World's Largest Mall to Open in Qatar in 2016
Posted on July 26, 2015
The largest shopping model in the world is currently being built in Qatar. The mall is called The Mall of Qatar. The mall will be home to over 400 stores, a five star hotel and over 80 restaurants and cafes. It will have over 7,000 parking spaces, including 3,000 underground spaces.The giant mall will be located in the Al Rayyan district of Qatar. It will have a Metro station connected to it and will be within a 25 minute drive for 75% of Qatar's population of 2 million. The mall will also be located next to one of the FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums. The mall is expected 20 million visitors in its first year.
The Mall of Qatar was originally expected to open in late 2015. Chain Store Age reports that the opening data is now first quarter 2016.
Donald Weir, General Manager, Mall of Qatar, says in a statement, "We are building a regional destination mall designed to attract everybody in Qatar, including visitors to the region. We are bringing together the very best brands to occupy over 400 stores, 50 of which will be luxury brands linked to a five star hotel, and four of which will be international department stores. We have strategically combined over 80 restaurants and cafes with a themed ntertainment concept encompassing a significant portion of the mall it will offer customers something very special."
Here is a video providing a virtual tour of the Mall of Qatar. Take a look: