Dubai Mall is a colossal shopping center, home to more than 1,200 stores, over 200 restaurants and cafés, and the world’s largest indoor gold souk. The leisure attractions include an aquarium, an Olympic-sized ice rink, an indoor theme park and a 22-screen cinema. These attractions are spread over 5.9 million square feet (550,000 square meters) of space on four floors.
Search for jewelry pieces at The Souk, a collection of more than 100 gold and jewelry retailers. Track down the latest designer trends and looks at Fashion Avenue. It houses more than 70 haute couture boutiques featuring the world’s biggest designer labels and brands. Amble through The Village, a tree-lined streetscape of boutiques, cafés and restaurants. It has a fully retractable roof that opens during the winter months. If you lose your way, look for one of the 11 information counters conveniently located in various spots within the mall.
When you’ve finished shopping and browsing, lace up your skates and glide around the ice rink. Visit the aquarium, which features more than 30,000 marine animals, including sharks and rays. One of the highlights is the 157-foot (48-meter) walk-through transparent tunnel that provides close-up views of the marine life. The aquarium has an admission fee, but many of the underwater sights can be seen for free through a giant viewing window in the mall.
Children will love KidZania®, an educational environment for kids aged 4 to 16. This mini-city with buildings and paved streets offers children the chance to role play adult professions such as doctor, artist, fireman and photographer. There is also SEGA Republic, a two-level indoor theme park with arcade machines, motion-simulated rides and an indoor roller coaster.
The mall has a range of dining venues, from casual to up-market, located among the other shops.
Dubai Mall is situated at the base of the Burj Khalifa, in the heart of downtown Dubai. There is parking for more than 14,000 vehicles. Alternatively, take the Dubai Metro to Burj Khalifa Station, which is linked to the mall via a 2,690-foot (820-meter) air-conditioned walkway.
The mall is open daily. Some of the attractions have different opening and closing hours. Check the mall’s website for more details.
Located in Trade Centre 2, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).
This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Burj Khalifa, KidZania, and Dubai Mall. Dubai Fountain and Dubai International Financial Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Standing in the shadow of iconic Burj Khalifa, this upscale hotel offers direct access to The Dubai Mall. For more traditional shopping, Old Town Island, home to Souk Al Bahar, is 13 minutes by car from the hotel. Dubai International Airport is an 18-minute drive.
Overlooking Burj Khalifa Lake, Palace Downtown is next to bustling Souk Al Bahar. Dominating the skyline from across the lake is Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Guests can walk 5 minutes to the restaurants and shops at The Dubai Mall, and drive 20 minutes to Jumeirah Beach.
Located in Trade Centre 2, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Located in Downtown Dubai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Dubai Fountain and Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Housed inside Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, Armani Hotel Dubai overlooks the Dubai Fountain, the world's largest choreographed water feature. Guests can browse designer shops on site and in Dubai Mall, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Jumeirah Beach is a 15-minute cab ride away.