Morocco Mall in Casablanca, Morocco, is the largest shopping mall in Africa, spreading over a surface of more than 250,000 square meters.
The construction of the mall started in 2007 on the Casablanca corniche, with its official opening to the public being held on 5th December, 2011. The mall currently ranks amongst the five largest malls in the world in its category. Investment groups Nesk and Aksal, the client of this project, invested over two billion Dirhams (about €200 million) in the project. The ranking of Morocco Mall in the top 5 worldwide is due to its large variety of retail on offer, including a Marjane hypermarché, FNAC, Galeries Lafayette and a VIP Mall, as well as entertainment, which includes Adventure Land, an ice rink, the third largest interior panoramic aquarium and the first exterior musical fountain in the world. Other leisure offers are a spa, a food court with 45 restaurants, a 3D IMAX cinema and a Moroccan souk, which reinterprets the traditional souks of Fez and Marrakech.
The unusual architecture of the Galeries Lafayette store earned Morocco Mall a Guinness World Record™ for having the ‘largest in-store façade in the world’. The project won numerous other awards, most recently MAPIC Awards 2012 ‘Best Retail & Leisure Development’ and MIPIM Awards 2012 ‘Best Shopping Centre’ as well as the Global RLI Awards 2012 ‘Most Innovative Retail & Leisure Concept’ and the International Property Awards 2011 ‘Best Retail Development’.
Morocco Mall and Galeries Lafayette were designed by Davide Padoa of Design International and the project was developed in collaboration with Oger International. With a total GLA of more than 75,000 square metres, Morocco Mall has over 600 brands and 350 shops, including Massimo Dutti, Zara, Mango, Promod, Okaïdi, La Vie en Rose, Aldo, La Senza, Sinéquanone Stradivarius as well as the shops in the VIP Mall, namely Gucci, Fendi, Miu Miu, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Prada. Morocco Mall is the first mall of its kind to bring together as many offers in a single site on the African continent. The concept is already planned to be extended into other cities in Morocco and beyond.