Located in Bur Dubai, this mall includes a large selection of fashion and electronics stores. The shopping centre has the country’s only Saks Fifth Avenue store and a Carrefour hypermarket, plus plenty of designer stores such as Burberry, Dior, Versace and Louis Vuitton.
Dining: Restaurants include Noodle House, Red Shrimps and Johnny Carino’s.
Entertainment: The newly-opened 14-screen VOX Cinema complex.
Travel: BurJuman Metro Station 1 enjoys direct links to the Red and Green Dubai Metro lines.
(04 352 0222)
Mall of the Emirates
This retail haven – which includes a Fashion Dome - houses plenty of global high street shops such as Zara, Top Shop and H&M. There are also bookshops and banks, department stores like Harvey Nichols and Debenhams plus a large Carrefour supermarket. Beauty lovers can treat themselves to some TLC at Sisters Beauty Lounge.
Dining: Food courts with choices such as Baja Fresh and Fat Burger plus restaurants including Tribes, Salero Tapas and Bodega and The Cheesecake Factory.
Entertainment: DUCTAC, Magic Planet and Ski Dubai and Vox Cinemas.
Hotels: Ibis, Suite Novotel, Kempinski and Sheraton.
Travel: Based in Al Barsha and accessible by Mall of the Emirates Metro Station or interchange 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road.
(04 409 9000)
The Dubai Mall
Having opening in 2008, this is right next to The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. Stores include Candylicious, Nike and Victoria’s Secret, plus the nearby Souk.
Dining: Katsuya, Rainforest Café, Vapiano and Yo Sushi are restaurants at The Dubai Mall plus for a quick bite, Panda Chinese, Nando’s and BurgerFuel. Also some places will even deliver such as California Pizza Kitchen, Carluccio’s and Coldstone Creamery.
Hotels: The Address Hotel, The Palace, Vida, Manzil or Armani.
Entertainment: Reel Cinemas, Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Aquarium, Emirates A380, Dubai Dino and Sega Republic.
Travel: Burj Khalifa Metro Station or via Sheikh Zayed Road.
Dubai Outlet Mall
Opened in 2007. This mall – with brands such as Coach and Fred Perry - houses approximately 240 stores, all with up to 90 per cent off. Bear in mind, though, that little is from the current season.
Driving away from the skyscrapers and towards the baron land for around 30 minutes will pay off as, like a mirage, the Dubai Outlet Mall will appear before you: a huge warehouse, housing over 800 of the world’s top fashion brands, celebrated perfumes and one-off gems. As long as you’re not too proud to wear last season’s goods, you’ll have an absolute field day here. There’s a Chuck E Cheese to keep the family entertained too.
Travel: Al Ain Road - Route 66 or a shuttle bus from various hotels.
Timings: 10am-10pm Saturday to Wednesday or 10am-12am Thursday and Friday.
Deira City Centre
Known among long-term Dubai residents as the first quality mall in Dubai – it opened in 1995 - Deira City Centre remains one of the city’s stalwarts, but to many of us who live on the other side of town it is all but forgotten. As well as housing chain favourites such as Topshop, H&M and Virgin Megastore, the Deira-based mall also houses some lesser-known shops that are worth checking out. Iconic, Paperchase, Dockers, Electronics 4 U and Kingsley Heath.
Entertainment: Magic Planet, Vox Cinemas.
Timings: Sunday – Wednesday 10am-12am and Thursday to Saturday
Travel: Al Garhoud Road, Deira City Centre
(04 295 1010)
Opened in 2002, this is a Renaissance-themed shopping mall with a good mix of boutique, luxury and high street stores, Mercato’s offering seems to constantly be changing. Right now, the mall is also home to Spinneys supermarket, Happy Socks, Accessorize, Sunglasses Hut, Aldo and more.
Entertainment: Fun City for children plus a Vox Cinema.
Dining: Milk & Honey Café, Paul, Shake Shack plus more.
Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4161).
Mirdif City Centre
Opened in 2010, there are baby changing rooms, it’s eco-friendly plus there are shops such as American Eagle Outfitters, Freedom Furniture, Miss Selfridge, Pottery Barn, etc.
Dining: Rosa Mexicana, Carluccio’s and Zafran restaurants plus Kcal, Hardee’s, Al Farooj and more for fast food.
Travel: Alight at Rashidiya Metro Station then take the shuttle bus service to the mall.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd – Dubai (04 602 3000)
The Village Mall
There’s much to find in this surprisingly well-stocked shopping spot, from clothing boutiques such as S*uce and Candella to jewellery stores, an Organic Foods and Café supermarket and health supplements boutique, kids’ attire, and more.
Dining: You can get delicious Swiss chocolate following the launch of Sprungli Boutique & Café at the complex. 241 Pizza, Wendy’s and Subway are also available.
Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 4444).
Dubai Festival City Mall
One of the largest malls in Dubai with 205,000 square meters and undergoing a Dhs1.5billion expansion, its size is equivalent to a football pitch. There are plans to increase the place – which is the only mall located on the banks of the historic creek - to 230,000 square meters with 420 outlets. Right now shoppers head there for Ikea, the largest Aldo store on the planet and the only Mint Velvet outside the UK. It’s the go-to choice for people staying at the Intercontinental Hotel and Crowne Plaza which it is attached to.
Entertainment: From the shopping centre you can enjoy Abra rides, plus it has the biggest space
Dining: Inside is the only Hard Rock Café in the UAE, authentic Emirati cuisine
Travel: Dubai International Airport is a five-minute drive), with access from business bay, Garhoud bridges and less than five minutes away from Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Boulevard. There are 6,800 covered parking spaces.
(800 332) www.dubaifestivalcity.com
Ibn Battuta Mall
All on one level, Ibn Battuta is probably the one mall you can go to and not miss a shop. That can only be a good thing with Ginger & Lace, New Look, Betsey Johnson and Bauhaus all represented. With few libraries in the city, House Of Prose is a fantastic place for avid readers: you can buy a book there, read it, then return it for a 50 per cent refund.
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.
Dining: There’s all the usual food-court fare at the Tunisia Court, but at the other end (the China Court) you will find some top restaurants. Finz is a particular gem, among other impressive eateries.
Travel: Three minutes walking distance from Ibn Batuta stop.
www.ibnbattutamall.com; 04 362 1901