By Dylan Bowman
More than 5,000 people use ice rink, mall hails opening 'success' despite traffic problems.
More than 60,000 people visited the aquarium at Dubai Mall in the first five days following the mall’s opening, Dubai Mall said on Saturday.
The mall said over 5,000 people also used the ice rink during the same period.
Yousif Al-Ali, Dubai Mall general manager, said in a statement the visitor turnout confirmed “the mall's success as a strong family-oriented shopping and entertainment destination”.
The much-delayed mall finally opened to the public on Nov. 4 after three previous delays.
The mall is one of the largest in the world and boasts more than 1,200 stores and over 160 food and beverage outlets, although only half that number were actually opened for business on Nov. 4.
Dubai Mall’s opening was pushed back from Oct. 30 due to access problems, but since then the area surrounding the mall has been blighted by congestion, particularly on weekends, due to the large number of visitors.
The mall is being built by Emaar Malls Group and is part of the $20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai, Emaar Properties’ 500-acre flagship project. At the development’s centre is the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Emaar is going to put a positive "spin" on anything and everything over the next few weeks. Their stock has crashed 50% in 2 weeks! Speculators are dumping their Emaar properties onto the market. Emaar may have to start laying off employees.
Because numbers do not quite look right: 60,000 people in five days means 12,000 people per day, on average! Looks a bit overestimated considering the heavy congestion in the area and the fact that 03 out of the 05 days were working days!!
We spent two hours exploring the mall where about 70 to 80 percent of the stores are still closed. The next two hours we spent waiting for a taxi in a queue of disappointed visitors.
I had posted two negative comments about the Dubai Mall before. I visited the mall again on a week day, when i could get in and out without a problem and i have to say, Dubai Mall is the business. It looks the biz and feels like it WILL do great. It's a shopping mall on a completely different level. Only if the parking lot wasn't designed like a maze!
Having visited the Mall at the weekend (saturday) i was pleased to see it wasn't too busy and got straight in and out, but, as previously noted by everybody, half the shops are still not open, half the paint is still not dry and who ever designed that car park wants shooting, no wonder that when its busy it takes ages to get in and out. Plus, they had a fire on saturday, fire alarms, smoke, people running around blowing whistles, very amusing really. Open something thats not completed and this is what you get!!!!!
Mr Al-Ali fails to account for the "novelty factor" of the mall. Of course the foot fall will be large in the first few weeks as people are curious to see what all the hype is about. But once they realise only half the stores are open and you have to plan a visit over an entire weekend because the parking and road access issues; they'll soon revert back to tried and tested. I visited once; yes the place is huge and looks OK. But at the end of the day, it's just a shopping mall. I'd rather not waste my precious weekends stuck in traffic - I do enough of that midweek!!!