Dubai Mall says visits up by 20 per cent


ByGillian Duncan

The Dubai Mallis the world’s most visited shopping and leisure destination for the second year running, according to its owner Emaar Properties.

Visitor numbers rose by 20 per cent to 65 million people last year, making it more popular on a per-visitor basis than New York City, which welcomed 52 million people, and Los Angeles at 41 million, the developer said.

It did not offer any independent verification of its claim.

In addition retail sales rose by almost a quarter at 24 per cent last year compared to the previous year, said the developer.

“The visitor footfall to The Dubai Mall has exceeded our expectations every year since its opening in 2008, and in 2012 we marked another landmark by welcoming 65 million visitors,” said Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar Properties. More info