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Revealed: Top 10 biggest spenders in shopping malls

Revealed: Top 10 biggest spenders in shopping malls

New list ranks EMEA countries by average per head spend during a single mall visit

The United Arab Emirates ranks among the top 10 countries in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for spending in shopping malls, according to a recent study.

The report by CBRE surveyed 22,000 consumers across 22 markets in the EMEA region. It found that UAE residents spend on average approximately $56.5 per person on a single shopping centre visit, making the country rank eighth overall.

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UAE residents also ranked as the third biggest food and beverage spenders in shopping malls, following their counterparts in Norway and Switzerland.

Over half of UAE respondents admitted that they tend to spend more time shopping if they consume F&B in a mall. Up to 57.4 per cent also said that they ‘almost always’ visit shops when the original motivator behind the mall visit was F&B.

CBRE Middle East managing director Nick Maclean said: “The findings reveal that while the location of a shopping mall is key, the retail mix and F&B facilities are also paramount – a crucial insight for developers of new, large-scale shopping malls.”

Top 10 biggest EMEA mall spenders

(Based on average spend per person on a single shopping centre visit)

1. Switzerland

Average spend: €68.5

Average spend on food and beverage: €17.6

2. Belgium

Average spend: €67.2

Average spend on food and beverage: €15.8

3. Austria

Average spend: €55.9

Average spend on food and beverage: €14.9

4. Germany

Average spend: €55.1

Average spend on food and beverage: €12.2

5. United Kingdom

Average spend: €54.4

Average spend on food and beverage: €15.2

6. France

Average spend: €54.2

Average spend on food and beverage: €14.7

7. Italy

Average spend: €50.4

Average spend on food and beverage: €12.4

8. United Arab Emirates

Average spend: €49.6

Average spend on food and beverage: €15.9

9. Norway

Average spend: €48.9

Average spend on food and beverage: €16.8

10. Netherlands

Average spend: €45.3

Average spend on food and beverage: €12.2

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