The Dubai Mall in Dubai

Photo of The Dubai Mall in Dubai, Dubai
Image courtesy of Dutco Balfour Beatty.
Photo of The Dubai Mall in Dubai, Dubai
Image courtesy of Dutco Balfour Beatty.
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Photo of The Dubai Mall in Dubai, Dubai
Image courtesy of Dutco Balfour Beatty.
Photo of The Dubai Mall in Dubai, Dubai
Image courtesy of Dutco Balfour Beatty.
Photo of The Dubai Mall in Dubai, Dubai
Image courtesy of Dutco Balfour Beatty.
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A palace of excess in a city obsessed with excessiveness, the Dubai Mall is a colossus of spending, enticing people to stay, eat, shop, and leave with their wallets a lot lighter.

Like most mega-malls, this one is carved into about a dozen different themed zones to make it a little more human scale and to group complementary retailers together.

Emphasizing the mall's place as a day-long destination and not just a quick shopping trip, it includes an aquarium, a theme park, a movie theater, an ice skating rink, and other entertainment features.

Over the decades there have been a succession of "world's largest malls" designed to separate shoppers from their money. While it used to be years or decades between crown changes before, things are different now that Dubai and the rest of the developing world are in the game. Don't be surprised to see something larger in a matter of years.

Quick Facts
  • Stories above ground: 3
  • Stories below ground: 2
  • Stores: Approximately 1,200.
  • Site size: 278 acres
  • Floor space: 5,900,000 square feet.
  • Retail space: 3,770,000 square feet.
  • Theater seats: 3,000.
  • Steel used: 7,300 tons
  • Parking spaces: 14,000
  • 2004: Dubai Mall joint venture formed.
  • 2006: Original opening date for this mall (missed).
  • August 28, 2008: This mall opens for business.
  • Developer: Dutco Balfour Beatty
  • Developer: Al Ghandi/CCC
  • At the time of its completion, this was the world's largest mall.
  • Part of the mall features a retractable roof.
  • Superlatives:
  • This mall has the first branch of Paris' famous Galleries Lafayette in the Middle East.
    • World's largest mall.
    • World's largest gold bazaar.
    • World's musical fountain.
    • Largest department store in the United Arab Emirates (Galleries Lafayette at 192,000 square feet)
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  This is the most beautiful mall we've ever seen.Awesome work!

Eye Kandee Lingerie - Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 @ 2:00am  

  WOW!!! This mall is spectacular and truly the best mall in the world. My family and I have traveled to many countries around the world and dubai has been one of the most amazing vacation experience in the list. We really enjoyed our stay in dubai and look forward to visiting again soon!.

Fernando Oliva - Thursday, September 1st, 2011 @ 7:26am  

  its great dubai a palace for all need more than anything.. c'est formidable!

righana - Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 @ 3:02am  

  i love dubai buildings

waqas ali - Thursday, December 17th, 2009 @ 11:23am  

  the best and the most beautiful mall in the world.

the best and the most beautiful mall in the world - Friday, July 17th, 2009 @ 3:24pm  

  I'm from Chicago and think this is the kind of mall we should have. That is so cool with the Aquarium, skylight windows, and attractions with a lot of stores included. It should be rated one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World".

Brent Kampert - Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 @ 4:47pm  

  Absolutely, one of the most beautiful mall I've ever seen.

AFTAB WASI - Thursday, November 13th, 2008 @ 3:23pm  

  simply outstanding

velizara - Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 @ 12:58pm  

  it will be the best mall in the world...

gaurav mehta - Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 @ 3:39am