Crowds of people gathered on the Dubai Mall Boulevard faced great disappointment as rumours circulated Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, would not climb Burj Khalifa due to windy conditions. Yet at 6.10pm on Monday evening Robert took his first foothold on the world's tallest tower with one aim — to reach the top.
Outside the shopping malls the tourists can choose among a plethora of attractions and activities including the performances of the Dubai Fountain reaching 275 meters in height or walk on the outdoor observation deck of the highest man-made structure in the world – the skyscraper Burj Khalifa (828 m). Tourists are also often lured to explore the artificial archipelago – Palm Islands.
The iconic attractions in Downtown Dubai, described as 'The Centre of Now,' can now be accessed by visitors with a new convenient addition - the luxury Trolley Buses. Emaar Malls Group, the shopping malls and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has introduced air-conditioned Trolley Buses, each with a capacity of 25 passengers to enhance the ease of access for visitors to Downtown Dubai.
On 4 January 2010, the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, opened in Dubai, attracting a sizable amount of media interest. Between 2 January and 8 January 2010, 20 articles appeared in the British press on the subject.
Palm Strip attributed this increase to the fantastic DSF deals and discounts offered by its retailers and the promotions where shoppers got raffle coupons for a chance to win Nissan cars every day during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2011.
The Dubai International Financial center, a focal point of regional finance, is also home to top fashion stores such as Villa Moda and Issey Miyake. Even the domestic real estate sector has incorporated fashion into its lineup of developments, as embodied by the Hotel Armani in the Burj Khalifa and the upcoming Isla Moda, the world's first dedicated fashion island to be built on Dubai's 'The World' project, which will feature limited-edition homes designed by fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.
In addition to KidZania, Emaar Retail LLC manages a strong portfolio of exclusive leisure and retail concepts including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring over 33,000 aquatic animals and the world's largest acrylic viewing panel; the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink; Reel Cinemas, the UAE largest megaplex with 22-screens; and the region's largest SEGA indoor theme park, SEGA Republic - all in The Dubai Mall. Reel Cinemas also recently introduced the first 'premier' Cineplex at Dubai Marina Mall.
The company already manages more than 50 restaurants inside its hotels, including The Address and Armani hotel, but has branched out into independent restaurants to tap into what it believes is a growing market, said Marc Dardenne, the chief executive of Emaar Hospitality Group.
Standing at 17 metres tall, the Burj Khalifa LEGO replica tower is the world’s tallest Lego building structure. The tower, which is located in Legoland Dubai’s Miniland, took over 5,000...