Wafi Mall

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Wafi Mall information

Location
Dubai , United Arab Emirates
Address
Sheikh Rashid Rd
Telephone
+971 4 324 4555
More information
www.wafi.com
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Westerners mistakenly bypass palatial Wafi in favour of the behemoth shopping malls, which explains why it’s so quiet. It’s their loss. It may have once resembled a third-rate airport terminal, but the newer wing’s stained-glass pyramids are stunning and the entire complex, encompassing the superb Pharaohs’ Club, is a pure Egyptian-cum-Las-Vegas-style extravaganza with sphinxes, pharaohs, and columns decorated with mock hieroglyphics. While Emirati women love Wafi’s fancy French stores like Chanel and Givenchy, you may well prefer sussing out lesser-known regional boutiques or stocking up on underwear at M&S (the best view of the stained glass is from just outside the main entrance of M&S).

Duck into the mall’s basement to browse around Souq Khan Murjan, which also has stunning decor with a stained-glass ceiling and plenty of decorative wood. Although there is a good, if pricey, selection of crafts and goods from around the Arabian world here, alas, it too is practically deserted. Refuelling stops include Asha’s and Noble House at the adjacent Raffles hotel.