Metro guide: Ibn Battuta

We check out the plans for the metro stop at Ibn Battuta

House of Prose
House of Prose
Betsey Johnson
Betsey Johnson
The Lime Tree Café
The Lime Tree Café
Grand Megaplex and IMAX
Grand Megaplex and IMAX
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Designed to celebrate the travels of Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, the mall is split into six themed courts: Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. But there’s more to this mall than gimmicks: great food, ’60s icons and a big yellow balloon, to name but a few.

1 Baby Phat: Combining all-round fierce fabulousness (go girlfriend! etc.) with hip-hop glamour, Baby Phat is a great fashion house. The ultra-girlie store is the brainchild of ex-model, Kimora Lee-Simmons, and aims to bring the sassy style of Los Angeles to Dubai’s streets. There’s a juniors section too, so your little ’uns can be the coolest in the crèche.
04 3621 816, Sun-Wed 10am-10.30pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

2 Feet First: After a tough week at work, heading to a busy shopping mall probably holds little appeal. But Feet First is a great reason to fight the crowds in pursuit of releasing pent-up stress. An Oriental-inspired reflexology and massage centre located in the India section of Ibn Battuta, it offers facials, deep tissue massages and even a slimming massage. So you can pop into Cinnabon afterwards for a
guilt-free pastry.
04 366 9956, Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

3 Grand Megaplex and IMAX: Ibn Battuta is home to the 21 screen Grand Megaplex, which also boasts Dubai’s only giant IMAX cinema screen. Go and see the biggest blockbusters supersized on a 44ft tall, 70ft wide screen, complete with surround sound and sometimes even in 3D. Find it in the China court.
04 366 9898, admission is Dhs30-50, and Dhs50 for the IMAX screen
Ten minutes walking distance from the station

4 Sky Dubai: Why not visit the SkyDubaiAdventure Kiosk in the Egypt court and book yourself a ride on a big yellow balloon? No, we’re being serious. The world’s largest helium-tethered balloon (of course) takes off every 15 minutes to give you 360° views of ‘new Dubai’, an unparalleled panorama of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina from 150 metres high.
Tickets can be purchased from the Sky Dubai centre. www.skydubaiadventure.com
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

5 Betsey Johnson: A store for the so-hip-it-hurts, Betsey Johnson is a New York designer known for her Warhol connections in the ’60s. Edie Sedgwick was her house model and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale would wear her designs on and off stage – that’s how hip. Her fashion pieces are notoriously over the top, so some of the designs may be a little ‘brave’ for your average shopper. But it’s still well worth a look, even if you’re not in the market for a multi-coloured snake print shirt.
04 368 5109, Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight
Eight minutes walking distance from the station

6 Finz restaurant: Finz is a hidden gem in Ibn Battuta. The Mediterranean seafood restaurant has intimate tables, subdued lighting and, most importantly, great food. The creamy lobster ravioli and the decadent chocolate fondant come highly recommended by the Time Out team.
04 368 5620, Open daily 8.30am-11.30pm
Ten minutes walking distance from the station

7 House of Prose: House of Prose is one of Dubai’s largest second-hand bookstores, stocking English bestsellers and a stash of hard-to-find books. There’s also an excellent policy whereby if you return your recent House of Prose purchases when you’re done reading them, you get a 50 per cent refund. A must for avid readers and those in search of cheap holiday reads.
04 368 5526, Sat-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri noon-9pm
Ten minutes walking distance from the station

8 The Lime Tree Café: Everyone knows about Lime Tree Café on Beach Road, but did you know there was a branch out here in Ibn Battuta? And the good news is the food is just as good with all the usual healthy salads, juices and, of course, Lime Tree’s signature carrot cake. While this branch doesn’t have quite the same homely feel as its sibling in Jumeirah, its position on the edge of the mall means it doesn’t feel like part of the shopping centre and the outdoor area is a welcome respite from the AC-blasted interior of the mall.
04 349 8498, www.thelimetreecafe.com, Sun-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm
Nine minutes walking distance from the station

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