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Key Info

Financial Center Road

Price & Hours

Free
10 a.m.-midnight daily

Details

Shopping, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Skirting the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai is every shopper's paradise. The massive Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world and houses more than 1,300 stores. 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, including an aquarium that houses thousands of underwater creatures. If you happen to be around at night, stop by the Dubai Fountain outside of the mall. Created by the team who designed the Bellagio's famous dancing fountains, the fountain features nightly shows set to a mix of western and eastern music. 

Visitors were taken by how much was at the mall – everything you could possibly need can be found inside its sprawling square footage. A few visitors were keen to point out that you might not want to shop here after all. Because so much is imported, some reviewers found prices to be higher in comparison to what they've seen at home. Still, many said that shouldn't stop you from popping in for a visit. Of course, if you're on the hunt for a taste of Middle Eastern culture, this isn't the place to experience it. It is, however, a great escape from the heat, according to travelers. 

The best way to get here is to take the metro to Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station. There are also two bus routes that service the mall, including No. 27 and No. 29. The Dubai Mall (and everything within it) opens its doors from 10 a.m. to midnight daily. 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.

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