Shopping in UAE
Abu Dhabi Mall
ultimate all-day destination, this four storey mall has over 200 retail outlets
including Mango, Paris Gallery, Virgin Mega Store and numerous designer outlets.
In addition to a spacious food court, there’s a coffee shop or restaurant on
every level and, for those who don’t wish to shop, an 800 seat multi-screen
The city’s newest and biggest mall is possibly the most accessible and certainly
the easiest to park at.
on the breakwater, Marina Mall stands alone across the bay overlooking the city.
It is actually at the furthest point from town but a simple road system which is
largely traffic free makes this the easiest mall to get to.
The massive, spacious and airy mall incorporates Ikea, Carrefour hypermarket, a
huge food court and a multi-screen cinema complex as well as hundreds of
international outlets. Considered by many Abu Dhabi residents as the ideal place
to drop the kids off for a day in the summer, this is the ultimate family mall.
Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society Complex
Big and busy,
this is a mall that is always teeming with life. The ground floor sports the Abu
Dhabi Co-op supermarket. Fresh produce is extremely good value and the bakery is
highly recommended. A variety of smaller outlets in and around the supermarket
sell everything from cosmetics to watches. There is a well stocked video rental
store and an excellent computer and IT accessories outlet. Clothes shops offer
adults and children’s fashions. Al Capone’s coffee bar on the second floor makes
a great rest stop but those who wish to take in the view should head for the
food court on the top floor that overlooks the marina. A large arcade area keeps
the children occupied.
Ibn Battuta Mall
It’s a shopping destination unlike
any other. It is themed around the travels of renowned 14th century Arabian
explorer, Ibn Battuta. The architecture within the mall’s six courts reflects
the most influential places Ibn Battuta traveled during his time, providing mall
visitors an invaluable glimpse into the past. The center is located on the
opposed main road Sheikh Zayed, in the Jebel Ali area.
Mall of the Emirates
Shop for that new pair of shoes in a
designer boutique, catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster with the luxury of a
reclining seat, enjoy a mouth-watering meal with family or friends, brace
yourself for an exhilarating ride at the shiny new Magic Planet, slalom
gracefully down a ski hill...Now you can do all of these things and many more
under one roof at the world’s first shopping resort – Mall of the Emirates.
Mall of the Emirates, the ultimate
leisure, entertainment and shopping resort opened on September 28th 2005, and is
the largest shopping centre outside of North America. Strategically located in
the heart of what is now deemed ‘New Dubai,’ this 223,000 square metre centre
offers a full range of shopping, leisure, and entertainment.
Mall of the Emirates is home to over 400 retailers
and also features a complete range of entertainment
options including Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski
destination in the Middle East, a two-level Magic
Planet, the largest indoor family entertainment
centre in the country, a 14-screen Cinestar Cinemas
and the Dubai Community Arts and Theatre with a 500
seat-theatre and art gallery. It also has 65
restaurants and coffee shops with everything from
fast food to themed restaurants and exclusive dining
mixed use development will incorporate two hotels,
including a 5-star Kempinski, which will offer over
900 rooms combined, a host of licensed restaurants,
tennis court, swimming pools and spas.
Ikea Dubai Festival city
There is a huge shopping area witch
contains from Ikea, the huge super market Panda, and electronics shop “Plagin”
and “Ace” house tools. Located in Al Rebat Road on Festival City, witch is
growing one more town into the town.
Located on Trade Centre Road, Bur
Dubai, Bur Juman has over 300 retail outlets spread over an area of 2.8 million
square feet. Promoting itself as the Residence of High Fashion, Bur Juman
outlets offer an excellent choice in ladies and gents high fashion, jewellery,
cosmetics, perfume and footwear and their stores are well represented by such
household nemrs as Saks 5th Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Hermes,
Valentino, Cartier, Christian Lacroix, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Loewe and Polo by
Ralph Lauren. If you have purchasing a present or souvenir, a gift wrapping
service is available on the second level for a nominal charge. There is ample
free parking spread across four levels in the basement and also wheelchair
access. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are available from the reception area.
Deira City Centre
Big, brash and bound to deliver is
the best way to describe the largest shopping centre in the Gulf. City Centre
has everything, which is probably why the mall is normally busy and absolutely
packed in the evenings and at weekends. You can buy a washing machine or an
evening gown here.
The mall manages to fit shops that would fill an entire European town into the
courts that make up the centre of the structure. Individual courts lie along
corridors that lead off the central walkway each dedicated to a specific range
of products. An 11-screen cinema complex, with seating for 3000 people, shows
the latest releases. This is a mall that it’s probably possible to spend a week
in rather than just a day. For such a massive mall, City Centre is surprisingly
easy to navigate. Parking is free and plentiful but more than 4000 spaces make
it easy to lose the car.
