Asia – Home to Some of the World’s Biggest Shopping Malls

It seems that shopping is one of the favorite pastimes of people living in Asia. Why is that? Well, it is home to some of the biggest shopping malls in the world. Moreover, several Asian countries have made it to the list of top shopping cities in terms of total retail sales.

Does that mean Asians have the money to burn? Maybe, maybe not. Nevertheless, what is clear is that the bigger the shopping malls, the more stores there are, which translates to more jobs. Even the lowliest jobs in shopping malls help alleviate the unemployment problem in many Asian countries, and that’s all good.


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Top Five Biggest Shopping Malls in Asia

Let’s check out at least five shopping malls that made it to the list of biggest shopping malls in Asia based on total area:

The Dubai Mall photo by Paul Wilhelm via Wikipedia Commons
The Dubai Mall photo by Paul Wilhelm via Wikipedia Commons

1) The Dubai Mall (Dubai, UAE)

This mall occupies a total area of 12.1 million square ft. It is the largest shopping mall in the world and is touted as the most visited shopping and entertainment destination, too. It is more than just a haven for fashion and shopping enthusiasts. It is also home to family entertainment components such as Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, KidZania, SEGA Republic, and the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink. Dubai Mall is also home to the real fossil of a dinosaur that’s estimated to be 155 million years old.

Golden Resources Shopping Mall photo by Frank Yu via Wikipedia
Golden Resources Shopping Mall photo by Frank Yu via Wikipedia

2) Golden Resources Shopping Mall (Beijing, China)

This shopping mall in China has earned the American moniker “Great Mall of China” and rightly so, since it occupies a total area of 6 million square ft. However, its location in northwestern Beijing makes it inaccessible to most shoppers, especially to foreign visitors.

The Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall photo by RioHondo via Wikipedia CC
The Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall photo by RioHondo via Wikipedia CC

3) SM Megamall (Mandaluyong City, Philippines)

While the Philippines is among those labeled as “third world countries”, it is home to several large shopping malls, with SM Megamall being one of those. This mall is part of a chain of superstores operated by SM Prime Holdings and owned by Henry Sy, Sr. (the Philippines’ richest man, with a net worth of $13 billion (USD) as o September 2014). The mall occupies a total area of 5,451,220 square ft. and spans a cluster of four buildings. It is home to more or less 1300 shops and 300 dining establishments. Two well-known international brands, H&M and Forever 21, are among SM Megamall’s tenants.

SM City North Edsa photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikipedia CC
SM City North Edsa photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikipedia CC

4) SM City North Edsa (Quezon City, Philippines)

This mall is included in Henry Sy, Sr.’s conglomerate of shopping malls. It occupies a total area of 5,197,660 square ft. Fourth though it may be in the list of largest malls in the world, it is considered the largest solar-powered shopping mall in the world with 5,760 solar panels installed in it. It has more than 1,100 shops and 400 dining establishments.

Isfahan City Center photo by Ehsan Shariati via Wikipedia CC
Isfahan City Center photo by Ehsan Shariati via Wikipedia CC

5) Isfahan City Center (Isfahan, Iran)

Isfahan City Center is Iran’s largest shopping mall. It opened in November 2012 and has over 750 shops and services. The mall occupies 5,011,000 square ft. and features an international 5-star hotel, an international financial center, a cinema complex, a world trade center, and over 750 retail shops.

There you have it, the top five biggest malls in Asia in terms of total area occupied. If you happen to visit any of the countries listed above, make sure to drop by those malls and see for yourself just how huge they really are.

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