The Visit 6: Dubai Mall

January 13, 2014 at 12:36 am | Posted in IMPORTANT PEOPLE | 4 Comments

This post is still part of the series related to my grandmother’s visit here in the UAE. This stop was the fabulous Dubai Mall.

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The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area and sixth largest by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown Dubai complex, and includes 1,200 shops.

Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009.Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on 4 November 2008, with about 635 retailers, marking the world’s largest-ever mall opening in retail history. However it is not the largest in gross leasable space, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the South China Mall, which is the world’s largest, Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.

World records and achievements

Largest mall in the world with total area 1,124,000m2.
Worlds sixth largest mall with Gross Leasable Area (GLA) 350,000m2.

Dubai Mall records more than 5 million visitors in the month of March,2010 during the one-month Dubai Shopping Festival, setting an all-time record in visitor footfall
Dubai Mall has been named the best shopping experience on 29 April 2010 by Grazia Style Awards.
The Dubai Mall hosted a record 37 million visitors in its first year of operation in 2009, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week.
The Dubai Mall hosted a record 47 million visitors in 2010, and broke the record of 37 million visitors received last year, an increase of 27 percent despite the economic crisis.
In 2011, Dubai Mall becomes the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 54 million visitors, an increase of 15 percent from the visitors of last year.
In 2012, Dubai Mall continued to hold title of world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 65 million visitors, an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the 54 million recorded in 2011. It attracted more visitors than New York City with over 52 million tourists in 2012, and Los Angeles with 41 million. (wikipedia)


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World’s largest acrylic panel (Aquarium) inside Dubai Mall, which is (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245 tons).

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World’s largest sweet shop “Candylicious” spanning over 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) inside Dubai Mall.

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The Waterfall is a spectacular water feature that offers a vantage meeting point for visitors to the mall. Adjacent to The Grove, a key component of The Dubai Mall, The Waterfall opens to views of Burj Dubai, the Dubai Fountain on the 30-acre Burj Dubai Lake and The Address, Downtown Burj Dubai.

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The Waterfall runs through the entire height of the mall, traversing all four levels, and is adorned with art sculptures of human divers made of fiberglass to create a dynamic visual spectrum that complements the rhythmic flow of water.

The Waterfall comprises two cylindrical structures, 30 metres in diameter and 24 metres high, with an overhead reservoir feeding the recycled water. Well-lit in the night and reflecting sunlight by day, the cascading water feature also offers a unique branding platform for retailers. (

And now… Inigo prepares for the jump…

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And finally for LUNCH, we ate at NANDO’s.

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What a great family trip!

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