It’s easy to find a space, although the parking area is outside. Your car will be a box of unbearable stickiness by the time you’ve finished shopping.
Food here is pretty average. We usually stick to Iranian chain Hatam or The French Bakery, which offers snacks to keep you fuelled.
The Nike and Adldas factory shops are stuffed with sports goods. Allied Factory Outlet sells designer shoes, beauty brands and fashion – we love the men’s cut-price Vilebrequin trunks and Paul Smith goodies.
Outlets are technically all one-offs (even the Massimo Dutti and Mango stores, for instance), but for a boutique vibe we like The Outlet, which stocks brands such as Alexander McQueen, for up to 70 per cent off.
It’s not particularly ‘extreme’, but the mall is home to the UAE’s only Chuck E Cheese – a family entertainment centre with a bowling alley, simulator rides and loads of junk food.
It’s quite a way out of town, on AI Ain Road (about 20 minutes from Trade Centre). On your way back to Dubal, you have to drive along the highway towards AI Ain for about 10 minutes before you can turn around.
Battle of the malls Tunnel route When leaving the mall, you can save time and avoid the U-turn by cutting under the highway via a secret tunnel, although there’s only room for one car and it does feel a little creepy: we’d usually opt for the extra 20 minutes driving time.