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 various products.
By 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.
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.