Wafi Mall is an upmarket Egyptian-themed shopping centre at Wafi City in the Umm Hurair district of Dubai. It is home to more than 350 stores, a family entertainment centre, and a good selection of restaurants.
The biggest store at Wafi Mall is the Salam department store. Covering an area of more than 10,000 square metres it offers various department including men’s and women’s fashion, perfumes and cosmetics, home accessories, and photography. Fashion brands stocked include top names such as Armani, Christian Audigier, Diesel, Galliano, Just Cavalli, Paul & Shark, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Versus Versace. The photography department offers cameras from Nikon and Canon plus studio equipment and accessories such as Lowepro camera bags, Velbon and Manfrotto tripods, and Tamron lenses.
Marks & Spencer also have a large store here offering a wide range of products including clothes for men, women, and children, lingerie, cosmetics, food, and a range of items for the home such as cushions, towels, kitchenware, and bedding.
Audissey offers high-end audio and home theatre products. Brands stocked include Audes, Burmester, Wilson Audio, Kharma, Jolida, Merlin, Verity, Ayre, First Impression Music, Genesis, Ultrasone, and Cardas. Knowledgeable consultants demonstrate the products in acoustically perfect surroundings.
Other stores at the Wafi Mall include The One (furniture and homeware), Emirates Sports Stores (sports equipment and clothing), Paris Gallery (perfume, beauty products etc.), Versace, Bugatti B>More (fashion boutique offering high-end brands), Escada (women’s fashions, handbags, shoes, accessories, and fragrances), Hallmark, MAC, The Body Shop (ethical cosmetics), Swatch, Montblanc (fine pens, watches and accessories) , La Senza (lingerie), Little Castle (Italian designer clothes for children), Oasis, Pierre Cardin, Ted Lapidus, Early Learning Centre, Vertu, Burberry, Chanel, Villeroy & Boch, Chopard (luxury watches, jewellery, and perfume), Petals (distinctive interior furnishings), Omega, Rolex, Swarovski (precision-cut crystal glass), Calvin Klein, and Roberto Cavalli.
There’s also a Carrefour Market here. It’s not as big as the Carrefour hypermarkets found elsewhere in Dubai but offers a good range of groceries such as fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, and fresh bread.
The Wafi Mall boasts a good number of restaurants and cafes. Outlets in the mall itself don’t serve alcohol and include The Square (international), Elements (international – good value lunchtime buffet), Wafi Gourmet (Lebanese restaurant and delicatessen), Bellucci (Italian – specialises in freshly made pasta), Biella (Italian café and pizzeria), Starbucks, and Grano Coffee.
Licensed restaurants and bars can be found in the adjoining Pyramids and Fort complex and include Baladna (Lebanese), Asha’s (contemporary Indian restaurant owned by singer Asha Bhosle), Carter’s (colonial-style bar and restaurant – quiz nights, ladies nights, Premiership football), Medzo (Italian), Noodle Factory (Chinese), Planet Hollywood (movie-inspired American diner), Seville’s (Spanish tapas bar with terrace), Thai Chi (Thai), Vintage (wine bar with extensive selection of wines and cheeses).
The Rooftop Gardens is a multi-purpose open area on top of the Pyramids. It hosts a variety of events including live concerts and club nights. Every Sunday at 8.30 pm classic films are shown on a giant screen. Best of all, entry to Movies under the Stars is completely free.
For more information about many of the restaurants at the mall and details of films showing at Movies under the Stars, visit the Pyramids at Wafi website. Details of discounts, competitions, events, new restaurant openings and more can be found on the Wafi Restaurants Facebook page.
Encounter Zone, a family entertainment centre, occupies the top floor of the mall and is split into two distinct sections; Galactica and Lunarland. Lunarland is aimed at children under 9 and includes various play areas, rides, and games. Galactica is for teenagers and offers a skate park, rollercoaster simulator, and indoor paintball arena.
Facilities at the mall include customer service desks, toilets, baby changing areas, ATMs, prayer rooms, currency exchange (Al Ansari Exchange), Emirates Post mailbox, Etisalat bill payment machine,
Wafi Mall is open 7 days a week. Opening times are Saturday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, and Thursday and Friday 10 am to midnight.
Further shopping options can be found at the Khan Murjan, a recreation of 14th century Baghdad souk. It offers around 100 shops and vendors and also boasts an excellent Arabic restaurant.
The 5-star Raffles Hotel is connected to the Wafi Mall and is one of Dubai’s more unusual hotels. Housed within a 19-storey pyramid, it offers 248 rooms and suites, 10 restaurants and bars, and a spa.
Wafi Mall is situated within Wafi City in the Umm Hurair district of Dubai, just off Sheikh Rashid Road. Free parking is available for over 1,000 vehicles.
The nearest Metro station is Dubai Healthcare City Metro Station on the Green Line, just a couple of hundred metres from the mall. Passengers from the Red Line should change trains at Khalid Bin Al Waleed Metro Station.