Where do I begin with this one? The first page of The Dubai Mall Guide says, “Welcome to Everything” and that about sums it up.
There’s not one, not two, but FIVE massive department stores: Bloomingdale’s, Debenhams, Galeries Lafayette, Marks & Spencer, and Paris Gallery. It’s like going from New York to London to Paris without needing your passport, just your credit card.
And then there are other stores… honestly, I don’t know the exact number, but Wikipedia will tell you that there are more than 1,200 stores in the mall. I can tell you that there are 29 pages in the mall guide, and it comes with a map attached. You know, a proper map, with grids and colour coding and everything.
I’m not even going to talk about dining options because it wouldn’t fit neatly into one blog post.
And because The Dubai Mall isn’t your regular shopping mall, there’s also an aquarium, an ice rink, a flight simulator, an amusement park, and an underwater zoo, among other attractions.
I could have spent all four days and three nights in the mall and still not cover everything. Needless to say, our two short visits barely scratched the surface.
Okay I’ll let the pictures do the talking now.
Edwin and I are massive fans of The Big Bang Theory (who isn’t?) and when I saw this, I just had to try it. We ordered a starter to share, and a main course each. That’s normal, right?
BIG MISTAKE. The portions were massive. The camera doesn’t quite capture it, but believe me, those were monsters on giant platters.
Chicken and biscuits, or as Edwin called it, Chicken and mountains.
I hate to admit it, but a lot of food was wasted that evening. We should have just shared a single main course.
While doing research for the Europe trip, I read about Angelina in Paris and how the hot chocolate is supposed to be out of this world and conjure singing angels or something to that effect, and I was intrigued. On our second visit to the mall (a couple of days after The Cheesecake Factory disaster), I saw that there’s an Angelina there, which was awesome because I was having trouble fitting it into the itinerary and now we got to tick it off the list before even setting foot in Paris. Très bien!
The famous hot chocolate, served with cream, so you can decide how rich you want (it) to be. Really lovely, bien sûr, but fell short of foodgasmic.
Putting the “tea” in “afternoon tea”.
Satiating our hunger with quiche and a foie gras salad.
Right outside The Dubai Mall are some of the best views of the Dubai cityscape. The fountain show was a work of art. Not to be missed!
What a beautiful place. I’m really happy we took the opportunity to see this amazing city that rose up from the desert to become what it is today. And it’s still growing! Mark it down in your calendars, people. You’ll know where to be in 2020.