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  • Free
  • 10 a.m.-midnight daily

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  • Shopping Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.7
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    5.0
  • Facilities
    5.0
  • Atmosphere
    4.5

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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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#1 Dubai Mall 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 ... Read more » Buena Vista Images / Getty Images

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#3 Jumeirah Beach Within walking distance of the Burj Al Arab is arguably Dubai's best strip of public sand. Sun-seekers come to this lively shoreline to revel in Dubai's bright rays ... Read more » Westend61 / Getty Images

#4 Jumeirah Mosque Jumeirah Mosque towers over the coast from its perch north of the Dubai Marina. Its detailed white façade – which graces the 500-dirham note – mimics the architectural style of the medieval ... Read more » clearandtransparent / Getty Images

#5 Burj Khalifa Although we don't recommend experiencing it the way Tom Cruise did in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," the Burj Khalifa is a crucial item on any Dubai agenda. Rising 2 ... Read more » FrankvandenBergh / Getty Images

#6 Bastakiya Quarter Amid the towering skyscrapers of downtown Dubai lies the Bastakiya Quarter, the city's historic district. This former fishing village earned its name from the numerous Bastak (Iranian) traders that ... Read more » Westend61 / Getty Images

#7 Gold and Spice Souks Dubai is and has been a titan of trade for centuries. To get a sense of what commerce was like back in the day, take a stroll through one of ... Read more » Image Source / Getty Images

#8 Ski Dubai "Surreal" is one way to describe Ski Dubai. Even when the city is enveloped in sizzling triple-digit temperatures, this massive indoor winter wonderland is never without fresh powder. The Middle ... Read more » jonrawlinson / Flickr

#9 Wild Wadi Waterpark Located at the foot of the Burj Al Arab, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is a collection of 30 water rides and play areas designed for all ages. The entire park ... Read more » Sarah Ackerman / Flickr

#10 Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve When the glitz and glam of urban Dubai grows tiresome, visitors strongly recommend escaping to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The UAE's first national park sits on the outer ... Read more » Courtesy of The Emirates Group

#11 Dubai Museum Sitting near the Bastakiya Quarter, the Dubai Museum offers visitors a glimpse of where this monumental city has been and where it's going. The museum occupies the Al Fahidi ... Read more » tony740607 / Getty Images

# Dubai Miracle Garden Read more » WhiteLacePhotography / Getty Images

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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, clocking in at a height of 2,716.5 feet. FrankvandenBergh / Getty Images

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a bit, head to the Bastakiya Quarter. This area stands as one of Dubai's last remaining historic districts. Westend61 / Getty Images

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