Situated at the Gardens, the Ibn Battuta Mall is themed around the travels of Ibn Battuta, a 14th Moroccan explorer. In addition to over 250 shops it offers a multiplex cinema, tenpin bowling alley, children’s entertainment centre, gym, a good selection of restaurants and food outlets, and a 5-star hotel.
The single level mall is divided into 6 zones, each reflecting the architecture of the regions that Ibn Battuta visited. From north to south they are: China Court, India Court, Persia Court, Egypt Court, Tunisia Court, and Andalusia Court.
Anchor stores are Geant, H&M, Sharaf DG, Paris Gallery (cosmetics and perfumes), and Debenhams.
Geant is a large French hypermarket that occupies much of Tunisia Court. In addition to a massive selection of groceries from all around the world it also stocks clothes and footwear for all ages, electronics (TVs, mobile phones, home theatre systems, computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc.), DVDs and CDs, books and magazines in both English and Arabic, furniture, carpets, office equipment and supplies, camping equipment, gardening tools and garden furniture, and sports equipment.
Sharaf DG is a large electronics shop in China Court. It offers a huge range of products including computers, printers, scanners, televisions, home theatre systems, games consoles, car audio systems, and home appliances such as air conditioners, freezers and fridges, gas and electric cookers, washing machines and dryers, vacuum cleaners, and microwave ovens.
Other stores include New Look, Bench, Lacoste, Bauhaus (street wear from America and Europe), Oasis, Splash, River Island, Topman and Topshop, Max (affordable fashion and footwear), Next, Pierre Cardin, Timberland, BC Bulgari (men’s suits, leather jackets and accessories), Ted Lapidus, Nike, Hang Ten ( Californian surf fashion and accessories), Sun & Sand Sports (sports equipment and clothing), Charles & Keith (ladies shoes and accessories), Athlete’s Foot (athletic footwear), Zu (Australian footwear, bags, accessories), Mothercare, Boots (UK-based health and beauty retailer), Fruits & Passion (body products with fruit-based fragrances), Woolworths, Bhs, Lifestyle, Homes r Us (furniture for all rooms in the home, bedding, lighting, kitchenware, rugs, pots and vases, etc.), Kas (Australian bed linen, pillows, cushions, and throws), Al Liali (jewellery), Leonidas (Belgian chocolates), Babyshop, Early Learning Centre, The Toy Store (large toy shop), Cilek (furniture for children of all ages), du (telecommunications), Grand Stores Digital (digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, camcorders, binoculars, laptops, printers etc.), and Samsonite (luggage and travel accessories). The MMI liquor store is in Andalusia Court at the southern end of the mall (the entrance is outside the mall).
Switch Bowling is a tenpin bowling centre in India Court. It offers 12 fully-automated lanes with computerised scoring, pool hall with 9 tables, private karaoke rooms, and restaurant with an outdoor terrace. Large screens show music videos and sports events.
China Court is home to the Grand Cinemas Megaplex movie theatre. It offers 21 screens, including the only IMAX cinema in Dubai. For cinema listings, movie times, and to purchase tickets online, visit the official Grand Cinemas website.
Fun City is an entertainment centre for kids in Tunisia Court. It offers a wide range of arcade game, fairground rides, a party room, children’s hairdressers, plus a play area with a climbing frame, giant slide, ball pool etc.
The Ibn Battuta Mall offers a reasonable selection of restaurants and fast food outlets. Most of the sit-down restaurants are situated in India Court, close to the cinema and bowling alley. Choices include Soy (pan-Asian), Lime Tree Café (informal café known for its fresh sandwiches and salads, homemade cakes, juices, and organic tea and coffee), Tony Roma’s (American steakhouse – ribs, steaks, seafood, grilled chicken etc.), Tandoori (Indian), Mashawi (Lebanese), and Hatam (Persian).
Fast food outlets are located at the other end of the mall in Tunisia Court, near the Geant hypermarket. Options include Automatic (Lebanese), Noon O Kabab (Persian), KFC, Charley’s Grilled Subs, McDonald’s, and Lemongrass Express (Thai).
Other places to eat and drink include the Al Arrab Lebanese restaurant and Starbucks, both in Persia Court.
Facilities and services at the mall include toilets, baby changing areas, numerous ATMs, plus branches of the HSBC, Dubai Islamic Bank, and Emirates NBD. Parents wishing to shop in peace can drop their children at Peekaboo, a supervised play area in Persia Court. The mall also boasts a large Fitness First gym.
All around the mall are various exhibits that allow visitors to learn about Ibn Battuta, Arabic history and more. The main feature in China Court is a huge Chinese junk similar to one that the explorer would have travelled in. Displays here also tell the story of Zheng He, a 15th century Chinese mariner.
India Court is home to a full-size reproduction of the Elephant Clock. This water-powered clock was devised in the 12th century by an engineer from Mesopotamia call al-Jazari. It was featured in his famous Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices along with other inventions such as a robotic band and an automated drinks waitress.
The Ibn Battuta Mall is open 7 days a week. Store opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am until 10 pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am to midnight. Opening hours for Geant are 9 am until midnight, every day of the week.
The mall is located at The Gardens, between Interchanges 5 and 6 of Sheikh Zayed Road. The car parks have spaces for more than 5,000 vehicles. Valet parking is available.
Taxi drivers should have no problems finding the Ibn Battuta Mall. Pick-up points can be found at the entrances to Andalusia Court, Persia Court, and China Court.
The Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel is a 5-star hotel located next to the mall. It offers 369 rooms and suites, 29 of which are themed around the travels of Ibn Battuta, plus a good selection of licensed restaurants and bars. Facilities include a fitness centre, rooftop swimming pool, and meeting and conference rooms.