The Emporis, one of the largest malls of construction and engineering on internet, published a list of the 10 largest malls in the world. Among all of them, just two are not in Asia, and no, they are not in the United States, but in Canada and Turkey. Check out the full list on these real cities shopping.
10th – West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada (350,000 m²)
The largest of the Americas – West Edmonton Mall covers an area of about 570,000 m2 making it the 5th largest in the world. It has over 800 stores and services besides parking for more than 20,000 vehicles. But its biggest attractions are the ice skating rink, water park, roller coaster and a mini golf course.
9 – The Dubai Mall – Dubai, UAE (350.244 m²)
The Dubai mall is the largest in the world land area (1.2 million m²), but it is in 9th place when the subject is comercial area. That’s where is the biggest reverse aquarium in the world, with 33,000 marine animals on display. Moreover, it has ice rink, thematic park in honor of SEGA eletronics, entertainment center for children, a luxury hotel with 250 rooms and a commercial area with 1,200 stores and offices. The mall has won several awards and in 2011 became the most visited destination in the world for shopping & leisure with 54 million visitors, the same number of the population of England.
8 – Cevahir Mall – Istanbul, Turkey (420,000 m²)
Cevahir was inaugurated in 2005 and still is one of the largest and most modern shopping centers in Europe. It has 343 stores, 34 fast food restaurants, 14 luxury restaurants, 12 cinemas, theater, bowling lanes, and an amusement park with a roller coaster.
7 – Mid Valley Megamall – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (420,000 m²)
Mid Valley Megamall is a complex opened in 1999, which includes a shopping mall, an office tower and 2 hotels. It has 430 stores divided into 5 floors and a hotel with 646 rooms and 30 offices.
6 – Persian Gulf Complex – Shiraz, Iran (420,000 m²)
The Persian Gulf is a complex that counts with an amusement park with internal and external areas, hypermarket, prayer room, seven stars hotel with helipad, artificial lake and 2,500 stores. It is the largest mall in the world when the subject is the number of stores. The mall was privileged with two nearby highways, since it is a bit away from the urban center of Shiraz.
5 – Central World – Bangkok, Thailand (429.500 m²)
Central World was opened in 2006 and reopened in 2010 after a fire. It has 600 stores, five star hotel, convention center, office tower, spa, ice skating rink and underground parking for over 7000 cars.
4 – Utama Shopping Centre, Selangor, Malaysia (465,000 m²)
Utama shopping was founded in 1995, and received an extension in 2003, thus becoming one of the largest in the world, with over 650 stores. In addition, the mall has in its interior a 5 star hotel, office tower, event space, a forest with lake and a bridge, entertainment area, five fields of futsal, 36 bowling lanes, the largest climbing wall in Asia, diving school and a rooftop with a garden that has over 500 species of exotic flora.
3 – SM City North Edsa – Quezon City, Philippines (482.878 m²)
SM city was opened in 1985, the first in the Philippines to spread the concept “shopping with pleasure.” The mall was so successful that it was expanded in 2006, 2008 and finally in 2009, when the attachment was a mega garden throughout the coverage area. There are more than 1,100 stores, of which 400 of them are restaurants, a hypermarket, amphitheater for 1,200 people, bowling alleys, and over 10,000 parking spaces.
2 – Golden Resources Mall – Beijing, China (557.419m²)
Golden (Jin Yuan) was the largest shopping mall in the world when inaugurated, in 2004, and not more than a year later, in 2005 lost the status for the New South China Mall, in the same country. The critical point is that the place is always relatively empty and not have the expected return.
1 – New South China Mall – Dongguan, China (600.153 m²)
The largest mall in the world in leasable area, and second in total area, loosing only to the Dubai Mall. And as peculiar as it may seem, the largest mall in the world has almost no stores in operation, thank to an error of location, 95% of its 2350 commercial units are empty since its opening in 2005. The biggest attractions are the 7 thematic areas that retrace some international regions like San Francisco, Amsterdam, California, Paris, and others, each area with its traditional foods, trends and cultures. The mall also features an outdoor roller coaster, two 5 star hotels and a canal for river trips throughout the commercial area.