Adding fuel to the shopping and dining craze in Dubai, the latest multimillion dirham addition; CityWalk, has created an ambience and elegance, unlike any other mall to exist. Combining the likes of an open air mall and an orthodox closed air one, CityWalk Dubai has been able to create a shopping and dining experience quite exclusive to itself.
Sprawled across a total of 13,000 square meters, CityWalk Dubai is more of an independent shopping and dining locale, contrary to the concept of a traditional mall. It brings together the modern vibrancy of 21st century architecture, which is very reminiscent of Dubai’s consistent style, and the elegance and chic of early European fashion with a pinch of London.
As you step into one of the outdoor walkways here, it is able to create the illusion that you are walking through a narrow London street with small, stylish cafes and restaurants lining the sides, spreading the scents of the much desired European cuisines into the air. As a familiar red postbox and red telephone booth come into view, you might be definitely convinced that with each step, London soil crumbles beneath your feet.
To break this European daze, all it takes is to look up and through the twinkle lights lighting up the sky above, you are greeted with the sight of the towering Burj Khalifa.
These walkways culminate in one common open air rotunda, featuring an infinity pool with flowing water as crisp and clear as the melting snows on glaciers. All around the water feature are restaurants and shopping stores, truly proving that shopping doesn’t have to be an arduous task. There is also a newly opened movie theatre, giving the visitors a chance to relax their legs and kick back with a good film.
The indoor walkway, apart from the cool air conditioning, is not much different from the outside as it is flooded with natural light and lined with breathing trees, while speakers send out sounds of chirping birds. The outdoorsy ambience created here might distract you from the numerous high end stores lined along the walls. The names of Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Calvin Klein and much more greet your eyes with spaces showcasing the epitome of fashion luxury.
CityWalk Dubai is located on Al Safa Road between Al Wasl Road and Sheikh Zayed Road and can be reached by taking the exit at the Dubai Mall interchange. Ample parking space is available all around with CityWalk having its own underground parking.
Coordinates: 25.2077° N, 55.2624° E
Dubai has several shopping and dining stops and choosing from them might be a hassle. But, what makes CityWalk stand out from the rest is the way it doesn’t make itself feel like a typical mall yet still providing all the same amenities. And with Valentine’s Day close approaching, CityWalk is definitely a great choice for a romantic date night or just a Friday night outing with family and friends.