Gold souk atrium dubai mall
Getting out is not exactly easy either. Luckily that area was empty and I could see where it was we eventually were supposed to go, but if there were cars blocking my view I would probably still be there, stuck in that parking building. I have no pictures of this area. Look at that map. All of which makes the dungeon a bit of a breeze, really. There are about three forks that lead off from the easiest way to get there; one of them has a bunch of nondescript stores and promising looking cafe and boulangerie names, and the other ends up in a second food court that is open for business, but is so off the beaten track there were about five people eating there.
Signs pointing towards it from the rest of the mall are not going help when it take a fifteen minute walk to just get there. The main attraction down here is a branch of the British supermarket chain Waitrose. Sure, so it says Waitrose on the outside, and Spinneys has been stocking some Waitrose products on their shelves for years, but this is exactly a big Spinneys.
Why should I trek all the way there when there are dozens of them conveniently dotted throughout the city? And if there is a large stock of specialty Waitrose items in that store alone, why make it so big? Does Dubai really have a burning demand for more greasy, overcooked pasta salad?
I know it sounds silly to complain that the Biggest Mall in the World is, well, too big but yes, it is. The lighting is severe, the air-conditioning freezes you to the bone. Anonymous January 17, 6: S and i have to say it is not the best mall in dubai YET, but it is not finished, it has been opened to bring in tourists and due to the economic crunch construction has been slowed. Vishal January 17, Thanks for your comment. Since writing this I have visited the mall several times, and while new shops are open, my problems with it as a civic space — not a shopping space — still remain.
Now, about some specific things you mention:. For this confusion, I apologise. I do, however, believe that it was rushed into opening a few weeks too early, and that the several design problems I have with it signage, structure, etc are still and always going to be problems that, frankly, just should not exist in such a prestigious project.
I would point here to Mall of the Emirates, New Bur Juman and Festival City as being good examples of similarly large new malls that have got it right as far as staggered roll-out and design are concerned.
None of them are perfect , but they get much more right than they do wrong. I eagerly await the opening of the cinema and have my fingers crossed that the projection quality will be as good or better than MoE and not as lackluster as Grand Cinemas.
Kinokuniya is and probably will remain the best bookstore in Dubai for some time to come, and I will visit it — and therefore Dubai Mall — frequently.
Atrium Overload So you get back into the regular section of the mall, back into the even brighter lights and the corridors which are as wide as a four-lane highway, and consult a map. The Ice Rink Cometh Most malls find a centre of usage, i. Boy, would I like to see what they make of Dubai Mall. Waitrose Dungeon All of which makes the dungeon a bit of a breeze, really. Still, one hell of a bookstore. And you can keep your bloody half-crazed fish. Now with Added Value! Now, about some specific things you mention: Who knows, I may even stop by and look at the fish.
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