Monday, 26 July 2010

Dubai Malls – The Dubai Mall

Since opening its doors on November 4, 2008, with about 600 retailers Dubai Mall was marked as the  world's largest-ever mall in shopping history. With a record visitor turn-out of more than 60,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days the Dubai Mall has hosted over 37 million visitors in its first year of operation, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week. At about 12 million square feet Dubai Mall boasts over 1200 shops including the world’s largest Gold Souk, with its 220 jewelry stores.

Thanks to its enormous popularity and humongous size, the mall has become something of a Dubai icon. Dubai Fountain is another well-liked attraction and is equally popular among residents as well as Dubai travelers.  Set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as far above the ground as 500 ft. The Mall began as the brain child of California-based WET, the company that built of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. Dubai fountain has over 6,600 WET Superlights. The daily dancing of choreographed fountain system attracts numerous visitors and thrusts water in the air in several different combinations and patterns. The fountain beam can be seen from miles and miles away.

The Aquarium containing over 33,000 marine animals and is the largest suspended aquarium in the world. The aquarium provides a peep into the marine life that cannot be seen better from anywhere else. A must see for all marine lovers. An Olympic sized Ice Rink including over 1,800 pairs of skates in Dubai Mall help visitors spend their whole day in a fun filled way.

The mall is also home to a 22 screen megaplex cinema and SEGA Republic, a huge indoor theme park where Dubai Mall visitors can enjoy various fun filled games. Another popular section offers winnable merchandise like a fun fair. The world’s largest candy store is also present at Dubai Mall.

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