Shopping Malls in Dubai
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As more and more shopping malls are built in Dubai, residents wonder
why another shopping mall is needed. And yet, as soon as a new one is
opened, it seems to fill up very quickly. To enjoy a wander through a
shopping mall, visit Mercato in Jumeirah to get a taste of an Italian
market (no, we know it's nothing like the real thing) or Ibn Battuta
Mall to learn a bit of history about the famous (he's even in wikipedia)
Arabian traveller and have a coffee in the most splendid Starbucks in
In Dubai, 35 shopping malls, with about 3500 stores, cover an area
of 14 million sq meters (151 m sq ft or 14 sq km) said Easa Adam, the
head of the Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG), in February 2008.
- DCC - Deira City Center (or Centre)
- GLA - Gross Leasable Area - means retail shopping area, doesn't include
car parks etc
- IBM - Ibn Battuta Mall
- MAF - Conglomerate of UAE companies, chairman is Majid Al Futtaim.
MAF Shopping Malls is a shopping mall developer.
- MOE - Mall of the Emirates, Ministry of Education
- MOTE - Mall of the Emirates
Opening hours for Dubai shopping malls
Some shops will have different from normal shopping center hours eg
supermarkets may open 0800 or 0900 to midnight. Fridays can be confusing
with some shops only opening at 1600 in the afternoon, while others are
open from 1000. Specific information is given in the list of Dubai and
UAE shopping malls below, but hours can vary. As a general rule, shops
are open 1000-2200 Saturday to Thursday, 1400 or 1600 to 2200 or 2400 on Fridays, and some of the larger shopping centers open late on Thursday-Saturday (from 1000-2400).
Busy times are Friday afternoons and evenings (almost everyone has Fridays
off) and Thursday evenings. Other evenings are not exactly quiet though.
Mornings are the best time to avoid crowds.
- Ramadan hours are usually extended
to midnight for shops and 0100 or 0200 (yes, really!) for supermarkets.
Shops might be closed around Iftar (1700-1900 depending on time of year).
- During Ramadan almost all food outlets will be closed during daylight
hours (there might be one or two open in the larger malls).
- Shops often stay open until midnight on other important dates eg
New Years Eve, the night before Eid celebrations, Christmas Eve.
List of shopping malls in Dubai
- Abu Hail shopping mall (under construction),
Union Co-op supermarket?
- Al Ain Center - Bur Dubai, small centre with mostly computer shops
upstairs, and a useful food court and internet cafe downstairs.
Spinneys is connected via a walkway - park your car above Spinneys
(entrance round the back).
- Al Attar Shopping Mall - small center in Karama on Kuwait St, tel +971-4-3351020 or +971-4-3344455.
Website might be www.alattargroup.com.
- Al Barsha Mall, Al Barsha 2 - opening June 2010 ... delayed to mid-2011.
Union Co-op supermarket/hypermarket. Near Mall of the Emirates.
- Al Bustan Center / Centre & Residence - turn right at Al Mulla Plaza junction when travelling in Sharjah direction from Dubai.
Shopping mall and apartments for rent. About 100 shops, Fantasy Kingdom amusement and entertainment area (24,000 sq ft). Residential building has 640 suites, swimming pool, gym, business center, meeting rooms, and a couple of restaurants. Close to Dubai International Airport.
- Al Ghurair Centre or Al Ghurair City, Al Rigga Road
in Deira. Open 1000-2200 except Fridays 1400-2200. The first large shopping
mall in Dubai (opened in 1978 before the world had heard of Dubai), a cheaper place than the newer ones, has over
200 shops. Not completely self contained - some of the cafes open directly
on to the main road for free carbon dioxide with your coffee.
Al Ghurair Group borrowed AED 1.3 billion ($350m) in April 2009, the middle of a global economic crisis, to finance expansion of Al Ghurair City. That's what you call bal..., er, confidence.
- Al Ittihad Mall, Muhaisnah - planned opening June 2009 (no chance, maybe first half of 2010)?
Union Co-op supermarket opened April or May 2010.
