The Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Mall
دبي مول
Dubai mall indoor.JPG
The shopping mall's interior
Location Downtown U.A.E,
United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 25°11′51″N 55°16′45″E / 25.19750°N 55.27917°E / 25.19750; 55.27917Coordinates: 25°11′51″N 55°16′45″E / 25.19750°N 55.27917°E / 25.19750; 55.27917
Opening date 8 May 2008
Developer Emaar Properties
Management Emaar Malls Group
Owner Emaar Properties
Architect DP Architects Pte Ltd.
No. of stores and services 1,200+
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 502,000 square metres (5,400,000 sq ft)
No. of floors 4
Parking 14,000+
Public transit access Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station

The Dubai Mall (Arabic: دبي مول‎) is a shopping mall in Dubai. It is the world's second largest shopping mall based on total area behind the West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and fourth largest by gross leasable area.[1] Located in Dubai, (U.A.E), it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown complex, and includes 1,200 shops.[2][3][4] Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009.[5]

Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on 8 May 2009, with about 635 retailers, marking the world's second largest-ever mall opening in retail history behind West Edmonton mall in Canada. However it is not the largest in gross leasable space, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the New South China Mall, which is the world's largest, albeit largely derelict, Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.


The Dubai Mall recorded 61,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days, following its opening.[6] The Dubai Mall hosted over 37 million visitors in 2009,[7][8] and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week.[9] while in 2010 it hosted 47 million, and saw footfall increase by around 27 percent over 2009, despite the economic crisis.[10] In 2012, Dubai Mall continued to hold title of world's most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 65 million visitors, an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the 54 million recorded in 2011. It attracted more visitors than New York City with over 52 million tourists in 2012, and Los Angeles with 41 million.[11][12] The numbers also surpass visitor arrivals to all landmark leisure destinations and theme parks in the world including Times Square (39.2 million), Central Park (38 million), and Niagara Falls (22.5 million).[13]

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 H1
Number of visitors 39 Million[14] 47 Million[15] 54 Million[15] 65 Million[16] 75 Million[17] 80 Million[18] 62 Million[19]


Outside Dubai Mall near the Fountain.

Over 13 million square foot (equivalent in size to more than 50 football fields), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha), about the same as the West Edmonton Mall.[20]

It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.[21] The mall has won five awards – two awards at the Retail Future Project Awards at Mapic, Cannes, in 2004, for Best Retail Development Scheme (Large) and Best Use of Lighting in a Retail Environment[22] and the Dubai Mall brochure collected three awards at the Summit Creative Awards 2005 in Portland, Oregon – the Gold award for Best Art Direction / Graphic Design, Silver award for Best 4-colour B2B Brochure, and a Judges Special Recognition award.[22]

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo[edit]

Dubai Aquarium and Under Water Zoo
The shark tunnel of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Mall's Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group, having one of the world's largest Acrylic Panel" (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg).[23] The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick), smaller than Singapore's S.E.A Aquarium (36 m wide × 8.3 m high) and China's Chime-Long Ocean Kingdom (39.6 m wide × 8.3 m high). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of over 33,000 marine animals on display.[8] In February 2010, a leak in the aquarium caused a partial evacuation and brief shutdown of a portion of the mall.[8]

The Mall adopted an International Standard of Ethics and Animal Welfare Policy in its development and operation.[24][25][26]

Dubai Ice Rink[edit]

Ice Rink inside Dubai Mall.

The Mall's Dubai Ice Rink multi-purpose venue, uses refrigeration plant technology by developing 1.5 inches (38 mm) of ice bed, 2 times the thickness of an NHL ice rink for Olympic-sized attraction. Dubai Ice Rink can host a capacity of up to 2,000 guests, when converted into a multi-functional hall with a multimedia system including a 20 m × 10 m LED screen.

SEGA Republic[edit]

SEGA Republic, a 76,000 sq ft (7,100 m2) indoor theme park, was opened on 21 August 2009 where visitors can enjoy over 150 amusement games; It is a park that is mainly dedicated to SEGA's video game icon Sonic the Hedgehog.[27][28]


The Dubai Mall contains more than 1,200 shops.

In October 2009 it was reported that the world's largest candy store had opened in Dubai Mall.[29]


The mall was built by a joint venture of Dutco Balfour Beatty, Al Ghandi/CCC[30] and Turner Construction[citation needed] for Emaar Properties and was scheduled to be completed in 2006, claiming to be the size of 50 "international-sized football (soccer) pitches". Most of the workers used in construction of the mall were Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan guest workers.

Metro Link[edit]

In December 2012, Emaar Properties have announced the completion of the Metro Link which is a 820 m long elevated, air-conditioned footbridge that connects Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Metro Station to the Dubai Mall.[31][32]


In June 2013, the Dubai Mall commenced its phase one of its expansion plan by increasing the total retail floor area by 1 million sq. ft. so as to accommodate more visitors.[33]

World records and achievements[edit]

Dubai Mall near the Fountain at Dusk.
  • Largest mall in the world with total area 1,124,000 m².[34]
  • Worlds fifteenth largest mall with Gross Leasable Area (GLA) 350,000 m².[34]
  • World’s largest acrylic panel (Aquarium) inside Dubai Mall, which is (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245 tons).[34][35]
  • The world’s largest sweet shop, "Candylicious", spanning over 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) inside Dubai Mall.[36][37]
  • Dubai Mall records more than 5 million visitors in the month of March 2010 during the one-month Dubai Shopping Festival, setting an all-time record in visitor footfall[38]
  • Dubai Mall was named the best shopping experience on 29 April 2010 by Grazia Style Awards.[39]
  • The Dubai Mall hosted a record 37 million visitors in its first year of operation in 2009,[7] and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week.[9]
  • The Dubai Mall hosted a record 47 million visitors in 2010, and broke the record of 37 million visitors received last year, an increase of 27 percent despite the economic crisis.[10]
  • In 2011, Dubai Mall becomes the world's most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 54 million visitors, an increase of 15 percent from the visitors of last year.[13]
  • In 2012, Dubai Mall continued to hold title of world's most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 65 million visitors, an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the 54 million recorded in 2011.[11][12]


  • On 25 February 2010 the aquarium sprung a leak which led many shops to temporarily close down and forced shoppers to evacuate the mall. It reopened the following day.[40]
  • In March 2015, more than a hundred foreign labourers protested in front of Dubai Mall due to overtime wages not being paid, causing disruption to traffic in the area. The situation came under control within an hour by the police.
  • On 31 December 2015 the mall was evacuated because of a major fire at the nearby The Address Hotel.


In media[edit]

The Dubai Mall was featured in the documentary show called Megastructures that aired on the National Geographic Channel.[42]


See also[edit]


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