Nakheel Mall Coming to Palm Jumeirah
Another mall in Dubai? You betcha. Development is now underway for a new mall on the famous Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s famous man-made island designed in the shape of a palm tree. The new Dubai attraction with its futuristic design will encompass over 1 million square feet of retail space. It will cost over 3.3 billion AED ($898 million USD)
Convenience is what it’s all about with the Nakheel Mall. It will be located at the top of the palm’s trunk with monorail service running through the centre for quick and easy drop off. It will also provide easy access links to those residents living on The Palm. It will include the following:
* 5 floors with over 75 shops
* Two anchor stores. One store spanning over 85,000 square feet, and the other over 100,000
* 120 restaurants
* A 46,000 square foot supermarket
* A 21,000 square foot gym
* 3 parking levels with over 4000 parking spaces
* A marina, and
* A public walkway
The mall will also be linked to a 40-story hotel that will accommodate 300 rooms and 100 residential apartments, positioning Palm Jumeirah as a prime real estate location for both residents and visitors. Not that it needs any help. But the addition of this uniquely designed Dubai attraction will make it even more attractive.
But does Dubai need another mall? Well apparently it does as a briefing for interested retailers has shown. The demand was so high that they had to split the briefing into two sessions. Major retailers from all around the world seem to be setting their sights on Dubai. And, Dubai seems to be back on track from the economical hiccup that began in 2009. The tourism rate is now growing at 13 percent each year, and the occupancy rate of Dubai hotels is close to 82 percent. All of which support moving ahead with the project.
As a new Dubai attraction, the Nakheel Mall will add another dimension to the long list of other attractions.
With plans to open in 2016, there’s no doubt that the new Nakheel Mall will be an added bonus to the already extensive list of great amenities this exclusive area has to offer. So why not experience this unique vacation destination from the luxury of one of our many apartments for rent in Dubai, and see why this famous city has made such a name for itself around the world.
Emirati’s love to shop. Dubai shopping is their favorite pastime. Maybe it’s the desert climate that has them addicted to the cool air-conditioned malls that surround them. But with nearly 70 malls and shopping centre already in existence, the list just keeps on expanding.
Starting with Dubai developer, Nakheel, and their announcement of several new projects which will add 4 million m² of new retail space to the Dubai market. Their first is the expansion of their flagship mall, Ibn Battuta. The Ibn Battuta Mall is based on the journeys of Ibn Battuta, a 14th-Century Arab explorer. Divided into 6 regions, China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia, and Andalusia, each region of the mall represents a location that the famous explorer traveled.
The design of each region, through architecture and artistry is meant to take its visitors on a journey. From Chinese sailing ships to life-sized statues of India elephant, its unique design adds a bit of enchantment to your shopping experience. Now Nakheel will be doubling the size of this exotic Dubai shopping centre, expanding it out within metres of the Dubai Metro station, providing easy access.
New Dubai Shopping Attraction Currently Under Construction
Phase II of the Dragon Mart Mall is under construction in International City. Dragon Mart is already the world’s largest trading hub for Chinese products outside of China. Phase II plans to almost double its size. But that is just the beginning for International City. Nakheel will also be adding India Mart, combining wholesale and retail Indian products, and the Great Mall Dubai.
Nakheel is also moving forward with its plan for a new mall on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah. The 2.5 billion AED ($685 million USD) Nakheel Mall, spanning 424,000 m², is targeted to open in 2016. And once the first phase of the Palm Deira is underway, the Palm Mall will follow. These plans will make Nakheel the largest shopping mall in the Middle East.
But don’t think Emaar, the infamous developer of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and the world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall, is sitting idly by. This commercial developer has announced its plans to expand on the world’s largest mall. Making it what? The world’s largest mall twice over?
Afraid not. As Emaar plans to outdo itself with plans for a mall even larger that the world’s largest. In partnership with Dubai Holding, and in conjunction with Universal Studios, the mega Dubai developer will construct the Mall of the World as part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid City project. It is expected to host over 80 million visitors a year, and house 100 hotel facilities.
Mohammed Bin Rashid City will be a “city within a city” and besides its mega Dubai shopping mall it will also include a park estimated to be 30% larger than Hyde Park in London.
Too Many Places to Shop?
So does this all seem to be a bit too much? A case can be created for just the opposite. With Dubai’s tourism growing at a rate of 13 percent per year, and with hotel revenues up 22 percent, and hotel occupancy rates reaching 82 percent, the market seems to support it. And, major retailers from around the world are flocking to the city to sell their wares.
But none of that is important if you love to shop. Just grab your wallet and a comfortable pair of shoes, and “shop ‘til you drop”.
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Summertime is the best time to travel if you are looking for a cheap Dubai holiday. It is during this time that the best hotel, dining and shopping deals are to be had. The city has even created, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), an annual festival designed to attract visitors with shopping promotions, world-class entertainment, and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Be prepared, however, as your holiday will most likely be spent indoors. Dubai doesn’t allow its desert temperatures to effect them. Instead this city “beats the heat” with its innumerable indoor activities, although waterparks, such as AquaVenture and Wild Wadi are also quite popular.
