Ibn Battuta Mall, located in Jebel Ali and connected from Ibn Battuta Metro station, is themed around the travels of legendary Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta. With the new mall extension and the new metro link, the mall has 400+ outlets. Developed by Nakheel, it was opened on Apr. 14, 2005.
Quick Facts About Ibn Battuta Mall
- Ibn Battuta Mall was opened in 2005 with an investment of over Dh1 billion
- It is the world’s largest themed shopping mall
- The mall is named after the famous Moroccan explorer and traveller called Ibn Battuta, and each court showcases the lands he visited.
- Six individual zones designed on Ibn Battuta’s travels – China Court, India Court, Persia Court, Egypt Court, Tunisia Court, Andalusia Court
- Total Gross Leasable Area(GLA) is about over 3,500,000 sq ft
- It is home to over 400 retail outlets.
- It welcomes 20 million visitors a year
- It has an extensive area for entertainment that includes Switch Bowling, Chuck-E-Cheese, Fun City, home to plenty of fun arcade games and a 21-screen cinema where you can catch the latest flick. It also has Feet First, a relaxing reflexology massage centre.
Six Courts of Ibn Battuta Mall
The single level mall is divided into 6 zones, each reflecting the architecture of the regions that Ibn Battuta visited.
Themed after the splendour of India’s Mughal period, the 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.
It is themed after the majesty and vibrancy of Imperial China. 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.
The grand dome at the Persian Court reflects the artistic arabesque design of Persian heritage. It’s arched passages, blue and turquoise mosaic walkway and magnificent brass chandelier immediately transports you to the vaulted streets of Baghdad.
Themed as an authentic Egyptian Bazaar, it brings to life the wonder of its ancient history pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphics and temples. Sandstone walls with carved hieroglyphics, papyrus columns, pointed arches of the central arcade, and majestic lanterns lend the feel of an authentic Egyptian bazaar
Modelled on the coastal towns of Tunisa with influence of Moroccan royalty, its stucco facades, blue doors, wrought iron work and stained glass windows recreate the charm of century’s old African souks
Inspired by the Andalusian Palaces and Mosques, the Andalusia Court has lofty halls, red stone walls, star-shaped ceiling and Fountain of Lions, inspired by the Alhambra Palace.
Anchor stores are Carrefour, Sharaf DG, Decathlon, and Marks & Spencer.
The vast French hypermarket occupies much of Tunisia Court. With 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.
This large electronics shop is located 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.
Marks & Spencer
Located in India Court, the 12,000 sq. ft. store showcases the best of Marks & Spencer’s quality clothing and accessories across Womenswear, Menswear, Lingerie, Kidswear and Food. The Food Hall includes Marks & Spencer’s unrivalled quality and innovative foods over 1,500 lines of delicious meal solutions, treats, snacks, drinks and gifts, including iconic British favourites such as, scones, teas, jams and biscuits.
Food Courts and Restaurants
The Ibn Battuta Mall offers a reasonable selection of restaurants and fast food outlets. Most of the sit-down restaurants are situated in China Court, close to the cinema and bowling alley. Choices include Soy (pan-Asian), Tony Roma’s and Hatam (Persian). Fast food outlets are located at the other end of the mall in Tunisia Court, near the Carrefour hypermarket. Options include Noon & Kabab, KFC, Charleys, and McDonald’s.
Tony Roma’s is America’s leading casual dining favorite, known worldwide for its mouth-watering “ribs” and succulent steaks. It serves the best food together with a wide selection of exciting dishes, in a relaxing atmosphere. From crisp, fresh salads, finger licking signature steaks, to delicious, custom topped seafood and grilled chicken, Tony Roma’s is sure to please.
Noon & Kabab
It is highly regarded as the best option for fast-casual Persian dining experience. Chiefly known for juicy kebabs, all their dishes are made with the most luxurious ingredients that make them flavourful and appealing.
Six Courts – These installations cover so much more from ancient music, the history of the game of chess, the history of trade, the devastation of the plague to shipbuilding of the Chinese empire, fashion of the 13th century and important early Islamic scientific and astronomical discoveries.
Fun City – Located at Andalusia Court in Ibn Battuta Mall, Fun City presents a safe family entertainment with Fun N Learn for children below four years, Play Zone, arcade-esque video games, Air Racer and Bumper Cars Birthday parties, School Trips and Mom’s Coffee Mornings are the perfect get-togethers that make every moment for family and friends a whole lot more fun and memorable.
Sing N Swing – Located at China Court, it offers a unique singing and dancing experience for kids. The dancing and singing classes take place in groups which motivate the little ones to work hand in hand with others. After 7 weeks, the trained boys and girls will perform at 2 events called All-Star Performances.
Feet First – Tired from all the walking? Make your way to Feet First and just sit back and relax as the therapists treat your feet to a relaxing reflexology massage. Reflexology benefits sinus problems, back pain and digestive orders.
Novo Cinemas – The flagship 21-screen Novo Cinema Dubai at China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall presents a truly incomparable cinema experience for moviegoers. With plush leather chairs that recline, blankets, pillows, a digital menu at your seat and waiters that deliver your food right to your seat, this is nothing at all like your regular movie experience. The 7-star screen at Novo Cinemas does come at a price, but it’s worth trying out at least once just for the experience.
Switch Bowling – Here you can knock down some pins! With backlight setting and fluorescent lights, this bowling alley at India Court literally makes you feel like you’re bowling at a night club.
Chuck-E-Cheese – Well known as a fast-food restaurant, but it is also home to plenty of fun arcade games too. You can play some games, collect coupons and win prizes too.
- 15 ATMs
- Customer service desks
- Washrooms, baby changing areas and prayer rooms
- Baby stroller rentals
- Fitness First gym
- Valet Parking and Car wash
- Luggage storage
- Emergency Assistance
- Dedicated Taxi Areas
Getting to the Ibn Battuta Mall is easy. It’s located adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road between interchanges 5 and 6.
Easy accessibility from Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounding communities; it has multi-storey car park. Valet Parking and car wash services are also available.
All taxi drivers should be able to find the Mall of the Emirates. Taxis are relatively inexpensive and easy to locate outside hotels. When at the mall, taxis can be found at Ibn Battuta during mall trading hours and at the following locations on Sheikh Zayed Road side.
- Andalusia Court Entrance
- Persia Court Main Entrance
- China Court Main Entrance
The mall has its own dedicated Metro station conveniently located right next to the mall, with bus links to all nearby communities. Ibn Battuta’s station is on the red line in zone 2. A walkaway links the station to the mall.
There is a direct bus departing from Jumeira, Royal Meridian and arriving at Ibn Battuta Metro. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 min.
Ibn Battuta Mall is open 7 days a week.
Monday to Sunday 10 am to 12 am
Contact No. +971 4390 9999
Website – https://www.ibnbattutamall.com/en/
Ibn Battuta Mall Location
Ibn Batutta Gate in the year 2018
Ibn Batutta Gate in the year 2023