Dubai Mall

Financial Center Street, Along Sheikh Zayed Road, Next to Burj Khalifa - وسط مدينة دبي - دبي - United Arab Emirates

You may have already seen photos of Dubai Mall on social media, but to visit is more of an experience than just a trip to a mall. While the mall has a lot to offer avid shoppers, other visitors may instead choose to experience the space as an art exhibit or performance piece. Hop on one of the mall’s taxicabs to whiz from one wing to the next, grab a coffee at Angelina with Dubai’s elite, or people-watch around the fancier, less crowded sections of the mall. And don’t miss the choreographed water dances and the wildlife on display at the mall’s aquarium.

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Fountain Dancing at the Dubai Mall

Yes, dancing fountains are a bit hokey, maybe even a bit Vegas, but even the cynics will be dazzled by this fountain display. Crowds start to gather well before each show, which happens about every half-hour starting at 6PM (there is one show in the afternoon). The beauty of the display is also, of course, a display of wealth: water fountains in the desert. The entire show—lights, sound, water—is a fitting testament to Dubai, where human will has triumphed over geography.

Water Fountain in Dubai

There’s shopping then there’s Shopping. At Dubai Mall you can shop, eat, drink, smoke shisha, ice skate, and sip cocktails while watching a water fountain show complete with music and lights (at night). It’s a mix of locals and foreigners mingling and taking snapshots of the architecture, the water, or the Burj Khalifa.

Tiny paper butterflies in Dubai mall

Standing in the world’s largest mall in Dubai

Mega aquarium in Dubai mall

One more example of extravagance in Dubai mall is this multi story aquarium. The mall is so big you feel like you need a car to drive through it.

Botero & The Burj

If you happen to find yourself in Dubai at the base of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 830 meters, what would you expect to find? If you answered a fattened, bronze statue of a horse by Fernando Botero weighing in at 1,500 kilos, you would be correct. While the world’s tallest building and the world’s fattest bronze horse may seem like strange bedfellows, they actually kind of look cute together. Just don’t ask the Burj to move in a little closer for a snapshot.

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