The Dubai Mall is an integral part of Downtown Dubai, the flagship mega-project by Emaar Properties. At 12 million sq ft, the mall’s total area is equivalent in size to 200 soccer pitches. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million sq ft of gross leasable space and over 1,200 retail stores, two anchor department stores and more than 200 food and beverage outlets. In addition are the adjoining 5-star premium hotel, The Address Dubai Mall with 244 rooms and 449 serviced residences, and 14,000 undercover car park spaces spread across three levels. The Dubai Mall pays homage to high fashion with more than 70 signature stores in its dedicated Fashion Avenue, covering an area of 440,000 sq ft. Galeries Lafayette, France’s leading lifestyle retailer and Bloomingdale’s, America’s leading department store, are the anchor stores of the mall and marks the first time both retailers are opening stores in the Middle East region. The Souk is a distinctive shopping precinct with wide walkways, and featuring jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores, among others. A unique new colossal exhibit from the Late Jurassic Period, a Diplodocus longus dinosaur skeleton is now on display at The Souk. Visitors have the opportunity to get an up-close look at Dubai Dino, the 155 million year-old dinosaur skeleton which is 24.4 metres long and 7.6 metres high. Level Shoe District is a concept store dedicated to footwear and accessories. Spanning over 96,000 square feet, the store offers a unique and unparalleled shopping experience where luxury and contemporary style meet to usher in a new era of retail. Some 250 designers come together under one roof in 40 carefully selected boutiques. A popular shopping & leisure precinct, The Village offers a relaxed and informal shopping experience with the retail mix focuses on trendy denim brands for active lifestyles. Featuring a fully retractable roof, The Village is open during winter months enabling visitors to have a true outdoor feel. A centerpiece of the mall is Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the largest aquariums in the world. With the capacity to hold 10 million litres of water, Dubai Aquarium illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor and showcases one of the most diverse collections of marine animals worldwide. Dubai Aquarium has thousands of aquatic animals including sharks and rays. Its 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. A special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system changes the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day. Underwater Zoo is located above the aquarium, and provides an interactive approach to educating children and visitors on the ecology and sustainability of marine life.