The Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta mall, Mall of the Emirates – the trio in Dubai are a recommended combination for retail therapy. Shopping is an integral part of the Dubai experience and the lavish shopping malls here are exciting and happening places, with each mall offering unique experiences to up their ante and attract footfalls. Three hours was all that we could spare for each mall and it is woefully inadequate considering their lavish offerings.
If there is one mall that I had to choose to go back again, it will be the Ibn Battuta mall. It’s not just me, when I mentioned shopping in Dubai, people who have been here asked whether I went to the Ibn Battuta mall and you see a fond smile with dreamy look in their eyes. The moment I stepped into the mall, I squealed in delight. The roof was painted to depict the endless blue skies with twinkling stars !!! Most malls boast the brands they house and add-on attractions, but Ibn Battuta mall is a masterpiece of art in itself.
Named after the Moroccan traveller, the Ibn Battuta mall is divided into six courts, named after the lands visited by him – China, India, Persia, Tunisia, Egypt & Andalusia. Each court is a celebration of the uniqueness of the region, with a display of intricate paintings, decorations, arts and crafts. A discovery here for me, was Cinnabon’s world famous Cinnamon Rolls; melts in the mouth and delicious !!! We forced ourselves out of the mall, as we had pre-planned activities, else we could have spent the whole day here !!
We visited the Mall of the Emirates on a Friday evening and the place was teeming with people. The crowd at the Carrefour outlet here has to be seen to be believed. The mall was packed for the weekend. This mall has all the high-end brands and provides extravagant shopping opportunities and if that was not adequate, it also boasts the first indoor ski resort called Ski Dubai.
Lesson learnt – malls in Dubai have to be visited with good time to spare and adequate cash. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, need to visit the malls in Dubai !!