The luxury sector has done very well and more outlets are planned this year in the emirate.
The result is retail sales across the various outlets in the mall posting average growth of about 35 percent compared with 2010, mall officials added.
“The Dubai Mall’s record-breaking footfall elevates its position as the world’s most visited tourism and shopping destination.
The splendid Dubai Mall was the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, welcoming more than 54 million visitors in 2011 representing an increase of about 15 percent on 2010.
The numbers also surpass visitor arrivals to all landmark leisure destinations and theme parks in the world including Times Square (39.2 million); Central Park (38 million); and tourists to New York City (50.2 million).