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Published January 30th 2013
Mention the Middle East to international travellers, and mall shopping is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But what any visitor to the city of Dubai soon realises is this city is not your typical Arab location.
Dubai Mall spruiks shopping as entertainment and has to be seen to be believed. On approach, traffic surges through the high rise metropolis that is modern day Dubai, including the famously vertical monster, Burj Khalifa.
Four levels house more than 1,200 retailers, including 57 shoe stores, 27 electronics and cameras stores, and 15 toy stores. You'll find Bloomingdales, Marks and Spencer, Galeries Lafayette, Brunetti, Gucci, Fendi, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Dolce and Gabbana, Sketchers, Armani and Osh Kosh. But never fear shoppers! There is a 22-page mall guide to help you get around including maps of each level.
On entering the massive complex, consumers are met with signs outlining the 'courtesy policy': Please wear respectful clothing (shoulders and knees should be covered) and no kissing or overt display of affection in the mall.
Most astonishing is the presence of an Olympic sized ice-skating rink, offering learn-to-skate programs, as well as figure skating events, hockey matches and ice-shows. There are even stores here selling snow and ski gear – never let the desert stand in your way folks!
You'll find a KidZania theme park, indoor waterfall, a section with a retractable roof, prayer rooms, and cinema complex. Dancing fountains outside do their choreographed sound and light routine at regular intervals.
Dubai is a perfect place for those who are keep of shopping. Dubai is blessed with dazzling cosmopolitan look and stunning structures. The illuminated streets and malls makes this city a complete holiday packages.
Lucy, you have hit the nail on the head here. Dubai is a beautiful city with fantastic shopping and culture. I hope that this helps encourage people to visit more. Thanks for the post. Mark,http://eventrevents.com/