- Al Khaleej Centre - Bur Dubai, small centre with random shops - mostly
IT/computer related, and food court in basement, across the road from
Al Ain Center. Paid parking but useful
if you're looking for somewhere in the area to park. Etisalat has a
customer service centre in this mall.
- Al Mizhar Mall - small mall with West Zone supermarket, near the Aswaaq Mizhar community center on the same road.
- Al Mulla Plaza - last stop before Sharjah on the DXB-SHJ highway.
Known more as a navigation aid than a place to go shopping.
- Ansar Gallery - on Salahuddin Rd in Muraqqabat area of Deira, near the Salahuddin metro station (Green Line) and Reef Mall.
Opening date 04 March 2012, area 80,000 sq feet. Contact tel +971-4-2500048. Owned, operated by Ansar Group (also owners of the Ansar Mall in Sharjah).
- Arabian Center - tel +971-4-2845555. New (in March 2009) shopping center in Mirdif / Al Mizhar, about a third the size of Mall of the Emirates, with movie theaters (open mid-2009), WorldMart hypermarket, food court, children's play area, and even a few shops.
- Arena Mall - Dubai Sports City (DSC), under development November 2008 to 2010 end of 2013. GLA about 1.88 million square feet on 2 levels, with 300-340 shops,
educational family entertainment centre, 12 screen cinema complex, 2 food courts, a Carrefour hypermarket,
family entertainment and education center, 7000 car parks, direct connection to the DSC cricket stadium and indoor stadium.
Opening date delayed until 2013 according to The National 10 March 2010 "The opening of Arena Mall in Dubai Sports City has been postponed until 2013 ..."
- Aswaaq Dubai - a chain of community centers and supermarkets being established in Dubai and the UAE. First Aswaaq stand-alone supermarket opened May 2009 in Al Sufouh (area 1000 sq m). Aswaaq plans to open 40 supermarkets
and 20 community centers. Other Aswaaq centers in Nad Al Hamar and Al Mizhar.
Centers under construction in Al Barsha, Al Twar, Al Warqaa, Umm Suqueim. Aswaaq toll-free tel is 800-279227
- Bawadi Mall Dubai - planned for the Bawadi development in Dubailand. Confusing figures released but could be one of the largest shopping centers in the world when if it gets built.
Unrelated to the Bawadi Mall in Al Ain which opened in 2009.
- Bin Sougat Centre (BinSougat Center), Rashidiya, tel +971-4-2863000, PO Box 55316. Shops open 10am-10pm Sat-Thu (some shops closed from 1-5pm), 5pm-10pm Fri (coffee shops open for lunch). Small, 2-level shopping center with a Spinneys supermarket (open 8am-11pm). First opened July 2001, expanded in 2003. Shops include Ajmal Perfumes (perfumes), Costa Coffee (coffee), Damas (jewellery), Baskin
Robbins (cholesterol), Dome Café (food), Etisalat (telephone connections), Jumbo (electronics), Pier Import (furniture and household goods), Red Earth (cosmetics), San Marco Household (stuff), Union National Bank (money).
- Bur Juman Centre (BurJuman, Bur Jaman, BurJaman
Center) - on the Trade Center Road in Bur Dubai. Open 1000-2200 except
Fridays 1400-2200. Expanded in 2006 from 200 to 300 shops,
will also have movie theatres
more restaurants. A more exclusive destination than MOTE, DCC and IBM.
Car parking charges 20 dhs per hour but do not apply if you spend more than AED 100 in the mall (last checked July 2009).
- Century Mall Dubai - next to Al Shabab Club in Al Mamzar, 150,000 sq ft retail space. Carrefour hypermarket, Jungle Bungle amusement center, food court. Shops include Jacky's, Damas, Giordano, Nayomi, Hang Ten and Sheetal.
Owned by Al Safeer Group, opened in 2003.
- Deira City Center (Deira City Center, DCC, sometimes
called 'City Center Mall'), open 1000-2200 week days and 1000-2400 weekends, opposite Dubai
Creek Golf & Yacht
Club. Very busy in the evenings, parking is difficult. Good selection
of shops, has a noisy food court and a Carrefour. IKEA Dubai (a Swedish
furniture chain with strange product names like 'blorp', 'pnuk', and
'abba') used to be in DCC but moved to Dubai Festival City near the
Garhood Bridge in 2006.