Possibly the most exclusive mall in
Dubai Wafi’s massive glass pyramids house a wide range of designer outlets,
luxury gift shops, coffee shops and the most luxurious ladies toilets in town เ visit well worth it for the decor alone. There are two
major department stores Jashanmals and Salam Stores, the latter being the
favoured haunt of professional photographers seeking the widest range of
photographic accessories in town. If luxury is on your shopping list this is the
place to be. Swarovski handbags, priceless limited edition jewellery and the
most elaborate candles in the city are all to be found at Wafi. Encounter Zone
on the top floor of the mall, offers a fun-filled day out for big kids and
little ones. Not cheap but extremely good value there’s roller-blading, computer
games, simulators, a reproduction of the Crystal Maze and the scariest haunted
house in the country. Work on a massive extension is currently underway. Wafi
City will soon incorporate a cinema complex, hotel, indoor sports stadium and
numerous additional F&B outlets. The tag line says it all Dubai’s No1 place to
go for things to do.
The Renaissance-style shopping mall
Mercato (Italian for market) is the first themed mall in the Middle East and UAE,
which brings together the choicest lifestyle offerings from the Mediterranean,
in addition to many exclusive international brands. Based on a distinctive
Renaissance architectural concept, it predominantly captures Italian, French and
Spanish flavours and artistic characteristics; playing host to regular fairs and
festivals from each country.
Mercato is designed to be a
prestigious shopping destination catering to quality-conscious residents and
visitors to Dubai. It is ideally located in Jumeirah, one of the fastest growing
residential and retail districts in the city, currently boasting several resort
properties, hotels and private villas. Mercato provides more than just world
famous brand names; it offers a comprehensive shopping and entertainment
experience within an aesthetically stimulating ambience. It is simply the
Goodlife.Mercato is an inspired creation from
the famous Italian architect, Daniele Morelli, a well-known Italian architect,
who researched extensively to give shape to the vision of Mr Abdul Rahim Zarooni,
the seasoned entrepreneur with an eye for artistic excellence.
The interior of the mall replicates the concept of
several squares, the focal point of any
Mediterranean town and the traditional location of
the mercato, or market. Centuries ago, peasants
would bring their goods to the mercato to trade.
Inevitably, shops became permanent features, all
facing inwards to attract maximum custom.
Eventually, the mercato developed a sense of
community and family, becoming a place where people
met for coffee and talked for hours. And at sunset,
the square would turn into a venue for events,
festivals and concerts.
Souq Madinat Jumeirah
A colourful and vibrant market or
part of a market in an Arabian city. Lively trading culture, animated,
interactive. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in
which open fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways.Unique shopping and dining
experience. boutique shops
23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants
432 seat Madinat Theatre
open plazas and nightclub, Airconditioned walkways
Al Ghurair City
Located in the city, this mall has
the distinction of being both the oldest mall in the Gulf and the newest in
Dubai. The first phase of massive and total refurbishment was completed in
November 2001 making Dubais first mall one of the
biggest and glitziest.
Some 130 international outlets are now open, with a
further 50 plus, including a supermarket, planned
before March 2002. A multiplex cinema is scheduled
to open in July 2002.
The mall’s atmosphere is unique, it’s the only
shopping centre that opens onto the street with
cafés on pavements in true European style. To date,
despite new developments, Al Ghurair still makes for
a relaxed shopping experience. But the situation
cannot last. The new mall has something for everyone
and it can only be a matter of time before Dubai
shoppers make the journey across the bridge to Deira
without hesitation. Deira and Sharjah residents have
already discovered the secret! If quiet shopping is
your wish better to visit sooner rather than later!
mall has a very congenial atmosphere with the centre foyer one big coffee shop
and cyber-café. Recommended for beachwear and homes one of the best maternity
shops in town - Jenny Rose on the upper floor. Nice, easy shopping and good
Emirates Towers Boulevard
Dubai’s newest shopping complex
links the Emirates Towers Hotel with the 51-storey office complex that towers
above the Dubai skyline. Exclusive, spacious and striking, the mall reflects the
building above it. One of the easiest malls at which to park the car, but best
to leave it at home since this is Dubai’s first mall to incorporate licensed
outlets. Well worth a visit but, as yet, not a major shopping venue.
Gold and Diamond Park The modern day version of the Gold
Souq, this newly opened purpose-built complex houses an impressive array of
jewellers. Prices are not as competitive as in the souq but the range of goods
on offer is just as extensive. Sanitized but well stocked and far more practical
to visit than the souq.
Located behind the Wafi Centre, this
is a multi-storey clothing and general department store. Good for chindren’s
toys and clothing. Excellent play area is on the ground floor.
Mazaya Centre New,
glitzy and still filling up. This two-storey mall
potentially has a lot going for it; it’s easy to get
to and parking is free and plentiful. More of a
place to go to for specifics than to hang out in all
day √ although when all the outlets are occupied
this may change. Per Imports, the popular furniture
store, has moved to this centre which is also
recommended for carpets √ two specialist shops offer
treasures for floors and walls with carpets from
Iran and Pakistan. A good place to bargain for the
finest silk weaves.
Sharjah Shopping Centers:
- Sahara Centre
- Sharjah Mega Mall
- Al Fardan Centre
- Ajman City Center
Al Ain Shopping
- Al Jimi Shopping Centre
Ras Al Khaimah
- Manar Mall
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