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Shopping centers in Dubai

List of shopping centers and areas in Dubai including Aswaaq, Souk Extra, and other supermarket and community shopping complexes. Information about the difference between malls and shopping centres. Dubai has many large shopping malls and smaller shopping centers.

What is the difference between a shopping centre and a shopping mall?

The terms shopping center and shopping mall are used interchangeably by most people most of the time, but one explanation is that a shopping mall is a large building with shops inside (similar to an apartment building), whereas a shopping center is a cluster of shops each with their own external entrance, similar to a row or cluster of terraced houses. As is obvious from the way some shopping malls are named in Dubai e.g. Deira City Centre is a shopping mall, nobody really cares about the difference too much. Another explanation is that shopping centers are small, and shopping malls are big, but places like Al Mizhar Mall sort of throw a spanner in that explanation, given that it's a relatively small shopping mall. We'll divide up shopping centers and malls in Dubai something like that but it might be a bit random.

Some shopping centers or malls in Dubai

See next heading for more complete list but with less information for each one.

  • Boxpark (Box Park) - open February 2014. Location on Al Wasl Rd between Safa Park and Jumeirah Post Office. A collection of brightly painted shipping containers stacked along the road and refurbished as shops, cafes, restaurants. Pretty colored lights shine on them at night so you can't miss it. Free (for now, will probably be pay eventually) parking along Al Wasl Rd, free parking areas behind the Boxpark. Shops include:
    • Big Smoke Burger - hamburgers. FB page at facebook.com/pages/Big-Smoke-Burger-UAE/1501393853457233.

  • Citywalk (City Walk) - open 2013 or 2014 (check date). Location on Al Safa Rd between Emirates NBD bank (at Al Wasl Rd junction) and Satwa Rd intersection. Enough cafes and restaurants to keep you busy for a few days, and a few other shops. Free parking behind but gets full and busy in evenings, especially in weekends. Seems to be a higher proportion of drivers who don't know how to fit their SUVs into a single carpark ... perhaps they're failed students from a nearby driving school.
    • Cafes include: Argo Tea Cafe (but they also have nice coffee), Pauls, Starbucks.
    • Restaurants include: Silver Fox (steaks etc), Chinese, Ferro Italia (?), Subway.
    • Shops include: Early Learning Center (ELC), Spinneys Market supermarket.

