Situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Mall is one of the top shopping centres in the city and, although smaller than some others in the centre, saturates itself in a haven of shops for every occasion. It contains more than 200 stores and is a part of the Beach Rotana Hotel complex, holding a direct entrance to the mall and the hotel for the convenience of its visitors. Located in the centre of Abu Dhabi, it stands majestically on the waterfront in the north of the city, looking down onto the streets with a large glass front on display.
Abu Dhabi Mall offers the best collection of shops on offer, providing low budget, popular brands in addition to wealthier and more exclusive labels, yet also sells a range of appliances, technology and homeware as well as fashion. Both national and international designers serve the mall, so visitors can shop for what they know or discover something new and fitting to the local culture. Other than shops, services include an extensive food court, where visitors can relax and enjoy international cuisine, and a cinema, which screens recent, popular movies. Children can entertain themselves by visiting the play area, and visitors can also use the mall facilities for practical purposes such as dry cleaning, car wash, tourist information, bus tours and baggage storage.
The main form of transport in the city is by car, and visitors can easily get a taxi or drive to Abu Dhabi Mall as it is in the centre and easy to find. For visitors already exploring the waterfront, the shopping centre is on 10th Street, making it walkable from most nearby landmarks, and if lost, visitors can also follow directions towards Beach Rotana Hotel.
The history of Abu Dhabi Mall is tied up with the Beach Rotana Hotel, which it is a part of, and this was constructed in 1990, with various extension projects taking place until the year 2000. Abu Dhabi Mall, one of the multi-million dollar expansion projects, officially opened in May 2001.