The 12 Best Shopping Malls In Dubai, UAE

Best Shopping Malls In Dubai
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Well-known for luxury shopping, Dubai is the best place to get that designer dress, watch or bag from your shopping list! Being the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you can safely say that shopping is their official sport. With 96 malls all over the city, you are spoilt for choices and you can shop till you drop! These shopping malls aren’t just about purchasing the things you want, but they have indoor parks, playgrounds, and other attractions as well. Isn’t that amazing? Read on to find out about the best shopping malls in Dubai, UAE.

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1. The Dubai Mall

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Posted by The Dubai Mall on Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall. Can you imagine how spoilt for choice you will be with the array of luxury brands and items available in the mall? In one building, you will get to find 1000-plus retailers from affordable brands to high-end fashion houses. There are department stores available here as well. Think about something and you can find it here in the Dubai Mall. Apart from these shops and designer boutiques, explore the “Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo”, which is also one of the largest and most beautiful aquariums in the world. Whatever you get or do, its big here!

The Dubai Mall

Address: Financial Center Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10 am - 12 am

Website: The Dubai Mall

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From Dubai Mall, you can also get the best view of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, sparkling at night! The mall itself is also lit up with beautiful light displays you won't want to miss.

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2. Mall of Emirates

Posted by Mall of the Emirates on Sunday, 20 May 2018

As luxurious as the mall looks, it is home to several brands as well. Besides those, check the department stores like Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams. Satisfy your shopping needs and your appetite as well by checking out the hipster cafe - Common Grounds and Dubai’s favourite dumpling house Din Tai Fung. This mall also comprises the Ski Dubai slopes. So, if you are a ski-lover, you know where to go. Additionally, there is a Magic Planet indoor entertainment centre for kids so do not miss this one! If none of this interests you, why not catch a movie at the VOX Cinema?

Mall of Emirates

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange 4, Al Barsha

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10pm, Thursday & Friday: 10am - 12pm

Website: Mall of Emirates

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3. Ibn Battuta Mall

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Every mall in Dubai seems to have a unique USP. This mall - Ibn Battuta Mall, is the world’s largest themed mall. Reason being, it has drawn design inspirations from a wide variety of countries like Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. These are countries that an explorer in Dubai travelled to and hence the mall is named after him. The high ceilings and a fusion of interiors will give you luxurious vibes when you enter this mall. Isn’t that interesting? Explore the fashion, lifestyle and sports shops here as well as the possible promotion booths and celebrations you may experience.

Ibn Battuta Mall

Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10 am to 12 pm

Website: Ibn Battuta Mall

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4. BurJuman

Posted by BurJuman on Monday, 5 February 2018

BurJaman is known as an affordable mall as opposed to others where the focus is more on the high-end side. However, the variety isn’t jeopardised at all. They have a wide variety of leading retailers and common global brands that you can find in shopping centres of your own cities as well such as Forever 21, H&M and more. Explore the eateries in the mall as well where you have a good mix of options. Check out the State-of-the-art cinema too for a different experience.


Address: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm, Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 11pm

Website: BurJuman

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5. Dubai Outlet Mall

Posted by Dubai Outlet Mall on Saturday, 12 May 2018

If you have outstanding bargaining skills, do not miss visiting this mall when you come to Dubai. Despite having designer labels like Burberry and Marc Jacobs, they have an ongoing sale all year-round. So, do not miss your chance of getting your favourite branded items at a lower price. Apart from shopping, be enthralled by the various shows they may have at their atrium. A tip for this mall would be to visit it on a Monday for and be rewarded with discounts up to 50% at selected stores!

Dubai Outlet Mall

Address: Dubai Al-Ain Road (Route 66)، Dubai Land - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm, Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 12am

Website: Dubai Outlet Mall

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6. WAFI Mall

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The architecture of this mall is stunning, inspired by Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Don’t be surprised if you feel like you are in the movie “The Mummy” as you see the interiors and pillars around the shopping mall. Expect a sale or a show happening at the huge atrium of this mall. This mall comprises a large number of Middle Eastern fashion boutiques that you might want to explore, such as; kandoras, burqas and abayas.


Address: Oud Metha Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm, Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 12am

Website: WAFI Mall

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Kandura Abaya

Did you know that the abaya and kandura are traditional Emirati clothing worn by locals? A kandura is a long white cloak worn by males, typically accompanied by a guthra (a headscarf) and agal (a black rope to hold the scarf in place). It can cost anywhere between $25 and $100. Usually, kanduras should be changed at least twice daily.

