Dubai Mall recently opened with close to 600 retailers, making it the world’s largest-ever mall opening in retail history.
Besides several global brands such as Waitrose and Hamleys, The Dubai Mall has varied lifestyle and leisure offerings including a Gold Souk, the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink and the Fashion Catwalk atrium and the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre.
When fully operational, the mall will have over 1200 stores including two anchor department stores Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s; 220 gold and jewellery outlets; 160 food and beverage outlets; a supermarket and an organic food mart.
“With the opening of The Dubai Mall, we have the largest ever number of retailers together for the first time in a mall opening,” said Jim Badour, CEO, Emaar Malls Group, developers of the mall. 
Emaar Malls Group has already opened Souk Al Bahar, a modern mall with Arabesque architectural features in Downtown Burj Dubai, and will open the Dubai Marina Mall, in the vibrant Dubai Marina in late 2008.