Some people call Dubai a land of skyscrapers, while for others, it’s the place where the east meets west. Different people associate different meanings with this city of gold. However, there’s one thing about this emirate that everyone will agree upon – a shopper’s paradise. Dubai has earned this title fair and square as the emirate houses abundant shopping centres, with world-renowned brands having their outlets in these malls. Not only this, they nestle in themselves entertainment zones and food galleries to provide visitors with a wholesome experience.

The popular phrase ‘shop till you drop’ fits Dubai perfectly as there’s a lot to explore in the huge malls located here. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best shopping malls in Dubai:

Best Shopping Malls in Dubai

1.  The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

Ranked among the biggest shopping malls in the world, The Dubai Mall covers an area of 12 million square feet and has around 1500 outlets. Its size is equivalent to over 50 soccer fields and has a vast area where 14,000 cars can be parked at the same time. This says a lot about how big this mall is.

It is a project of Emaar Properties, and there isn’t anything on earth you wouldn’t find in this mall. From high-end fashion brands (GAP, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Bloomingdales, etc.) to an underwater zoo, reel cinema to a food gallery, everything is present here.

One of the most prominent features of this shopping mall is the presence of an Olympic size ice rink. Other than that, there’s Kidzania, fine dining restaurants, international dining outlets and a lot more to enjoy in The Dubai Mall.

It occupies a prime location in Downtown Dubai.

2.  Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

No list of best shopping malls in Dubai can be complete without Mall of the Emirates. It’s another huge facility featuring a host of attractions and fashion stores. Top-of-the-line brands you can find here are Marks & Spencer, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, among others. It also holds the privilege of being the home of Ski Dubai – the first indoor ski resort and park in the UAE.

Spread over an area of 2 million square feet, Mall of the Emirates has more than 600 retail outlets, 100 eateries and various other attractions, including VOX Cinema, Dreamscape VR experience, the Magic Planet.

It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road Interchange Four in Al Barsha.

3.  Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall

The next spot in the list of best shopping malls in Dubai is occupied by Ibn Battuta Mall – one of the most popular and largest themed malls in the world.

It is a single storey mall managed by Nakheel Properties. The mall is designed to pay homage to Ibn Battuta – a famous explorer. Based on the expeditions of the famed explorer, this mall is divided into six courts, namely:

  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • India
  • Persia
  • Andalusia
  • China

Ibn Battuta Mall also houses several entertainment options. Among retail stores, H&M, The Body Shop and Carter’s are popular among visitors. The décor of this mall deserves a special mention. There is elaborate tiling, a large Chinese ship, a huge golden elephant, and the high ceiling is painted in a manner that it imitates blue skies.

It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Jebel Ali Village.

4.  Wafi Mall

Wafi Mall

It is an Egyptian-themed shopping centre nestling numerous local and international retail options. While the shopping experience here is nothing short of extraordinary, it’s the astounding interior that makes it worth visiting. When you’re visiting Wafi Mall, you will be greeted by sphinx statues right at the entrance. Also, there are marvellous stained-glass pyramids and pharaoh sculptures within the mall that give it a very distinct yet appealing look.

It also houses Souk Khan Murjan, where you can find a lot of Arabian handicrafts. Apart from that, there is an outdoor pool and mini-golf club as well.

It is located on Oud Metha Road in Wafi City.

5.  Dubai Festival City Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall

A perfect fix for retail therapy on a budget, the Dubai Festival City Mall ranks among the most notable shopping malls in Dubai. This mall enjoys its popularity owing to the spectacular light show and the Robinsons department store. The latter in particular is quite famous as it offers a wide range of luxury brands.

Renowned brands, such as Beverly Hills Polo Club, GAP, Zara, Mango and DKNY have their outlets here. Other than that, you can enjoy the best dining experience in many restaurants it nestles while enjoying the gorgeous waterfront views.

While you’re here, do not forget to try mouth-watering desserts at the Sugar Factory. On the entertainment front, the mall has Novo Cinemas and ‘IMAGINE’, the dancing fountain.  

It is located in Dubai Festival City, a sprawling community nestled alongside Dubai Creek.

6.  City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira

Despite being one of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai, City Centre Deira still remains a popular option among those looking for retail, dining or leisure options.

This mall facilitates everyone. Whether you’re into high-end fashion brands (ZARA, H&M, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, etc.) or discount shops (Miniso, Daiso, Mumuso, etc.), you can head to this mall. Your young ones can also spend some fun time at the Magic Planet.

It is located on 8th Street, Port Saeed, Deira.

7.  Burjuman Centre

Burjuman Centre

Burjuman Centre has made its way to the list of best shopping malls in Dubai due to the abundant activities, retail shops, dining facilities and entertainment options it has for visitors. Top brands available here include Mont Black, Next, Nautica, H&M, and Louis Vuitton. Other than that, there’s a VOX cinema and the Magic Planet as well.

It is located on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Al Mankhool, part of Bur Dubai.

8.  City Centre Mirdif

City Centre Mirdif

City Centre Mirdif is known as a complete lifestyle destination, with Decathlon, Crate & Barrel, Mango, Zara, Pottery Barn and Hamleys being the popular brands present here. Besides fashion stores, this mall is home to several restaurants and cafes, where you can grab a quick bite and continue your ‘shop till you drop’ adventure.

The highlight of this mall is iFly Dubai. Here, you can get a one-of-its-kind skydiving experience. Other than that, Little Explorers and Magic Planets are other attractions of City Centre Mirdif that make it one of the most popular shopping malls in Dubai.

It is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Mirdif.

9.  Mercato Shopping Mall

Mercato Shopping Mall

Mercato Shopping Mall is known for its stunning renaissance style architecture. Featuring various international fashion brands, it is designed especially for mall trawlers. After you have shopped all you want, you can take a break at one of the many restaurants located within this mall.

Don’t forget to bring your kids with you as they can have a gala time at Fun City. For pet lovers, there’s a special pet shop located on the basement level of this shopping mall.

It is located on Jumeirah Beach Road in Jumeirah 1.

10.  Dubai Marina Mall


Dubai Marina Mall

There’s not one but many reasons why Dubai Marina Mall deserves to be included in the list of best shopping malls in Dubai. Firstly, it features an impressive line-up of high-end, fashion brands, including Monsoon, River Island, H&M, Billabong, Pinko, Cos, etc. Other than that, the gorgeous waterfront eateries in the mall offer a refreshing dining experience. Guests can enjoy the delicious food in several restaurants present here while relishing the stunning waterfront views. It’s certainly an experience not to be missed.

It is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai Marina.

There you go! These are some of the best shopping malls in Dubai that are renowned for offering an amazing retail experience to visitors. Every year, a huge number of people visit Dubai to shop for their special events in these malls.

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