Dubai Mall visitors browsing not buying

More window shoppers than big spenders, according to Dubai Mall shopkeepers.

Apparently, we’re far more excited by the aquarium and the ice rink than we are by the shops at Dubai Mall.

“It’s not the great business that we expected it to be, but I think the reason is that a lot of shops are not open yet,” said one shop owner, who asked not to be named. “People are concentrating more on the aquarium and all the special things, like ice skating, than really shopping.”

Traffic congestion and construction work in the area has also deterred some shoppers from visiting Emaar Malls’ flagship development.

Dina Saleh, co-owner of lifestyle boutique S*uce, which will be opening an outlet in the mall shortly, said the general consensus among the shopping centre’s tenants seemed to be that November was “quite slow” but trade was picking up in December.

“I think it’s too soon to make a call on it,” she said, adding that retailers will have a clearer view of the situation in March, when a significant number of shops, including French department store Galeries Lafayette, is expected to have opened. Roll on the New Year.

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