During DSS, many of the malls and shopping venues offer guests significant savings, in upwards of 70% off. In addition, many of the family entertainment venues provide fantastic, value-added promotions. The following attractions will be offering free entry this season for up to two children (below 12 years of age) for every two adult tickets purchased:
At the Dubai Mall:
* Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
* Dubai Ice Rink
* SEGA Republic
At Mirdif City Centre:
* Soccer Circus
* I Fly Dubai
At Creekside Park:
* Children’s City
* Dubai Dolphinarium Dolphin and Seal Show
* Dubai Dolphinarium Mirror Maze
* 5D Cube Cinema
At Mall of the Emirates:
* Ski Dubai
* The Montgomerie
* Al Badia Golf Club
Other Participating Sites:
* Meydan IMax Theater
* Wild Wadi Waterpark
In addition, from the 20th of June through the 28th of August, kids can enjoy visiting with Dubai’s popular mascot Modhesh, at Modhesh World, the region’s largest indoor edu-tainment centre. Offering a wide range of games and fun activities, Modhesh World brings fun to the Dubai World Trade Centre.
This year, you may want to consider celebrating Eid in Dubai. With awesome display of fireworks, international concerts, and Dubai holiday packages that are sure to please; this travel destination can add a new dimension to your Eid festivities.
So why not enjoy a cheap Dubai holiday, and experience this amazing city in the summer.
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Dubai is probably one of the most glamorous cities which have defined luxury in its own terms. The magnificent urban landscape with its immaculate skyscrapers and beautiful well-built roads, the architectural delights in its mosques, the red sea of sand in its deserts and the posh luxury of its grandiose hotels –all add to the versatility and extravagance of the dazzling cosmopolitan. All in all, Dubai is pulsating with activity, with numerous tourists from different parts of the world –with different culture, religion and nationality—sightseeing and exploring the desert city. And in none of the places is this more pronounced than the exquisite shopping malls in Dubai that have blinded tourists with their glitz. Dubai has revolutionized people’s experience in shopping malls by embellishing the simple idea of shopping into entertainment. Shopping malls are not just a place where one goes to buy products. Now, tourists go to shopping malls for everything—starting from roaming around without hindrance, for hang-outs with friends, to eat, to watch movies, to play video games, smoke shisha and relax in utter contentment. The concept of shopping malls now is not merely confined to the conventional realms of exchange of goods and services. Other types of entertainment and comfort features have blended in to ‘shopping’ and in the process a complete amusement bonanza has been produced amid the delights of regular tourists. The Dubai shopping malls have not only been extravagant in terms of its architectural beauty, dazzling exterior and pristine interior, but also innovative in terms of offers in versatile amusement sectors for men, women and children alike. Three such malls are described below.
1. Dubai Festival city:
Festival City mall, despite not being as large as other malls like Dubai mall, is an unrivalled favorite among UAE residents. Located near the airport, the theme of this mall is imbibed with sophistication. There is a gorgeous outdoor canal and walkway inside the mall dotted with restaurants and cafes –there are more than 100 of them– giving the tourists a magnificent view of the canal while moistening the taste buds. The mall is equipped with more than 600 shops. The residents of the Intercontinental hotel nearby can park their elegant yachts in the Marina. The journey in the mall could be complete with a visit in the bar at the top of the hotel where the Dubai skyline and the Dubai Creek blend in a panoramic view.
2. Dubai Mall:
This is the biggest mall in the world at the moment and it is highly likely that an ordinary tourist would feel like he or she is lost in the sheer expanse of the mall. It is like being stranded in a vast ocean with no one to guide although there are guides all over the mall to point one in the right direction. The mall is equipped with more than a thousand shops. There is children theme park called KidZania where children get a taste of adulthood by handling replica money and doing mock professions. Games arcade like Sega Republic and the largest fountain in the world are two of its many attractions.
3. Mall of the Emirates:
This mall is just a short taxi ride away from the one and only Burj Al Arab, the first seven-star hotel in the world. This mall features an artificial indoor snow haven has been created against the backdrop of a hot tropical climate. The giant ski slope is so long that its ramp is visible from miles around the mall. One can enjoy skiing, tobogganing, snow boarding, ice skating or simply fiddling in the snow 365 days a year. There are shops in the mall that sell snow gadgets like skis, snow boards, skaters and other related accessories.
Dubai Shopping Festival
It’s that time of year again! Beginning on January 15, 2009, Dubai’s annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), known in Arabic as “Layali Dubai” will return to the city. This month long event scheduled in the first quarter of the year, will go thru until February 15, 2009. During this time, Shopaholics from around the world, will make their annual pilgrimage to the “City of Gold”, to take advantage of the deep discounts that merchants offer, in addition to the tax-free advantage Dubai offers its visitors.
