(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) "The Dubai Mall has the most festive decorations," said Shazia Rahim, a design student and Dubai-resident who, last week went shopping to at least three malls. Arsenio Balili, an employee of the Radisson Hotel and native of Bohol in the Phillipines said he preferred the 'feel' and 'vibe' at Mall of the Emirates (MOE) because "it's more personal".
Besides the shop windows done up with artificial snow and glimmering buntings, Mall of the Emirates, at the entrance, has a grand Christmas display, replete with snow sledges that children wearing Santa hats sat in and posed for photographs. The crowd at the display picked up towards the evening as the melodies of carols drifted into the ground floor of the mall.
The grand display comprises four green trees - all over 5feet, and the larger one much taller than 7feet - four silver trees and two golden trees, all surrounded by giant boxes wrapped as Christmas presents and one large red and gold throne-like chair.
The biggest draw at the grand display at Mall of the Emirates though were the small toy figures of what looked like Buckingham Palace guards wearing white mittens and beating toy drums and playing a toy clarinet. Children excitedly flocked to the toy guards.
A visitor at the mall, Karen Elliott was accompanied by her in-laws and two children. What did she think of the Christmas spirit and decorations? Her mother-in-law could feel it in the air and approved wholeheartedly. Karen, while she likes the display and took pictures of her children with the display in the backdrop, felt that it was The Dubai Mall's decorations that won hands down. "Dubai Mall is like a fairytale castle." Interestingly Karen's father-in-law, Trevor felt that there is more of a Christmas air in Dubai than back home in the UK (Norwich). The kids apparently really enjoyed Wafi Mall too, for there they got to interact with Father Christmas.
In Mall of the Emirates too, you can meet Santa Claus at Ski Dubai between 12 noon and 10 pm on Christmas Day.