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Mall of the Emirates Dubai

Mall of the Emirates (MOE), Dubai, UAE

Mall of the Emirates (MOE) (MOTE) is one of the most popular shopping malls in Dubai, located in Al Barsha area. Home of Ski Dubai indoor skifield, a large Carrefour hypermarket, two food courts, its own metro station, a cinema complex, and several hundred shops. Opening times are 10am-10pm Sun-Wed, 10am-12am Thu-Sat, Carrefour open 9am-midnight daily.

Mall of the Emirates opening times and hours
  Shopping Mall Carrefour Food Court Magic Planet Ski Dubai Ramadan
Sunday to Wednesday 1000-2200 (10am-10pm) 0900-2400 1000-2200 0930-2400 1000-2200 1000-0100
Thursday to Saturday 1000-2400 (10am-12am) 0900-2400 1000-2400 1000-0100 1000-2400 1000-0100
Mall of the Emirates information

Mall of the Emirates (MOE or MOTE) is a large shopping mall in the Al Barsha area of Dubai, at the 4th interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road. When the mall opened in 2005, it was the largest shopping mall in the UAE (since overtaken by The Dubai Mall), and the largest outside North America according to MOE, but not according to China. MOE claims to be the world's first "shopping resort", not clear what they mean by that though.

In addition to all the normal facilities - shops, coffee shops, cinemas, supermarket, MOTE's main claim to fame is the large walk-in freezer at the western end where you can go from desert sunshine and 40+ degrees Celcius to skiing and snowboarding on real man-made snow in sub-zero temperatures at Ski Dubai. The Snow Park is if you don't have a snowboard or skis but still want to cool off. Large windows separate the mall from the skifield so you can enjoy the winter scenery while wearing summer clothes.

Shopping mall sizes and areas

Mall of the Emirates (MOE acronym is used more than MOTE) was claimed to be the largest shopping mall outside North America in mid-2006, which would have been correct if China was in North America. South China Mall (opened 2005) is 9.6 million sq ft, Golden Resources Shopping Mall (opened in 2004, also in China) is 7.3 million sq ft, Mall of the Emirates comes in third with 6.5 million square feet. West Edmonton Mall in Canada is 5.4 million sq ft. Those are total areas, not retail area or leasable areas. Anyway, The Dubai Mall opened in 2008 with an area about twice the size of MOE/MOTE.

Mall of the Emirates Evolution 2015

10 Sep 2013: Mall of the Emirates announced Evolution 2015 - an expansion and redevelopment project worth AED 1 billion, due to open in 2015.

St Moritz Ice Cafe
Mall of the Emirates car park charges

MOTE announced that weekend parking would be free after the Dubai Metro starts, irrespective of number of hours. Details below need updating.

As MOTE has a Dubai Metro station connected to it, many commuters will be tempted to use the MOTE car park. To avoid that, MOTE car parking fees start after the Dubai Metro launch date (09 Sep 2009). Car parking fees were first mentioned in June 2009 as possibly applying to customers who stay more than 4 hours in the shopping mall (Dubai Eye radio interview June 2009). Car park charges announced on 22 July 2009 are:

  0-3 hours 3rd-4th hour 4th-6th hour 6th-7th hour 7th-8th hour overnight
Weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) free AED20 AED20 per hr AED100 AED150 AED350
Weekends (Friday-Saturday) free free AED40-60 free AED100 free AED150 free AED350 free
Public holidays free free AED40-60 free AED100 free AED150 free AED350 free
Mall of the Emirates numbers (August 2009 Emirates Business report)
Mall of the Emirates expansion 2008-2010 - The Fashion Dome

Majid Al Futtaim Group (MAF) announced 28 September 2008 that they would invest AED 500 million on expansion of shopping, eating, and parking facilities at Mall of the Emirates. Anyone who has tried to find a carpark on a Thursday night will be delighted to hear that. The bad news for car parkers though is that the 750 space car park extension is part of phase II (or perhaps phase I after all - a press release 07 March 2010 said the mall planned to add 750 new car parks as part of the extension due to open in Q3 2010). Phase I is extending the shopping facilities.

The Fashion Dome list of shops, cafes, and restaurants
Mall of the Emirates new stores in 2012
Mall of the Emirates new stores 2010-2011

As of September 2010, MOE has 477 stores plus another 42 in the newly opened Fashion Dome, for a total of 519 outlets.

Mall of the Emirates Dubai Metro station and shops

From 09 September 2009, the Dubai Metro will be in operation, and have a stop at Mall of the Emirates. New shops opening in the connection link between the metro station and the main MOTE building include Better Life¹, Borders Express, Cold Stone Creamery, ECity, EMax, Home Sweet Home, Jacky's Electronics¹, Nokia Evo, Paperchase (Express), UAE Exchange (UAExchange).

1. Better Life and Jacky's will be moving from current locations in MOTE.

Mall of the Emirates archive, timeline, history

Car park problems at Mall of the Emirates

03 May 2014: The ground floor car park exit to Sheikh Zayed Road in Sharjah direction (below Ski Dubai) has been closed. Resulting in gridlock in the MOTE car park. No information found or provided about why or how long it will be closed. Allow 30 mins to 1 hour to exit car park if leaving MOTE after about 3pm Thu-Sat, after 5pm Sun-Wed. Update one day in 2015 or 2016 (we don't remember when we noticed): Car park was reopened with new and improved traffic flow ... sort of. It's still very busy on Thursday nights, and all day Fridays and public holidays.

Mall of the Emirates awards that you probably don't really care about
Last update Thursday 24-Nov-2016
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