List of shopping centers in Dubai

  • Note that Road and Street are often used interchangeably (with even each end of the road labelled differently sometimes).
  • Spellings often vary (a trailing letter "a" is often written as "ah" for example), and for some areas, Al is randomly used before the area name (Satwa and Karama for example). Don't worry, you'll get used to it. But if you say Sheikh Al Zayed Street then you'll give yourself away as a newbie in Dubai.
  • Many areas that are labelled as souks or souqs are just densely packed collections of shops with plastic buckets and suitcases displayed on the pavements, complete with eager shopkeepers smacking their lips at the sight of yet another gullible tourist. Buy your plastic buckets at Carrefour to save money, time and parking hassles. For a more traditional souq experience (sort of) with timbered ceilings to go oooh and aaah at, visit Al Bastakia, Khan Murjan (The Wafi Center), Madinat Jumeirah, Souk Al Bahar (The Dubai Mall), or the Sharjah Museum Area.
Name Area Location Telephone Notes
Abaya Mall Mirdiff 24b St near 37th St +971-4-2515111 Next to Star International School Mirdif.
Al Ain Center Al Mankhool Mankhool Rd   Computer shops, Spinneys nextdoor.
Al Diyafa Centre Al Satwa Al Diyafa Roundabout   Opposite Rydges Plaza Hotel
Al Diyafa Rd Satwa-Al Jafiliya Al Diyafa Rd   Roadside shops, fast food restaurants, busy
Al Fahidi Street Al Souk Al Kabeer Al Fahidi Street   Electronics shops
Al Furjan Community Center Al Farjan Villas     Opening date early 2014?
Al Ghazal Shopping Mall Al Badaa, Satwa Al Wasl & Al Diyafah Rd   Carrefour Market
Al Hana Centre Al Jafiliya Mankhool Rd   By Rydges Plaza
Al Khaleej Center Al Raffa Mankhool Rd   Shopping mall, Etisalat. Choithrams opposite.
Al Manal Center Deira Naif   Opposite Naif Souk
Al Mizhar Mall Al Mizhar Road 220    
Al Musalla St? Ayal Nasir Al Musallah Rd   Car stereos and accessories, near Hyatt Corniche
Al Muteena Plaza Muteena Al Muteena Rd    
Al Nakheel Centre Deira Naif    
Al Nakhal Center Naif Al Nakhal St    
Al Ras area Al Ras, Deira     Souks and streetside shops
Al Sabkha Deira     Congested
Al Safa Center Al Safa 1 Al Wasl Rd   Park n Shop supermarket
Al Thanya Shopping Center Umm Al Sheif Thanya Rd   Waitrose Umm Al Sheif, open Aug 2013?
Al Wasl Plaza Al Wasl Al Wasl Rd    
Aswaaq AlMezhar Al Mizhar Road 220    
Aswaaq Al Sufouh        
Aswaaq Nadd Al Hamar        
Aswaaq Umm Suqeim Umm Suqeim 3 By Kings Dubai    
Bank Street Mankhool-Hamriya Khalid Bin Waleed Rd   Banks
Bastakiya Bastakia Al Seef Rd   Art galleries and cafes, a must-see part of Dubai
Beach Park Plaza Dubai Jumeirah 2 Beach Rd   Restaurants mostly
Boxpark (Box Park)   Al Wasl Rd   Variety
Central Perk Umm Suqeim Umm Suqeim 1 Umm Al Sheif Rd   Cafe, Taco restaurant
Century Plaza Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd   McDonalds, Chen One furniture
China City Deira Naif    
China Trade City Deira Naif    
China Souk Deira Naif    
Choithram Umm Suqeim Umm Suqeim 2 Al Wasl Rd   Pharmacy
Citywalk (City Walk)   Al Safa Rd   Restaurants, cafes, fashion, Spinneys
Computer Street Al Raffa-Souk Al Kabeer Khalid Bin Waleed Rd   Computer shops
Deira Bird Market Corniche Deira     Open market
Deira Fish Market Corniche Deira     Open market
Deira Meat Market Corniche Deira     Open market
Deira Vegetable Market Corniche Deira     Open market
Discovery Gardens Community Center Discovery Gardens     Opening date early 2014?
Dubai Marina Walk Dubai Marina     Spinneys, and mostly restaurants
Dune Center Al Bada'a Al Diyafah St    
Emirates Co-op Hatta Hatta Hatta Fort roundabout    
Emirates Co-op Mizhar Oud Al Muteena 1     New in 2008
Galleria Corniche Deira Hyatt Regency   Ice skating
Gold Center Al Ras, Deira     Gold and jewellery shops
Gold House Al Ras, Deira     Gold and jewellery shops
Gold Oasis Al Ras, Deira     Gold and jewellery shops
Gold Souk Al Ras, Deira     Souq area, congested
Jumeirah Beach Centre Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd   Automatic, Burger King
Jumeirah Center Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd   Magrudy's bookshop, Gerard's Cafe
Jumeirah Islands Village Center Jumeirah Islands      
Jumeirah Park Community Center Jumeirah Park See Pavilion   Geant, opening date Q3 2013? Or early 2014?
Jumeirah Plaza Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd   RTA, House of Prose
Landmark Plaza Deira Naif    
Marks & Spencer Al Muraqqbat Salahuddin Rd   Next to Toys R Us
Naif Bazaar Naif Naif Rd    
Naif Plaza Deira Naif    
Naif Souk Deira Naif   Congested
New Gold Souk   Al Mina Rd   Gold shops
New West Zone Badaa Al Bada'a Al Hudaiba St   Supermarket only?
New West Zone Muteena Muteena Al Mutenna St   Supermarket only?
Old Souk Bur Dubai Al Souk Al Kabeer Old Souk Abra Station    
Palm Strip Dubai Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd   Opposite Jumeirah Mosque
Pavilion Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park     Open Sep 2014, Geant Easy supermarket
Plant Road Al Badaa Al Hudaiba St   Near Iranian Hospital, plants and picture frames
Royal Mall Al Manara Al Wasl Rd   Renamed as the J3 Mall. Opening date 2011?
Saga World Umm Suqeim 1 Beach Rd +971-4-3959071 Gifts and fashion, not Sega World Dubai
Satwa shopping area Al Badaa Al Satwa Rd   Parking impossible, busy
Shindagha Carrefour Al Shindagha     Carrefour hypermarket
Spice Souk Al Ras, Deira     Souq area, congested
Spinneys Jumeirah Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd    
Spinneys Trade Center Rd Al Mankhool Trade Center Rd   Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St
Spinneys Umm Sequim        
Souk Al Kabeer Bur Dubai     Souk area - roadside shops, everything
Souk Al Mussalla Souk Al Kabeer      
Souk Al Wasl Deira Naif    
Souk Area Bur Dubai Souk Al Kabeer     Usually means the area near the creek
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Al Sufouh 2 Madinat Jumeira   Great spot for tourists
Souk Murshed Al Ras, Deira      
SoukExtra Ewan Residences       Open October 2009?
Textile Souk Bur Dubai     Souk area - roadside shops, cloth and tailors
The Square Al Mamzar     Spinneys supermarket and not much else
The Village Mall Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd    
Town Center Jumeirah 1 Beach Rd   Choithrams nearby
Toys R Us Al Muraggabat Salahuddin Rd   Next to Marks & Spencer
Twin Towers        
Union Co-op Al Safa Jumeirah 3 Safa Park Al Wasl Rd   Choithrams also
Union Co-op Karama Al Mankhool Trade Center Rd   Supermarket only?
Union Co-op Muhaisnah Muhaisna 1 Al Khawaneej Road   Shopping Mall
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