A city of shopping called Dubai Mall
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Shopping and entertainment center Dubai Mall has become one of the most visited places in the UAE . This popularity he earned thanks to the entertainment component. For shopping Dubai Mall is not the best place, as the prices here are higher than in other shopping centers of the emirate of Dubai - Mall o Emirates or BurJuman. Therefore, in this article, it will be primarily about entertainment.
What is interesting for the Dubai Mall for tourists
Conventional shopping centers contain a standard set of entertainment, we call it "set of accordion". It is a multiplex cinema, a food court and a small room with attractions and slot machines.
Dubai Mall is very different in the positive direction. The cinema here is for 22 rooms, a food court for 100 points of catering, and the amusement hall is one of the largest in the world.
In addition, here is one of the largest aquariums in the world, and it can be viewed for free. Above the aquarium is the zoo. Nearby is the world's largest store of sweets.
In Dubai Mall you can see the real skeleton of a dinosaur and ride on a large ice rink. In this shopping center there is even a hotel. Many sites on the Internet call it the world's largest shopping and entertainment center, and this has some truth, but only a share.
Is it really the largest?
The sizes of shopping centers are measured by area, but there is an important nuance. In the official classification, not the total area is used, but rented. That is, the area of shops, restaurants, cinemas and entertainment centers. Utility rooms, corridors and parking spaces are not considered.
Very often marketers for advertising purposes like to use a common area and proclaim any shopping center "the most-most." So it happened with the Dubai Mall. Its total area is really a record - 1 124 000 square meters. But the rented area here is only 350 000, and at the time of writing this article is only 20th in the world.
On the leased area of Dubai, Mall was never the first. Some foreign sites write about the 15th place, which is also not true. Even at the time of opening in 2008, he was only 17th.
Such manipulations with numbers happen often, and far beyond examples you do not need to go. TC Big Golden Babylon in Moscow on Prospect Mira was proclaimed the largest advertisers in Europe with an area of 241,000 square meters. But the rented area is only 170 000, and this title does not "pull" at all.
In Dubai Mall more than 1200 stores. Here, marketers have counted all the outlets, including small stalls. This figure is also not a record, as in Iran there are more than 2500 stores in the Persian Gulf Complex. Iranian marketers also considered all the outlets, and, apparently, tried better.
Figures of the general and rented areas of the Dubai Mall create an interesting question, which is asked by some of the most astute tourists. If the total area is 1 124 thousand, and the leased - 350 thousand, what are the remaining 774 thousand square meters in this shopping center?
The Mall of Dubai Mall has wide corridors and parking for 14,000 cars, but it is not all that big enough to occupy 774,000 square meters. The ratio of the total area and rented at the SEC rarely exceeds 2k1, and in the Dubai Mall it exceeds 3k1. All these facts suggest that the figure of 1 124 000 is clearly "tense".
The completion of the Dubai Mall was due to the economic crisis of 2008. The discovery was postponed two times. Then the oil prices fell sharply, and it turned out that the Dubai Emirate has no money to complete large-scale projects. Dubai Mall could be completed on their own, but the neighboring tower of Burj Khalifa was built on the money of the emirate of Abu Dhabi .
In 2014, 80 million visitors visited the Mall of Dubai. This figure is very interesting and even paradoxical.
The population of the Arab Emirates is 9 million people. Every year, the country is visited by 20 million tourists. It turns out that even if the Dubai Mall was visited by all its residents and all tourists, then more than 30 million would not work. The question is, where is the figure of 80 million?
Here everything is simple. The attendance figures are taken from automatic security control systems at the entrance to the building. Everyone who enters is considered. The machine guns do not know that this guard came out to smoke on the street and went back in. Hence, such gigantic figures appear.
How to get to Mall Mall
The easiest way to get here on the subway in Dubai . We need to get to the station 'Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall' on the first (red) branch. On some maps this station is called 'Burj Khalifa'.
After exiting the subway, you can take a free bus and drive to the shopping center, but there is a second more interesting way.
Between the metro station and Dubai Mollom built a special pedestrian bridge Metro Bridge length of about 850 meters. It is the longest such bridge in the world. You do not even need to go for it, you can go on the travolators, which pass along its entire length.
In terms of time, there is no difference - use a bridge or a bus. The bridge is more convenient, as it is fully air-conditioned.
And if you do not want to go
That in the shopping center Dubai Mall has its own hotel. It is called The Address, and, naturally, it is classified as 5 stars. The cost of an ordinary double room is $ 500 per night. Hotel The Address's furnishings correspond to this price. From the hotel you can directly access the Dubai Mall via a separate entrance.
