As part of their plan to make Dubai one of the biggest tourism and financial hubs of the world, the rulers of the emirate have been spending big on big things, writes Brian Byrne.
Part of the Dubai Mall experience is the 'dancing' fountains outside it, which 'perform' to music each evening from 6pm to 11pm. A fantastic choreography of waterspouts and curtains, running two to three minutes every half hour.
Restaurants abound throughout the four floors of the mall, from standard fast food courts to high-class gastronomic venues. Especially popular in the evenings are the ones which face out onto the esplanade around the lake of the dancing fountains.
But it's all about shopping really, and providing a place of leisure to encourage walking and browsing. A place to bring the whole family — and the local people do, certainly the wealthy ones. There's a complete 'street' devoted to shops for children, especially clothing.