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I spent 2 days at The Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping malls, which is so big it contains an aquarium — but I kept getting too lost to actually enjoy the shopping

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  • The Dubai Mall is one of the biggest shopping centers in the world.
  • I found that I couldn’t get to grips with it even after two different visits over two separate days, and even when I used the mall’s own app to navigate.
  • But I did find that it was filled with entertainment options to break up the shopping, like selfie rooms and a giant aquarium.
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The Dubai Mall is the world’s biggest shopping mall by land area, and I was curious to see what it was like to experience more than 10 million square feet of shopping in a city known as one of the most luxurious on Earth. 

It doesn’t have a ski slope like its rival Mall of the Emirates, which I tried out while I was there, but it has a huge aquarium and access to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The mall actually does a good job of providing entertainment and light to stop things from getting too claustrophobic or overwhelming.  But I still found the experience to be exhausting, and repeatedly got lost, couldn’t get the mall’s navigation systems to work, and spent 20 minutes trying to find a way out before relenting and queuing for 10 minutes for a taxi.

I visited over two separate days, and still couldn’t get to grips with the place.

This is what my visits were like:

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