From souks to malls

September 29, 2014

Here in the Middle East, we like to think that we do shopping better than anyone in the world. With the UAE's ambitious plans to build the 'Mall of the world' and a plethora of grand retail facilities already on offer throughout the region, when it comes to shopping, it's hard to beat the Gulf. When you look at the modern malls, all gleaming and new, it's hard to imagine that the Middle East's retail sector started out as simple market stalls, or souks. But if you need a little help visualising the region's astounding progress, From Souks to Malls, a new limited-edition coffee table book produced by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, is a great place to start. The book, which will be released in October at the RECon 2014 convention, celebrates the MENA region's rapid progression in retail over the years. From tiny fish markets to the modern wonders we see today, it features some charming images that show just how far everything has come. Here are a few of our favourites, and a couple of modern shots we've picked out that show the amazing extent of progress: [caption id="attachment_8853" align="alignnone" width="955"]Dubai Fish Market 1962 Dubai Fish Market, 1962.[/caption] Picture12 [caption id="attachment_8855" align="alignnone" width="956"]Sharjah International Airport 1962 Sharjah International Airport 1962.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8856" align="alignnone" width="957"]The-Address-Dubai-Mall The Dubai Mall.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8859" align="alignnone" width="956"]malloftheemirates Mall of the Emirates.[/caption] Book Details: Visit