The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall based on total area and sixth largest by gross leasable area. It is part of the 20-billion-dollar Burj Khalifa complex, and includes 1,200 shops.

Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on November 4, 2008, with about 635 retailers, marking the world's largest-ever mall opening in retail history.

 However it is not the largest in gross leasable space, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the South China Mall, which is the world's largest, Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.
The Dubai Mall has 10–15 distinct 'malls-within-a-mall',  Featured attractions include:
  •  the world's largest Gold Souk with 220 retailers; the 850,000 sq ft (79,000 m2)...

  •  Fashion Catwalk atrium;
  •  Fashion Island (Avenue), with 70 stores dedicated to haute couture;

  •  the Middle East's first Galeries Lafayette department store;
  • Oasis Fountain Waterfall;  
  •  WaterFront Atrium.
 Other attractions include the region's first SEGA indoor theme park,

  •  KidZania, children's 'edu-tainment' centre; a 22-screen Cineplex, the largest in Dubai; 
  • The Grove, an indoor-outdoor streetscape with fully retractable roof.
 It also features over 160 food and beverage options , a supermarket and an organic food mart.

 Among the shops is British toy store Hamley's store that includes a replica of London's Regent Street.
Ferrari store inside the Hamleys
It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system

The Mall's Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world's "Largest Acrylic Panel" (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg).

 The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of over 33,000 marine animals.

 The ten million liter aquarium tank is the largest suspended aquarium in the world.

The Mall's Dubai Ice Rink multi-purpose venue, uses refrigeration plant technology by developing 1.5 inches (38 mm) of ice bed, 2 times the thickness of an NHL ice rink for Olympic-sized attraction.

 Dubai Ice Rink can host a capacity of up to 2,000 guests, when converted into a multi-functional hall with world-class multimedia system including a 20 m × 10 m LED screen.

The Dubai Mall contains more than 1,200 shops and is anchored by Galeries Lafayette, Debenhams, Bloomingdale's, and Marks & Spencer.

In October 2009 it was reported that the world's largest candy store; candylicious,  opened in Dubai Mall.

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