Ibn Battuta Mall is the world’s first shopping complex inspired by an epic journey of discovery. Nearly six centuries ago, Ibn Battuta a young Arab explorer embarked on his now famous voyage. History regards him as a revered scholar and a man of great wisdom. As the world’s largest themed shopping mall, Ibn Battuta Mall celebrates the famed adventurer’s travels by creating authentic representations of the countries he visited: Andalucía, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. Each country is experienced in a different “court” skilfully rendered with period architecture, exhibits and ambience.
The result is nearly 1.5 kilometres of a magnificent retail promenade across six impressively themed courts offering visitors not just a shopping and dining experience, but also one that is educational and entertaining. It is no surprise that Ibn Battuta Mall is one of Dubai’s most visited tourist destinations equally famed for its architecture and interiors, as much as for its retail offering. Embodying a distinctive multicultural atmosphere, Ibn Battuta Mall is easily navigable despite its vast size. It employs a special retail zoning concept consisting of four classifications: Family and convenience, major department stores, up-market brands and lifestyle, and entertainment and leisure.