UAE & Oman Trip: Day 8-10 Dubai – Mall-to-mall Adventures (Shopping, Fountain, Aquarium, Underwater Zoo, Ski Dubai)

See also Dubai Series 3 for visit to other malls recently.

Shopping Capital. Not for nothing is this city known as the shopping capital of the Middle East. Shopping malls are the spread all over Dubai (I noted at least 12 big malls in Dubai, each of them features unique selling-point). Hence, making it an ultimate shopping destination. If you have a deep pocket then Dubai is your shopping paradise. Part of the allures of Dubai as the destination for maniac shoppers is the lack of taxes and duties which can make a good deal.  Moreover, a mall in Dubai is more than just an array of shops or food outlets.  One can expect a complete entertainment, dining, services and shopping experience under one roof.

 

The Boulevard, Emirates Tower  (25 13’07.05″N 55 17’00.35″E)               http://www.jumeirahemiratestowers.com

Bur Jurman, Bur Dubai    (25 10’09.38″N 55 18’08.81″E)               http://www.burjuman.com

Deira City Center, Deira   (25 15’03.68″N 55 19’56.11″E)              http://www.deiracitycentre.com

Dubai Festival Center, Garhoud  (IKEA: 25 13’23.04″N 55 21’23.04″E)                http://www.dubaifestivalcity.com

Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ain Road  (25 04’24.97″N 55 23’56.69″E)                 http://www.dubaioutletmall.com

Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Dubai (Access 1 through Interchange #1 Sheikh Zayed Rd 25 11’57.45″N 55 16’31.95″E)                            http://www.thedubaimall.com

Ibn Battuta Mall, Nr Dubai Marina   (China Court side: 25 02’50.08″N 55 07’14.41″E)                         http://www.ibnbattutamall.com

Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha    (25 14’02.00″N 55 18’27.57″E)                         http://www.lamcyplaza.com

Mall of the Emirates (Entrance to Ski Dubai: 25 06’58.80″N 55 11’52.93″E) http://www.malloftheemirates.com

Mercato, Jumeira   (25 13’00.47″N 55 15’08.29″E)                         http://www.mercatoshoppingmall.com

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Dubai                     http://www.theoldtownisland.com

Souk Medinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (Parking entrance: 25 08’00.26″N 55 11’12.94″E)                 http://www.madinatjumeirah.com/shopping

Times Square Center, Al Quoz                    http://www.timessquarecenter.ae

Village Mall, Jumeira                       http://www.thevillagedubai.com

Wafi Mall, Umm Hurair (25 13’44.85″N 55 19’06.01″E)                  http://www.waficity.com

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Part of the Burj Dubai complex, the 20-billion-dollar project is the medium in total area with 1,200 shops. Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009. The Dubai Mall is home to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Souk Bahar, the world’s largest Gold Souk, The Grove (Dubai’s only indoor-outdoor streetscape), Fashion Avenue.

Waterfall at the Dubai Mall
Waterfall at the Dubai Mall

 

Souk Al Bahar next to The Dubai Mall
Souk Al Bahar next to The Dubai Mall

 

The Gold Souk at The Dubai Mall
The Gold Souk at The Dubai Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall is the first shopping complex inspired by an individual’s life nearly six centuries after he embarked on his renowned journey. Each region Ibn Battuta explored – Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China – is reflected un the architecture and theme of the mall’s six courts. These courts strongly project the historical and cultural richness of this Arabian icon’s life, serving as inspiration to all those who visit.

China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall
China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall
One of the themed courts at Ibn Battuta Mall. Which court do you think it belongs to?
One of the themed courts at Ibn Battuta Mall. Which court do you think it belongs to?

Mall of the Emirates is home to the Middle East’s first indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai, one of the largest in the world. The mall is connected by a Dubai Metro Station ( Mall of the Emirates Station) on the Red Line. It houses about 466 retailers among others Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, Carrefour, Harvey Nichols, Centrepoint, H&M, Zara, and many more.

Inside Mall of the Emirates
Inside Mall of the Emirates

Dubai Fountain

http://www.thedubaimall.com/en/entertainment/entertainment-section/the-dubai-fountain.html

Set on Burj Dubai Lake, right outside The Dubai Mall on Lower Ground Waterfront Promenade in the heart of Downtown Burj Dubai, this record-setting fountain system Cost of Dh 800 million (US$217 million) has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It is said that Dubai Fountain is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors and is 275 m (900 ft) long and will shoot water 150 m (490 ft) into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain now performs daily (starts at 6 pm for interval of 20-30 minutes). Check schedule at:

http://www.thedubaimall.com/en/media/get/20090607_fountain-show-schedule.pdf

Note: My observation: It could have been better if Dubai Fountain has a complemented laser show. C’mmon Dubai, it’s just peanut!

