For many Iranians, shopping has become a near-obsessive ritual. Although traditional bazaars remain the favorite places to shop for most young people, they now face stiff competition from huge shopping malls all across the country.
Despite being hobbled by sanctions, Iran is in the midst of a shopping mall boom. Several modern shopping malls, some of them just catering for luxury brands, have opened in the capital, Tehran, and other cities in the past few years.
Check out the Top 10 Most Luxurious Shopping Malls in Iran selected by Iranian news website Javan Online:
1- Arg Commercial complex, Tehran
Arg Commercial complex is a complete collection of the most famous brands in Iran including clothes, cosmetics, home appliances, electronics and kitchen, Perfume, jewelry, carpets and rugs, glasses and Rhinestones, all in a fun & modern environment.
The most important features of this big commercial complex include an amusment park, amphitheater, restaurants, food court, coffee shops and green roof garden which will be ready to use in early 2015.
Currently a number of 200 commercial units and 1000 parking spaces welcome all guests between 10:00 to 23:00.
This large commercial complex is located in the north of Tehran, near Tajrish square.
A unique feature of this project is its interactive capability, so that on special nights, people can create an interactive communication with the façade by standing on a special place only by moving their hands.
The central controller system by its specific software acts in a way to generate random beautiful images and display them on the façade’s skin.
2- Sam Commercial Complex, Tehran
Sam Commercial Complex was established in the late 2011 with new approach for defining and manufacturing a dynamic space within noble framework at Tehran by having unique architectural structure and focusing on world’s most valid and famous brand in order to meet the customer’s requirements. The 2 most key properties of Sam Center are including: “nobility and quality of offering new style for life and clothes”.
Presence of valid and famous brands in the field of clothes, bag and shoes, complementary items, gold and jewelry, wrist watch, silver, cosmetics, perfume, Eau de Cologne for meeting the customer’s requirements i.e. customers being tried and fed-up with travel, merchants and policy makers and any perspicacious person in search of finding unique items for lifestyle and also respected guests traveling to Iran who are very far from their homeland to feel relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
The supreme mission of Sam Center is offering unique and distinguished services to welcome perspicacious persons. Sam Center by having standard parking space with area of 240 square meters with 2 access ways from Fereshteh St and Modares Highway, specific lobby space by serving different type of delicious foods which is regarded as appropriate place for daily meetings with important persons or simply your friends, unique cafeteria, guarantees to have relaxed, enjoyable time which may be never forgotten. After cafeteria there is a beautiful and artistic garden that by visiting it you may have relax, fresh and pleasant feeling free from hesitation and stress.
Even the Alborz Mountain is visible from Sam Complex. This complex has 4 restaurants with different cooking style and nationalities; nevertheless, they have nobility, diversity, beauty in common by observing standards that attracts attention of any fastidious persons. Sam Center is a selection to meet the specific requirements of every persons of society.
3- Palladium Mall, Tehran
Tehran Palladium Luxury Shopping Center located in Zaferanieh is 150,000 Sq. meters with 150 corporate offices in two towers (North and south), 200 Brand retail shops, 24 restaurants (food courts, coffee shops and fine dining), a large Hyper Market, Book Land, Largest Toy Store in the Middle East, a luxurious Athletic Center on the 6th floor with a view of the whole city, 26 elevators, over 1200 parking spaces and much more.
This luxury Shopping Center is upon its Grand opening and therefore, it is seeking for elite, motivated and energetic individuals to join its fast growing team of experts for this fantastic event and future progresses.
Palladium Luxury Shopping Center is the first of its kind in Tehran and will pave the road to the future and you can be a part of this great journey.
4- Modern Elahiyeh Complex, Tehran
Modern Elahiyeh Complex is a luxurious and modern shopping center which opened in year 2011 and is located in Elahiyeh region. This Commercial Complex is a collection of famous international brands in clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, watches and accessories.
The building, is set up on a total land area of 1915 Sq2 in North Africa Blvd., Corner of Modaress Highway, with an overlook to Elahiyeh highland in Tehran. The total built area of the building is about 17000 Sq2 and has been developed in 11 stories.
Modern Elahiyeh is the first commercial complex in Tehran’s elahiyeh region which is established with a special and modern attention to design and implementation and with the aim of gathering together the most prestigious brands in the world.
The commercial section of the complex has an area of 3000 sq2, and 3 floors. It includes 40 stores with various areas and designed according to the appetency of the customers to shop from the official representative of famous international brands. This section also includes 2 coffee shops and restaurants.
There is also a royal floor located on the 5th floor which is the newest addition to the commercial section and includes a number of boutiques, jewelry galleries and a modern and luxurious out door coffee shop and restaurant.
