shopping malls in Dubai you should visit, the top 15!

As more and more shopping malls in Dubai are built, people wonder why another shopping mall is needed. And yet, as soon as a new one is opened, it seems to fill up very quickly. Each mall in Dubai has its own specialty that people make it as one of their destinations on their luxury travel in Dubai. This page will help your luxury travel be more pleasant by figuring what kind of the top 10 malls in Dubai that rated 4.5-5 stars by travelers. As well, giving you ideas what kind of atmosphere each mall offers that you wont be surprised when you get there. Imagine that you planed to visit a traditional souk then when you get there you find it as an enclosed and air conditioned shops. 

most of shopping Malls in Dubai offer more than shopping

Do you know how many are shopping malls in Dubai in 2017?  64 malls! The number is almost double compared in 2009 that there were around 35 malls.

In Dubai you will be spoilt for choice with the number of large shopping malls with many attractions inside; whether resident or visitor, you'll be amazed at the vast amount of shops, suiting all budgets, activities, entertainment and fun can be found in  all shopping malls in Dubai.  

All shopping malls in Dubai offer their own specialties. You will find an indoor ski park in Mall of Emirate, best quality and design of gold jewelry at Deira Souk or western gold style at Gold and Diamond Park, massive aquarium at Dubai Mall, Italian themed mall in Mercato mall or Arabic themed mall in Ibn Batuta mall, and so forth.

If you have not visited the page of shopping in Dubai's tips, I would suggest you to click HERE that would give you some ideas to make your luxury travel stressed-free. 

