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In pics: The biggest shopping centre on the planet

Let’s go inside Dubai Mall, which has over 600 shops, a 22-screen cinema, a replica of London’s Regent Square and ice skating rink.

THIS IS THE Dubai Mall — an absolutely massive shopping centre in Dubai, UAE that’s part of the $20 billion Burj Khalifa complex.

It first opened in 2008 to much fanfare, and it boasts a variety of things to do aside from shop at its 600+ stores. The centre has a 22-screen cinema, a replica of London’s Regent Street, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink and much more.

The mall is now the world’s most-visited shopping destination, having attracted upwards of 54 million visitors in 2011.

It has such a reputation that Apple may be interested in opening its first store in the Middle East there, according to the Dubai Chronicle.

In pics: The biggest shopping centre on the planet
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  • Dubai Mall: The promenade

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: Catwalk in open area

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: The aquarium

    IT holds more than 33,000 marine animals and the viewing panel holds Guinness World Record for largest acrylic panel. Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: Shark tunnel

    Pic: AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili
  • Dubai Mall: Olympic-sized ice-skating rink

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: The interior

    Pic: mick62/Flickr
  • Dubai Mall: Star atrium

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: Fashion avenue

    Pic: Sakena/Flickr
  • Dubai Mall: waterfall

    Pic: acameronhuff/Flickr
  • Dubai Mall: Gold souk

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: 22-screen cinema

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: Indoor theme park, SEGA Republic

    Pic: The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Mall: Fountain displays

    Pic: The Dubai Mall

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