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Dubai Mall celebrates 10-yr anniversary with month-long extravaganza

The Dubai Mall is 10 years old and the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination is marking the milestone with a month-long extravaganza from November 4-28. From luxury fashion showcases to spectacular entertainment, plus a host of incredible prizes to win including three apartments from Emaar Properties, The Dubai Mall 10 Year Celebrations are billed to be the must-attend event of the year.

Emaar Malls’ flagship, The Dubai Mall has set the illustrious record of welcoming more than 80 million annual visitors for the past four years – making it the most popular and visited lifestyle destination in the world. Over the past decade, The Dubai Mall has brought tremendous value for the nation, creating over 10,000 jobs and becoming a catalyst for growth for the retail, F&B and leisure sectors. With over 1,300 retail and food & beverage outlets, many of them brand new or exclusive concepts, The Dubai Mall has also become a destination for food lovers. 

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As the preferred retail destination for the 2.5 billion people in the catchment area of just four hours flying distance from the city, The Dubai Mall has been a driver of inbound tourism as Dubai’s most popular attraction, drawing 97% of visitors according to the DTCM Annual Visitor Report 2017. Today, the UAE and Dubai’s reputation as the world’s fourth most popular tourist destination is strengthened by The Dubai Mall’s ability to attract visitors from across the world.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties and Board Member of Emaar Malls, said: “The economic impact of The Dubai Mall to the UAE’s economy has been wide-ranging. Transforming not just the retail sector but also creating new referral points in leisure, entertainment and hospitality, the mall has also played a defining role in positioning Dubai as a global fashion capital.”

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, CEO of Emaar Malls, added: “No mall, anywhere in the world, has contributed so much to a community, as The Dubai Mall has in just ten years.”

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The Dubai Mall – 10 Year Milestones

2003 Emaar announces The Dubai Mall

2004 The Dubai Mall leasing centre opens

2008 Official opening of The Dubai Mall

2008 Receives Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Shopping Mall’

2008 Receives Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Acrylic Panel’

2009 Official inauguration by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; The Dubai Fountain unveiled

2011 Becomes world’s most visited retail and lifestyle destination, welcoming 54 million visitors

2012 Receives the World Travel Award for the ‘UAE’s Leading Shopping Mall’

2012 Hosts the longest Fashion Catwalk in the region for Dubai Shopping Festival

2012 The Dubai Mall metro link opens, connecting to the Dubai Metro

2012 Level Shoes, the world’s largest shoe store opens in The Dubai Mall

2013 Hosts first of its kind Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience, consecutively for the next three years

2013 The Village becomes The Dubai Mall’s Denim District

2013 Welcomes 75 million visitors  

2014 King Croc, one of the world’s largest reptiles, arrives at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

2014 155-million-year-old dinosaur fossil unveiled, named ‘Dubai Dino’

2014 The Emirates A380 Experience, the Middle East’s first A380 flight simulator opens

2014 Records 80 million annual visitors, remains the world’s most visited retail and lifestyle destination

2015 Ranked in UAE’s ten best brands by YouGov Brand Index

2016 Becomes 1st mall in the world to receive a 5-star Customer Service Excellence Award, and consecutively for the next three years

2017 Receives Guinness World Record for record-breaking, 820 panel, flexible OLED screen at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

2018 Named Dubai’s #1 most Instagrammed place

2018 First of its kind augmented reality theme park, VR Park opens

2018 Unveils the newly expanded Fashion Avenue, introduces 150 new luxury brands  

2018 The Dubai Mall celebrates 10 years of operations

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