Dubai Shopping Mall Opening Hours
Shoppers and residents in Dubai are in for a treat as Dubai shopping malls will be open from 10am to 12 midnight throughout this month.
A directive was issued in this regard taking into account the influx of visitors to Dubai during the ongoing Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) and to drive retail sector revenues and footfall in malls.
The same directive gives outlets in Dubai malls the option to remain open beyond the new timings in July, thus making it possible for retailers to keep stores in Dubai open well past midnight. Restaurants in Dubai malls will be open between 10am and 1am on weekdays.
The decision to extend timings for Dubai Shopping Malls was taken after discussions with the DSMG board of directors and retail owners, who were receptive to the idea of extra working hours in the evening to attract shoppers in Dubai on weekdays.
Numerous researches and studies in recent months have placed Dubai as a leading retail destination in the world, only falling behind London. Laila Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, said that DEPE was keenly monitoring the retail sector to enhance its growth and performance.
The Dbai malls extended working hours throughout July presents opportunities for retailers to have increased sales and footfall while shoppers in Dubai have the opportunity to make the best of summer sales at their own convenience.
Eisa Adam Ibrahim, Board of Directors member of Dubai Shopping Malls Group, said the new directive will certainly benefit all stakeholders though malls in Dubai have been witnessing a notable increase in footfall since the start of DSS that has also coincided with the summer break in schools across the GCC.
Nasser Rafi, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Malls Group, said:
“The decision to extend the opening hours of shopping malls in Dubai during July will further drive the retail sector. The ‘Summer in Dubai’ campaign has already energised retail sales and contributed to increasing footfall, and the extended work hours will further enhance the convenience of Dubai’s retailers and shoppers.”
Mall of the Emirates VP Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, said:
“Extended shopping hours in Dubai present yet even more opportunity for visitors to Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ three malls in Dubai to take advantage of the events that we have created. This DSS, our entertainment schedule and activities truly reflect the international status of Dubai, as well as the popularity of Dubai Summer Surprises,”
Bernice Boshoff, GM Festival Centre, said:
“As a strategic partner of DEPE and member of DSMG, Dubai Festival City welcomes any initiative that is aimed at enhancing Dubai’s retail sector. With extended working hours throughout the month of July, Dubai shoppers have one more reason to make the most of DSS sales at Dubai Festival City. We are expecting to attract increased footfall during weekdays as most shoppers tend to shop on weekends in Dubai.”
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