By Andy Sambidge
Emaar's flagship shopping destination sees 15% increase in visitors during 2013
The Dubai Mall, Emaar's flagship shopping and entertainment destination, welcomed over 75 million visitors in 2013, driving a sales boost of 26 percent, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Dubai developer said that footfall at the mall rosed by 15 percent last year, with an average monthly visitors totalling 6.25 million.
The mall's 1,200 plus retail outlets recorded a 26 percent rise in sales during 2013 compared to the previous year, Emaar said in a statement.
It added that more than 50 percent of all luxury goods sold in Dubai were purchased at the mall.
The number of visitors significantly surpassed the number of shoppers at the world's other leading malls such as Mall of America and Bullring Birmingham, UK (40 million each); Intu Trafford Centre, UK (30 million); Part Dieu Lyon, France (29.4 million); and West Edmonton Mall, Canada (28 million).
The statement said that over 40 percent of the visitors to the mall were tourists, with a majority of the overseas visitors coming from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, China, India, Russia and Europe.
Abdulla Lahej, Group CEO of Emaar Properties, said: "The record visitor arrival to The Dubai Mall in 2013 is a powerful statement that seals Dubai's reputation globally as a business and leisure hub.
"The socio-economic impact of the mall on the emirate's economy is tremendous, having generated more than 25,000 jobs and consistently driving the growth of the city's retail, leisure, and hospitality sectors - the core contributors to Dubai's GDP."
Nasser Rafi, CEO of Emaar Malls Group, added: "The surge in visitor arrivals and the growth in retail sales are indicators not just of the popularity of the mall but also of Dubai as a preferred destination for shopping and luxury lifestyle experiences."
He said the mall's Fashion Avenue was being expanded by another 1 million sq ft to add 150 new brands to the mall.
The Dubai Mall also offer 200 plus F&B outlets as well as leisure attractions including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, SEGA Republic, KidZania, Dubai Ice Rink, and the 22-screen Reel Cinemas.
Great to see the growth in traffic and additional shopping over the past year.
Just hope the Developers won't ruin the area but taking more of the walking areas away to build more restaurants and the like!
The new restaurant on the Boulevard in front of the Palace hotel does not enhance the area !