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.