Just in time for prime shopping season around the globe, we run down the biggest shopping centers in the world. We’ve ranked these formidable retail venues according to gross leasable area (GLA), or the amount of floor space that is designed for tenant occupancy.
In case you wondering, the largest mall in the world in terms of total area is the Dubai Mall, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its footprint occupies over 12.1 million SF. The world’s largest shopping mall in terms of number of stores is the Persian Golf Complex in Iran, which has space for 2,500 stores. The largest mall in North America in terms of GLA is West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada.
Here’s a look at the world’s biggest shopping centers according to gross leasable area in millions of square feet:
New South China Mall in Dongguan, China (7.1 MSF)
Golden Resources Mall in Beijing, China (6.0 MSF)
SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, Philippines (5.45 MSF)
SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, Philippines (5.2 MSF)
1 Utama in Pataling Jaya, Malaysia (5.0 MSF)
Persian Gulf Complex in Shiraz, Iran (4.8 MSF)
Central World in Bangkok, Thailand (4.6 MSF)
Isfahan City Center in Isfahan, Iran (4.5 MSF)
Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (4.5 MSF)
Istanbul Cevahir Mall in Istanbul, Turkey (4.5 MSF)
Mall of Asia in Pasay, Philippines (4.38 MSF)
Sunway Pyramid in Subang Jaya, Malaysia (4.27 MSF)