What to see for tourists
In detail, let's talk about each element of the entertainment program for visitors.
It stands in the main atrium. This skeleton stands here recently - since March 2014. Height - 7 meters, length - 25 meters. He makes an indelible impression on visitors.
This is a real dinosaur skeleton, which was found in the US, and transported to Dubai for public viewing. Rather, 90% of his bones are original, the rest 10% of the scientists had to finish themselves.
This kind of dinosaur is called diplodocus . These giants lived during the late Jurassic period 150-145 million years ago. They lived only in the western part of North America. Skeletons Diplodocus in the US find a lot, and this is the most well studied by scientists dinosaur.
Americans willingly share skeletons with the whole world. Its skeletons are in the museums of London, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Paris. In Moscow, such a skeleton, too, is located in the paleontological museum named after Orlov.
Waterfall with divers after pearls
One of the main symbols of the Dubai Mall. Like a dinosaur, it can be viewed for free. Details about it read in a separate article ' Dubai Mall - waterfall with divers '.
Ice Rink Dubai Ice Rink
This is the most useless for Russians part of the entertainment program in the Dubai Mall. It is clear that the Arabs a large ice rink causes a storm of emotions. They saw ice only in small cubes in the refrigerator.
He does not cause strong emotions among Russians, because this is just a hockey field. By the way about hockey, the hockey team of the UAE exists and plays in the third world division. At the competitions of 2015 they took the 6th place (out of 7 participants) and even won one game from the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But lost the remaining 5 meetings, and the team of Turkey with a score of 15-0.
The Arabs ride with great pleasure. But not all the time the rink is open to visitors. Some days there are sporting events, and you will not be able to ride.
The cost of skiing is 60 dirhams UAE , and this is twice as expensive as on ice skating rinks in Moscow. Additionally, 5 dirhams are worth the rental of skates.
However, there is one very interesting detail for tourists. This is a giant screen measuring 20 by 10 meters. The screen can be viewed always and for free. Under the ceiling there are devices for creating artificial snow. But to look at their work is difficult, since they are included only in some sessions on New Year's holidays.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
This is the main point of the tourist program in the Dubai Mall. The aquarium of 10 million liters can be viewed free of charge through a record-breaking plexiglass plate. For an additional fee, you can walk along the underwater tunnel and see the zoo. Read more in our article 'The Aquarium and the Zoo in the Dubai Mall '.
Candylicious Candy Shop
Right in front of the aquarium is the world's largest store of sweets, chocolate and various sweets. This is a very interesting place, which we described in detail in the article ' Candylicious Shop in the Dubai Mall .'
Can argue with the rink for the title of the most useless for Russian tourists entertainment. All films are shown in the original languages - English, Arabic and sometimes Hindi (Indian).
The halls of the Dubai Mall cinema boast a Dolby Atmos sound system. However, there are halls with Dolby Atmos in Moscow and St. Petersburg, there is nothing new for Russians. In the halls of the Dubai Mall there are VIP-sofas and armchairs. And this is also present in Russia.
In the Dubai Mall 22 rooms than the Russians also not surprise. In the cinema center on Krasnaya Presnya in Moscow there are 23 rooms.
Ticket prices here are quite high - 35-45 dirhams UAE per session in the usual cross. The VIP costs 130-160 dirhams.
The only surprising thing here is the availability of waiters in the halls. After paying an additional 30 dirhams, you can order snacks and drinks directly to your seat in the hall. And this cost includes a pillow and a blanket. This fact causes a storm of laughter. Are the films so boring?
Sega Republic Amusement Park
This is one of the pride of the Dubai Mall. 7000 square meters, 15 main attractions and more than 170 various slot machines. Details about the Sega Republic and the prices for attractions we told in the article ' Sega Republic Park in the Dubai Mall '.
The name of this place is translated as 'fashion street'. This is part of the Dubai Mall, which houses only fashion stores.
Dior, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Oscar de la Renta, Kenzo, Hugo Boss, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gianfranco Ferre, Escada, Dolce and Gabbana, Armani and many others.
At the time of this writing, Fashion Avenue lists 78 stores. 40 000 square meters. In this area Dubai Mall is a separate entrance from the street, and this part of the shopping complex has its own parking.
It's even difficult to call it a part of Dubai Mall. Rather, it is a shopping center in a shopping center.
We talked about the most interesting parts of the entertainment program for tourists in the Dubai Mall. But there are many more interesting things. Each tourist will find a store for his taste and interests. Read our articles about the United Arab Emirates, there are many more useful ( links below ).
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