Officially the biggest shopping mall on earth by total area, it opened its doors on 4th November 2008 with 600 retailers – a world record for a mall opening. Now at full operational strength it has over 1200 shops and welcomed 37 million visitors in its first year of opening and maintains visitor levels of some 750,000 per week.
The Dubai Mall’s central draw-card is the phenomenal Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre which again boasts a world record in itself with its massive 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high, weighing 245,614 kg). Officially the largest panel in the world it can withstand a pressure of 10 million litres of water.
It’s certainly my favourite shopping mall on earth with a most fantastic HUGE book shop, an official Canon outlet, my favourite Nespresso coffee shop for getting refills for my coffee machine, Starbucks coffee (they actually make an excellent cup of coffee at this one), and the mall is right below the incredible Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building.