- Type: Shopping
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Skirting the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai is every shopper's paradise. The massive Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world by area and houses more than 1,000 stores (not including the two anchor department stores and more than 160 food and beverage sellers). Even if you aren't interested in buying anything, a visit to this immense retail center is a must: The Dubai Mall also contains numerous entertainment facilities, such as an ice rink, a movie theater, and several kid-friendly attractions. Recent visitors highly recommend stopping by the Dubai Fountains, a 900-foot-long pool where spurts of water dance amid colored lights.
But the true star here is the Dubai Aquarium. This complex sits at the heart of the Dubai Mall and houses more than 33,000 underwater creatures in one of the world's largest tanks. Although some travelers cringe at the 50 AED (roughly $14 USD) entrance fee, one TripAdvisor user insists that it's "Worth paying the fee to walk through the tunnel through the middle of the aquarium […] where you can get a photo […] with the aquarium as a backdrop."
The best way to get here is to take the metro to Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Station. The Dubai Mall (and everything within it) opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. You don't have to pay to wander about, but certain attractions in the mall will charge admission. For more information, visit the Dubai Mall website.