Ibn Battuta Mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ibn Batutta Mall, the world's largest themed shopping mall, has an exciting mix of over 275 retailers, 50 restaurants and food outlets, 21 cinema screens including the UAE's only IMAX theatre and an impressive calendar of year-long events and promotions. The mall's unique design revolutionizes the retail sector in Dubai by fusing the fields of education and entertainment to make an 'edutainment' experience celebrating the travels of the famous arabic explorer Ibn Batutta (1304-1368).
Using this famed adventurer's travels as a basis for the mall's design culminated in a creative layout that encompasses various 'courts' on the architectural themes of Andalucia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China on a built-up area of 350,000 m² and spreading over 1.3 km of retail promenade across these themed courts. The unique design of the Ibn Batutta mall has led this property to become a tourist destination for its architecture and interiors as much as for its retail offering.