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Famous shopping centres of Dubai - I

Famous shopping centres of Dubai - I

Most shopping centres or malls in the UAE are much more than shopping destinations, many are well-designed attractive venues with food courts and entertainment areas

BurJuman Centre
Trade Centre Road, Bur Dubai
Tel: 352 0222
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 Friday 16:00-22:00

BurJuman Centre opened in the spring of 1992 and since its inception has evolved to become recognized as being the regions premier shopping mall. Based in the heart of Dubai's most cosmopolitan area, within easy reach for customers residing throughout Dubai and other emirates, BurJuman Centre is one of the largest and most modern shopping malls in the emirate, priding itself on offering customers a better class of shopping.

The centre presently comprises 175 prestigious boutiques. Its premier tenant mix includes a selection of high-profile designer fashion boutiques, many of whom have chosen BurJuman to house their sole outlet in the emirate, such as Christian Dior, Ines de la Fressange, Polo Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Salvatore Ferragamo, Donna Karan and DKNY. BurJuman Centre also houses many other top American and European labels that offer visitors the type of comprehensive fashion choices that you would expect from a high class mall, including Calvin Klein, Bally, Escada, MaxMara, Esprit, Morgan, Outfit (housing 5 British brands), Agnes B and Tiffany & Co. The centres atrium courtyards flooded with sunlight, comfortable seating and abundant foliage creates a relaxed yet vibrant shopping environment. The Food Court has 13 varieties of international cuisines and Dome Cafe, with outside dining, offers cuzst of modern and traditional arabesque architecture.

Al Ghurair City
Al Rigga Road, Deira
Tel: 223 2333
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 Fri 14:00-22:00

Al Ghurair Centre, popularly known as the "Spirit of Dubai", pioneered the shopping centre concept in the United Arab Emirates two decades ago. The mixed - use centre includes 300,000 square feet of retail, 350 apartments and 150,000 sq. ft. of offices. Its 250 stores offer a unique combination of traditional and modern merchandise with retailers ranging from BHS, Alfred Dunhill, McDonalds, Nike, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins and Giordano to its extensive collection of Middle Eastern Textile shops, Perfumeries and Jewellers. The Al Ghurair City will be a harmonious blend of enclosed and exciting streetscapes, the best of entertainment, food, upscale residences and state of the art office space. It will house the latest international brands and strong local and regional brands. The merchandising mix will attempt to differentiate the project and will offer new retail experiences in the city and the region. In terms of design it will marry the most modern architecture with traditional icons. It will create a new metaphor - "Modern Arabic" and will become a unique place to visit in addition to being a bustling shopping destination. This new architectural style enhanced with exciting streetscapes, will make Al Ghurair City a tourist must-see in Dubai.

Jumeira Beach Road, Jumeira
Tel: 344 4161
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 Fri 14:00-22:00

Dubai's spectacular destination mall is a must-see for all visitors. Mercato (Italian for market) is the first wholly themed mall in the Middle East and brings together the choicest lifestyle offerings from the Mediterranean region. Based on a distinctive architectural concept, it predominantly captures Italian, French and Spanish flavours and artistic characteristics, complete with fairs and festivals and high street joy de vivre.

The interior of the mall replicates the concept of a square, the focal point of any Mediterranean town and the traditional location of the Mercato, or market. Centuries ago, peasants would bring their goods to the Mercato to trade. Permanent shops were set up as well, all facing the square. Eventually, the Mercato developed a sense of community and family, becoming a place where people met for coffee and talked for hours. Come sundown, the square would turn into a venue for events, festivals and concerts.

Deira City Centre Mall
Opp Dubai Creek Golf Club, Al Garhoud
Tel: 295 4545
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 Fri 14:00-22:00

Regarded as an architectural marvel, Deira City Centre represents the ultimate shopping experience. Gigantic by all standards the shopping centre houses outlets running from a hype market to popular fashion boutiques.

Dubai is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Middle East. The city is also home to one of the most popular malls in the region - Deira City Centre. Whether youre a resident of Dubai, on a weekend break or enjoying a fortnights holiday, Deira City Centre has plenty to offer you - a choice of 240 superb shops, restaurants, fast food outlets, a childrens entertainment centre, City Centre Hotel & Residence and much, much more!

The layout of Deira City Centre is superb. It has been briadly divided into:the Fashion Court, the Home Court, the Jewellery Court, A World of Good Food, Fun for all Ages, The Winter Gardens and The Palm Court. The centre boasts of over 240 outlets and has been dubbed the largest venue in the region providing banking facilities for the customers convenience.

Lamcy Plaza
Near EPPCO HQ, Oud Metha
Tel: 335 9999
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 Fri 10:00-22:30

Lamcy Plaza, which pioneered the open-display retail concept in the region when it opened in 1997, is home today to over 150 leading local, regional and international retail brands, across various categories including Paris Gallery, Damas, Guess, Giordano, Al Futtaim Watches, Nine West, La Senza, Aldo, Next for Kids, Benetton, Plug-Ins and Al Mansoor Audio Video to name a few. The mall has one of the largest selections of men's, ladies and children's wear in the region.
In addition, Lamcy Plaza offers its customers several value-added services such as free valet parking; one of the largest and most comprehensive food courts in the UAE; and postal facilities through the only EMPOST counter within a shopping mall in the UAE. Radio Lamcy, the mall's very own in house radio station, another one of a kind attraction, provides shoppers with latest chart topping hits and their very own requests and dedications.

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