Al Ghurair Centre (previously Al Ghurair City) opened in 1980 and was Dubai’s first large shopping mall. Situated in Deira, in the heart of the old city, it is home to around 200 stores, a cinema, and a number of restaurants and fast food outlets.
The biggest stores at the mall are Sun & Sand Sports, Paris Gallery (cosmetics and perfumes), Jashanmal (department store), Spinneys (supermarket), Plug-Ins (electronics), Max (fashion), Splash (multi-brand fashion store), Redtag (value fashion and homeware), 2XL, Babyshop (children’s clothes, furniture, and toys), Mothercare, and Bhs.
2XL is situated on the first floor and specialises in elegant, French design-inspired contemporary furniture for all rooms of the home. It also stocks a wide range of home décor products including cushions, lighting, storage boxes, photo frames, clocks, vases, ornaments and collectibles, plus items for the kitchen and dining room such as dinner sets, cutlery, glasses and cups, pastry stands, tea trays, table mats and linen, and salt and pepper mills.
Other shops include Ted Lapidus, Pierre Cardin, Ecco, Nine West, Hallmark, Triumph, La Senza, Charles & Keith, Swarovski, Adidas, French Connection, Reebok, and Hang Ten. On the first floor there are a good number of small shops selling abayas and textiles.
The food court is situated on the first floor near the cinema. Outlets include Al Safeer, Chinese Palace Nawab, Sala Thai, and Santino’s. There are also a number of restaurants on the ground floor such as Papa John’s, Fish & Co., Nando’s, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, India Palace, and Starbucks. Many of these have outdoor seating areas.
The main entertainment offering at the mall is Novo Cinemas Cinecity (formerly Grand Cinemas Cinecity), an 8-screen movie theatre. For cinema listings, movie times, and to purchase tickets online, visit the official Novo Cinemas website.
The mall’s customer service desk is located on the ground floor. It offers mall directories and maps in both Arabic and English, baby strollers and wheelchairs, and a lost and found service. Other facilities at the mall include toilets and baby changing areas, ATMs, an Etisalat bill payment machine, and a currency exchange. Prayer rooms for men and women are situated on the first floor.
The mall is open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, Thursday 10 am to midnight, and Friday 2 pm to midnight.
Al Ghurair City is situated on Al Rigga Road in the Deira area of Dubai. Outdoor and covered parking facilities are available.
The mall is within easy walking distance of the Union Metro Station. This is a transfer station on both the Red Line and the Green Line, offering quick and easy access to and from most areas of the city.
2012 will see the opening of Al Ghurair City’s extension. This will add around 150 new shops, an entertainment centre, and offices. Rotana, one of the Middle East’s major hotel companies, will also open two properties here. Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana will be a 5-star hotel with 428 rooms and suites. Facilities will include a number of restaurants, a fitness club, spa, swimming pool, plus meeting and conference rooms. It will be linked to Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana; 193 serviced hotel apartments catering to both long and short-term visitors.
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