The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall
4.5
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This downtown mall is known for luxury stores like Cartier and Harry Winston. It also has an aquarium, ice rink, and 360-degree views of the city from the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Dubai
You can’t fail to miss Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It towers over the city and resides in the prestigious Downtown development. Once an old army base, Downtown is now the jewel in Dubai’s crown, a beautiful residential and leisure area housing not only the world’s tallest building, but the world’s largest fountains and mall. Wide marble sidewalks are perfect for strolling, with restaurants, art galleries and children’s play areas. Specially commissioned sculptures line the roads and Downtown is often used as a canvas for modern art displays and community events such as Classic Car Shows and National Day parades. In the cooler months, cross one of the many bridges to the Burj Khalifa park and enjoy a picnic alongside residents and visitors, or enjoy a lunch or dinner watch the dancing fountains. Because of its mixed use, Downtown is a fantastic place to mix with Dubai residents and locals and watch real life unfold in a cosmopolitan environment.
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  • Razan Z
    192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biggest mall in the world
    It is a truly fascinating mall, no matter how much I walk, or how many times I come back, I always feel like I’ve only seen 10% of it. It has every single shop you could imagine, luxury, trendy, quirky, every style, every garment, it has it! It has every single cuisine you could dream of. It even has an aquarium. Dubai mall challenges the traditional concept of malls and shows you that a building truly can have it all.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Christian Romer
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best mall ever, by far
    This mall will ruin you for all other (and future) malls. Joking, but seriously, this mall is on a whole new level! It’s not just for shopping - Dubai Mall is an experience. There is something to do for everyone here. Amazing stores for all budgets, extensive dining options, cool attractions and great entertainment. Oh and of course the ice rink, breath-taking aquarium and underwater zoo, kids activities, etc etc etc. I can go on and on, believe me. Go experience this mall for yourself. It doesn’t matter if you hate shopping, because there is so much to do. One day is not enough. You’ll be finishing your 10,000 steps in no time!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Charlene F
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dubai Mall was absolutely phenomenal
    The sheer size and grandeur of Dubai Mall left me in awe. With its impressive architecture, stunning design, and multiple levels, the mall was a sight to behold. As I navigated through the bustling corridors, I couldn't help but marvel at the sheer scale of this retail haven. I could totally live here.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 June 2023
  • zignekr
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shoppers paradise
    Dubai Mall is a great place to find everything you need. It's huge and offers a wide range of stores to cater to all tastes. But here's the thing: you can easily get carried away and end up spending more time than planned. I live right next to it and every time I plan a quick visit to buy just 1 thing, I end up spending at least an hour. It's popular and often crowded, which can be overwhelming, especially during weekends. So, while it's the best place to get what you need, be prepared for the possibility of getting caught up and losing track of time. It is still a must-visit for everyone in Dubai!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Riti K
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    China Town in Dubai Mall
    China Town in Dubai Mall transports you to the vibrant streets of Asia. From the moment you pass through the intricately engraved golden gate, you can see the vibrant ceilings, tantalizing aromas, and captivating architecture that define this hub. Definitely Instagram-worthy! From delightful dim sum to fiery Sichuan specialties, China Town offers the best of the land under one roof! It is an immersive and delightful destination that brings the essence of Chinatown to life in Dubai - must visit!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Mohd23ch
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dubai Mall it’s not a mall it’s lifestyle and everything else
    What you can’t do in this place? Watching Movies there is a screen cinema. Like the sea side? There is the best Aquarium in the world with most kinds of fish. To relax and enjoy your time with friends and even solo you have so many options to choose between. Just get your own things and enjoy your time
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Traveljunky911
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unreal.
    Every time I come here it knocks me for six, such a clean, beautiful exceptional Mall, with everything on offer from an indoor Aquarium, Zoo, ice rink, cinema, hundreds of eateries, hundreds of premium luxury stores and the more affordable ones too, all mixed into one amazing Mall that creates such a wow factor, lower floor Fashion Avenue is next level and I visited the toilets there as well, OMG gold taps, marble from floor to ceiling, gold chandeliers and ornate lighting and absolutely immaculate as you'd expect from Dubai, you'd pay handsomely to use these facilities anywhere in the world but in Dubai, there is no charge, it's just the way they roll, visit, enjoy soak it all up and just think how lucky you are to visit such an establishment. The Souk is also beautiful and smells amazing as you walk around it. NB : top tip, use the Apple shop for your Dubai fountain shows viewing, we went to the 1pm showing, best seats in the house.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Devendra G
    India963 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dubai mall
    Dubai mall is the largest mall in the world. As expected from the largest mall, it has shops for each brand one can think of. In addition, there are multiple attractions in the mall to keep families and kids occupied, such as dubai acqualrium, ice rink, kidzania, haunted house, dino fossil, waterfall etc. To be honest, one full day is less to explore the mall completely, but atleast budget 7 to 8 hours for the same.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Wei Bing L
    Ipoh, Malaysia427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allocate 1 Full Day to Explore This Shopping Mall!
    I visited Dubai for the first time in June 2023, I stayed at the Palace Downtown Hotel, located right next door to this mall. I walked into the Dubai Mall at 10am and spent the entire day in the mall, including going up to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa! In the evening at 7pm, I had dinner at the Tribes Carnivore restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the Dubai Mall and they gave me a table located on their outdoor terrace. From here, I had the best views of the Dubai Fountain, which comes alive every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm daily. This mall is ENORMOUS and very clean and well-lit. If you come to Dubai for the first time, this mall should be high on your priority list for must-visit places in this city! The Dubai Aquarium, located inside this mall, is also a great attraction. There is a Chinatown inside this mall as well! The famous indoor waterfall with the silver divers is another unique attraction and great for taking photos for your Instagram account. This mall is really AMAZING!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Ghadeer2014
    Kuwait City, Kuwait10,286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Mall
    I visited Dubai mall today, after an absence of 4 years. My visit was focused on the newly opened China town on the 1st floor, Opposite Ski Circuit. The town looks stunning and well-constructed. There is a spa, food court and fun stores. It is directly connected to Address Fountain Views hotel. It is worth a visit. I remained in the mall for the full day, strolling around and enjoying the biggest mall. You will find everything for the whole family. I had lunch at the famous Cheesecake factory. SEE photos
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
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Daniyal Shaikh
Mumbai, India32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The Dubai Mall what charismatic mall Dubai has built it the largest mall of Dubai. Even if I combine 5 Malls of Mumbai it will not be equivalent to Dubai Mall. We kept on walking from here to there but every time we realized that we cannot cover the mall if we keep walking 24 hours also. My wife who is a shopping meniac . She was so tired that she just want to return back to hotel. So we just had 2 cappuccino and left. but Dubai mall we will be back to complete our shopping.
Written 24 May 2024
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Sidcup, UK1,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Massive and amazing with every shop ever. Pram access isn’t the best and lifts had big queues with people pushing in. There’s is lots to see and do and it’s worth a visit 100%
Written 21 May 2024
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Fidelity Vacations
Dubai, United Arab Emirates74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Went to the Dubai Mall to purchase SIM Card for Internet and also for Shopping. We enjoyed the Climate controlled plaza and its modern stores especially for top fashion brands. The mall is near the Burj Khalifa so we literally walked and spent most of the time around the Mall.
Written 21 May 2024
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Shiva Kumar
Dubai, United Arab Emirates66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Very Gentleman with wonderful on his face. excellent hospitality was extended to me, Osama made my evening, Great person to meet at the Dubai Mall, don't miss him, find him.
Written 20 May 2024
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Jessica Levin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The Dubai Mall is a must-see whilst in Dubai. It's a must-see destination that offers a variety of experiences for all visitors, including dining, shopping, and sightseeing. I especially enjoy people watching when I walk around the mall or sit in a cafe. Make time to spend many hours there because there is a lot to see and do.
Written 18 May 2024
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Shaman
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Day time was great need to bring sun protection if youll be having a walk during day time, evening was great they have water show and entertainments as well outside the mall. If youre coming for fisrt time need to bring a map amd tons of water 😂
Written 16 May 2024
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ExoticTravelTom
Nedre Eiker Municipality, Norway703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Dubai Mall, it's not just huge and expensive, it contains shops and eateries in just about every price range, if you just take the time to look around a bit.
Yes - Dubai Mall contains both an ice rink, a huge aquarium, a go-cart track (electric), play areas, cinemas, a fun fair and a lot more, but a common thread is that the lower floors are often cheaper places to shop than higher up - the same in the tunnel from the Metro into the Dubai Mall - which at a relatively fast walking pace often takes 12 minutes or more, there are often cheaper goods there than inside the center itself.
Written 14 May 2024
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itspedram
Iran1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Visiting Dubai Mall has always been an exciting and thrilling journey for me, serving as a prime destination for shopping and leisure. However, as every experience has its own pros and cons, exploring this vast complex has also been an adventure filled with both delights and obstacles.

