12 Most Amazing Shopping Malls
1Mall of America (Minnesota, USA)
The mall has a gross area of 4,200,000 sq ft available as retail space. That's enough to fit seven Yankee stadiums inside of it! Mall of America is the most visited shopping mall in the world with more than 40 million visitors annually (or roughly eight times the population of the state of Minnesota). Spending 10 minutes in every store would take a shopper more than 86 hours to complete their visit to Mall of America. The mall includes a cinema, Nickelodeon Universe theme park, aquarium, adventure golf, flight simulators, and a comedy house.
2Mall of the Emirates (Dubai)
This shopping center is home to over 450 retailers and also features a complete range of entertainment options including Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski destination in the Middle East, a two-level Magic Planet, the largest indoor family entertainment centre in the country, a 14-screen Cinestar Cinemas and the Dubai Community Arts and Theatre with a 500 seat-theatre and art gallery.
This mixed use development will incorporate two hotels, including a 5-star Kempinski, which will offer over 900 rooms combined, a host of licensed restaurants, tennis court, swimming pools and spas.
3The Grand Canal Shoppes (Las Vegas, USA)
The mall was opened along with the Venetian Hotel in 1999. It has indoor canals, where gondolas will take you around the mall. The mall is anchored by a flagship, high-fashion Barneys New York store and contains many designer and upscale boutiques. Live performances can be found throughout the mall.
As of 2008, the mall was seeing 20 million visitors a year, among the highest in the country.
4Tokyo Midtown Mall (Tokyo, Japan)
5Wafi Mall (Dubai)
Whether it's art, fashion, food, entertainment or lifestyle, you'll find its most sophisticated appearance at Wafi. In 2008, Wafi received awards for Best Shopping Mall, Best Restaurant, Best New Hotel, Best Spa and Best Independent Boutique. With a famous souk, world-class shopping and the finest dining in Dubai, there's only one Wafi.
6West Edmonton Mall (Alberta, Canada)
Built in 1981, the mall has over 800 stores and services and parking for more than 20,000 vehicles. The mall also includes theme areas including: Bourbon Street (New Orleans-styled clubs and restaurants), Europa Boulevard, and Chinatown. The mall has a theme park called Galaxyland whith a number of attractions including a roller coaster. In addition, the mall has an indoor lake, which is home to four sea lions and a replica of the Santa Maria. The mall also has a hotel, indoor shooting range, petting zoo, dinner theater, cinemas, four radio stations and an inter-denominational chapel.
7The Dubai Mall (Dubai)
The mall has 1,200 shops and houses and an aquarium, which earned the Guinness World Record for the world's "Largest Acrylic Panel". The mall also is home to an ice rink, 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. It also features the unique "malls-within-a-mall" concept with themed shopping areas like Gold Souk, Fashion Island, and The Grove, an indoor-outdoor streetscape with a fully retractable roof.
8Beijing Mall (Beijing, China)
9Istanbul Cevahir (Istanbul, Turkey)
10King of Prussia Mall (Pennsylvania, USA)
11Zlote Tarasy Mall (Warsaw, Poland)
12Westfield London Shopping Centre (England)
The centre is noted for its size: with a retail floor area of 150,000m² (1.615m ft²), the equivalent of about 30 football pitches. At the time of its opening it was reported to be the third largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom.
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