REVEALED: New mall projects planned for Dubai

Over a dozen major new shopping developments are set to come online in the next few years

The total amount of new mall-based retail space handed over in Dubai last year declined by 72 percent compared to 2011, according to report by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

The total stock of retail space in the emirate’s malls stood at approximately 2.9m sqm at the end of 2012, with no major completions at recorded in the last quarter of the year.

However, this is all set to change with a large number of new projects announced in late 2012 and a series of prominent projects due to enter the market in the coming years.

REVEALED: Click here to see new mall projects planned for Dubai

Over a dozen retail projects are set to be developed in Dubai going forward, while rents in new malls remain strong. Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates continue to outperform the industry in terms of record footfalls, sales volumes and occupancy, JLL said.

By comparison, rents in secondary and old malls have either remained flat or dropped marginally, widening the differential between primary and secondary centres, the report added.

Of the projects coming on-stream, JLL said several new projects are likely to perform well, such as the Jumeirah Beach Village Mall in Jumeirah Beach Residences, which it believed will “benefit from the strong population density in Dubai Marina, the inflow of tourists as well as the upcoming tram project in the area.”

Overall, the retail market in Dubai continues to perform well, supported by a strong tourism industry and the perception of Dubai as a “safe haven”, JLL concluded.

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Posted by: Kristin

I totally agree. So tired of all the same international brands who can afford the high rents. Very boring! Why not support local start-ups (SMEs) than can bring in more diversity and variety to the market place. In terms of retail and F & B we are no different than any other international market. There should be more support for local business owners who have fresh ideas and can add a lot more flare! However this has to start with more support from government and landlords. With the extreme high rents - entrepreneurs are not exactly encouraged!

Posted by: Roozbeh Salehi

Not bad to open new malls, but the problem is not the number of malls. The problem is the attitude of mall owners and operators that only look to their revenue and not the customer service, and they are not catering to local brands, F&B or Retail. They only wants to collect hefty rental fees and deal with international brands, We have enough of international brands. We need to see new and attractive ideas in retail and F&B from local market. Supply and demand should get balanced.

Posted by: Manu

Absolutely right, Common shoppers goes for quality rather than brand , In past few years many local brands has come up and set a better example. Mall owners or marketing should encourage these brands inside the mall.

Posted by: Barney rubble

A mall filled with the same old brands selling the same old food at the same old crazy prices. YAWN.

Posted by: Ali

ENOUUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!! Stop the mall complex!!!!

Posted by: kingkaiser

Good, I've often walked around Dubai for hours complaining that there seem to be no malls at all here.

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