Whether it’s fun and games or the ultimate shopping experience, the Dubai Mall is currently the "it" mall all around the globe, it’s a place you surely do not want to miss.

The Dubai Mall opened on November 4th, 2008 making it the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area. How many stores does the Dubai mall have? Over 1,200. Now, you might wonder how will you find your way around and what are the places worth visiting in the Dubai mall… No worries, here’s a guide to the top 10 fun places to visit at the Dubai mall:

1. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, three stories tall, has the most beautiful creatures of the sea. You will come face to face with more than 33,000 exotic marine creatures: Your journey starts at the Aquarium tunnel, and then you will pass by the Rainforest, the Rocky Shore, and the Living Ocean. If you are a diving fan, you can book your ticket and dive with sea creatures in the Aquarium. Your fascination is guaranteed.

2. Dubai Ice Rink
The Dubai Ice Rink is an Olympic-size ice rink that offers you a spectacular ice skating experience. You can learn how to ice skate, play ice hockey, or just have fun skating with your friends and family. You can also learn how to Disco dance on ice, how much fun is that?! You cannot miss visiting the Dubai Ice Rink once you are in the Dubai mall.

3. Sega Republic
Ever wanted to have blasting fun with your friends or with your family? Sega Republic, an indoor theme park at the Dubai Mall, offers you a wide range of fun adventures and games. It has 5 themed zones featuring 9 attractions, including Wild Jungle and Sonic Hopper, and more than 150 games. Sega Republic is all about adventures and adrenaline rush, it screams ‘fun’! But if you’re not into that, you can simply leave your friends or family to enjoy their time there while you head to the great Reels Cinema which is literally two seconds away.

4. Fashion Avenue
The Fashion Avenue at the Dubai mall is located next to the Fashion Catwalk Atrium. This luxurious portion of the Dubai mall contains designer stores that will dazzle you and make you spend, and shop till you drop. Designer stores such as Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Fendi, Chanel, Hermes, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton are all surrounding you as you walk around the Fashion Avenue. It’s truly the heaven of all shopping experiences. And while you’re there you can hang out in the infamous Fauchon café to have the best desserts in town.

5. Souk Al Bahar
A shopping and dining area located on the Old Town Island in Downtown Burj Dubai giving you a wonderful close up view of Burj Dubai and the water fountain. With more than 100 shops and restaurants lining the waterfront promenade, Souk Al Bahar guarantees Dubai residents and tourists beautiful memories they will never forget.

6. Gold Souk
With over 220 gold and jewelry retailers, the Gold Souk is ready to bejewel you. Famous jewelry stores such as Damas and L’Azurde are located in the Gold Souk. Get soaked with your favorite jewelry from head to toe.

7. Galeries Lafayette
The first franchise of Galeries Lafayette, the famous French department store, is located next to the Souk Atrium. Galeries Lafayette gives you the ultimate shopping store where fashion meets interior design and exquisite dining. It is not only a collection of designer clothes, shoes, cosmetics, accessories, and interior decoration but also cafés and a restaurant that serves French cuisine, named The Red Box. Galeries Lafayette also offers you services like a personal shopper, beauty and interior decoration advice.

8. Switch
Switch is a restaurant and lounge designed by Karim Rashid. If you visit Switch you will not only be going for the food, but also for the extraordinary design of the restaurant: The cuisine is a Mediterranean menu with fusion dishes prepared by South African chef, Thomas Schmid. Karim Rashid used contemporary and futuristic designs to give us this beautiful restaurant. The curved walls, the pink seats, the ceiling with Arabic calligraphy, and the lighting all give us a wonderful feel of the place as we enjoy our food.

9. Candylicious
Get your sweet tooth ready for this incredible candy store. It’s like Willy Wonka meets Dubai! Candylicious offers candy that will blow your mind. All what we have dreamt of in our childhood has come true: The towers of gummy candy, the extra large chocolate bars, the yummiest ice cream stand, and the most extraordinary candy collection!

10. The Observation Deck at Burj Dubai
The Observation Deck, opening soon, is located on the 124th floor of Burj Dubai. The tour starts at the Dubai mall where the visitors will buy their tickets and start the journey. A travelator will transport you from the Dubai mall to Burj Dubai; this travelator journey is named “Dubai Now and Then”. Afterwards, an elevator traveling at a speed of 10 meters per second will take you to the 124th floor, the Observation Deck. The Observation Deck is covered by glass where you will be able to view Dubai from a 360 degrees view. Definitely a breath-taking experience not to be missed.

– Zubaida Ali.

Images: The Dubai Mall

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