Love to shop? So, are you the kind of a person who likes to go around and check out different stuff? If the answer is no, then Dubai mall is the place to be! Placed aptly in the middle of the city to attract tourists and locals as well, the Dubai mall is a mixture of cultural pride, architectural wonder and engineering magnanimity. Covering the size of a mind-boggling 50 football fields, the sheer size of the Dubai mall makes it the place-to-be for anyone who visits Dubai. The mall was opened to the world in the year 2008 with more than 1200 shops operating from it. Yes, you read it right, a whopping 1200 shops make up for the sheer size of the mall. The mall operates all 365 days of the week and there are about 65 million approximate visitors to the mall every year. Anyone who actually sees the mall will describe it as a city within a city. The mall accounts for a number of stores ranging from children’s play stores to health clinics to restaurants, name it and you have it. The size of the mall is so humongous that it makes it impossible for one to take a look at the entire mall in a single day.
Have you ever wondered how it’s like to walk through a glass surrounded with water all around? To add a bit of spice to it, maybe some sharks and fishes? Well, if you want to experience what it feels like to be inside one of the largest aquariums in the world, then Dubai mall is the place to be. Having the dimensions of 51m x 20m x 11m with the world’s largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high, the open glass panel gives the best in class to everyone who is viewing the aquarium with a crystal clear view thanks to the specially designed glass from Saint Gobain. Rated to be one of the star attractions of the mall, the aquarium is one of the best of its kind and it is absolutely free as well. There is also a tunnel to the aquarium which gives a closer look at the marine nature. The tunnel having limited capacity cannot be made free and thus the entrance to the tunnel is a paid one. There is also an option for the tourists to have more fun with the sharks in the tank with the “Shark Diving Program”, wherein the tourists are let inside a cage and let inside the aquarium. The cage is specially designed to prevent the sharks from attacking the tourists. The tank houses more than 33,000 living animals, with over 250 species which includes 400 sharks as well.
Have you ever wondered if it is possible to have Ice in the middle of a barren desert? If the answer is no, then think again! The Dubai mall even features an Olympic sized Ice Skating rink which is open to the general public. All the gears that are required for Ice hockey and other Ice related sports are provided by the vendors in the mall.
Apart from this, the entertainment and restaurant section in the mall is a huge crowd puller as well. The cinema halls in the Mall houses 22 screens with movies from around the globe being screened.
The mall is not all about the interior looks and stalls that it houses. In front of the mall is the Dubai Fountain, which is one of the biggest and the best fountains in the world. Reaching an incredible height of 450 feet, the Dubai Fountain is regarded as the tallest performing fountain in the world. The Fountain is an absolute treat to the human eye at night as it is lit up with more than 6,600 lights in total. The desert climate however pays a huge toll on the fountain and thus it takes a huge workforce to clean it up as well.
The sheer size of the mall makes it a huge challenge for the maintenance crew to clean up the mall every single day. And with the number of people visiting the mall every day, the task is almost impossible to be carried out. But thanks to the workforce that cleans up the mess every day, the mall looks sparkling new like its day 1, every single day. The mall closes at 10 pm on working days and midnight on all other days. After the working hours, a workforce of about 100 people walk through the mall, seeping, vacuuming and polishing about 1.5m square feet of the malls’ area every single day.
One of the main crowd-pullers in the mall is the KidZania, where children in the age group of 4-15 experience the complexity of the adult world. Completing the facility with an Airplane simulator, the facility aims at bringing the complexity of the adult world to children thereby allowing them to learn better and evolve better in the real life situation by learning from the miniature situation. So, be it an adult or a grown-up, if you want to have some fun with your loved ones, then Dubai Mall is the place to be.