to put on your bucket list.
1. Dubai Hills Mall
Strategically located within Dubai Hills Estate, the brand new Dubai Hills Mall is a premier lifestyle destination. The two-level Dubai Hills Mall features an unmatched selection of retail, dining, and entertainment concepts that include one-of-a-kind experiences. From in-store events and pop-up displays to a wide variety of entertaining events and activities, the Dubai Hills Mall comes alive each week with exclusive experiences. Your one-stop destination for an expansive selection of the best brands in clothing, fashion accessories, beauty, home collections, interiors and more. With its fashion-forward collection and eclectic pop-up shops, The Dubai Hills Mall delivers a dynamic shopping experience that will make you come back for more.
Complementing the region’s diverse culture, it offers restaurants and eateries featuring the very best international cuisine in a vibrant and dynamic setting. From appetizing entrées to scrumptious confections, and everything in between, your palate is sure to be pleased. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and shopping-break treats.
Dubai Hills Mall is packed with family-friendly activities and amusements. Sit back in one of Roxy Cinemas spacious seats and enjoy the latest blockbusters in a relaxed ambience with popcorn in hand. Or spend hours with your family at Adventure Park, the state-of-the-art sports park with a host of family activities for children from 6 years onwards.
2. Nakheel Mall
Nakheel Mall is a new destination at the heart of the world-famous Palm Jumeirah. Here, the best in dining, shopping, leisure, and entertainment as well as stunning views, can be found, with over 30 restaurants, 140+ shops, and experiences awaiting Dubai’s residents and tourists. Nakheel Mall is the new soul of Palm Jumeirah, featuring everything from family fun to fine dining, toy shops to trampolines and cinemas to supermarkets, with a host of everyday services such as a medical and fitness centers, banks, and tailoring services, too. Nakheel Mall is also a gastronome’s dream destination, with a collection of rooftop fine dining restaurants, a unique food hall concept, The Eatery food court, a wealth of cafes, and other fabulous places such as Soho Garden. With its own Monorail station, extensive parking and direct links to Al Ittihad Park and nearby residences, Nakheel Mall is easily accessible by road, rail, or on foot. It’s also the access point for the public observatory, The View at The Palm, at the top of the neighboring Palm Tower.
3. Dubai Mall – greatest shopping
The world’s largest shopping gallery Dubai Mall has a floor area that is larger than 50 football fields and contains 1200 stores. There is also a spectacular Dubai Aquarium and Under Water Zoo, with a large aquarium wall, out onto the shopping streets, a skating rink, the SEGA Republic playground and a 22-lounge cinema. In Dubai Mall there is now also the skeleton of a dinosaur. Dubai Mall is next to Burj Khalifa and it’s in the mall you buy tickets to the viewing platform in the world’s tallest building.
4. Mall of the Emirates – Shop and Ski
Dubai’s most famous gallery, at least before the Dubai Mall opened, holds 450 stores, 75 restaurants, a theme park – and the famous indoor ski slope Ski Dubai. Those who only want to shop for the holiday never have to leave the Mall of the Emirates, because in the complex there is also the five-star Kempinski hotel.
5. Burjuman Center
Called ”the world’s most luxurious shopping destination” and boasts a wide range of designer brands, including Saks 5th Avenue, DKNY, Fendi, Dior and Hermes – but also a Virgin Megastore. A total of 300 shops and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Actually one of Dubai’s first malls, but has been renovated and expanded.
6. Deira City Center
Was the pioneer of Dubai’s malls, when it opened in 1995, and is still a very popular shopping center. In addition to hundreds of shops there is a cinema with eleven lounges and a foodmarket with many different flavors. Perfect for those who want good fast food.
In the seafront location along Jumeirah Beach Road, this small but exclusive mall, said to be inspired by both the Renaissance and Italian marketplaces. Over 90 shops, cinema and children’s playground.
8. Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall
Giant mall with Arab explorer Ibn Battutas travels through China, India, Persia and Egypt as the theme of the interior. Here you will find the region’s first IMAX cinema and the world’s largest mirror maze.
9. Dubai Outlet Mall – Shop at Low Cost
The Middle East’s only ”outlet” has 240 stores and 800 brands. Depending on supply, timing and trip you can find brand clothes that are 30 to 90 percent cheaper than the regular price.
10. Dubai Festival City Mall
Set on the banks of Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall is home to over 400 stores including the massive IKEA department store, HyperPanda supermarket and ACE Hardware. This mall also gives you a chance to stroll along its charming Canal Walk or ride the abra at one of the waterfront restaurants.