Pros:

Vast Size: Dubai Mall is so large that even in a day, it's impossible to explore all its passages and shops. This immense size provides a wide range of choices in shopping and entertainment.

Pleasant Weather: The moderate and pleasant weather inside the mall, coupled with Dubai's overall climate, offers visitors an enjoyable experience.

Free Parking: Dubai Mall boasts large, complimentary parking areas, alleviating travelers from parking-related expenses and concerns in the area.

Challenges:

Parking Location: Despite ample parking spaces, finding the right location can sometimes be challenging. Due to the mall's vastness and multiple parking structures, one may get lost and require assistance from others to locate their vehicle.

Ineffective Navigation: Utilizing the Dubai Mall navigation app for routing and locating shops proved to be inefficient. The user experience of this app requires improvement to assist visitors in finding their destinations effectively.

Final Tips:

To make the most out of your shopping experience, allocate sufficient time to explore Dubai Mall thoroughly.
Opt for parking spaces close to your destination to avoid getting lost within the complex.
For navigation, relying on local guides and mall signage might be more effective in swiftly reaching your desired destination.
Overall, a visit to Dubai Mall offers an enticing and diverse experience, and with proper guidance, you can truly revel in its offerings.
Written 11 May 2024
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deelynn172
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is such an awesome mall. I love this mall. I go so much. It so much fun. And the people in the restaurant and stores are happy. You feel so good when you’re in the Dubai mall. Dubai is the most amazing city in the world. We love Dubai like everyone else. And it my favourite city in the world. This is my favourite mall as well
Written 11 May 2024
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Explore28034096364
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The mall was huge and full of opulence and you had many views to take pictures of. The staff helped to give directions to different landmarks
Written 9 May 2024
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