the list of top 12 souqs and shopping malls in dubai

  • #1. Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, and the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination. Located in the heart of the Downtown with 1,200 shops and a retail floor area of more than half a million square meters that you will also find a dinosaur skeleton and a massive aquarium in it. It's also filled with more luxury designer brands -- Gucci, Dior, Prada, Burberry and so on. Click HERE for official site of the Dubai Mall. This is located closed by the Burj Khalifa and where the Dubai Fountains is located. 
  • #2 Mall of the Emirates.  This is one of most popular shopping malls in Dubai that you definitely will make a visit. It has around 466 retail stores, and it is where the indoor ski park is located that you can enjoy the indoor snow activities with all your family members. Mall of the Emirates is not just a mall, it’s an entire shopping resort!
  • Open: Sunday to Wednesday 10:00 to 22:00, Thursday to Saturday 10:00 to 24:00.  Friday 14:00 to 22:00
  • Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange 4, Al Barsha.
  • Entertainment: DUCTAC, Magic Planet and Ski Dubai and Vox Cinemas. Take the kids to Magic Planet, a family entertainment centre complete with games and rides that rivals any theme park. Check out the fourteen screen multiplex cinemas, complete with full reclining chairs. Your children will love it! This is one of the most entertaining shopping malls in Dubai
  • Hotel: Ibis, Suite Novotel, Kempinski and Sheraton
  • #3. Burjuman Centre, located in the heart of Dubai. It is a distinctive landmark with almost 200 prestigious stores, including New Look, Forever 21, Mothercare, Saks Fifth Avenue and a Carrefour hypermarket, plus plenty of designer stores such as Burberry, Dior, Versace, Calvin Klein, D&G, Diesel, Hermes, Polo Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. A key sponsor of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), you’ll find plenty of discounted price for all items during DSS event. Click HERE to find what DSS all about
  • Open: Saturday to Thursday 10:00 to 22:00, Friday 14:00 to 22:00
  • Address: Trade Centre Rd
  • Entertainment:  14-screen VOX Cinema complex.
  • #4. Mercato Mall. Mercato, meaning ‘market’ in Italian, is the first ever themed mall among other shopping malls in Dubai and Middle East.   Based on a distinctive Renaissance architectural concept, Mercato captures traditional Italian, French and Spanish art.  The great thing about the Mercato Mall is its size: you can go there on a time budget and know you’ll emerge within two hours with all your shopping done because the range is comprehensive without being overwhelming. The mall a good mix of boutique, luxury and high street stores and home to Spinneys supermarket, Happy Socks, Accessorize, Sunglasses Hut, Aldo, Armani Junior, Barbie Damas, Diesel Jeans, Gianfranco Ferre, Milano, Miss Sixty, Nine West, and Massimo Dutti. 
  • Open: Saturday to Thursday 10:00 to 22:00, Friday 14:00 to 22:00
  • Address: Jumeirah Beach Rd.
  • Entertainment: Fun City for children plus a Vox Cinema
  • #5 Deira Gold Souk.During your visit to Dubai, you can't miss the Deira Gold Souk which is a major reason why many people opt for Dubai for their holiday. When it comes to outrageous, Gold Souk takes the gong! The most amazing thing about this place is the fact that there's seemingly no one guarding the large amount of precious metal behind its regular glass shop windows. Travellers rated this place as 4.7 stars among other shopping malls in Dubai. Your luxury travel in Dubai wont be complete without visiting the traditional Deira Gold Souk.
  • The Deira souk is known to be the largest gold market in the world!  It is lined with hundreds of shops selling gold; everything from gold jewelry to gold bars at some of the best bargains in the world can be found here. In my opinion this is the best place in the world to find the best quality and design of jewelry gold.  Click HERE for haggling over jewelry gold in Dubai
  • Address: Off and around Sikkat Al-Khail Rd, Deira.
  • Open: Saturday to Thursday 10:00 to 22:00, Friday 16:00 to 22:00.
  • #6 Gold and Diamond Park houses 90 leading jewelry retailers located in an air-conditioned mall which also has several other amenities such as restaurants and cafes. You will notice how cool it is as soon as you enter the building especially after coming sweltering temperatures outside. This mall is less crowded than other shopping malls in Dubai and it’s possible to pick up real bargains. 
  • If you do not really like yellowish gold and prefer to have kind of European gold style this place is the right gold mall you should be. The mall offers you wide variety of gold and diamonds jewelry and they can issue certificates of authenticity upon purchase of diamonds. 
  • Many visitors have been mesmerized with the selection of products that was unlike anywhere else. The staff at various stores were helpful and friendly and generally not pushy.
  • Address: Sheik Zayed Road, Interchange 4, Al Barsha.
  • Open: Saturday to Thursday 10:00 to 22:00, Friday 16:00 to 22:00.
  •  #7 The Ibn Battuta Mall is proud of being the world’s largest themed shopping mall. It is designed in honour of Ibn Battuta, a famed Arabic explorer.  Battuta who died over 600 years ago is known as an Arabian icon and is remembered for his strong Islamic values along with his exploratory expeditions. Your ‘trip’ will take you through the different zones of ‘China’, ‘India’, ‘Egypt’, ‘Tunisia’, ‘Andalusia’, and ‘Persia’. 
  • There are 275 shops, 50 restaurants the exciting mix of over 275 retailers, truly great thing about shopping at Ibn Battuta is that it never gets too busy, and you’ll often be able to find more of the popular clothing sizes than in other shopping malls in Dubai with a greater footfall.
  • Address: The Gardens, Jebel Ali, off Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Open: Sunday to Wednesday 10:00 to 22:00, Thursday to Saturday 10:00 to 24:00
  • Entertainment: Ibn Battuta is home to the 21-screen Grand Megaplex, which also boasts Dubai’s only Imax screen. See blockbusters supersized on a 44ft-tall, 70ft-wide screen, complete with surround sound and sometimes even in 3D.50 restaurants and food outlets. One of exotic place among shopping malls in Dubai 
  • #8. Bur Dubai Souk is one of the souks to visit when you are shopping in Dubai.  This Dubai shopping place is well known for its collection of colorful fabrics and textiles.
  • Bur Dubai & Deira are opposite sides of the Dubai Creek, the gold & spice souks are on Deira side the textile souk is Bur Dubai side, you can cross the creek on an Abra for 1 dirham, wow!!!
  • The area is best known for its vast assortment of textiles for custom or tailor-made garments. The area is lively in the evenings, particularly on weekends. The Souk is quite picturesque, the small shops which make up the Souk have wooden shutters and are draped in colorful fabrics. Whether you need a new suit, a snazzy evening dress or a traditional sari, you will find what you need in the textile Souk. Most of the textiles on display are local specialties and cannot be bought anywhere else in the world. You can also find other ethnic clothing such as jeweled Arabic slippers and belly dancing costumes on the outer edges of the Souk. Visiting this place will make your luxury travel more luxurious that enrich your international-traditional experience 
  • Address: The oldest parts of Bur Dubai and Deira, around the Creek.
  • Opening Hours: Usually 09:00 to 22:00.
  • #9. Dubai Marina Mall.  Dubai Marina Mall is one of the favorite shopping malls in Dubai.  It is located the Dubai Marina area. This mall is particularly child friendly and offers  a miniature train that goes around the mall and for adults can enjoy anything in amazing Dubai Marina.
  • This is such a good place to go for you who are into a leisurely shopping experience with an option to walk along a beautiful marina, enjoy a good selection of restaurants and experience a taste of the unhurried expat life in Duba
  • Dubai Marina Mall features a retail mix of high street fashion brands, boutique fashion, al fresco waterfront dining, a supermarket and a great entertainment with more than 130 outlets spread across four level. The 5-star Dubai Marina Hotel is directly linked to the mall.
  • The mall is not too big but it has really good and useful brands in it and really luxurious. Plus the mall is easy to navigate..if you go at night and go outside to the Marina area with all the skyscapers lit up. Click HERE for the official site of Dubai Marina Mall
  • #10. Souk Medinat Jumeirah.  You should not miss this souk when you are shopping in Dubai.  This is one of the most stunning shopping malls in Dubai. It is an air-conditioned, contemporary mimic of a souks is the place to visit when you can’t face the chaos of the real souks.
  • This beautiful “Old Arabian” styled shopping center features wooden arcades, wind-towers, and lovely courtyards that you can shop in comfort for fine quality carpets, handicrafts, souvenirs and gifts without bargaining. 
  • Prices are obviously higher than at the souks, but the quality is better. This place has an interesting atmosphere of Arab world. Traditional architecture of buildings hand in hand with modern and commercial life. 
  • Visitors has been amazed the atmospheres this mall offers. It is kind of a replica of a traditional souk marketplace with modern amenities. The price of souvenirs are a bit higher than those are in traditional souqs but still better than at the mall, while being less crowded. Plus, it even has a Starbucks I recommend to visit on your luxury travel at Dubai.
  • Fountain Show at Burj Khalifa..
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  • Open: 10:00 to 22:00
  • Address: Jumeirah Rd - Dubai
  • #11. Souk Al Bahar is a modern, nice and cute Arabian souk among other shopping malls in Dubai . It is  less crowded option across the walk bridge from Dubai Mall located in down town Dubai where you can enjoy a lovely meal or coffee with the Fountain Show at Burj Khalifa. 
  • It's small traditional mall where you can find some of the traditional item. Fron this souq you will view a very nice outlook over a man made river that has old style houses that makes for great pics 
  • This cute souq has a variety of places to eat. from burgers to sushi; seafood to pasta. There is something for everyone! Most places have outdoor seating with spectacular views of the Dubai Fountain Show at Burj Khalifa.
  • Open: 10:00 to 22:00
  • Address: Sh Sayed Rd, Dubai
  • #12. Dubai Festival City Mall is locate at the banks of Dubai Creek. This one of the most stylish shopping malls in Dubai with sophisticated waterfront shopping venues, featuring over 350 shops and 90 international food and beverage outlets.
  • It's home to signature fashion outlets, the world's largest Aldo store, Mint Velvet and Old Navy, as well as other popular destination stores. Here you can also browse through a multitude of world-leading brands of fashion, jewellery, home accessories, toys and gifts for every occasion.
  • Address: Al Rebat Street.
  • Open : Sunday to Wednesday 10.00am to 10.00pm and  Thursday to Saturday 10.00am to 12.00am
  • Entertainment: 12 Grand Cinemas Complex, Bowling, Hard Rock Café Dubai
  • #13.Deira City Centre, continually offers discounted price compared to other shopping malls in Dubai. Located on the waterfront, Deira City Centre is known for it’s friendly service. Many shoppers are mesmerized to be greeted with a smile and a complimentary bottle of water. What a great relief from the hot sun of Dubai!
  • Forh electronics, they offered freebies on top of the sale, and you could even negotiate for prices if you're good enough in negotiations, which is a rarity in mall retail shops.
  • There are over 350 stores with a diverse range of merchandise. You’ll find all of the great fashion brands, as well as electronics, jewellery and local specialities such as silk, cashmere and oriental rugs. It’s a great place for jewellery with 33 dedicated stores
  • Address: Al Garhoud Rd, Dubai
  • Open: 10 am to 11 pm
  • Entertainment; 11 screen VOX cinema complex, Bowling, Magic Planet 
  • Hotel: it is connected to Ibis, Residence and Novotel

