In this age of consumerism, we see malls sprouting one after another, some of them built in close proximity. Malls continue to abound as if oblivious to the global economic crisis.
You would be surprised that some of the biggest malls in the world thrive in countries where shopping money for the majority of its population is scarce.
#1 1 Utama
Malaysia – This mall is the largest shopping mall in their country, with an area covering 5 millions square feet.
#2 Centro Comercial Santafé
South America – Considered as one of the largest shopping malls in South America. It has 485 shops, 26 restaurants, and 10 cinemas.
#3 Centro Comercial Aricanduva
Brazil – Also considered as one of the largest shopping malls in South America. The mall sticks true to its slogan “Gigante como São Paulo,” which means “Gigantic like São Paulo.”
#4 South Coast Plaza
California – An upscale mall in North America that covers about 2.8 million square feet in size.
#5 Morocco Mall
Morocco – It is the largest mall in Africa where people can go scuba diving in its million liter indoor aquarium.
#6 Mall of America
United States – This huge mall just outside the Twin Cities can fit seven Yankee stadiums within its walls.
#7 West Edmonton Mall
Canada – This is the largest mall in North America, it eploys more than 23,000 people on its over 800 shops, indoor attractions and waterpark.
#8 The Dubai Mall
Dubai – This mall is a part of the Burj Khalifa Complex and has over 1,200 shops.
#9 Sunway Pyramid
Malaysia – This Egyptian styled mall in Malaysia covers over 4 million square feet of space.
#10 SM Megamall
Philippines – This huge shopping complex in the Philippines consists of two adjoining buildings that collectively covers over 4 million square feet.
#11 SM Mall of Asia
Philippines – Found in the Bay City, this mall in the Philippines entertains over 200,000 people on average on a daily basis.
#12 SM City North EDSA
Philippines – Considered as the largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the third largest in the world. It is hard to believe that this huge mall sits right in the middle of a busy city.
#13 SM City Cebu
Philippines – The fourth largest shopping mall in the Philippines entertains over 100,000 people on average, everyday.
#14 New South China Mall
China – Considered as the largest mall in the world, this mall in China once had a hard time filling up their tenant list reaching up to 99% of vacant space during one time. But when they started retargeting their customers, they were eventually able to fill it up.
#15 Mid Valley Megamall
Malaysia – This mall in Malaysia is a mixed used complex, consisting of an office tower block with 30 offices and 2 hotels.
#16 Mal Artha Gading
Indonesia – This 270,000 square meter mall features the 7 wonders of the wolrd as its architectural theme.
#17 King of Prussia Mall
Pennsylvania – What is considered as the largest mall in the United States covers nearly 3 million square feet.
#18 Jamuna Future Park
Bangladesh – This 24/7 mall is the largest mall in South Asia, covering 4 million square feet.
#19 Istanbul Cevahir
Turkey – This mall in Istanbul, Turkey is the largest mall in Europe.
#20 Isfahan City Center
Iran – This mixed-used complex in Isfahan City includes a 5-star hotel, a shopping center, and an international finance center, and covers 6.5 million square feet.
#21 High Street Phoenix
India – Yet another mixed-used complex in India, this mall consists of a five-star hotel, multiplex, and residential tower.
#22 Golden Resources Mall
China – Being the second largest mall in the world earned this mall the title “Great Mall of China” covering 6 million square feet of area.
#23 Fars Shopping Complex
Iran – Also known as the Persian Gulf Complex, this shopping center found in Shiraz, Iran covers 4.5 million square feet.
Thailand – With ove 1 million square meters, this mixed use complex consists of a shopping plaza includes a hotel, and a tower.
#25 Berjaya Times Square
Malaysia – Dubbed as the “world’s largest building ever built in a single phase,” this magnificent mall has a theme park, IMAX theatre, and about 7.5 million square feet of built-up area.
While countless brands hope mall-goers would splurge on their shops, truth is, not all foot traffic can be converted to profit. Some would visit just to escape their daily struggles, a customer insight that inspires mall developers to go beyond the usual “mall experience”. Maybe this explains the enormity of these malls we love to go to. Now, whose feet are tired?
10 Odd But Awesome Jobs You Can Take This Summer
Here are some unusual jobs to help you earn money this summer.
Summer is not just for a fun day at the beach but now that school’s out, it’s also an opportunity for youngsters to earn some money on the side. The usual summer jobs involve painting houses, mowing the lawn and waitressing. But who says you can’t do other unusual gigs?
Work experience during summer teaches teens about responsibility. At the same time, they get to make money for themselves. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 unusual summer jobs that pay off well.
#1. Movie theater attendant
Selling tickets, cleaning and concessions are pretty easy tasks that may not pay that much but still can be fun. Not only that, as an employee, you’ll get some perks like free movies. You’ll also know the good films that are coming out....
Japanese Officials Issue Public Apology Over Worker Who Had Lunch 3 Minutes Early
Only in Japan…
We all know how much the Japanese people value time and honor. This has once again been proven by another recent story where Japanese bosses issued a public apology for one worker's “deeply regrettable” behavior.
The offense? Apparently, the employee went on lunch breaks “three minutes early on 26 occasions over a seven-month period,” according to a report. The civil servant was eventually punished for what he did.
A televised news conference was held where the officials publicly apologized for the worker who took lunch at 11:57 am instead of 12 noon.
Woman Almost Gets Abducted While Jogging; What To Do If It Happens To You
Never ever panic, girls!
While jogging is good as an exercise, it can also put you in a life-threatening situation - especially if you do it alone. Case in point, a woman from Massachusetts almost got abducted in broad daylight while she was running.
According to the woman, whose identity remains undisclosed, she felt that she was in danger when a car stopped in front of her during a morning run in the town of Bridgewater in Massachusetts. True enough, her gut feel was right as the driver of the car got out and ran after her. Fortunately, she did not lose her senses and managed to do the right thing, something that other women should do in the event that they find themselves in a similar situation:
1. Scream to catch attention.