•Total of 28 office units
•Total of 40 Commercial units
•4 Storey Parking area with the competent capacity of 218 cars
•Seminar & Guest Hall with the minimum capacity of 250 guests
5- Kourosh Complex, Tehran
Kourosh Complex, with more than 500 business units in 17 floors, is a collection of the biggest and best commercial, cultural and entertainment sections. Due to the presence of multiple brands, several business units and the variety of products and services, Kourosh Complex is the best choice for those who want to experience the best.
A modern architecture with a minimal finish, the proportions of volumes and surfaces, emphasis on human movement in space and harmonic design of color and light, are the basis for the construction of this complex. Attractive perspectives, soothing fountain, fluent circulation, Terrarium and especially the vast void between floor that is visible through hallways, stairs and elevators and panoramic elevators are the most distinctive focal points of this complex.
In addition to the modern design of the interior and exterior of the complex, The opening of the country’s largest cineplex, one of the most modern family entertainment & health centers (Jupiter: family Entertainment center), cultural centers (cinema gallery), kindergarten (Kids club), Food Court, restaurants and many coffee shops, have made Kourosh complex into a unique, modern and distinctive commercial center in the west of Tehran.
The commercial section of Kourosh complex with more than 500 business units in 9 floors, is a collection of various stores, including clothing, bags and shoes, jewelry, electronic appliances, cosmetics, home and kitchen appliances and a hyper market.
6- Isfahan City Center, Isfahan
Isfahan City Center is a large commercial and entertainment complex in Isfahan, Iran. It is the largest shopping mall in Iran and one of the largest shopping malls containing a museum in the world.
Built in four phases, the Center covers approximately 465,500 square metres (5,011,000 sq ft) and includes a 5 star hotel, a general shopping mall with more than 750 retail outlets, a museum, a hypermarket, restaurants, airline offices, an international financial center (IFC) and a World trade center (WTC), and an entertainment center with seven cinema screens and a fair complex. The mall is developed by Prestige Land Iran Co. and was designed by the architect Medardo Cadiz of Cadiz International, Inc.
Celebrating a rich palette of cultures and stories of this historic place, Isfahan City Center was envisioned as a new hub of recreation, shopping and lifestyle in Isfahan. It showcases the rich heritage of Isfahan and its people, a reflection of Isfahan’s journey to becoming a world-class city of prime business, shopping, lifestyle and tourism destinations.
It is located near the city of Isfahan and the towns of Sepahan Shahr and Baharestan with easy access to a railway station, airport, and a bus stop transversing the main ring roads of Isfahan.
7- Persian Gulf Complex, Shiraz
Persian Gulf Complex is a large shopping mall located in Shiraz, Iran. It is the biggest mall in terms of the number of shops. The facility has space for 2,500 stores covering 450,000 square metres (4,800,000 sq ft).
The complex includes the Burj Fars International, a 262-room hotel, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, convention centre and a helipad.
In addition, there are two amusement parks at the mall, an outdoor amusement park called Iran Land, covering 37,000 square metres (400,000 sq ft), and an indoor amusement park covering 28,000 square metres (300,000 sq ft)with video games, a bowling alley and a 3-story billiard hall.
The mall also has six 240-seat cinema. A 14,000-square-metre (150,000 sq ft) Carrefour Hypermarket is also located within the mall. The complex has four floors of parking space that can accommodate a total of 5,500 vehicles.This project is owned by Mr. Hossain Hossaini. His father is from Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) and his mother is from Iran.
8- Arman Commercial & residential complex , Mashhahd
Arman project is based in the holy city of Mashhad, at Navab Safavi street and within a distance of 500 meters from the holy shrine, zone three projects of reconstruction and construction of the areas surrounding the holy shrine
The project covers an approximate area of 12,922 sq m; which consists of 56 small residential units and a stretch of land with the length 95 meters on the side of the street with a commercial land use, including tens of small shops located between Navab 12 and Navab 16.
The shopping center consists of 450 commercial shops & Food court.
9- Laleh Park Complex, Tabriz
Tabriz’s Laleh Park is the first shopping center of brands in the country.
The Laleh Park is constructed in an area of 26500 m2 and the square footage of the building is 91550 m2. The project is located in the fifth region of Tabriz’s municipality.
An entertainment center and a five star rating hotel are attached to the shopping center.
Given to its large area, various utilizations and also its access to the highway system the Laleh Park is considered as a worthwhile project in Tabriz.
The trade center of the Laleh Park includes a collection of various goods and brands of clothing, shoes and bags, jewelry, sporting goods, home appliances, video and audio appliances, restaurants and coffee shops, bank and other services.
The Laleh Park Complex enjoys of 126 shops, hyper market in an area of 5300 m2, kids play ground with an area of 1400 m2 , 70 Restrooms,for men, women, and persons with disabilities are.
10- Sarina 1 Commercial Complex, Kish Island