I thought a post about one of Dubai’s many malls would be appropriate in honor of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Umm, except that it’s already over. Where does the time go? DSF lasts for a month beginning in January, and this year ended on February 5th.
Leave it up to Dubai to create a tourist/”cultural” attraction out of shopping and spending money. It’s quite clever, really. This is not just a bunch of sales, (like the month-long “rebajas” in Spain) but has evolved to include entertainment, kids activities, give-aways and fireworks. Remember those outdoor christmas lights I was missing? Well, there’s no shortage of lit up shopping bags that line the streets during DSF.
I’m always fascinated by how interested people are in Dubai’s malls. My post on Dubai Mall consistently gets the most traffic of any post. Mall of the Emirates is not as flashy or grand as Dubai Mall and not nearly as enormous. That’s not to suggest that it’s a shrinking violet, however. It still has plenty of stores to choose from, many cafes and restaurants, a movie theater, kid entertainment venues, 2 five-star hotels, and its defining feature, Ski Dubai. Here are a few photos: (by the way – I took these in the morning. At night it’s jam-packed with people)
There are lots of dining options ranging from chains like PF Changs and California Pizza Kitchen, small cafes, and fast food.
In addition to all the stores you may be familiar with like Borders Books, H&M, Carrefour, Debenham’s, Gymboree, Crate and Barrel, American Eagle Outfitters, Nine West, Zara, etc, there are also plenty of places carrying more regional items, catering to tourists and locals.
Mall of the Emirates is best known for housing Ski Dubai – an indoor ski resort. It’s difficult (for me, anyway) to take good pictures of this place, even when I was inside it! Here are a few to give you an idea of what it’s like:
By the way, if you’re curious about how they make the snow like I was, here’s a convenient little graphic that explains how it’s done.