The largest shopping center in the world
Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world, is located in Downtown Dubai. The building is located next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. You can reach the Burj Khalifa without leaving the shopping center.
On the square behind the shopping center you can find the largest dancing fountains in the world, The Dubai Fontain.
The Dubai Mall has more than 1,300 stores, an aquarium of 10 million liters of water, a cinema with more than 20 rooms, an Olympic skating rink, …
To accommodate all this, the shopping center has a floor area of 550,000 square meters.
In this article we take you into this crazy complex.
How big is The Dubai Mall
Shop till you drop
The shopping center has a total floor space of more than 550,000 square meters, which is the equivalent of 110 football pitches. This area is spread over 4 floors, lower ground, ground floor, first floor and second floor.
In the meantime it has more than 1,300 stores, 200 restaurants and 14,000 parking places.
When you are tired of shopping, there are plenty of attractions to do and sights to admire. You can admire the sharks of more than 5 meters in the Dubai Aquarium or King Croc, a giant crocodile, in Underwater Zoo.
But there are many more things to do, these are discussed later in this article.
What stores are there in The Dubai Mall?
The most beautiful, largest, most famous,…
It goes without saying that you will not come across sloppy or unfinished boutiques here. You will think, yes yes nothing for me, far too expensive … Unfortunately you are wrong, in addition to the huge expensive brands such as Rolex, Hermes Prada, Chanel, Cartier, Louboutin, … you can also find the less expensive ones find brands. Consider for example H&M, Diesel, Guess, …
There is much more besides clothing in The Dubai Mall. This way you can find one of the most beautiful Apple Stores in the world. When visiting this electro giant you can go past the store to a terrace with a wonderful view of the Burj Khalifa and the world famous Dubai Fontains. Definitely worth taking a few selfies.
Are stores tax free at The Dubai Mall?
A question we have been asked several times, do you have to pay VAT in the shops of The Dubai Mall? The answer to this is yes, no, but actually it is. Sounds difficult but here we explain.
Since 2018, Dubai has applied a VAT rate of 5%, this rate is valid for purchases in retail. Some other sectors are taxed differently or not at all.
When you make a purchase in Dubai or in one of the other emirates, you can get 85% VAT refund as a tourist. We explain briefly how this works.
How can you shop tax free in Dubai?
When you make a purchase as a tourist in a store, you can ask at the checkout that you want to reclaim the VAT. After showing your passport, the cashier will add a tag to the back of the cash register ticket and record your purchase in the system.
The system used for this is Planet Payment.
With this cash register ticket you can then reclaim 85% when leaving Dubai. You can do this at the airport at a digital kiosk. These can be found for the check-in and for the security check.
However, there are different conditions. For example, you pay another 4.8 AED per validation of a cash register ticket, which amounts to approximately $ 1.3.
You buy something of $ 1,000, then the VAT (5%) amount is $ 50. Of this 50 dollars you get 85% back which comes to 42.5 dollars. On this $ 42.5 you pay an additional $ 1.3 transaction fee. So on a purchase of $ 1,000 you get $ 41.2 back in the end.
For smaller purchases, it is obvious that this is not worthwhile.
For all information about reclaiming VAT, you can visit the Planet Payment website.
Eat at the Dubai Mall
In addition to shopping and entertainment, you can also enjoy delicious food in more than 200 restaurants. From fast food to the most extravagant culinary dishes.
The restaurants are distributed throughout the shopping center, but most can be found at the Food Corner. This zone with all kinds of restaurants is located at the exit to the fountains.
However, if you want a cozy dinner with a view of the world’s largest fountain show, you can go outside next to Burj Khalifa Lake.
Here you can find dozens of restaurants with a unique view of the Burj Khalifa.
You won’t starve in The Dubai Mall.
Hotels close to the shopping center
If you only go to Dubai with the intention of shopping, it might be a good idea to take a hotel in the area.
There are 8 hotels in and around The Dubai Mall where you can stay. The most expensive and exclusive is the Armani hotel that is located on the lower floors of the Burj Khalifa. For a night in this hotel you pay quickly between 400 and 800 dollar.
However, there are also cheaper hotels that belong to The Dubai Mall. In this list we list them with a direct link to Booking.com or the website of the hotel itself.
