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Step Inside The Dubai Mall, The Biggest Shopping Mall On The Planet

The Dubai Mall is an absolutely massive shopping center in Dubai, UAE thats part of the $20 billion Burj Khalifa complex.

It first opened in 2008 to much fanfare, and offers a lot more than shopping at its 600+ stores. Themall hasa 22-screen movie theater, a replica of Londons Regent Street, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink and much more.

The mall is nowthe worlds most-visited shopping destination, having attracted upwards of 54 million visitors in 2011. Its also the worlds largest shopping mall by overall area, with 12.1 million square feet of space.

Kim Bhasin contributed to this story.

Outside the Dubai Mall theres a gorgeous promenade where people hang out.

The mall hosts a lot of events. Heres a fashion show with a runway right in the middle of one of the malls 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.

Theres even a shark tunnel for your viewing pleasure.

The mall is also home to an Olympic-sized ice skating rink  the first of its kind in Dubai.

The interior is beautifully decorated, too.

This section is called the Star Atrium  you can see how it got the name.

The mall has a Fashion Avenue and a lot of care went into the design. Look at that ceiling.

One of the most prominent features in the mall is this huge waterfall.

The divers on the waterfall are made of fiberglass, and serve to create a dynamic visual spectrum that complements the rhythmic flow of water.

The Gold Souk is another touted feature of the mall. It has more than 200 stores.

There are many atria throughout the mall, and theyre all immaculately decorated.

The Reel Cinema is a huge, 22-screen cineplex that has more than 2,800 seats. Its the largest cinema in the region.

The place has an indoor theme park called SEGA Republic, mostly dedicated to SEGAs 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.

Cant get enough of the mall? Book a room at its 250-room hotel.

Outside at night, theres a fountain show that attracts a big crowd.

From the other side you can see the whole Dubai skyline.

At night, the whole mall lights up in neon colors.

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