Photo: The Dubai Mall
This is the Dubai Mall — an absolutely massive shopping centre in Dubai, UAE that’s part of the $20 billion Burj Khalifa complex. It first opened in 2008 to much fanfare, and it boasts a variety of things to do aside from shop at its 600+ stores. The mall has a 22-screen movie theatre, a replica of London’s Regent Street, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink and much more.
The mall is now the world’s most-visited shopping destination, having attracted upwards of 54 million visitors in 2011.
It has such a reputation that Apple may be interested in opening its first store in the Middle East there, according to the Dubai Chronicle.
The mall hosts a lot of events. Here's a fashion show with a runway right in the middle of one of the mall's open areas.
The aquarium in the mall is home to more than 33,000 marine animals and the massive viewing panel holds the Guinness World Record for largest acrylic panel.
The Reel Cinema is a huge, 22-screen cineplex that has more than 2,800 seats. It's the largest cinema in the region.
The place has an indoor theme park called SEGA Republic, mostly dedicated to SEGA's popular video game character Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Grove, an avenue of restaurants, has all sorts of cuisine — from local to continental to Mediterranean to Asian.
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