Incredible Shopping Malls

By on 30/05/2014

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Enjoy a myriad of lifestyle offerings at these shopping malls. These popular malls tempt tourists and locals alike by offering much more than just retail therapy. These cool malls allow visitors to practically holiday or even live inside these malls. From a variety of shops to eateries to ice rinks to cinemas, they appear to have it all.

Villagio Mall: Doha

Gross Leasable Area: 1.4 million square feet

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The interior ceilings and lighting give you the feeling like you are shopping under the sky. When you feel tired from shopping, take a gondola journey on the waterway that runs through the center of the mall. The mall is divided into different areas that epitomize different times of the day so you can see the day, sunset and night with street lamps by walking for just a couple of minutes ahead. The 220 stores in the mall also includes a 13-screen IMAX 3D cinema and an ice-skating rink. The mall also plans to add a roller coaster that will take visitors around the mall.

Tokyo Midtown: Tokyo

Gross Leasable Area: 786,000 square feet

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The elegant haute-couture mall opened its doors in 2007 and is located right in the city hub. The project includes an office, residential, hotel, shopping and entertainment space. The mall also houses the tallest building of Tokyo and the new quarters of the Suntory Museum of Art. The 5-floor Galleria is home to the first Terence Conran restaurant in Japan, Coppola’s Vinoteca, a wine bar showcasing the wines of Francis Ford Coppola and a unit of the American food retailer Dean & DeLuca. The complex is also home to Design Sight 21_21, a design colonnade and workspace comprehended by fashion designer Issay Miyake and acclaimed architect Tadao Ando.

Wafi Mall: Dubai

Gross Leasable Area: 861,000 square feet

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While there are many malls in the city, this is the one with ‘character’. The mall building is themed after ancient Egypt and has a distinctive pyramid style façade with the Egyptian theme continuing throughout the mall. One of Dubai’s most classy malls, Wafi Mall is home to a pyramid-shaped restaurant and a theme park. The mall opened in 2001 and contains over 350 stores across 5 levels. Its shops include brands (Marks & Spencer, Topshop, La Senza), entertainment theme park area (Encounter Zone), dining (the Pyramids), spa (Cleopatra’s Spa) and underground Arabian Souq (Khan Murjan). The mall also houses original and significant brands, many of which are limited to just the mall. What sets Wafi apart from others is its extensive collection of artwork that is inspired by both modern art and the legacies of the Pharaohs. The extensive art collection adorns the walls of the galleries and visitors can purchase their own piece to take back home. In 2008, Wafi received awards for the Best Shopping Mall, Best New Hotel, Best Restaurant, Best Independent Boutique and Best Spa.

GPO: Melbourne, Australia

Gross Leasable Area: 705,000 square feet

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Once an old post office, GPO is now a notable architectural building in the city. GPO stands for General Post Office, which is exactly what the mall was from 1907-1993. The neo-Renaissance-styled building was destroyed by a fire and then reopened as a mall to feature local designers such as Wayne Cooper, Zimmermann and dressmaker Leona Edmiston. In 2004, the area was converted into a shopping mall. With over 50 stores across three floors, Melbourne’s GPO is home to a varied fusion of dining options, the biggest labels in Australian and international designer fashion, together with extraordinary event spaces which have been designed to astound.

West Edmonton Mall: Alberta, USA

Gross Leasable Area: 3.77 million square feet

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Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the West Edmonton Mall is the 5th largest mall in the world and the largest in North America. The mall features the largest enclosed water theme park with the largest wave pool in the world. Built in 1981, the mall is home to over 800 stores and services and has over 20,000 parking spaces. The mall also has theme areas like Bourbon Street (New Orleans styled clubs and restaurants), Chinatown and Europa Boulevard. The mall houses a theme park called Galaxyland, an indoor shooting range, a petting zoo, a theater, fine dining establishments, cinemas, four radio stations, a hotel, a chapel and an indoor lake, which is home to four sea lions and is a replica of the Santa Maria.

The Dubai Mall: Dubai

Gross Leasable Area: 12.1 million square feet

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The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall in terms of total area. Opened in 2008, the mall has 1,200 stores and is home to an aquarium, which received the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest Acrylic Panel.  The mall also houses an ice rink, 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. It also features the unique “malls-within-a-mall” concept with themed shopping areas like Gold Souk, The Grove and Fashion Island. This mall has truly revolutionized the modern shopping experience.

Today’s shopping malls are often the quintessence of sumptuousness and opulence. What do you think is the world’s best and most upscale mall? Add your thoughts in the comments section below.

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