Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates celebrates a successful first decade with this beautifully illustrated volume. It may be the world’s first shopping resort, over 769,000 square feet and counting, but “Shopping is just the beginning.” This colossal space, designed by F+A Architects and owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, boasts over 700 stores and 560 international brands, including a Fashion Dome to house the numerous luxury boutiques that bring the style of the famous Avenue Montaigne to the heart of Dubai.
The Mall is home to 90 restaurants and eateries serving cuisine from all over the world, ranging among Burj Al Hamam’s Lebanese fare, the fine French Angelina Paris, Indian fine dining at Asha’s, and the American Chinese flavors of P. F. Chang’s. Guests looking for entertainment have ample choices, including a 14-screen multiplex cinema; a 500-seat theater and arts center; Magic Planet family entertainment area, with its bowling alley, carousel, bumper cars, arcade, and the RoboCoaster; and the scenic Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The spacious atrium at Mall of the Emirates is a frequent host of exclusive fashion events, such as the annual World of Fashion runway show. The lavish, five-star Kempinski and Sheraton Hotels are also part of the Mall: convenient choices for guests who wish to spread their shopping experience over multiple days.
After ten years, the Mall looks to the future with its Evolution 2015 expansion project, which includes additions to the second floor and parking areas, plus new restaurants, prayer rooms, and a larger cinema. Mall of the Emirates continues to be a thriving hub for a wide range of activities, as well as a landmark of Dubai’s rich culture.