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Dubai Mall vs Mall of the Emirates

We visited each mall and ate, shopped, pushed, shoved and wobbled our way through their mammoth halls. And while both are impressive, only one can be Kipp’s mall king.

Dubai Mall


It opened in November 2008, so it doesn’t have much of a history. If anything, the mall’s size (12 million square feet) makes it the region’s largest; however, the its size can only be appreciated fully when all the shops have opened.

Dubai Mall was developed by Emaar Malls Group, a subsidiary of Dubai-based Emaar properties.

Score: 5

Food Court

Dubai Mall has Taco Bell. The last time anyone on Kipp had a taco from Taco Bell was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia back in 1993. So when we were informed by mall rats that a branch of the faux-Mexican fast-food chain opened in Dubai Mall’s food court, we were on a mission. A little over a week later, the mission was accomplished.

Anyway, back to work. Dubai Mall’s food court is a mosh pit of savagely hungry, agitated kids and their exhausted parents. The court’s sheer size is indicative of shoppers’ demand for variety and grease, which Dubai Mall’s management was happy to meet.

Like other food courts, Dubai Mall’s is equipped with numerous rows of soiled tables and chairs. However, unique to this mall is the outdoor area that boasts a waterfall. Dare we say it: we actually enjoyed the outdoor setting…although it could’ve been the taco.

Score: 9


The mall’s management promised a new shopping experience, and that’s exactly what they delivered. Since the mall opened, we’ve maxed out our credit cards at stores we’ve never heard of before.

However, what the management failed to mention was the introduction of Book World by Kinokuniya. Our plans to join the hoards of expatriates fleeing the ailing emirate were abandoned, because with Kinokuniya in town, everything is going to be alright.

The other stores are ok.

Score: 10


Dubai’s malls are leisure and entertainment centers. Once you’re in, you’re in for the day. Dubai Mall is no exception. Sections of the mall are still under construction, and according to its website, numerous attractions, including KidZania and Sega Republic, will be completed by mid 2009. For now, the mall offers entertainment seekers an ice rink (aptly named Dubai Ice Rink) and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, both of which are suitably enormous and crowded.

Score: 8

Final score: 31



  1. Sajith on July 14, 2009 7:28 am

    If you are not sure about something…please dont comment on that

  2. Shehab Ahmed on August 18, 2009 10:49 am

    I am now officially big fan of Dubai mall, you know to get used to it and know which areas to go and which areas to avoid

  3. samuraisam on February 16, 2010 4:55 pm

    I can’t believe you failed to mention how absolutely atrocious Dubai Mall’s parking situation is. It’s terrible.

    The parking is terrible.
    The directions around the mall are terrible.
    The elevators are terrible (because the escalators are closed for whatever reason)

    FFS, they have two separate numbering systems for floors (i.e. mall floor 3 is parking floor 5)

    As for stores, Dubai Mall is basically a directory of clothing shops–if you want anything else, then go elsewhere.

  4. khaldon on May 17, 2011 6:23 am

    dubai mall is very beautiful


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