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A Persian Gulf Shopping Mall for the 1 Percent

In Qatar’s capital of Doha, a new retail center will cater to millionaires.
Special slabs of marble keep Alhazm's floors at a comfortable 68 degrees in Qatar's hot climate.
Special slabs of marble keep Alhazm's floors at a comfortable 68 degrees in Qatar's hot climate.Reuters

The debate over whether shopping malls are really a dying breed is a contentious one, with a variety of arguments for and against. But one thing that seems certain is that malls in the United States—as well as around the world—are changing.

Analysts point out that newer, swankier malls are looking to sell experiences in addition to the usual retail options. “Increasingly, higher-end shopping malls…have real restaurants and cafes instead of wan food-court fare, ritzy salons, and maybe a Whole Foods,” wrote Amanda Kolson Hurley for CityLab last year.