The concept of shopping malls
is fairly new in Sharjah, although
several malls have opened during
2001 and early 2002. Many large
showrooms as well as small centers
are dotted around the city selling
2005, Sharjah is expected to rank
third after Dubai and Doha in
terms of shopping center space
per capita at around 13 sq.ft.,
per person - overtaking even Abu
Dhabi, according to a study by
a UK based organization.
survey said Sharjah shopping centers
will be creating a total of about
355,000 square meters of Gross
Leaseable Area within three years.
new shopping malls include the
500,000 sq. ft. Dh 400 million
Sahara Center, 400,000 sq. ft.
Sharjah Mega Mall and Majid Al
Futtaim's City Center. The survey
said however, time will tell whether
Sharjah can sustain occupancy
of these malls without having
to attract shoppers from outside
the emirate. The
test will be on whether Sharjah
malls can outperform well entrenched
malls in Dubai,' the study said.