Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 September 2020

Timeframe: The birth of The Dubai Mall 10 years ago

When the mall opened in November 2008, it was the size of 50 football pitches, but it's only got bigger and better

Courtesy Emaar
Courtesy Emaar

The Dubai Mall was just starting to take shape when this photo was taken in 2008.

When it opened on November 4, 2008, it had 1,000 retail outlets and was the size of 50 football pitches. It has since undergone two expansions, including one in March to increase the size of its Fashion Avenue. It also holds several Guinness World Records including for the largest shopping mall, the largest OLED screen and the largest acrylic panel, which is at the aquarium. It’s also now hailed as the most visited retail and lifestyle destination in the world, with more than 80 million visitors annually.

The Dubai Mall’s 10th anniversary celebrations run until November 28, and include a nightly sound and light spectacular in the Star Atrium, a floating Diwali art installation on Burj Lake and the chance to win one of three luxury apartments from Emaar Properties.


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