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5 Things to Do at Dubai Mall

Next to the world’s tallest building sits the world’s largest shopping mall. With around 1,200 stores, Dubai Mall has become a premier shopping and entertainment destination. Nearly every mid and high-end fashion brand can be found here. This is not a place you just nip in to for a tube of toothpaste; plan to spend several hours here. Actually, it’s a wonderful place to spend a day even if you have no intentions of buying anything. Take a look at my top 5 Things to Do at Dubai Mall! 🙂

1.Brush up on some ice skating.

Glide into a magical winter wonderland at Dubai Ice Rink. With its larger than life Olympic-size proportions, whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialise with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to hang out any time of the year. There are also night-time disco sessions for moving and shaking it up on the ice.

For more information, visit their website at


2. Give a treat to your taste buds.

There’s no need to worry when hunger strikes. The Dubai Mall boasts over 150 food outlets offering everything from fine dining to casual eateries. So if you love food  like me, you will definitely love this mall.

One of my favorite restaurants here is Al Hallab. This pretty restaurant offers healthy Lebanese cooking, with superb fruit juices; tasty kebabs and great desserts. It is located at the 2nd Floor, next to The WaterFall & The Dubai Fountain.

For more information, visit their website at


And of course, the largest fast food chain in the Philippines and my all time favorite–Jollibee. It is located at the ‘Food Court’ of Dubai Mall. The food court area features ample dining space where families and friends can bond over the delicious Jollibee treats. By the way, you need to prepare yourself for the lone line.



3. Visit Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Just inside the mall’s entrance lies the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. It is  one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. It has more than 33,000 living aquatic animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. You can ride a glass-bottom boat (Dhs25) across the top of the tank, walk through the underwater tunnel (Dhs25 adult, Dhs20 children) which leads through the middle, or even ‘diving with the sharks’ (advance bookings required). Anyway, you can also view quite a lot for free from the outside.

For more information, visit their website at


With my brother

4. Cure your sweet tooth.

Next to Dubai Aquarium is the world’s biggest sweet shop. Candylicious sells an extensive range of sweet and chocolate brands from around the world. I really love standing under the lollipop tree and watching the candymakers at work.

For more information, visit their website at


Can I kiss you, Mr. Hershey?

5. Watch the world’s biggest musical fountain.

Dubai Fountain is the city’s most popular free tourist attraction. This dancing fountain is set in the middle of a large lake, lying between the glittering Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The fountain really comes to life after dark, it has 6, 600 wet superlights and 25 colour projectors. The water undulates as gracefully as a belly dancer and surges as high as 150m. I read that the beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and will be visible from space making it the brightest spot in the Middle East, and quite possibly in the entire world. Wow, right?



What are your favorite things to do at Dubai Mall?


Leslie is a twenty-something and recently moved to Canada. She loves wandering with her camera and trying new things.

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