BinHendi / Bin Hendi Avenue is a large collection of luxury retail shops in DCC that opened in December 2005 and closed (mostly) in April 2009.
Car parking charges after the Dubai Metro start date on 09 September 2009: free for first 3 hours weekdays, 4 hours weekends. An extra hour if you've been to a movie (keep your ticket). After that, charges
range from 20 dhs (weekdays) to 60 dhs (weekends) per hour.
Update 09 September 2009: carparking to be free during weekends and public holidays (at least for now).
- Dragonmart (or Dragon Mart),
on the Dubai-Hatta road, after Emirates Rd junction heading in Hatta
/ Oman direction Hatta on the right-hand side (location). Many small shops (about 4000 with total area of 150,000 sq m, mall length is 1.2 km)
selling Chinese manufactured products. Not quite the same as other
malls in Dubai but an interesting place to visit if you want a plastic
cheap plasma TV from China.
Expansion of Dragonmart planned with construction to start in 2012? An additional 100,000 sq meters (1 million sq feet) of retail area to become available.
- Dubai Mall - see 'The Dubai Mall' below.
- Dubai Marina Mall - in Dubai Marina (not the same
as 'Marina Mall' in Abu Dhabi). With hotel and apartments,
development cost is over AED 1.4 billion. Opening date 22 December 2008.
Mall location on the Dubai Marina water's edge is appealing.
Dubai Outlet Mall
(DOM) - open 22 August 2007. Lots of bargains at factory shops all under one roof. Perhaps.
- Emirates Co-op Al Mizhar - open 2008? Large Emirates Co-op supermarket with opening hours 0700-0200, small food court upstairs, MacDonalds downstairs.
Some Emirates Coops in other locations have small malls also.
- Grand City Mall, Al Quoz Industrial Area 4, opened
July 2006. Small (75,000 sq ft) low budget shopping center catering
to workers living in the area. About 35 shops. Includes ANTA Travel,
Karama Medical Center, Better Life Pharmacy, department store, Grand
City Hypermarket, money exchange, ATMs (NBAD, Standard Chartered). Operated
by Regency Group.
- Grand City Mall Jebel Ali (name not confirmed)?
Opening date unknown (construction started April 2007?) Small (50,000
sq ft) low budget shopping for labourers. Developers - Regency Group.
- Grand Shopping Mall, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1,
opened 2004. Small (40,000 sq ft) low budget shopping mall with about
20 shops, targeted to the workers living in the area. Operated by Regency
Group. Includes Grand Hypermarket, money exchange, ATM (Standard Chartered).
- Hamarain Shopping Centre (Hamrian / Hamriyan / Hamarayan
/ Hamariyan Center - in Deira, difficult to spell but has pretty lights
on the outside.
- Hamriyah Shopping Center - in Al Hamriyah, not the same as the Hamarain
Ibn Battuta Mall
(IBM) medium to large shopping mall at the Abu Dhabi end of Dubai, near Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and so on. Themed after some of the areas travelled through by the Arab explorer, Ibn Battuta, from the 14th century. Mall is on one floor with several areas named Andalusia, China, Egypt, India,
Persia, Tunisia. One of the more interesting malls in Dubai to walk through if you want something different from the usual window shopping. There are several displays depicting the history of Ibn Battuta's travels. Mall has a cinema complex, Geant hypermarket, food court, restaurants and cafes, indoor bowling, and a big boat in the China section. Ibn Battuta Mall expansion plans announced March 2009, with the mall size being doubled. Expansion plans delayed by a year or two or more. Developer is Nakheel.
