Why The Dubai Mall is the world’s ultimate festive shopping destination

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With more than 1,300 shops under one roof, The Dubai Mall is the world’s ultimate festive shopping destination.

Across its 5.9 million square feet, the mall features everything from an elegantly designed Arab souk to cutting edge glam in Fashion Avenue - as well as every brand you could possibly imagine.

So whether you’re looking for a niche, artistic scent from Perfumery & Co, a cuddly teddy bear from Hamley’s or a pair of customised Nike shoes from the so-big-you-won’t-believe it Middle East flagship, head Downtown and get shopping.

For those extra special gifts, why not enlist the expertise of one of the mall’s personal shoppers in Fashion Avenue to get first hand insider tips on what’s hot and on-trend in the world of haute couture?

And if you need a rest from all that shopping, head for one of The Dubai Mall’s 200 food and beverage outlets which serve everything from comfort food at The Cheesecake Factory while admiring views of the Dubai Aquarium, to high-end Italian cuisine at GIA overlooking The Dubai Fountain.

If a whole lot of retail therapy doesn’t get you in the holiday mood, then the promise of travel incentives will. In a joint scheme with Emirates Skywards, shoppers can earn Miles on all purchases of AED100 or more at any outlet at the mall, meaning the more you shop, the more travel rewards you get. Simply download The Dubai Mall’s App to scan in your receipts, and also reap another bonus of never losing your car again with the app’s super handy built-in tracking feature.

After a full day’s shopping, a sleigh-full of surprises awaits visitors until Saturday January 12 – from enchanting fairies and nutcrackers, to Star Wars stormtroopers and more.

The charming world of Disney’s new live action fantasy, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes to life in the mall’s Star Atrium, where families are invited to journey through a fairy-tale, wintry wonderland. Against a backdrop of snow-topped trees and a gentle flurry of snowflakes, guests can create memorable family moments while kids can play with interactive games including a unique augmented reality experience, before exiting the wintery land via an ice slide. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms area is open to all guests who have spent a minimum of Dhs150 from any store at The Dubai Mall until Friday December 28.

Hanging in all its glory from above, visitors can now admire an official Guinness World Record breaking bauble – the world’s largest festive ornament. At a near 6.6m tall x 4.7m wide and weighing a whopping 1,000kg, you can’t miss this Instagram-worthy moment in Star Atrium.

If you haven’t heard the buzz already, a first-of-its-kind Star Wars exhibit awaits guests in the mall’s Grand Atrium. Arranged in formation are over 40 stunning life-sized figures of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, K-2SO, death troopers and an army of stormtroopers. Adding another accolade to The Dubai Mall’s bragging rights, this is the largest and most significant display of Star Wars figures in the world, and can only be seen here.

In the Fashion Avenue Atrium, guests can experience another magical art installation featuring giant fairies, floating high above to create an enchanting landscape amongst giant, glittering snowflakes. Stretching as wide as 4 metres from wing to wing, these enchanting fairies transport guests to a fairy-tale world, creating another magical, Instagrammable moment this festive season.

Dubai Ice Rink also transforms into a festive winterland with its Festive Market, where kids can jump head first into the Snow Ball fight zone, indulge in holiday treats or join a storytelling session with Santa Claus.. Free to enter, activities start from AED 30.

Wind down with the latest festive movie classics, at Downtown Eats, an outdoor community space with an open-air cinema. Set within a container park featuring delightful food offerings, guests can find comfy seating to kick back and enjoy a free film with the family – there’s no better way to spend an evening in December than watching a movie under the stars. Screening times are available on the Downtown Eats Facebook page.

Whatever you're looking for this festive season, The Dubai Mall is the ultimate place to shop, dine and explore.
Until Sat Jan 12 2019. Minimum spend of Dhs150 to experience The Nutcracker and the Four Realms activation. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, thedubaimall.com (800 283 346 255).

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