Shopping malls and shopping centers in the UAE
Abu Dhabi shopping malls | Dubai shopping malls | other UAE shopping malls
Abu Dhabi shopping malls
Ajman shopping malls
- Ajman City Centre - on the main road from Sharjah to Ras Al Khaimah
(the coast road, not the Emirates Road extension). Movie theatres,
food court, Carrefour, and other shops.
- Ajman Industrial Area shopping mall (Al Jarf?) - proposed in an agreement between Emirates Post Group and
Ajman Sports & Cultural Club, April 2008 announcement.
- Ajman Uptown Shopping Mall - part of the Uptown Ajman project by Sweet Homes, 182 shops on 4 or 5 levels, hypermarket, food court, Fun City, completion date expected to be end 2012
- Al Rashidiya / Rashidiyah / Rashidia area shopping mall - proposed (Emirates Post press release April 2008)
- Dana Mall - first phase of 150,000
with 200 retail shops on 3 floors due to open by end of 2008 (update
- due to open March 2009 says General Manager
Sultan bin Ghedayer in Feb 2008). Includes a supermarket and food court, car
parking for 1500 vehicles. Location on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road.
Exclusive leasing agent is Halcon Real Estate LLC. Developer is
Bin Ghedayer Group. Construction value AED 400 million. Expansion phase another
AED 200m, including hotel, due for completion by 2013.
- The Factory Mart (The Ajman Factory Market / The Factory Mart) - tel +971-6-7436955, Ajman Industrial Area, open 0900-2400.
- Hamdan Center - Al Nuaimia area, tel +971-6-7463525, fax +971-6-7463717
- Musharaf / Musharef / Musharif / Mushairaf / Mushairef / Mushairif /
area shopping mall - proposed (Emirates Post news April 2008)
- Safeer Mall Ajman, tel +971-6-7464888 - opposite Ajman University, area 220,000 sq ft, Safeer Hypermarket (77,000 sq ft), Jungle Bungle family entertainment center, food court. Other shops include Shoes 4 Us, Smart Baby, X-pressions, Damas Jewellery, Rasasi Perfumes, Sheetal, Via Uno, and Times R Us. Owned by Al Safeer Group, opened in 2005, mall manager Mr Sunil Hemrajani.
Al Ain shopping malls
- Al Ain Mall (different from the small Al Ain Center
in Dubai) - open 2001, 4 screen cinema complex, ice rink, family amusement center, 12 lane bowling alley, food court, restaurants, cafes, and of course some shops. Al Ain Mall expansion (Phase 1 with 135 new shops) opening date 29 November 2011. Phase 2 of expansion expected to open by Q3 2012, and will include 80 more retail outlets, a 5 star hotel, outdoor area, entertainment areas, and an artificial lake on the second floor.
- Al Foah Mall, opening date unknown, food court, 6 cinemas, hypermarket, amusement center, about 100 shops on 3 levels, GLA 26,000 sq meters, 1100 parking spaces, developer and manager
Line Investments & Property LLC (a division of EMKE Group)
- Al Jimi Center (Al Jimi Mall) - first shopping mall in Al Ain, 110 stores including Carrefour Al Ain, Centrepoint, Home Centre, Fun City for kids.
- Bawadi Mall - large (for Al Ain) shopping centre officially open end of April 2009, GLA 110,000 sq meters, total area 145,000 sq m
- Boutik Al Ain - large-ish mall (85,000 sq m) opening October 2012 (maybe), with a Carrefour supermarket and cinema complex.
- Lulu Hypermarket, Al Sanaiya / Al Kuwaitat, open August 2009 - tel +971-3-7220055, fax +971-3-7220053 (Lulu website) or tel +971-3-7640555, fax +971-3-7640666 (newspaper advertisement). Area 200,000 sq ft?
- Safeer Mall, Baniyas / Bani Yas St, Al Masoudi area - more of a hypermarket/supermarket on two floors than a proper shopping mall. Also called Safeer Market. Tel +971-3-7633215, fax +971-3-7633216, PO Box 16942, Al Ain, UAE.
- Souq Al Qattara - historic souk reopened 01 December 2012 after renovation.
- Wahat Hili Mall - Arabian themed mall under construction
(construction started in 2008, scheduled opening date late 2010 ... delayed to Q1 2013), in the Hili
District, a Potential Real Estate project. Area of 50,000 sq meters
floors with 160 outlets,
a Geant Hypermarket (announced 14 December 2009), cafes, restaurants, family entertainment center.
Part of a 100,000 sq meter development including a Rotana Group hotel (Arjaan Hotels and Apartments). General Manager is Mohamad El Sabawi. Website www.wahathilimall.ae and www.whmall.ae.
Dubai shopping malls
- List of Dubai shopping malls and Dubai shopping centers - more details
- Largest malls in Dubai are The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Center, Mirdiff City Center, Ibn Battuta Mall, and the Wafi Center (Wafi City).
- Our favorite mall would be The Dubai Mall with the Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Fountains, the promenande, Souk Al Bahar, Kidzania, Sega World, Reel Cinemas, two food courts, and of course the nearby Burj Khalifa observation deck.
- Other top picks are Ibn Battuta Mall for decor and fewer crowds (except on Thursday nights and Fridays), Mirdiff City Center for the food courts and entertainment areas, Wafi City for luxury stores and the Khan Murjan underground souk.