- Indi! Mall (not Indi Mall?) - Indian themed shopping mall specialising in Indian products planned for Dubai by Halima Jarrah. Plans are for a circular two-storey building with basement parking, area of 62,345 square feet. on the ground and first floor with additional parking and storage areas in the basement, according to the blueprint. Interior with be themed after Indian state capitals. Ground floor will have roducts will include Indian brand name products, traditional handcrafts and heritage items, Indian bridal and normal textiles, gold and diamond jewellery, Indian cafes serving Indian coffee, 3 Bollywood style theatres, stage for shows and performances, water fountain, displays to recreate ancient India and Indian desert experiences. First floor will have Indian restaurants, snacks and sweet shops, hypermarket, children's entertainment zone called "Mela", Ayurveda treatment and products center, beauty saloon, Indian tourism center, Indian electronic products, large Indian style wedding and party hall (news reports 04 April 2012).
Construction schedule and location information not supplied.
- J3 Mall - small boutique shopping mall on Al Wasl Road in Al Manara, across from Choithram's Umm Suqeim. Opening date probably 2011 or 2012.
- Jumeirah Plaza - small shopping center near the
Magrudy's Centre on Jumeirah Beach Road.
- Jumeira Beach Center - another small shopping center on Jumeira Beach Road, blue color with dark glass. Has a Burger King at the front.
- Jumeirah Park Community Center - opening date expected in Q3 2013. 20 shops, 10 cafes and restaurants, area 10,600 sq m. Retail outlets include Geant supermarket (area 2,400 sq m), The Childrens' Place, Early Learning Centre, Bin Sina Pharmacy, Holland and Barrett, Barakat Optical, Lily Pond, Jet Set, Nail Bar, 1847, Photo Magic, Money Exchange, Champion Cleaners, Geekay Games. Food and drink outlets include Gloria Jeans Coffee, Tim Hortons Cafe, Pizzaro, Burger Fuel, Subway, San Churro, Café de Roma, Louis Café, Louis Pastries, Menchies. Location near Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Park, but nowhere near Jumeirah suburb.
- Jumeirah Town Center - yet another small mall on Jumeirah Beach Road, sister centre to the Mercato Mall, and within walking distance.
Tel +971-4-3444161 or +971-4-3440111.
) underground souk,
part of the Wafi Center complex, was due to open by end 2007 but delayed
till early 2008. Based on a 14th century Suq / Souq - the Khan Marjan
Caravanserai in Baghdad, Iraq (renovated as a restaurant in the early
1990s, unknown what state it's in now), and with further inspiration
taken from other souks around the Middle East. Consider it more of
a tourist attraction than a full-on shopping center, a bit like Souk
Madinat or Souk Al Bahar, while the Wafi Mall should satiate your
purchasing desires. Well worth a visit though.
- Lamcy Plaza - large pink building on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Karama
exit and opposite the American Hospital / Al Nasr Leisureland. Clothing
shops always seem to have sales, and the top floor location of the
halfway up where you can sit and have coffee. Decent enough food
court, two cinemas, parking difficult in evenings.
Operated by Lals Group.
- Madina Mall, Beirut Rd, Ghusais area. New mall scheduled to open in April 2011 (but probably later in 2011). Over 100 shops on two floors, includes a Carrefour supermarket.
- Magrudys Center, Jumeirah Beach Road - the original Magrudy's bookshop
and shoeshop, Gerard's cafe (where you may still be able to find the occasional
Jumeirah Jane) and a few other small shops.
- Mall of Arabia - expected
to be almost the biggest shopping mall in the world when it opens with
area of about 10 million sq ft (1 million square meters) - four times
the size of MOTE. Expected opening
date was early 2009 but revised (in April 2009) to end of 2010 for phase I. The Dubai Mall is about 100,000 sq m bigger - that difference
is close to the total size of many other large shopping malls already
open in Dubai. With
be the entry point for the
And if your bags are too heavy to carry home, there will be a hotel on the roof where you can park yourself and have a rest. Website www.mallofarabia.ae under construction (January 2007).
Mall of the Emirates
or MOE) - biggest in the UAE when it opened in November 2005 with
area about 2.4 million square feet (220,000 sq m) and 400 shops,
has an indoor ski field at one end along with a hotel. Parking can
be difficult at busy times (evenings and holidays). Will look small
once Dubai Mall and Mall of Arabia open. Car park charges apply after start date for running of Dubai Metro (09 Sep 2009) but first few hours free.
