The Dubai Mall
If you are in the mood to indulge in some serious retail therapy, then located just a short stroll away from the hotel is The Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world; home to a 41,000 sq m fashion precinct dedicated to haute couture that positions it as the fashion capital for the region and 1,200 retail outlets that sell everything from high and mid-fashion wear, watches and accessories, gold and jewellery, beauty products, sports and fitness wear and equipment to health products, electronics goods and home furnishing.
The Dubai Mall is also home to the largest Gold Souk in the world. This dazzling precinct showcasing a collection of over 220 of the region's most trusted gold and jewellery retailers, is designed to reflect the rich Arabic heritage blended with the modern features of the mall. Highlighting the Gold Souk is the treasury atrium with a 24.2 m x 12.6 m dome, a dynamic projection ceiling featuring ever-changing design and images. Gold and jewellery can be readily purchased or tailor-crafted to meet a customer's every need.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo - the world's largest aquarium featuring a 180-degree walkthrough tunnel, KidZania®, an innovative children's ‘edu-tainment' concept that is being introduced to the region for the first time, a SEGA indoor theme park, a Cineplex and an Olympic-size ice rink will keep your children entertained while you shop.
For more information, visit: www.thedubaimall.com
Souk al Bahar
In sharp contrast to the grandeur of the Dubai Mall, for a taste of something more rustic visit Souk Al Bahar, an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, on The Old Town Island. Souk Al Bahar which opened it doors in December 2007 is fast becoming Dubai's most vibrant waterside dining, shopping and entertainment experience and a must-see destination for tourists.
Souk Al Bahar (‘market of the sailor') derives its name from both its traditional souk architecture of natural stone corridors, high archways and subdued lighting and its unique ‘sea-side' location on the Burj Lake. The cultural theme flows throughout the mall, with boutique shops showcasing the Arabian heritage through a mix of authentic handicrafts, fashion and accessories.
The souk also features more than 22 restaurants and cafés framing the extensive waterfront promenade - truly defining itself as an entertainment and leisure destination.
For more information, please visit: Souk Al Bahar website
Dubai Marina Mall
For a leisurely and relaxed shopping experience look no further than Dubai Marina Mall. Making utmost use of its waterfront location with an expansive promenade lined with cafés and restaurants, the mall features a distinct architectural design culminating with a large circular glass atrium. From fashion labels to aspirational boutique brands, al fresco waterfront dining options and a strong entertainment centre, Dubai Marina Mall builds upon the leisure appeal of Dubai Marina attracting visitors from New Dubai looking for a vibrant waterfront destination. A key attraction of the mall is the 7-storey Gourmet Tower, to open in 2012 which is a revolutionary concept showcasing world-class cuisine in an exclusive collection of restaurants and cafés overlooking Dubai Marina.