The Dubai Shopping Festival started in 1996. It was originally intended to revitalize the retail market of Dubai, but it has gained so much popularity, it is now a major tourist attraction for the Emirate, with daily fireworks, exhibitions, and events scheduled throughout the month . During its origination, the concept of developing a global shopping village where nations from all over the world could come and share their culture and wares with others was established. This concept became reality with the creation of the Global Village, located off Emirates Road in Dubailand.
In addition to the Global Village, over 2300 of Dubai’s retail outlets participate in the event, offering everything from gold, jewelry, clothes, electronics, cars, cosmetics, and hand-crafted items. Also participating in the event are many of Dubai’s hotels, airlines, and tour companies, offering their own deals on airfares, tours, and accommodations while attending the event. Emirates Airlines, who is a key sponsor of the event, even offers an additional baggage allowance, to room for its patrons to transport their additional “goodies” back home.
Becoming a major tourist attraction, Dubai has enhanced the festival by the addition of other attractions, which include fireworks, light and laser shows, fashion shows, and concerts, including the Dubai International Jazz Festival which runs for 3 days during DSF. Many Arabic entertainers, such as Nawal Zoghby, Najwa Karim, and Amr Diab, have performed at DSF in the past.
Another popular event during the festival is the daily raffle drawings. Giveaways include such things as cars, 4×4s, gold, and money. Guests can participate in the raffle by purchasing raffle tickets, or by shopping at participating merchants who will give away raffle tickets to those purchase a certain amount in goods or services.
Concerns have been sited about DSF 2009 due to the global economic crisis the world is facing, however, others see it as increased opportunity to get even better deals, and to avoid the massive crowds typically associated with the annual shopping event. At present, it appears that Dubai intends on promoting this year’s festival as it has done in the past, and that will mean that the promotions and entertainment that is typically associated to the event will continue as usual. In addition, there have been a few additions to the city of Dubai, which guests are sure to enjoy. First, is the opening of the Atlantis, with its new family-oriented, water-themed Park, Aquaventure. Also new to the scene this year, is the new Dubai Mall, touted as the largest shopping mall in the world. This mall is sure to enhance the shopping experience of any pilgrim making their way to the Shopping Mecca of the World!
Karama Shopping Deals
Anyone visiting Dubai that is looking for a unique shopping experience needs to visit the famous Karama District, located near Dubai Business and Commercial District of Bur Dubai. Karama’s shops offer great deals on Pashmina Shawls, Tableclothes, and Pillow Coverings, and those that love to bargain this is the place, as you can really practice your skills with the merchants here. But, it’s the shopping behind the closed doors that people really go to Karama for. My friends and I recently took a shopping trip to Karama. If I had not been already educated on how much of the business was performed here, I probably would have been quite nervous when a small Pakistani man approached us and asked if we were “interested in brand names”. When we gave him a positive response, he told us to follow him, as he walked us several blocks, down some side streets. Had I not been with several women (a large enough group, that I felt the safety in numbers), and had not been aware of the “business conducted behind closed doors”, I’m sure that I would have run the other way. We finally arrived at what looked like an apartment building, where we got into an elevator and took a ride up several floors. When we got off, he walked us down the hall to an apartment, where he made a special knock on the door. A few seconds later, the door opened and our escort ushered us in. Yes, it was an apartment, but it was stocked with designer label items from floor to ceiling in every room. From designer handbags, wallets, and cellphone cases, to designer watches and designer sunglasses, they had it all! All the top designer houses were represented, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Chloe, Prada, Versace, Christian Dior, Baby Phat, Juicy Couture, Rolex, Monte Blanc, and yes, even Hermes. You would have thought you were in Couture Heaven!
As we went around asking “how much?” the typical response was “No worries ma’am, pick what you want, and I give you good deal.” So, it is just best to pick out everything you are interested in, and put in a grouping, for them to price out. Keeping in mind, the more you buy, the better your bargaining power. As you begin to wrap up, allow yourself plenty of time for negotiating, at this is an art form, and the merchants are skilled craftsmen in this area. If you are not one who is skilled at bargaining, it is best to make sure that you bring along a girlfriend or family member that is, even if it is old Aunt Martha that you can stand being in the room for more than 10 minutes with, as it will be worth the savings! On average, you can expect to get about a 40 – 45% discount from their originally quoted price, but that does require time and some negotiation skills.
Once the deal is complete, your escort will usually provide you a card, so you can call the next time you’re in the area to do some shopping. These escorts are obviously on commission, so they want you to continue to work with them. I suggest you take the card, and if they have not offered, ask them for one. It is helpful for 2 reasons: First, you don’t have to wait to be approached by someone, and go through the uncomfortable process of following a stranger to a strange place to view their merchandise. This is especially helpful if you are not with a large enough group to feel safe. Calling in advance, you can meet your escort, and have some level of comfort with who he is and where he is taking you. Secondly, you might on occasion have purchased a flawed item. The merchants are more than willing to exchange the defective item for you, but you have to know how to be able to reach them. I have heard of a couple of incidents where this has happened, and the merchants were very cooperative in taking the defective purchases back and allowing the customer to exchange it for something else. Just beware, as the return trip may cost you even more if you happen to see more things that catch your eye!