The Best Shopping Malls in Dubai

With high-end boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, and a slew of luxurious attractions (indoor skiing anyone?), these eight luxury establishments give the mall a whole new meaning. 

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The Dubai Mall: Sharks, Skates, and Shopping

The world’s largest mall, more than 750,000 visitors pass through the Dubai Mall each week—not just to shop, but to skate an Olympic-sized rink, wander through the aquarium and underwater zoo (it has sharks, stingrays, piranha, otters, and a penguin colony), and to take selfies in front of the dramatic Dubai fountains and Burj Khalifa, too. More of a compound than a mall, the property is surrounded by five luxury hotels where shoppers can rest after a long day of perusing designs from Burberry, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Dior in the Fashion Dome, or fine gold jewelry from local and international craftsmen in the mall’s Souk. To refuel, find a seat at one of the communal dining tables or an outdoor bistro table overlooking the fountains at the “East-meets-West” concept restaurant, Social House. Nibble on a Wagyu beef burger or a Halloumi salad doused in hazelnut-date vinaigrette while you people watch. Located adjacent to the Burj Khalifa in New Dubai; 971-800/3822-46255; thedubaimall.com.