- Mall of the World - part of the planned Mohammad Bin Rashid City development (announced November 2012). Expected to be the largest mall in the world when complete. Estimated project cost AED 10 billion?
Universal Studios involved in the development. Construction start date and opening date not supplied.
- Marina Mall - see 'Dubai Marina Mall' for the one in Dubai Marina,
or 'Marina Mall' in the Abu Dhabi section below for the one in Abu
- Mazaya Center - Sheikh Zayed Road near Defense Roundabout, two floors, relatively small size shopping center including a Spinneys Market, Homes R Us furniture, Pier Import.
- Jumeirah Beach Road near Dubai Zoo. Open 1000-2200
except Fridays 1400-2200. Quaint Italian themed centre with a good
Virgin store (the music shop), a few clothing shops,
small food court, a couple of nice restaurants with one Italian
one upstairs overlooking the Beach Road, several movie theatres,
lots of cobblestoned paths. First opened in October 2002.
- Mirdiff City Centre shopping mall - (01 Jun 2007 information).
Planned completion date is late 2009 with opening date scheduled for 16 March 2010 (28 February 2010 update). A 2.6 billion Dh mall
m (about 1.8m sq ft) of GLA in Mirdiff district,
location Emirates Road (direct access from interchange 55) and Tripoli
Street, carparking for 7,000 cars. About 430 retail outlets,
including a Carrefour hypermarket. Also 'edutainment area for kids',
multiplex cinema, and two food courts with 60 restaurants and cafes.
Developer is MAF Shopping Malls.
- Nakheel Retail Shopping Malls (a division of Nakheel Retail) - plans to build 5 new shopping malls in Dubai worth AED 11 billion ($US3 bn) (announced April 2008) -
Palm Mall on Palm Jumeirah, Palm Mall on Palm Deira phase I, Ibn Battuta Mall Phase II to double the size of the existing Ibn Battuta Mall, India Mart for Indian wholesale and retail shopping, Great Mall Dubai also at International City. Cubellis Costa International (CCI), a design firm, are partnering with Nakheel for 2 of them - the IBM expansion and Great Mall Dubai. CCI are also designing the expansion of Dragon Mart.
Myer, an Australian department store, are planning to expand into Dubai through the Nakheel shopping malls. Nakheel Retail had ambitious plans to become the largest mall developer in the Middle East by 2012 and the largest in the world by 2018. In March 2009, Nakheel announced that their retail development program would be delayed by 12 months.
- Oasis Center - Sheikh Zayed Road, opened April 1999, burnt down in
Reopen Sunday 29 March 2009.
- Pak Town - concept stage only? A Pakistan themed shopping center planned by Halima Jarrah (developer of the Ind! Mall in Dubai), selling Pakistani products including leather, textiles, wooden furniture, Pakistani food including a Punjabi Dhaaba (04 April 2012 news reports).
- Palm Jumeirah shopping mall - a Nakheel Retail development on the Jumeirah Palm Island, announced April 2008, opening date unknown.
- Palm Mall - same as the Palm Jumeirah Mall? Developer Nakheel. Construction beginning in 2012 ... maybe. GLA about 80,000 square meters on 3 floors with a rooftop plaza, and parking for 5,000 cars.
Designer - RSP architects (Singapore).
Update 17 Oct 2012 - area reported as 160,000 sq meters, construction to start in 2013, opening date planned for 2014.
- Palm Strip shopping mall - one of many small shopping centers (rather than a shopping mall) on Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite The One furniture shop and the Jumeirah Mosque. Tel +971-4-3461462. Open 10am to 10pm except Fridays open 4pm or 5pm to 10pm.
- Reef Mall
- Royal Mall - small shopping mall in Al Manara due to open in 2011, renamed as the J3 Mall.
- Safeer Mall Dubai - see Century Mall Dubai for Al Mamzar, or Safeer Mall Sharjah for Sharjah-Dubai highway shopping center
- Souk Madinat - next to the Burj
Al Arab in Al Sufouh / Umm Suqueim.
