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.
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.