Dubai Mall is one of the most notable buildings in the city. This mall is widely regarded as the world’s best shopping mall, and anyone who’s had a chance to visit will agree with that statement. It’s more than just a mall; it’s like a modern, mini theme park, complete with entertainment, epic shows, and even relaxation. As one of the biggest malls in the world, navigating through more than 1200 outlets in Dubai Mall can be overwhelming, not to mention it is attached to the tallest skyscraper in the world – the Burj Khalifa.
This guide will show you the top ten things to do in Dubai Mall apart from shopping.
1. Top of Burj
Start your Dubai Mall experience with the most incredible sight in Dubai – from the top of Burj Khalifa. You can’t say you have been to Dubai Mall without climbing the world’s tallest building.
The best time to visit is during dusk as it will give you a 360-degree view of the gorgeous city of Dubai during the daytime and at sunset. The sun sets over the beach of the Arabian Gulf, and it is one of the most incredible sights to see in the Middle East.
If you want to take the experience a step further, you can pay a little more to get sky premium access which takes you to a 555-meter high outdoor terrace. Incidentally, it is also the highest observation deck in the world.
2. Dine and Drink
With hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Dubai Mall, there is something for everyone. Some of the highest-rated options are Somewhere, Gia, Peppermill, the Cheese Factory, and Eataly.
Fancy breakfast food for lunch or dinnertime? There’s Cereal Killer Café. Looking for an artsy, hip, and vivacious space? Check out Trove. They serve international cuisine. Of course, all the popular restaurants and fast-food chains in the world are there too. Whatever you are craving, it’s guaranteed that you will find a restaurant to satisfy it.
3. Visit Kidzania
If you are traveling with kids, you can’t afford to miss visiting Kidzania. This attraction is the most enjoyable place for kids in Dubai Mall.
Kidzania offers educational, fun, and interactive attractions for kids. There are more than 60 fun real-life activities for the kids to enjoy. The highlight of this place is the 7,000 sq. meter replica of a full-scale city, complete with everything from grocery stores, fire and police stations, etc. This is a great area for kids to explore as they can role-play and immerse themselves in this fantasy world.
4. Dubai Dino
Dinosaurs aren’t just for kids; adults enjoy them too. For aspiring (and even frustrated) paleontologists out there, Dubai Mall has a treat for you – the Dubai Dino.
This attraction is one of the biggest and best attractions in the mall, as it features a one-of-a-kind display. The 24-meter-long Diplodocus Longus – a long-necked dinosaur with a whip-like tail – is the main attraction here. It is an enormous creature that used to roam the earth some 155 million years ago.
5. Dubai Aquarium
and Underwater Zoo
See what’s under the sea at the world-famous Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Built with around 10 million liters of water, this attraction is the biggest suspended aquarium tank in the world.
The aquarium measures 8.3 meters high and 32.8 wide, while its glass measures 75 cm thick. It houses hundreds of species of marine life – from a variety of sharks to stingrays, amphibians, fish, reptiles, and birds. The zoo also features penguins, turtles, and crocodiles.
If you are looking for some adrenaline-pumping jump scares, then you should check out Hysteria.
It’s a haunted house experience like no other. The 15-room mansion has tons of cleverly positioned scares and hair-raising moments, making it a perfect, life-like depiction of a horror movie. A word of warning: this horror attraction is not for the faint of heart.
7. VR Park Dubai
Do you like playing virtual reality games? Dubai Mall will give you a gaming experience you will never forget!
Dubai never falls short in showcasing technology, and this attraction is one example of that. This park features multiple attractions to experience virtual reality at the extreme level. They have games for both kids and adults, and every game is equally incredibly immersive. They have adventure games, sports, and a whole lot more.
8. Fly a plane at
Emirates A380 (kind
This simulator lets you experience what it feels like inside the cockpit of the world-renowned Emirates A380 airplane. Aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts out there cannot miss this one.
This attraction offers an immersive flight simulation experience. You will be joined by a trainer who will take you through every step of the way. Each simulator experience is a 30-minute lesson. You will learn how to ascend, descend, turn, or even land an aircraft, all in the comfort of the simulator.
9. Ferrari Store
For avid Formula 1 and Ferrari fans, Dubai Mall has a treat for you – the Ferrari Store.
The design of the store resembles a Formula 1 Ferrari garage and pit stop. They all the Ferrari Formula 1 merchandise you can think of. The crews are dressed in complete Ferrari uniforms for a complete experience too.
10. Olympic Ice
Glide across the ice with the whole family in the Olympic-sized ice rink. Situated right at the heart of the mall, this attraction is open to all ages.
Don’t know how to skate? They got you covered. Those who don’t have experience in ice skating can take a quick “learn how to skate” course while returning skaters can take the “refresher course.” Want to play ice hockey? They have the rink for that too.
The Bottom Line
The ten things to do in Dubai Mall that are listed here are just some of the highlights. You can find more fun activities and attractions to explore and enjoy. The mall also hosts a slew of events, especially at weekends. Due to the sheer volume of things to see and do, it is recommended that you visit the mall twice during your stay so you can experience the best and most exciting activities.