If shopping isn't your thing, here are the top attractions in Dubai Mall
18 July 2019| Last updated on 14 January 2020
Discover the best of what Dubai Mall has to offer without leaving with another shopping bag
With a massive space equivalent to more than 50 football fields and home to over 1,200 stores and services, Dubai Mall is every shopaholic's natural habitat. But, they aren't the only reason that makes Dubai Mall a popular destination for visitors and UAE residents. The wide array of attractions and activities to experience is also what makes the mall so extraordinary amongst all the others on the city map.
If you're not in the mood to put on your walking heels to shop, no worries as you can still make the most of your next trip to the mall. It might sound near impossible when there's a variety of brands at every turn, but these top attractions in Dubai Mall will keep you entertained to the point that you won't even be thinking about that pretty item in the display window.
From record-breaking aquariums to daily events, here are all the best things to do in Dubai Mall other than shopping.
1. Dubai Ice Rink
Whether you're new to the rink or you're a seasoned ice skater, the Dubai Ice Rink has a skating environment that'll suit whatever level comfort you might have. Conveniently close to the food court and parking lots. You can also hire a personal instructor if you're keen on skating without the added embarrassment of solo-fumbling. Kids who are beginner level can rent penguin-styled items to keep them safe and balanced. The background music ranges from classical to pop hits, and fun disco skating sessions are held during the evening.
Oftentimes, you might catch some professional skaters practicing their moves, making for a stunning sight. Just don't get too distracted watching them dance across the ice or you might bump into someone.
Dubai Ice Rink admission prices:
- 1¾ hour session - AED 55
- Children under 100 cm - AED 25
2. The Dubai Fountain
Scheduled with a new show every half hour, the Dubai Fountain can't be missed. Best described as a fireworks show in liquid form, the spectacular water and lights experience features music from around the world, with some days being themed for holidays. The best part - it doesn't cost a single dirham.
You can watch the Dubai Fountain on the following days:
- Saturdays to Thursdays - 1 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2 PM
- Friday afternoon - 1:30 PM, 2 PM, and 2:30 PM
- Daily evening shows - 6 - 11 PM
Enhance your experience by booking an abra cruise to witness the fountain dance up close - just don't forget to bring extra clothes or a raincoat.
Pictured: The Dubai Fountain
3. Read a Book
It's not a library so you can't borrow a book, sadly, but the Kinokuniya Book World opposite the Dubai Mall metro walkway offers plenty of seats for visitors relax on and read. Formerly a massive space with thousands of books on topics including travel, history, fiction, comics, and more, the new, smaller space didn't compromise on the amount of stuff to read. The store typically plays classical music for visitors to enjoy listening to in the background as they tuck into a new read.
4. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Located on the ground level, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a 10 million litre tank and is also one of the largest aquariums in the world. You can pick either to marvel at the vast collection of aquatic life from the outside for free, or take a deeper look with an admission ticket where you can gain access to additional activities like scuba diving with sharks.
From the outside: View over 30,000 marine species without paying a dirham. The restaurants nearby offer prime seats to watch the aquarium while enjoying a meal. Another great spot are the halls right before you enter the H&M stores, giving a view to eels, fishes, corals, and other marine life that you otherwise might not be able to see from the front.
From the inside: Explore more than 300 sharks and rays, and thousands of other underwater life up close through the aquarium tunnel, educational presentations, tours, and more. You can also gain access to a life feeding session for sharks, rays, and King Crock - one of the largest reptiles in the world.
5. Dubai Dino
Perfect for the little ones who can't stop talking about Jurassic Park, the Dubai Dino is a real 155 million years old dinosaur skeleton from the late Jurassic period. Experts said that it belonged to the Diplodocus longus species. The preserved remains feature a tail that goes miles and miles, a long thin neck, short arms, tall legs, ribcage, and its small head.
Also, it's completely free to view and can be seen at any time while Dubai Mall is open and running. The Dubai Dino can be found within The Souk.
Parents can kick back and let the kids be in charge for the day. Kidzania is a family-friendly destination where children can experience how real-world jobs are like, with activities stimulating work including fire-fighting, hosting a radio talk show, being a race car driver, and a restaurant employee.
Plus, you can get 30% off an entry ticket for 1 adult and 1 child. Just grab your Cobone voucher.
7. VR Park
A first of its kind for Dubai, the VR Park Theme Park in Dubai Mall will blur your concept of reality with its unforgettable and mind-blowing games and rides. Visitors can choose from over 20 rides and VR attractions that has a variety of immersive, multi-player experiences for all ages. Whether you enjoy getting your heart racing with horror or excitement, or you'll prefer something more tranquil, there's something for everyone.
Enjoy a super deal at 39% off your entry ticket with your Cobone voucher.
Dubai's first-ever haunted attraction, located near Kidzania. You won't have to wait until Halloween to get your fix of a good scare. For horror-lovers, this petrifying, spine-chilling journey will test just how brave you really are as you wind through the dimly lit mansion where nightmares are bound to appear at every turn. Tag your friends along, you don't know what ghoulish thing is waiting for you in the dark if you go alone...
Take advantage of 34% off on your admission with your Cobone voucher.