Dubai has quickly become known as one of the most desirable cities in the middle-east with its stunning architecture and top end leisure facilities. Among Dubai’s most popular attractions have to be the many impressive shopping malls that populate it. Upon first visiting Dubai, you’d be forgiven for thinking the city’s official sport is shopping. With some 96 malls across the city, there’s no better time to find that perfect dress, sharply tailored suit or fancy watch.
But in the five years since oil prices fell from three-digit highs, this metropolis has been hurting. Its breakneck pace of commercial and residential development outstripped demand, and a strong dollar has made everything more expensive. Property prices across the UAE have declined by about 27% since 2014, and the U.A.E.’s annual growth rate is now below 2%.
Let’s not sink down into financials, especially not in the country with the warmest christmas in the world. On that occasion, we have selected a few of the most top notch shopping malls of the city where luxury is celebrated .
More than a mall, is an outdoor lifestyle destination in Dubai that spans over 10 million square feet. Featuring over 300 retail outlets comprising of local and international shopping and dining options, a premium multi-speciality outpatient clinic, Valiant Clinic, and a range of leisure and entertainment offerings,
With a tropical forest also at its heart and an indoor educational play area for children, City Walk should be sought out in the prestigious neighbourhood on Al Safa Street, very close to Jumeirah Beach Road.
This shopper’s paradise is home to an extensive 1,200 stores, with a huge amount of designer houses, department stores and Middle-Eastern boutiques.
Not only is the Dubai Mall an incredible place to buy gifts and treat yourself, it’s also made up of stunning architecture, all perfectly polished in keeping with the pristine beauty that’s become synonymous with the city over the years.
Over the festive season, Dubai Mall is home to a stunning Christmas tree that stands in the french department store Galeries Lafayette. This festive feature is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit as you shop. There’s also the stunning Dubai Ice Rink, which provides a fun break from shopping for the whole family.
The Dubai Mall is located in Downtown Dubai, in the city’s Financial Centre, within walking distance of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building.
Mall of the Emirates
No tour of Dubai will be complete without a visit to the . This 22300 square-metre shopping and leisure resort boasts 630 international brands, multiple department stores, a plethora of boutiques, 470 retail stores, VOX Cinemas, a 500-seat capacity theatre, and over 90 international dining options.
Housed with an impressive architectural construction, Mall of the Emirates is also home to a fashion dome with prestigious designer brands and the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park – . With an 85-metre-high indoor mountain, five slopes, toboggan runs, penguins, climbing towers, and more, Mall of the Emirates is certainly far above your run-of-the-mill shopping Mall. So if you fancy combing top food, an exhaustive shopping experience, and an afternoon of skiing, make sure to stop by.
We can easily understand now, how seekers of luxury could changed their high end moutain retreats of Gstaad and Megève for high grade vitamin D christmas breaks in one the most beautiful 7 emirates of the UAE .