Part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex. Not really a large shopping center
but worth a visit for the traditional styled architecture and pleasant
atmosphere along the (man-made) canals.
- Souk Al Bahar - at the foot of the Burj
Dubai in the Downtown Dubai
development. Opened December 2007. Similar to Souk Madinat with many
of the same restaurants. Also a pleasant place to stroll around but
not where you'd go for a mega-shopping expedition.
Has a Spinneys supermarket downstairs.
- SouqExtra! - a chain of small community shopping centers across the UAE, developed by the Lootah Group. First one opening in Ewan Residences area of Dubai October 2009
- Sunset Mall - in the Sunset Development on Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeira 3. About 100 shops and restaurants with seaviews. The Sunset Mall developer, Dubai Investment Properties, is marketing it as a luxury shopping destination (which almost everywhere in Dubai does - even the Luxury Chicken Gutting and Hair Cutting Saloon in the depths of Deira) but in this case, given the location on the beach in Jumeirah, it might be a believable claim. Might be open in September 2009 (delayed from April 2009) ... but as of August 2011 still not open.
Update - first shops (only one or two) open December 2011 - others expected to open in 2012.
The Dubai Mall
- off Defense Roundabout
on Sheikh Zayed Road, near the Burj Dubai, finally opened in November 2008. The largest shopping mall in the world with 1200+ shops (eventually) in a total area of 12 million sq feet (1.1 million sq m). Actual retail space about 3.8m sq ft. The Dubai Mall includes posh restaurants, an Olympic ice-skating rink, and the largest goldfish bowl you've ever seen. New to the UAE shops include Waitrose (a UK supermarket, open Nov 2008), Galeries Lafayette (a French department store, open May 2009), Bloomingdales (a US department store, open Feb 2010), and Hamleys (a UK toy shop, open Nov 2008).
- The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah - development announced by Nakheel 11 January 2012, consisting mostly of restaurants, cafes, fountains, and some boutique shops. Location opposite the Atlantis Hotel on the Jumeirah Palm island. Initial plans include 120 restaurants, 75 shops, an extra stop on the Jumeirah Palm monorail, and a nice marina promenade to walk along.
Area about 135,000 sq m (not clear if that is retail area or total development area). Completion date supposedly by mid to end of 2013 (but Nakheel scheduled completion dates are often overly optimistic by a year or two).
- Times Square Center - Sheikh Zayed Road, near Mall
of the Emirates (on the same side). Opened May 2007. Small shopping
mall with a large Sharif (not Sharafi) electronics store (huge in fact),
and the "Chill Out" Ice Lounge, or Ice Bar, where you sit
on ice chairs, and eat and drink from plates and glasses made of ice.
They provide warm clothes so you don't end up with frostbite. No alcohol,
but you don't have to worry about your ice cream melting. Other shops
include Axxezz, Bayti, Biella, Caribou Café, Chrio, Color Nail,
Duxiana, Edition Limitee, Evoluzione, Extreme Freshies, InterSport,
InWear, Jealous 21, Joe Bloggs, Karisma, Lamborghini Café, Mikyajy,
Nayomi, The Padi, Toys R Us, Sanrio, Storage Ideas, V-moto, Watch Square.
- Wafi Centre (Wafi City Center / Wafi City Mall)
- Sheikh Zayed Road near Garhood Bridge on the Bur Dubai side of
the creek. Oud Metha area. Open 1000-2200 except Fridays 1600-2200.
Small when it first opened
expensive luxury goods shops. Has expanded to around 200 shops
now. Marks & Spencer (M&S, Marks & Spencers, or Marks & Sparks)
have a presence, Thomson sells musical instruments, there's a
limited foodcourt upstairs, and a music lesson institute above the
food court. It's a quieter shopping centre than, say, MOTE. Except
for Thursday nights and Friday afternoons/evenings. The complex also
includes a spa, health, beauty, and sports club, accommodation, a
(Wafi Rooftop is a good place to hang out), and Dubai's Planet Hollywood
- Wafi Underground Souk - see Khan Murjan above