Fujairah shopping malls
- Century Mall Fujairah (2009) - see Safeer Mall Fujairah
- Dana Plaza Shopping Center - small shopping center with cinema
- Fujairah City Center Mall and Retail Park (2011) - joint venture between Fujairah Government's Fujairah Investment Establishment (FIE) and Majid Al Futtaim Group (MAF), announced 12 January 2009 (press release), scheduled to open in 2011 (which will probably end up being 2012-2013)
- Fujairah Trade Center - relatively small compared to the mega malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Also offices and residential accommodation. Tel
+971-9-2222661, web www.fujairahtradecentre.com.
- Galleria or Galleries Mall - developer Emke Group, opening in 2012? Area 60,000 sq m, cost AED 100m. Being added on to the Lulu Hypermarket / Lulu Center (see below) already there. Includes 110 shops, food court, restaurants, and the first (?) ice skating rink in Fujairah. Cinema and children's play area also included (details not supplied)?
- Lulu Center - not really a shopping center but a hypermarket (similar to Lulus all over the emirates). Near the Etisalat building. Expansion plans to turn it into more of a shopping center with shops, food court, cinema. Opening date expected in July 2010 ... or delayed to December 2011?
- Safeer Mall Fujairah (2009) - Al Faseel Road, off Kuwait Road, 850,000 square feet total area includes 100,000 sq ft Safeer Hypermarket, 100 other retail outlets, food court, Space City family entertainment centre, covered parking. Scheduled opening late 2008, might be open early 2009? Or not? Delayed to 2011? 2012? Owned by Al Safeer Group - they say it will be the largest mall in Fujairah. Also a new Fujairah hotel -
the Fujairah Marque Hotel - will be attached to the shopping center, expected to open late 2009.
Ras Al Khaimah shopping malls
- Al Hamra
Shopping Mall, in Al Hamra Village on the way
in to RAK from Dubai on the coast road, opposite Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics. Al Hamra Mall was supposed to open by end 2007 according to November 2006 news from them, but it didn't. Shops opened during 2009 and should be fully open by early 2010. Mall will have 100 shops in
an area of about 36,000 sq m (410,000 sq ft), including the usual
outlets, foodcourt and a Spinneys
supermarket (opened April 2008).
Tel +971-7-2447275, website www.alhamramall.com. Posher fashion shops (when they open) than other malls in RAK.
- Mall of Ras Al Khaimah - part of the WOW RAK theme park development, opening maybe in 2012. Area 12,000 sq meters, about 85 shops.
- Manar Mall - in Nakheel area. Movie theaters, food court, banks,
variety of shops and a Carrefour.
- RAK Mall - developer Emke Group, opening date 26 April 2012 along with a new Lulu Hypermarket in RAK. Construction cost AED 400 million, area 1 million sq ft, 3 floors, food court, entertainment area (22,000 sq ft). Has the first ice rink in RAK (area 5,000 sq ft). No cinema complex? Same as or different from the Mall of Ras Al Khaimah?
- Safeer Shopping Mall, open 24 December 2008 in the Al Kharan / Kharran area (on the way to Digdaga), total retail area given as a "massive 500,000 square metres" in the press release when it opened (happily reprinted verbatim in most UAE newspapers), which would make the Safeer Center bigger than Mall of the Emirates in Dubai (it's obviously not, to anyone who's been to both). Correct size is more likely to be about 500,000 square feet. Retail area has 100+ shops including Damas, Face Shop, KFC, Mothercare, Nando's, Pizza Hut, Springfield, Starbucks. Other facilities include a food court, UAE Exchange, Safeer Hypermarket (a large one),
Safeer Department Stores, impressive looking Jungle Bungle entertainment center upstairs. Food Court next to the Bungle in the Jungle, with KFC, Pizza Hut and a few others. McDonald's and Nandos are downstairs, Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID). Managed by Al Safeer Group. Also called Al Safeer shopping center. No cinema.
Ruwais shopping malls
- Ruwais Shopping Mall - under construction (from about December 2007 to sometime in 2010).
Sharjah shopping malls
- List of Sharjah shopping malls - more complete list with contact numbers etc.
- Largest and most popular malls are Sharjah City Center, Sharjah Mega Mall, and the Sahara Center.
- Sahara Center especially seems to be the most appealing place for a shopping mall visit.
- The Safeer Mall on Al Ittihad Road deserves a mention for the space-age looking children's entertainment area.
Umm Al Quwain shopping centers
- Safeer Mall UAQ - tel +971-6-5325353, scheduled to open late 2008, near National Bank of UAQ, over 50 retail outlets with GLA about 30,000 sq meters, hypermarket 7,500 sq m, family entertainment center, car parking, food court. Owned by Al Safeer Group.
Western Region shopping malls
Opening hours for UAE shopping malls
As a general rule, shopping malls are open 1000-2200 Saturday to Thursday and 1600 to 2200 on Fridays. The larger ones, especially in Dubai, will open from 1000 on Fridays also. Some of the smaller shopping centers could be closed during the afternoon from 1300-1600 (and if you search for a while, you may even discover a prime example of UAE irony - restuarants that are closed for lunch). Busy times in shopping malls are Friday afternoons and evenings (almost everyone has Fridays off) and Thursday evenings. Mornings are the best time to avoid crowds. Hours will vary slightly from one mall to the next, and usually food courts and supermarkets will be open later than 2200 (10pm).
Ramadan hours are usually extended to midnight for shops and sometimes later for supermarkets. Shops may be closed around Iftar (1700-1900 depending on time of year). During Ramadan, food outlets will be closed during daylight hours. Shops often stay open until midnight on other important dates eg New Years Eve, the night before Eid celebrations, and Christmas Eve.
Last update Friday 07-Dec-2012