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The Dubai Mall has become the world's most-visited destination for the third consecutive year, welcoming more than 75 million visitors last year. It was a 15 per cent growth in visitor numbers, with an average monthly footfall of 6.25 million.
The mall recorded 65 million visitors in 2012 and 54 million in 2011. Dubai Mall's more than 1,200 retail outlets also recorded a 26 per cent rise in sales last year. Moreover, more than 50 per cent of all luxury goods sold in Dubai were purchased at the mall, according to a Bain and Co report, as its dedicated Fashion Avenue hosts the world's largest collection of fashion brands under one roof.
The number of visitors significantly surpassed the number of shoppers at the world's other leading malls, such as Mall of America in the US and Bullring Birmingham in the UK, which each recorded 40 million visitors, Intu Trafford Centre, UK (30 million), Part Dieu Lyon, France (29.4 million), and West Edmonton Mall, Canada (28 million).
More than 40 per cent of the visitors to the Dubai Mall were tourists, reflecting the tourism demographic trend of the city, with the majority of visitors coming from Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, China, India, Russia and Europe.
Source: Property Weekly, gulfnews.com