The double storied Mercato Mall is the first themed mall in the United Arab Emirates. It is located opposite the beach on Jumeriah Beach Road which is one of the fastest growing residential and commercial areas in the city. The construction is based on the Renaissance architecture using French and Spanish styles, but predominantly Italian. The name of the mall ‘Mercato’ is derived from Italian, which means market. When you step into the mall, you are transported to Europe, and specifically Venice. Mercato Mall is definitely bound to give you a complete shopping and entertainment experience. The imposing columns, distinctive flooring, and the ambience give it the Italian feel. The Mercato Mall was constructed through the inspiration of Abdul Rahim Mohammed Al Zaroonivillas.
There are a number of retail outlets which display art, antiques, shoes, fashion accessories and jewelry. Its comprehensive shopping and entertainment experience caters to residents and visitors of Dubai, who have an eye for quality. It houses a 12-screen Century cinemas. The retail outlets boast all the international brands. Mercato Mall offers a casual shopping experience typical of the Italian style of shopping.
The Mercato Mall is not a very big mall as compared to other modern multi-storied malls, but it could be termed as cozy. The Mall hosts special activities for children during the Summer Shopping Festival and the cinemas screen popular children’s movies with tickets priced at half the regular price, which includes popcorn and a cola.
The Mercato Mall is a paradise for shoppers. Apart from housing numerous retail stores, food courts, restaurants, and entertainment areas, the mall also offers special services like first aid, wheel chair, nursing room as well as public telephones. You can get practically everything here – you name it – antiques, jewelry, apparels, electronics, fashion accessories, souvenirs, and carpets. The best of Dubai’s restaurants are housed here and you can have the privilege of enjoying the local sumptuous food or the international cuisine here.
If your wife or family members are doing the shopping and you are bored to core, just step into one of the multiplexes and watch one of the action-packed movies, or take in a romantic movie, and you can while away your time.
Go down to the first floor and step into the Masquerade Museum in the Porto Vecchio Village. Stroll through and have a look at the collection of masks of the Venetian Carnevale and try to understand the age old culture of masks.
Mercato Mall is a destination which offers a holistic lifestyle experience – all under one roof. Shopping in the Mercato Mall is definitely a phenomenon as it is a paradise for all shoppers. You can have a look at all the malls, but you would definitely settle for the Mercato Mall as it is cozy and homely.
When you plan to visit the Mercato Mall have a look at their timings. They are from open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm Saturday to Thursday. On Fridays, they are open from 2.00 pm to 10.00 pm.