TOP THINGS TO DO AT THE DUBAI MALL BESIDES SHOPPING
Located in the heart of Downtown Dubai and widely known as the world’s biggest shopping mall in the world, Dubai Mall isnt just an average mall providing Retail service but also entertainment, epic shows and views. Attached to the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall is rated as the largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination in the world as it has something to offer for everyone alike.
It has a total retail floor area of 5,400,000 sq ft with more than 1200 outlets and over 200 Restaurants and Cafes. There’s also an immense number of amazing attractions such as the Dubai Aquarium, Kidzania, VR Park, an Olympic ice Skating Rink and so on.
You will lose an entire day at this stupendous destination so make sure you plan an entire day and allow yourself to finish late if you wish to explore the entire mall.
So here are our picks and highlights of the family friendly activities located within the Dubai Mall:
Burj Khalifa – At The Top
Let’s start with the big shot because no visit to The Dubai Mall is complete without climbing the tallest tower in the world! The Burj Khalifa is entered through the Lower Ground Floor of the Dubai Mall. Also you may want to plan this visit in advance especially if you yearn on watching the surreal sunrise and sunset times.
You will get to witness some breathtaking panoramas of the city of Dubai ,Arabian Gulf, stunning Desert views, some major landmarks like Burj Al Arab, Palm Island and much more.
The high speed journey in one of the world’s fastest elevators is also a major thrill! You will be escorted to level 148 of Burj Khalifa At The Top, and get a personalized tour of the Level with some signature refreshments at the Sky lounge. From there you can also visit Level 124 and 125 which is a public observation deck and has a telescope where you get to see some mesmerizing skylines and landmarks.
Make your way to the mall’s spellbounding Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zooand walk through its 270-degree tunnel for a closer look at sharks, stingrays, octopus and over 140 other aquatic species drifting by.
It is a sight to behold with one of the largest indoor aquariums of its kind. Inside the aquarium you can expect a variety of aquatic experiences such as Meet the King Croc, Shark Cage Diving, Shark Feeding Encounter, Cage Snorkelling, Scuba Diving & VRZOO.
Dubai never fails to amaze us when it comes to showcasing new and high end technology. Virtual reality is quickly getting popular and many VR centres are showing up around the globe. In the area that was previously known as Sega Republic you will find the world’s largest virtual reality park – VR Park Dubai featuring Augmented Reality as well.
A better version of the classic gaming arcade, the VR Park with 18 thrilling experiences and rides utilizes next-level technology in innovative and exciting ways.It offers a sweet escape from the confinement of the real world into exciting adventures and places. Doesn’t matter whether you are a gamer or not, the Park offers fresh experience for everyone that shouldn’t be missed. The experiences cover every genre imaginable including horror, sports, leisure, and adventure.
KidZania is a children sized city complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy that encourages education through roleplay which incorporates over 60 real-life activities for kids to enjoy from. They can choose an occupation of their choice for e.g. doctor, police, chef, fireman etc and perform jobs matching their description and earn KidZania Currency to shop or be entertained.
KidZania also has an area designated for toddlers to play in. Parents or guardians can relax in the parent lounge with a coffee or a cold drink while the kids work and play. It’s a great way for kids to learn the value of money.
Dubai Ice Rink is another key leisure attraction at The Dubai Mall and an ideal spot to beat the summer heat.
Whether you wish to play ice hockey, socialize with friends, or just have a great time, this venue is the best place to hang out any time of the year. The place also offers basic facilities including good seating for bystanders, drinks and snacks counter, security lockers at a nominal fee, and a cafe.
Endless fun for skate lovers and visitors are guaranteed.The Dubai Ice Rink also offers unmatched highlights for tourists including the Dubai Ice Rink Skating Academy (DIRSA) providing a full program of training from basics of skating to cutting-edge figure skating.
There is also a newly added stable of Snowmen for less confident skaters to use as they slip and slide across the ice.
The Dubai Fountain is one the city’s most popular and much-loved attractions. Watch the choreographed fountain dance to the rhythm of classical, Arabic and popular music in the afternoons and evenings with shows taking place every 30 minutes from 6pm onwards. It is a spectacle that is worth the watch!
It is set on the 24 acre Burj Lake. For a truly special way to enjoy the fountain shows, you can take a traditional abra boat out on to Burj Lake to see the action up close. Ideally you even have the option to kayak on the Burj Lake.
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