A Dubai Mall with a difference – Mercato


Although many people visit Dubai for serious shopping others amongst us just want a less intense experience or just a dip into some air-conditioning.  The Mercato Shopping Mall is a delightful small retail area built in an Italian theme, it has a range of shops and eateries that you will recognise and an entrance plaza that might remind you of Rome or Florence. It is open every day and even if shopping isn’t your thing the photos you can take will be! It’s easy to find on the Jumeirah Beach Road.

There is Italian music playing and a Vespa artfully parked near a mini Leaning Tower of Pisa and on the day I visited some masked party goers were interacting with the visitors. It’s definitely worth a visit if only to experience a little dolce vita in the desert. Ciao!

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