Illustrated picture. Photo: Mixi
Illustrated picture. Photo: Mixi

Malls are now part of us, they host a large array of goods needed for our everyday life. From foods to clothes to accessories, you literally can find them in a mall. But today our focus will be on knowing the top 10 biggest malls in the world in 2021.

These malls have been built for years and occupy a huge amount of land space that can contains the huge numbers of buyers it tent to receive when in business.

The List of 10 Most Largest Shopping Malls in the World Today

1. Iran Mall - 21 million square feet

2. Dubai Mall - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 12 million square feet

3. Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall - 7.5 million square feet

4. South China Mall in China - 7.1 million square feet

5. Mall Of Istanbul - 7 million square feet

6. SM Tianjin

7. Golden Resource Mall - 6 million square feet

8. CentralPlaza WestGate - 5.9 million square feet

9. CentralWorld - 4.62 million square feet

10. Iconsiam in Bangkok

Which are the Most Largest Shopping Malls in the World Today?

1. Iran Mall - 21 million square feet

Photo: پدرام امن زاده
Photo: پدرام امن زاده

As of 2020, the biggest mall in the world is the massive Iran Mall. Located in Northwest Tehran, this huge structure covers a total area of around 21 million leasable square feet. It’s a commercial, cultural, and social hub that includes commercial spaces including retail outlets, cultural facilities, recreational areas, a hotel, and some parking spaces.

The mall’s roof serves as a sports complex where people can do activities like hiking and cycling. It also has a tennis court, a swimming pool, and even an ice rink! While the already finished areas of Iran Mall come together to make this mall the biggest in the world, some parts are still under construction, meaning this megastructure is expected to get even bigger in the coming years.

2. Dubai Mall - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 12 million square feet

Photo: Thinking of Travel
Photo: Thinking of Travel

This sprawling mall in the glamour capital of the world is easy to get lost in. At over 12 million square feet (equivalent to more than 50 soccer fields), the Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world based on total area. The mall contains more than 1,200 shops, an ice rink, a SEGA game centre, a five-star hotel, 22 cinema screens and 120 restaurants and cafes. It also boasts the largest indoor aquarium in the world AND it’s the gateway to the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world. Yeah, Dubai likes to break records!

3. Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall - 7.5 million square feet

Photo: Kuala Lumpur
Photo: Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square KL is tagged as the ‘world’s largest building ever built in a single phase’, with 7.5 million square feet (700,000 square metre) of built up floor area. The mall within is spread over an area of 320,000 square metres. Currently, the mall has space for more than 1,000 retail shops, 1200 luxury service suites, 65 food outlets and other attractions like Asia’s largest indoor theme park, Cosmo’s World and Malaysia’s first-ever IMAX 2D & 3D theatre. The Kuala Lumpur Monorail’s Imbi station is linked to the building by a footbridge.

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4. South China Mall in China - 7.1 million square feet

Photo: Worldkings
Photo: Worldkings

The South China Mall, with 659, 612 sq. m. GLA, is located in Dongguan, China. It is the biggest shopping center in the world when it comes to GLA in which it is second to Dubai Mall, which has a wide non-shopping space that has an amusement park, a zoo, and lodging complex. It was in 2005 that this mall opened and for the past 10 years, most parts are empty and was named “dead shopping center.

In January of 2018, as pointed out by an article, most of its retail spaces were filled and this mall was highlighted with an amusement park and IMAX-style film. This shopping center was previously occupied by farmlands in the Wanjiang District of Dongguan, located in the southern seaside of China. The developer of this mall and later became a tycoon in the industry of instant noodles was Hu Guirong. The South China Mall surpassed the Golden Resources Mall as the largest shopping center in the world. The total development expenses was estimated at approximately $1.3 billion.

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5. Mall Of Istanbul - 7 million square feet

Photo: İntaç
Photo: İntaç

The mammoth Mall of Istanbul spans over 7 million square feet of leasable space. Aside from the usual shopping options, this one has a giant theme park right inside! It’s the first of its kind in Turkey. It houses some of the world’s leading brands and has over 300 stores.

It has several performance centers, a gourmet center, and an extensive shopping center. It is also home to Turkey’s biggest cinema center with 12 theaters and 3,050 seating capacity.

6. SM Tianjin

Photo: Arquitectonica
Photo: Arquitectonica

Located in the thriving central business district, SM Tianjin is often praised for its unique architecture. From a bird’s-eye view, you can see the mall’s three oval-shaped buildings forming a blossoming flower.

The inside of the more isn’t any less impressive – be greeted by over 2,500 shops that will probably take an entire weekend to explore.

7. Golden Resource Mall - 6 million square feet

Photo: Wikiwand
Photo: Wikiwand

Another supermall in China is what many call the “Great Mall of China.” The Golden Resource Shopping Mall has a total leasable area of 6 million square feet and houses more than 1,000 stalls.

It’s not as much of a sprawling structure like the rest of those on the list because this one is a six-storey building surrounded by new apartment buildings and offices, but it has more than 230 escalators to accommodate the bustle of shoppers moving from floor to floor!

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8. CentralPlaza WestGate - 5.9 million square feet

Photo: VistaBuzz
Photo: VistaBuzz

Thailand's biggest mall is the CentralPlaza WestGate, located in Thailand’s Nonthaburi Province, in a suburb of its capital city Bangkok. It has over 5.9 million square feet of gross floor area composed of multiple floors.

It is deemed South East Asia’s “Super Regional Mall” and was built as part of an effort to convert Thailand into a thriving regional shopping hub. This mall has over 500 Thai and international brands, and over 200 restaurants.

9. CentralWorld - 4.62 million square feet

Photo: Hội Kỷ lục gia Việt Nam
Photo: Hội Kỷ lục gia Việt Nam

This is the largest shopping mall and office complex in Bangkok owned by the Central Group. Spread over 800,000-square-metre, the mall is the largest shopping center in South-East Asia and is larger than Hong Kong’s Ocean Terminal.

Originally called the World Trade Centre, the eight-storey mall opened in 1990.

10. Iconsiam in Bangkok

Photo: TripSavvy
Photo: TripSavvy

Iconsiam is a mixed-use development located on Chai Phraya River Bank in Bangkok. It has gross leasable are of 525, 000 sq. m. It includes a wide-range of shopping centers that opened to the public in November 10, 2018 including living arrangements and inns.

It was a joint project by MQDC Magnolia Quality Development, Charoen Pokphand Group, and Siam Piwat. It will incorporate the two tallest buildings in Bangkok: the 70-story Magnolias Waterfront Residences and 52-story Mandarin Oriental Residences.

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