The Dubai Mall app
Find a store in the shopping center
You can imagine that in a shopping center of more than 1,300 stores it will take a little while to find your favorite store that you want to visit.
To solve this problem there are various solutions in The Dubai Mall. For example, you can request a paper folder folder from the service desks that you can find everywhere. Well, a paper folder is a bit ninetees.
That is why you can find digital touch screens on all escalators where you can look up everything, shops, restaurants, attractions, … You will also see the route that you have to follow.
Because The Dubai Mall is so large and probably already forgotten the route after a few seconds, you can download an app that takes you to your place via GPS.
Throughout the shopping center there is very fast and good Wi-Fi coverage, really excellent. The antennas that ensure this also guide you through the shopping center via the app from The Dubai Mall.
Yes you read that right, the app navigates you to your favorite store. When do you have to go left or right, do I have to take the escalator, …
There are still several services in The Dubai Mall that you can use. We give you the most important fun facts.
- Delivery service:
Shopping is nice but carrying the purchases all day is a little less cool. Good news! When you make purchases for more than 500 AED, approximately $ 136, in the shopping center, they are delivered free of charge in the hotel where you stay. If you bring them in before 17:00, they will be delivered to your hotel for free the same day!
- The Dubai in-Mall taxi:
If you are tired of walking, you can arrange transport to your favorite store within the shopping center at the service desk in Fashion Avenue. This is done with extended golf carts.
- Shoe shine service:
Let your shoes shine for free in Fashion Avenue.
- Power bank:
Many photos sent through WhatsApp and the battery almost empty? No problem! You can pick up a free charged power bank at the service desk after showing your passport or via a small deposit.
- Withdraw money:
You can find an ATM almost every 2 minutes, so don’t worry if you only have your debit card with you. Please note, always withdraw money in AED and not in your own currency, this is cheaper! All information about this can be found on our website at money & currency in Dubai.
Smoking in The Dubai Mall
It is forbidden to smoke in the entire shopping center, but there are places to smoke at every exit.
Where is The Dubai Mall Located?
The largest shopping center in the world can be found in Downtown Dubai.
You can see this place from far since the huge Burj Khalifa is right next to it.
Download the Google Maps map and enter “Dubai Mall” as the destination.
The Dubai Mall
How to reach The Dubai Mall by public transport
How to reach the Dubai Mall by public transport in Dubai? Oh yes, you will find out here. All information about public transport in Dubai can be found in the transport category of our Dubai Travel Guide. This way you can view the rates for every means of transport and what you should pay attention to when taking public transport in Dubai.
This is very simple, there is not a single taxi driver who does not know where The Dubai Mall is. Just report that you want to go shopping at The Dubai Mall and everything will be fine.
Would you like to know more about taxis in Dubai?
Take the red metro line and get off at the Burj Khalifa / The Dubai Mall metro station. Via the Metro Link bridge you reach the largest shopping center in the world.
Want to know more about the driverless metro in Dubai?
There are two buses that service The Dubai Mall every 16 minutes: route 27 from the Deira Gold Souk station and route 29 from Ghubaiba bus station. The buses arrive and depart from the tourist drop-off area.
Looking for more information about the Dubai buses?
All contact details and social media channels of The Dubai Mall.
You can find the shopping center at the foot of the immense Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai.
Every day from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., The Dubai Mall is open all year round. You can go here for the current opening hours and exceptions.
Faq & conclusion
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
The Dubai Mall can be found in Downtown Dubai, right next to the Burj Khalifa.
The Dubai Mall is 550,000 square meters and has more than 1,300 stores, 200 restaurants and 14,000 parking places.
The shopping center is open every day from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Shops close at midnight, restaurants stay open for an hour longer.
Bargaining is practically impossible in any store because they are all official sales points of international brands or chains.
No, there is a smoking ban over the entire shopping center. Vaping is also not permitted. There are places for smoking at every exit.
There is no strict dress code in the shopping center, but it is advisable to dress properly and not go there for example in swim shorts or bikini.
There is an excellent and fast WiFi connection throughout the entire complex.
The Dubai Mall is definitely worth a visit when you travel to Dubai! Exploring the entire complex in one day will be quite a task. If you are a shopping enthusiast, it is best to spend two full days in the world’s largest shopping center, The Dubai Mall!