For the best souvenirs in the world, it would be pretty amazing to get something from the world’s biggest mall, the The Dubai Mall. Located in Downtown Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, it is the 14th largest shopping mall in the world based on gross leasable area, but the largest based on total area. This mall is part of a 20 billion dollar downtown complex, and the massive mall includes 1,200 shops. The entrance to the mall is via Doha Street, which turned into a double decker road in April 2009.
The Dubai Mall had the largest ever mall opening in retail history, with around 635 retailers on its opening day in May 8th, 2009. The mall opens its doors to more than 750,000 visitors every week. It holds first place for the world’s most visited shopping centre and leisure destination, attracting more than 65 million shoppers in 2012. It attracted more visitors than New York City (52 million in 2012) and Los Angeles (41 million).
The 13 million square foot mall has so many things going for it. With the size of 50 football fields, it includes:
- 250 room luxury hotel
- 120 restaurants and cafes
- 22 movie theatres
- 14,000 parking spaces
- Underwater Zoo
- Dubai ice Rink
The mall has won a number of awards, including Best Retail Development Scheme, and Best Use of Lighting in a Retail Environment. Even the brochure for the mall has won Best Art Direction/ Graphic Design, and the silver award for Best 4-Colour B2B Brochure, and finally the Judges Special Recognition Award.
This beautiful mall is simply incredible. Enjoy your visit.