The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping malls located in Dubai. Built at the foot and an integral component of the Burj Dubai, the 20-billion-dollar project is the world’s largest in total area with 1,200 shops.
It is 4 times as many as the new London Westfield centre. Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on November 4, 2008, with about 600 retailers, marking the world’s largest-ever mall opening in retail history. However it is not the largest in gross leaseable space, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the South China Mall, Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.
Sprawling over 12 million sq ft (equivalent in size to more than 50 soccer pitches), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet and leaseable space of 3.77 million square feet, about same as West Edmonton Mall.
FEATURES OF DUBAI MALL
1 – Dubai Aquarium
A key centerpiece is Dubai Aquarium, one of the of the largest tanks in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m and featuring the world’s largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. Over time, Dubai Aquarium will have more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. Dubai Aquarium’s 270-degree glass walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences
2 – Ice Rink
Glide into a magical winter wonderland at Dubai Ice Rink. With its larger than life Olympic-size proportions, whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialise with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to hang out any time of the year.
* Skate hire and 2 hour session – AED 50
3 – KidZania
Imagine a city made for children and run by them. A place where they fly the aeroplanes, they drive the buses and they work in the restaurants. Imagine a world where children are free to live out their dreams – playing adult roles in a world created just for them, in meticulous detail.
4 – Reel Cinemas
Redefine the cinematic experience with sensory overload at The Dubai Mall’s massive Reel Cinemas complex. The largest in Dubai with 22 screens, the ‘multiplex’ will feature the latest International blockbusters to local indie hits. Grab some friends, load up on popcorn and prepare to be entertained.
5 – Sega Republic
Enter a nation addicted to adrenalin. The region’s first SEGA indoor theme park is a mind-altering, visually-stimulating, adrenalin-pumping attraction. SEGA Republic is where you create your own rules. Rebel against the senses and go into overdrive. Get addicted. Suppose to be opened in mid 2009.
Opening of Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Mall – A Tour