Shopping in Dubai is no longer just a snobbish fad. For the locals it’s pretty much national culture. For the foreigners (who are much more than the locals) is a real attraction. Shopping was established and developed as a wise money perpetuum mobile generator and is already well recognised as the main pillar of Dubai tourism.
I have seen by myself Shopping nowadays is surrounded by lots of additional conceits, which unnoticeably invite you to hang out longer and spend more. A huge percentage of the current Dubai turnover comes from the shopping tourism.
Since Dubai has exhausted completely its oil resources, the government was forced to find other tools for keeping the glamour of the emirate. I found it extremely clever investing in innovations and architecture wonders, lifting the economy on another level and facing alternative income sources.
And believe me Shopping is already a cult in Dubai. Here it doesn’t mean just visiting and rushing through the shops. It’s a smart implemented strategy for making you spend money with pleasure, providing at the same time joy, relax and high level emotions to the clients, who remain more than happy while emptying their credit cards.
It doesn’t matter if you are a short time visitor or a long staying tourist in Dubai. All the services are comfortably arranged just in direction customer to buy as much as they would be inspired to. And the inspirations are all over Dubai.
I have been 8 times in Dubai. The shortest visit was 10 days. So could probably pretend being a kind of expert of shopping which was actually the main business purpose of my visits. I am absolutely convinced the best place to make shopping is Dubai Mall, called at the moment the biggest Mall in the gulf. It’s the smartest project I have ever seen, which politely and very smoothly asks you to just remain moneyless 🙂 And you even enjoy it!:)
Dubai Mall is built just a few steps away from the tallest building in the world Burj Al Khalifa. The strategic location is the first advantage. I’ll make a free “commercial” for a hotel which is the best place to stay during the shopping tour. This is NOT Burj Al Khalifa though.
If you want to explore Dubai and to collect unforgettable shopping memories, the best hotel to stay is The Address Dubai Mall. Let me explain the benefits, which I experienced by myself and could compare with the other hotels I have been in Dubai.
- It’s just the next building to Dubai Mall and is connected to the Mall by a direct tunnel, so you move from the hotel lobby into the shopping centre.
- The working hours of Dubai Mall are from 10 am to midnight daily, so you can spend as long as you wish in the Mall and go back to your hotel room by feet
- If you stay in The Address Dubai Mall all your purchases from Dubai Mall will be delivered directly to the hotel concierge, respectively to your room. All you need is to ask in the shop your stuff to be sent to your hotel room (just drop your name and the room number). It’s for free and you won’t carry all your heavy paper bags during the rest of the shopping tour.
- Through Dubai Mall direct access (which is next to the hotel) you can go to the TOP of Burj al Khalifa without being mistaken
- Also in Dubai Mall (next to the hotel) you have direct access to the subway, which is a pretty new transportation for Dubai but lets you explore city on a very affordable price
- The price of the hotel rooms is very affordable. There is a residential part of the same hotel, where you can ask for a studio or an apartment on a much better price(usually fully equipped).
- The stunning breakfast is included in the room price, as well the gym and the swimming pool (both are amazing).
- You can easily have access by feet to all the 70 restaurants (maybe more) and cafes in Dubai Mall and to choose between the verity of lunch or dinner meals.
- The Address Dubai Mall hotel (not to be mistaken with The Address Down Town hotel) is the most affordable and convenient place where you can stay and if lucky to watch from your balcony the Famous Dancing Fountains of Dubai (click to watch it)
In fact without having a car but staying in The Address Dubai Mall hotel you will have an easy access to most of the attractions in Dubai.
Dubai Mall is kind of a city. A week is not enough to explore everything and to get familiar with the environment. And this mall is not only shops and restaurants but much more. It’s full of Internal sightseeing which supports keeping the visitors’ interest fresh and leave them speechless.
You can spend hours staring at it. The front window is just steps away from the main Dubai Mall entrance. Not sure how high is the front show window, maybe more than 10 meters but it’s a huge incredible aquarium attraction.
It’s one of the main stops in Dubai Mall and you won’t regret your time or money spent in here. Very clean, full of diversity of fish, feeding hours observation, sometimes divers inside.
How many shopping centres you know in the world which owe their own dinosaur? Well… I have seen this ancient”property” only in Dubai Mall. It’s a full size and height dinosaur, presented as an original skeleton, 155 million years old, long-necked dino. I have read on the plate in front of the skeleton it is a kind of diplodocus and is heavier than 5 elephants. Found in USA, the dino was relocated to Dubai. The height is almost eight meters.
It doesn’t matter how hot is outside, this ice skating rink is non- stop open.
The rental price per person is 15 euro. For this money you get your rental skates and 1,45 h skating session.
This kind of monument is stunning. I have been told the waterfall is about 25 meters high. It represents divers during their jump. Designed to reflect the sunlight during the day and well-lit during the night, the waterfall pulls up everyone’s attention. I was curios who is the designer and have been told the waterfall was built by an architecture company based in Singapore.
It’s a great great attraction and is worth to be seen. The dancing fountains are called this way because on a musical background (every show has different one) the fountain performs kind of dance accompanied by an amazing light show. Being so famous, this attraction is overcrowded by followers. By my opinion the best show starts at 8 pm. To attend it though, you should book your table at least a half an hour prior, in one of the cafes or restaurants around the fountain lake. I have watched the fountains’ dance once from my hotel room balcony and later from the terrace of Karma cafe. Here are some places suitable for good fountain view . Don’t miss it, it’s truly unbelievable!
Level Shoe District
Woman with money in Dubai Mall is unstoppable. I believe most of the women are just like me, crazy about shoes. So my dear ladies, here is exactly your place. A city of shoes, the shoe paradise on Earth – Level Shoe district. All the brands collected at the same spot. Whatever you search for is here. Starting from the most famous shoe designers and finishing with unknown names, but the diversity is impressive. The entrance of this shoe paradise is next to the Aquarium front show case.
Very flexible shoe policy as well, if your size is not available at the moment, they’ll do their best to deliver it within three days. There are non stop Sales and Discounts. The latest fashion shoe “scream” is already here. I guarantee, you will find the models you have never seen before or you have seen them only on photos. I hope you’d enjoy as I did…every time. I am so passionate about shoes that could be even your guide in this shoe city 🙂
I would personally advise you to avoid Dubai shopping festival which happens every year from January 1-st to February 1-st. It’s unpleasantly overcrowded. That’s true, the prices would be a bit lower but the public secret is most of the stuff offered during the shopping festival on reduced price are unsellable items or remains from the old collections. The choice is always yours.
In case you are just a transit passenger, willing to spend time in Dubai between the flights, there is a drop off baggage service at Dubai Mall, very close to the waterfall. Affordable price per hour, the final amount depends on the number of hours. Secure and safe, I have used it on the way to Sri Lanka during the layover.
At the airport if you wish to get a taxi to Dubai Mall first let you know it’s very close, about 15 minutes drive Airport – Dubai Mall. In case you are a single female passenger or a female group of travellers you will be directed to the “Pink Lady taxi service“. It’s a pinky roof taxi, driven by a lady (due to cultural reasons). Some of them have no idea about the direction (be patient), unless it’s not an incredibly famous spot like Burj Al Arab or Burj Al Khalifa. Don’t worry, Dubai Mall is now maybe the most popular place in Dubai, so I believe you would be safely and shortly driven to this wise and quite impressive shopping money generator.