Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rediscovering Dubai, UAE: Where to go shopping?

       While Dubai is famous for Burj Khalifa, skydiving, luxurious hotels and beaches, millions of tourists also spends money and time to things they can bring back home. Needless to say, all of them loves shopping. Gadgets, signatured clothing brands, perfumes and the likes, almost everything can be found here in Dubai and what excites tourists the most is that it's cheaper in here since there are no taxes. For the past years, Dubai had built luxury malls, shopping centres, souqs, and commercial complexes that are frequented by the locals and tourists alike.

       There are so many malls and shopping centres that had mushroomed in Dubai recently and let me break it down to five best malls in my own perspective. And by the way, these malls are very accessible since they all have Metro Red Line stops. So here's the list!

1. Dubai Mall 

       Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world by total area. Along with West Edmonton Mall in Canada, it is the nineteenth largest shopping mall in the world by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown complex, and includes 1,200 shops. This mall has several options for dining, entertainment, shops for kids, men, and women. This mall features the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Waterfall, The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa.

How to get there?
       Take the Metro Red Line and get off at Burj Khalifa Station. It is several minutes away from the station and you can either walk or take the walkalators.

Burj Khalifa
2. Mall of the Emirates

       Mall of the Emirates was developed and owned by Majid al-Futtaim Properties, it opened in November 2005 and is located at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed road. The multi-level shopping mall currently features more than 630 retail outlets, 7900 parking spaces, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. It has a total gross leasable area of 255,489 square meters. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai (the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park), the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and Magic planet, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centres in Dubai.

How to get there?
       Take the Metro Red Line and get off at the Mall of the Emirates Station. Easy!

3. Deira City Centre

       City Centre Deira opened on August 27, 1995. It is located in the older part of the city on cross road between Sharja, Bur Dubai and the Airport. It is one of Majid Al Futtaim's Group mall chains and is similar in size and layout to the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai . It is a known shopping, entertainment and leisure complex with 2 levels. It has over 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail selling space, with 370 shops and 3,600 car-parking spaces. The mall's anchor stores include Carrefour, Debenhams, Iconic, Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore and Paris Gallery.

How to get there?
       Take the Metro Red Line and get off at Deira City Centre.

4. Dubai Marina Mall

       Dubai Marina Mall offers you the best of the big malls right in the heart of the Marina – it is a modern shopping and lifestyle destination for residents and visitors of the Dubai Marina community.
With more than 130 outlets and a gross leasable area of 390,000 sq ft spread across four levels, Dubai Marina Mall features a retail mix of high street fashion brands, aspirational boutique fashion, al fresco waterfront dining, a supermarket and a good entertainment offer. The 5-star Address Dubai Marina Hotel is directly linked to the mall.

How to get there?
       Take the Metro Red Line and get off at DAMAC Station.

5. Ibn Batuta Mall

       Ibn Batuta Mall is a large shopping mall on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai close to Interchange 6 for Jebel Ali Village. Having more than 270 shops, 50 restaurants, a 21-screen cinema and over 4,500 parking spaces on a total of 521,000 square meters, Ibn Battuta is the world’s largest themed shopping mall.

       It consists of six courts, each of whose designs are inspired by some of the countries visited by the great Moroccan Berber explorer, Ibn Battuta:
  1. Egypt Court
  2. India Court
  3. China Court
  4. Andalusia Court
  5. Persia Court
  6. Tunisia Court
How to get there?
       Take the Metro Red Line and get off at Ibn Batuta Station.

6. Al Ghurair Centre

       Al Ghurair Centre (AGC) located in Deira, has risen to the forefront of the regional retail business, combining the culture and tradition of the city of Dubai with a modern shopping experience. The mall has played an integral role in not just providing for the shopping needs of the local population, but becoming a must-see destination for the thousands of visitors to Dubai who flock through its doors every year. AGC is a one-stop shop for the the whole family looking for entertainment, various products from head to toe, electronics, entertainment and dining. 

How to get there?
       Take the Metro Red Line and get off at Union Station. This is a minute or two walk from there.

       Dubai has so many things to offer. These malls are just the icing of the cake. There are so many out there waiting just for you. As if these malls are not enough yet, Dubai has been planning and building several malls. Now that's something we should be excited about! So get you wallets, go out and go shopping! -Jon-

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