On the other hand, females wear abayas, long flowing black gowns. They are usually worn with a shela to cover the head, a burqa to cover the face, and a gishwa to cover the mouth. Abayas can range anywhere from $25 to $1,000. You can purchase these at WAFI Mall.

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7. Deira City Centre

Posted by City Centre Deira on Sunday, 2 December 2018

This is a grand and minimalistic mall with a classy outlook. Head over to Deira City Centre together with your family and shop all you want. From common stores like Zara, H&M and Forever 21 to stores that cater to children like Mothercare and KIDZ at Iconic, this mall provides a complete package for family shoppers. Additionally, visit the Carrefour supermarket among these stores as well as an entertainment centre and food courts!

Deira City Centre

Address: 8th St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm, Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 12am

Website: Deira City Centre

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8. Al Ghurair Centre

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Posted by Al Ghurair Centre on Thursday, 2 March 2017

Al Ghurair Centre is known as the first modern shopping mall project in the Middle East. It grew to become a benchmark retail mall as the years went by. In 2013, it expanded with the addition of over a hundred new stores and has a well-acclaimed family recreation centre as well as popular dining places. This centre isn’t solely just for shopping although you can do loads of it here, it also has a good mix of dining and entertainment services. Head to this must-see mall in Dubai!

Al Ghurair Centre

Address: Al Rigga Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10 am to 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10 am - 12 am

Website: Al Ghurair Centre

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9. Dubai Marina Mall

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Posted by Dubai Marina Mall on Sunday, 9 September 2018

As breathtaking as the exteriors of this mall, the interiors and what it has to offer is no less. Located on the shores of the Marina, the Dubai Marina Mall has a variety of high-end-fashion labels and beauty services. Be spoilt for choices to fill your tummies because this mall offers you an outdoor alfresco seating along the water’s edge as well as seven exciting dining concepts with breezy atmospheres. This option is for those laid-back shoppers who would love a relaxing shopping experience.

Dubai Marina Mall

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10 am - 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10 am - 12 am

Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd - إمارة دبيّ - United Arab Emirates

Website: Dubai Marina Mall

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10. Dubai Festival City Mall

Posted by Dubai Festival City Mall on Saturday, 4 August 2018

Home to 400 stores (including a huge IKEA store), the Dubai Festival City Mall is enormous. The mall looks extremely grand and bright and is perfect to uplift up your shopping experience. Apart from the branded stores, explore the HyperPanda supermarket and ACE Hardware shops as well. It’s a great sight to look at this mall from a vantage point when they happen to conduct festivals or events. Check out the charming Canal Walk as well when you visit this mall.

Dubai Festival City Mall

Address: Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10 am - 1 am, Thursday to Saturday: 10 am - 1 am

Website: Dubai Festival City Mall

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11. Mercato Shopping Mall

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Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Mercato Shopping Mall is another go-to place locals and travelers alike plague to on weekends. Similar to other malls in Dubai, there are various establishments for everyone to come shop in, from high-end fashion retailers for women to a series of restaurants, antique shops, grocery stores, and other international lifestyle and fashion brands. Some of the best places to check out and most frequented include Spinney’s supermarket, Vox Cinemas, Virgin Megastore, and Fun City among over 140 stores. Enjoy strolling through the naturally lit Mercato Shopping Mall and spend a lovely Sunday indoors seeing the best of Dubai’s entertainment and musings.

Mercato Shopping Mall

Address: Jumeirah Beach Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Website: Mercato

Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sundays to Wednesdays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Thursdays to Saturdays

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Video of Mercato Shopping Mall shared by Dubai tour guide, Azira.

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12. City Walk Jumeirah

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Source: Photo by user Jimmy Baikovicius used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Enjoy a Sunday stroll around City Walk with bright lights showering through the mall’s glass ceiling. The City Walk at Jumeirah is another hub many people in Dubai enjoy visiting. It’s home to several recreational centers, shops, artisanal stores, restaurants, cinemas, and other outdoor museums for those keen on doing something besides shopping. Some of the other unique and popular things to see in City Walk include the stunning street art, events at the Coca-Cola Arena, or catch a movie at Roxy Cinema. Indeed, the City Walk Mall is a family-friendly place, a little bit of something for everyone’s liking.

City Walk Jumeirah

Address: 39 Al Safa Street, 3km from Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Website: City Walk

Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Sundays to Mondays

Contact: +971 800 637227

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Shop till you drop

It’s Christmas every day in all the Dubai Malls. If you are done shopping in your own city, have a different experience at the malls here in Dubai. After all, the city is well-known for shopping as it is its national sport. So, what are you waiting for? Visit these malls and strike them off your Dubai bucket list!

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