The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area and fourteenth largest by gross leasable area.
Dubai Mall opened on 4 November 2008, with about 635 retailers, marking the world’s largest-ever mall opening in retail history. However, it is not the largest in gross leasable space and is surpassed in that category by several malls.
The Dubai Mall recorded 60,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days, following its opening. The Dubai Mall attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week and in 2012, Dubai Mall continued to hold the title of the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination and attracted more than 65 million visitors. It attracted more visitors than New York City and Los Angeles. The numbers also surpass visitor arrivals to all landmark leisure destinations and theme parks in the world including Times Square, Central Park, and Niagara Falls.
Over 13 million sq foot (equivalent in size to more than 2 football fields ), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha), about the same as the West Edmonton Mall. It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes, over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.
Personally, to come to Dubai to spend time in shopping malls is sad, considering all the wonders in the world to be seen.