#. 14 Mirdif City Center is home to over 430 stores, exceptional leisure and entertainment attractions and is a place that has a large food court, with many cafes and eateries. Mirdif City Centre describes itself as offering a unique shopping experience.  Perfect place where you can find shops to be able to buy mostly everything you might need for your home and for yourself!!! Not too crowdy and also very nice restaurants.  
One of the best shopping malls in Dubai during the cooler seasons. 

  • Address: Alegeria St, Mirdif, UAE
  • Open : 10 am - 10 pm
  • Entertainment: Playnation, includes iFLY Dubai ( an indoor sky-diving centre), Little Explorers (a children’s edutainment centre), Soccer Circus Dubai (a fully interactive football attraction), Yalla! Bowling (a 12 lane cosmic ten pin bowling attraction featuring advanced video simulation and video games) and Magic Planet, the region’s leading family entertainment centre
  • #.15. Dubai Outlet Mall, is the real outlet! Without question this Mall holds the best hidden value among other shopping malls in Dubai!  Shop here and saves hundreds of dollars.
  • Whether you're into sports, collectibles or fashion, you'll find cool items at great price here. All brands from perfumes, bags and sports shoes such as Nine West, Versace, Nike , Puma, Adidas, Under Armor, Tommy, GAP and more are available on at least 30% lesser of regular mall price and it could go to 75% less.   
  • Please note that most of the brands are not quite updated fashion trends but highly commendable quality products.
  • Address: Al Ain Rd, Dubai
  • Open: 10 am to 11 pm

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