Dubai is a shopper's heaven. Famous for its luxury hotels, high-end restaurants and designer stores, the emirate is an unbeatable place to go to shop till you drop. And, while you might presume that most shops are designer, there is actually an excellent balance of designer, boutique and high-street stores. Plus, there is even a fantastic discount mall, meaning Dubai really is a place that caters for all shopping budgets.
Top Dubai shopping malls
Here are ten of Dubai's best shopping centres:
The Dubai Mall
The world's largest shopping centre, the Dubai Mall is a definite must-visit - and not least because you'll find it next to top attractions such as the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. There are 1,200 shops to choose from, ranging from high-street staples such as Zara to high-end designers like Christian Louboutin, and famous department stores such as Bloomingdale's.
Not content with offering the city's biggest array of shops, this mall also provides a host of attractions, including a 22-screen cinema, an Olympic-sized ice rink, the Dubai Aquarium, and KidZania, where children can learn all about life in the adult world.
The Mall of the Emirates
Another of Dubai's leading shopping centres, the Mall of the Emirates is another option that combines a huge selection of stores with an impressive array of leisure facilities - including hotels. As well as fashion stores such as H&M and Topshop, the mall includes a variety of bookshops, department stores, supermarkets and banks. Plus, there are plenty of dining options in the food courts.
In terms of entertainment, the Mall of the Emirates is a real winner with families thanks to Magic Planet. Dubai's largest family indoor entertainment centre, this attraction has rides, games and even a 4D theatre. Other leisure attractions in the mall include Ski Dubai and Vox Cinemas.
Dubai Outlet Mall
Located outside of central Dubai on Al Ain Road, the Dubai Outlet Mall is the ultimate destination for bargain hunting. This vast warehouse consists of more than 200 stores stocking over 800 big-name fashion brands at hugely discounted prices. At just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Dubai, it's definitely worth a visit if you're keen to maximise how much shopping you can do for your money. There are perfume and electronics stores too.
Housing plenty of big brands, the BurJuman Centre is a must-visit for those seeking out designer stores, with options including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. And, thanks to recent redevelopment, there are more reasons to come here than ever - this mall now has an expanded range of dining options, as well as a 14-screen cinema, meaning it's easy to spend the day here.
This shopping centre is themed around Renaissance Italy - but its shops are very modern. Its roughly 140 stores include everything from fashion and accessories to supermarkets and stationery, as well as electronics, books and premium chocolatiers. Other entertainment comes in the form of a cinema, and the family attraction Fun City. Providing games, rides and learning areas for all ages split into different zones, Fun City is educational as well as enjoyable.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Located next to Dubai Creek, this shopping centre is another of the emirate's largest, housing more than 400 stores. They include fashion, speciality food, jewellery, sportswear, electronics and more. It is also home to a huge IKEA store - though you may not be planning on slipping any furniture into your suitcase!
City Centre Mirdif
With more than 430 shops, City Centre Mirdif is home to all the staple stores you're likely to need, including supermarkets like Carrefour and department stores such as Debenhams. There is, of course, the mix of fashion, accessory and household stores you'd expect too. Where this mall perhaps most stands out is in terms of entertainment; it has a host of Magic Planet attractions designed for different ages, as well as bowling and even indoor sky-diving.
Dubai Marina Mall
This shopping centre is perched on the marina, and has a good balance of high-street stores and tempting places to eat. In fact, it's almost as good for dining as it is for shopping, thanks to its selection of restaurants that offer alfresco dining along the waterfront. However, it does have a great selection of stores - in fact, it promises to bring all the appeal of a big shopping centre into a more compact, easy-to-explore space.
Ibn Battuta Mall
Ibn Battuta Mall is one of the best places to go if you're looking for a really well-balanced selection of fashion, lifestyle and sports shops. What's more, there are some additional gems here too - including the excellent House of Prose bookstore, which lets you buy and read a book, then return it for a 50 per cent refund (though you're likely to be back home by then!). The stores are divided between six themed courts, which are each decorated according to a different country. However, the theme has no bearing on the stores, so you don't need to worry about navigating by nation!
It's also got a good selection of entertainment options, including a cinema complete with an IMAX screen, Switch Bowling and the family-friendly Fun City.
Housing more than 350 shops, Wafi Mall is instantly recognisable thanks to its Egyptian-themed architecture. What's nice about this shopping centre is that it houses Arabic stores, which means it offers something a little different to many of Dubai's other major malls. In terms of entertainment, the two are options are family-focused - mini golf, and Kids Connection, a play centre that includes trampolines, swings, slides and much more.
Dubai: A shopper's paradise
Dubai has so many malls with such a variety of stores that it's impossible to go wrong when choosing where to go. But of course, with so many places to choose from, you can't visit them all, so take the time to think about what you want from your shopping experience before heading out - after all, so many of the malls have amazing leisure options too that they make a varied day out in their own right!