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo www.thedubaiaquarium.com  

Quoted from its website:

“With the capacity to hold 10 million litres of water, Dubai Aquarium illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor and showcase one of the most diverse collections of marine life worldwide.

A key centerpiece is Dubai Aquarium,  one of the of the largest tanks in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m and featuring the world’s largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. Over time, Dubai Aquarium will have more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.

Dubai Aquarium’s 270-degree glass walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. A special ‘lunar-cyclic’ lighting system will change the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day”.

Dubai Aquarium from the upper floor
Dubai Aquarium from the upper floor

 

My kids with their "superficial smiles' in front of Dubai Aquarium Tunnel
My kids with their "superficial smiles' in front of Dubai Aquarium Tunnel
Shark is a kid's favorite in Dubai Aquarium
Shark is a kid's favorite in Dubai Aquarium

 

Underwater Zoo

“Walk along the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments at the Underwater Zoo and you’ll find yourself face to face with dangerous Piranha, Giant Catfish, playful Otters, a Humbolt Penguin colony, Harbour Seals and more.

Penguin in the mall. Only in Dubai Underwater Zoo
Penguin in the mall. Only in Dubai Underwater Zoo
Hey we're inside an aquarium!
Hey we're inside an aquarium!

Whether viewing the Rainforest from a suspension bridge high above the river and tree canopy, or reaching out and touching some of the more hardy rock pool inhabitants, this is an aquatic experience you will never forget”.

Prices:

Entrance to the Dubai Aquarium Tunnel  – Child AED 20 Adult AED 25

Entrance to the Underwater Zoo & Tunnel – AED 50

 

Burj Dubai

(Arabic: Dubai Tower”), a super tall skyscraper under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 818 m (2,684 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, and the tower is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy by the end of 2009.

Burj Dubai (as seen from The Dubai Mall  Waterfront)
Burj Dubai (as seen from The Dubai Mall Waterfront)

The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) development called “Downtown Burj Dubai” at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road at Financial Centre Road (previously known as Doha Street). The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion, and for the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, US$20 billion.

The Address Downtown Burj Dubai, next to The Dubai Mall (on the left)
The Address Downtown Burj Dubai, next to The Dubai Mall (on the left)

Current records

  • Tallest structure: 818 m (2,684 ft) (previously KVLY-TV mast – 628.8 m (2,063 ft))
  • Tallest freestanding structure: 818 m (2,684 ft) (previously CN Tower – 553.3 m (1,815 ft))
  • Building with most floors: 160
  • World’s highest elevator installation
  • Worlds fastest elevators at speed of 60 km/h or 16.7 m/s (55 ft/s)
  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 601 m (1,972 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 449.2 m (1,474 ft))
  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 601 m (1,972 ft)
  • First world’s tallest structure in history that includes residential space

Source: Wikipedia

We visited this Burj Dubai twice. One at night and another during the day. It’s quite difficult to frame Burj Dubai, due to height, into one single photo shot from Downtown Dubai area. From thedubaimall website, an observation deck at Burj Dubai is being planned, located at Floor 124, said to be completed in 2009.

Ski Dubai http://www.skidxb.com

One of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world, with 22,500-square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_buildings_in_the_world#List_of_the_world.27s_largest_shopping_malls

Other facts, according to Ski Dubai’s website [listed below]:

  • 22,500m² covered with real snow all year round – (equivalent to 3 football fields).
  • 85 meters high (approximately 25 stories) and 80 meters wide.
  • Full capacity of 1500 guests.
  • 5 runs of varying difficulties, the longest being 400m
  • Temperature maintained at a comfortable -1º to -2º  
  • 3,000m² Snow Park with a snow cavern
  • Quad chairlift, tow lift and flying carpets
  • Mountain resort theme  
  • Rental of quality equipment and clothing included in the ticket price
  • Qualified professional instructors
  • State of the art ticketing system
  • Changing areas with locker rental
  • Private kids party rooms
  • Exclusive retail shop – Snow Pro
  • St Moritz Café and Avalanche Café
At the entrance to Snow Park - Ski Dubai
At the entrance to Snow Park - Ski Dubai
Snow Park Map
Snow Park Map
Ski Slope inside Ski Dubai
Ski Slope inside Ski Dubai
Ice Cafe at Ski Dubai
Ice Cafe at Ski Dubai

 

An area within Snow Park at Ski Dubai
An area within Snow Park at Ski Dubai

Price: Snow Park   

Adult   – AED90   Child   – AED80  

Ski Slope (2 hours)   

Adult   – AED180   Child    – AED150

Notes:

– Locker rental AED20. Refundable keycard AED10

– Children up to 12 yrs. Children under 3 yrs not admitted.

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