The Best of Dubai Mall – Ultimate Things to do in Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

There are a few places in the world that need no introduction and Dubai mall is among those chosen few. It has been a pride of Dubai since its opening in the year 2009 and has been growing ever since. Apart from its title of the biggest mall in the world, the inclusions in the mall such as the world’s largest acrylic aquarium panel, the world’s largest candy stores, and other various unbelievable options have made it one of the most visited destinations in the world.

The world’s largest mall based on the total area, the Dubai Mall includes a mind-blowing 1200 shops. Famous equally for shopping as well as entertainment, it is a part of the $ 20 billion Downtown complex.  It opened on May 8th 2009 with a total of 635 retailers. It also has some of the best children’s stores in Dubai.

Following its opening, the mall sold a whopping 61000 tickets for Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Center in the first five days. This scintillating mall attracts a weekly footfall of 7,50,000 visitors.  Almost equivalent to the size of 50 football fields, this mall boasts 250 room luxury hotels, 22 cinema screens, and over 120 cafes and restaurants. Across three car parks, it has over 14000 parking spaces with a car locator ticketing system and valet services.

Attractions in the Dubai Mall

1. Sky Views Observatory 

Be it the floor-to-flor sliding or the eagle-eye view vantage point, Sky Views Observatory is a thrilling attraction near Dubai Mall. You can wander around the 360-degree observatory deck with your little ones and watch this city sparkling like fireflies. Get the right dose of adventure as you sweep swiftly from the 53rd floor to the 52nd floor through the glass wall. Not just that, get ready to defy gravity as you walk on the cliff edge at the Sky View.

2. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The largest aquarium in the world
The largest aquarium in the world

One of the largest aquariums, the Dubai aquarium is a suspended aquarium that holds 10 million liters of water. House to over 140 species of aquatic animals, this tank holds 300 sharks and rays which includes the largest collection of sand tiger sharks. Activities in this aquarium include underwater cage snorkeling, a 48-meter walk-through that would provide you 270-degree views, a glass bottom boat ride that provides unique views of the water tank beneath their feet, a shark dive for the adventurous ones which will let you swim within inches of a large variety of sharks and rays.

3. Dubai Ice Rink

The Olympic sized ice rink in the mall
The Olympic-sized ice rink in the Mall

The Olympic-sized ice rink boasts world-class facilities. Whether you want to play ice hockey, perfect your skating skills or just hang out with friends, the Dubai ice rink is just the right place. Dubai rink also conducts Disco sessions, Penguin pals, and Freestyle sessions. There are also group sessions for friends to hang out together. The rink has a capacity of 2000 people when converted into a multifunctional hall. The hall will include a multimedia system with a 20mX10m LED screen.

4. Reel Cinemas

The giant 22 screen Reel Cinemas
The giant 22-screen Reel Cinemas

The massive reel cinema complex of Dubai mall comprises 22 giant-screen multiplexes featuring the latest national and international blockbuster movies along with local indie hits. Offering an unparalleled cinematic experience, it is also the largest Cineplex in the UAE. The Dolby Atmos installed is a treat to the ears. The cinematic complex ensures that every viewer is at the best of his comfort and hence its platinum movie suites are equipped with luxuries like fully recliner seats, exclusive concierge service, and much more.

5. Hysteria

The first-of-its-kind haunted attraction in Dubai Mall, Hysteria invites the daredevils. Itching for an unusual adventure? Head to the Hysteria. This other-worldly place has deadly characters, vengeance scenes, ghoul encounters, flickering lights, and a range of series of experiences that will take your breath away. Do remember that this thrill-seeking attraction allows guests above 16 only.

6. Infinity Des Lumieres

Situated on Level 2, this is a dynamic art gallery venue with three premium exhibitions: Van Gogh, Dreamed Japan, and Verse.  Employing 130 projectors, 58 speakers, and 3,000 HD digital moving images, this extraordinary attraction in Dubai Mall brings an eye-catching fusion of light, sound, and color. Watch the futuristic masterpieces and dive into the innovative artworks.

7. Shops

Shops at Dubai mall
Shops at Dubai mall

Housing over 1200 shops, you would be lost in the amazing world of fashion and retail. This includes 120 cafes and restaurants which serve lip-smacking delicacies. Home to the most famous brands in the world, the magnificent mall has names such as Bvlgari, Mont Blanc, Porsche Design, Ralph Lauren, Rolex, Prada, and numerous more brands respected and loved across the world. It is also one of the most sought-after destinations for high fashion and retail brands.

Facts and Figures of Dubai Mall

  • It is the largest mall in the world with a total area of 13 million square feet.
  • The largest Acrylic panel that offers a clear vision of 33000 marine animals on display can withstand the exorbitant pressure of 10 million liters of water. It is also the world’s largest suspended aquarium on display.
  • The mall has a 30-acre manmade lake which has the world-renowned Dubai fountain choreographed beautifully and lit up by 6600 lights, and 25 projectors. It shoots up to a height of 70m.
  • The total gross leasable area of the mall is 3.8 million square ft.
  • There’s a parking facility for 14000 cars inside the mall.
  • The indoor aquarium of the mall is renowned to be the world’s biggest indoor aquarium.
  • Candylicious is the world’s largest sweet candy shop located in this Mall.
  • It annually witnesses over 75 million visitors, the largest in the world.
  • Reel cinema is one of the largest cinema screens in the world.
  • It also has a 250-room luxury hotel inside the mall.
  • The mall is home to a 155 million years old real fossil of a dinosaur.
  • The mall is under the further expansion stage with extending 1 million square feet area to accommodate more visitors.
  • It bagged the mall with the best shopping experience overall at the prestigious Grazia Style Awards in the year 2010.
  • The aquarium and underwater zoo inside the mall won the Leisure and entertainment award of ‘Images Most Admired Retailer of the Year’ in the year 2012.


Setting up a new standard for leisure, entertainment, and shopping experience, the mall is loved by visitors who come to witness its grandeur from across the world. With entertainment and amusement facilities like no other, the Dubai mall sets a benchmark for the ultimate experience for the world. Interestingly, Dubai Mall is located next to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and you can explore both famous attractions for a fun day out.

About Neha Singh

Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.

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