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Oasis Centre in Dubai

The Oasis Center in Dubai (OCD) (Al Waha Mall or Center) was a new shopping mall in April 1999 with a large Home Centre, and handy location on Sheikh Zayed Road for residents in Al Quoz, Downtown Dubai, Al Safa, Al Wasl, Jumeirah areas. The mall burnt down in September 2005 but was rebuilt and reopened on 29 March 2009. The new Oasis Centre is bigger and better with expansion from 1 to 4 levels of shopping and four times as much shopping area. Location is on the desert side of Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) in Al Quoz 1 community between the Safa Park and Manara Road interchanges (2nd and 3rd junctions), on the corner of SZR and 315 Rd (Al Waha Street or Hajar Road). Sometimes referred to or marked on maps as Al Waha Mall or Al Waha Shopping Mall, but not Al Wahda Mall (which is in Abu Dhabi).

The Oasis Center is not really near a metro station. The mall is between the two stations on the Dubai Metro Red Line with the largest gap between them - Business Bay station and Noor Islamic Bank station. If you really want to walk, the nearest metro station is Noor Bank (about 30 minutes walk), or take a short taxi ride to save yourself from sweating a bucket in the summer. Walking (or driving for that matter) from Business Bay station is impractical because there's a motorway junction at Safa Park to navigate around.

Oasis Center Opening Hours

  Shopping Mall Carrefour Express Food Court
Saturday to Wednesday 1000-2200 (10am-10pm) 0900-2400 (9am-12am) 1000-2200 (10am-10pm)
Thursday, Friday 1000-2400 (10am-12am) 0900-2400 (9am-12am) 1000-2400 (10am-12am)

Oasis Center Dubai new stores, updates, news

New Oasis Centre March 2009

New Oasis Center list of shops

Anchor stores and large shops include:

Shop list divided into categories

Other Oasis Center and Al Waha shopping malls in the UAE

New Oasis Centre Mall Sharjah
Oasis Center Abu Dhabi
Oasis Center Al Ain
Oasis Center malls Saudi Arabia
Oasis Centre Oman
Oasis Centers in other Middle East locations
Old Oasis Centre in Dubai April 1999 - September 2005
Oasis Center fire September 2005

The Oasis Center caught fire early on a Friday morning when it was closed (about 3 or 4 am). The mall burnt down completely with only the steel frame visible once the fire had been extinguished. No humans perished but all the Petland pets did. A fire alarm system which was connected to the Dubai Civil Defense fire department, had been disconnected as part of some renovation work. Ironically, it was that renovation work that reportedly started the fire.

An investigation into the cause of the fire, and to try to find someone to blame, was launched with a resulting court verdict in April 2006 attributing responsibility to two workers and a supervisor. And in case you didn't know, "accidentally" starting a fire is a crime (according to reports at the time), as the workers found out when they were each handed a 6 month jail sentence (cut to 3 months and 1000 dhs fine in June 2006). The supervisor got 3 months for "failing to supervise", and a fine of 1,000 dhs for the illegal hire of one of the workers. One wonders if the punishment for deliberately starting a fire is more, or less, jail time. Value of the damage to the Oasis Center was estimated at about AED 250-300 million.

Landmark Group

Landmark Group is a retail operator based in the UAE. Retail brands in the Landmark Group portfolio include Babyshop, Centrepoint, Emax, Home Centre, Lifestyle, Max, Q Home Decor, Shoemart, Splash. Landmark International is the retail fashion division of Landmark Group, and includes the fashion brands Aftershock (After Shock) Koton, New Look, Reiss in its portfolio.

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