Dubai Mall is world's most visited destination
Mall welcomed over 75mn visitors in 2013
The Dubai Mall has become the world’s most-visited destination for the third consecutive year, with a record 75mn visitors in 2013.
The mall saw a 15% growth in visitor numbers during 2013, with an average monthly footfall of 6.25mn.
Abdulla Lahej, group chief executive officer (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."
The mall's 1,200 plus retail outlets recorded a 26% rise in sales during 2013 compared to the previous year.
The number of visitors exceeded the number of shoppers at the world's other leading malls such as Mall of America and Bullring Birmingham, UK (40mn each); Intu Trafford Centre, UK (30mn); Part Dieu Lyon, France (29.4mn); and West Edmonton Mall, Canada (28mn).
Emaar properties has already commenced work on Dubai Mall’s expansion project.
"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. Having established Dubai as a global fashion capital, we are now further enhancing the fashion and lifestyle choices at the mall with the expansion of the Fashion Avenue by another 1mn ft2, which will add 150 new brands to the mall," said Nasser Rafi, CEO of Emaar Malls Group.