The Dubai Mall
is the world's largest shopping mall
based on total area and sixth largest by gross leasable area
. Located in Dubai
, United Arab Emirates
, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Burj Khalifa
complex, and includes 1,200 shops.
Twice delayed, Dubai Mall opened on 4 November 2008, with about 635 retailers, marking the world's largest-ever mall opening in retail
history. However it is not the largest in gross leasable space
, and is surpassed in that category by several malls including the South China Mall
, which is the world's largest, Golden Resources Mall
, SM City North Edsa
, and SM Mall of Asia
The Dubai Mall has recorded a visitor turn-out of more than 60,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days, following its opening. The Dubai Mall hosted over 37 million visitors in 2009, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week. While in 2010 it hosted 47 million, and saw footfall increase by around 27 percent over 2009, despite the economic crisis.