Sunday, August 07, 2005

Mecca Mall

Mecca Mall is yet another amazing example of life in Amman, my wife is here and wanted to visit Mecca Mall to "have a look at the shops". As usual, she picks the worst time to visit, 8:30pm on a weekday night.

We approached from Mecca Street, a fatal mistake in its own right with traffic queuing back onto the main road. Every single (yes, every couple of hundred) parking spaces were full. The photo below gives a rough idea of the style of parking.



One of the bloggers on Jordan Planet (www.JordanPlanet.net) noted that no word for selfish exists in the arabic language, this photo kind of sums that up, especially when 40+% of the cars are parked like this.

Anyway, another observation from the wonderous Mecca Mall is that no one buys anything!!!! Packed mall and less than 10% of people carrying bags with purchases - people go to walk, talk and drink coffee!

I heard a story from a friend here that the average life of a shop in Mecca Mall is 20 months, hardly surprising when 90% of the footfall invest in food and drink only.

Anyway, after several rounds of shouting f**king donkeys at the stupid driving and parking, we managed to get home in one piece.

19 Comments:

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Blogger Spazaz said...

At my school we call them 'Window Shopers'. Come from East Amman, and just walk around, checking out people. Make me so mad! I never go to the Mall on a Thursday night, or anywhere for that matter. I pick normal days, and in daylight.

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