Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) is a Dubai based organisation with shopping malls and centers in Dubai as its members. The DSMG supports the shopping industry in Dubai, organises and supports shopping events, and promotes Dubai to tourists as a shopping destination.
DSMG was established in 1998 with the support of the Dubai Government Department of Economic Development
DSMG promotional activities include participation in international and local exhibitions, road shows, retail promotional events for example raffles and shopping festivals, linking with tourism industry organisations, magazine publishing, and marketing campaigns.
Some figures from a study on retail shopping in Dubai (date and source unknown, maybe 2009?): retail spending in Dubai of about AED 28 billion
Number of shops in Dubai grew from 1500 in 1995 to over 5000 (in 2009?)
Total Gross Leasable Area (GLA) in Dubai of 16 million sq feet end of 2009, estimated to be 20 million sq ft by end 2010, and up to 40 million sq ft by 2015 (DSMG website July 2010).
Dubai Shopping Festival Office and the DSMG
The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is an annual shopping promotion event in Dubai, usually held from end of January to end of February.
The Dubai Summer Surprises is another DSF event, held in summer from end of July to end of August.
The Dubai Shopping Festival Office (DSFO) and DSMG work together for the promotion and organisation of the DSF events.
DSMG membership requirements and fees
Any Dubai Shopping Mall operating with a license from the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai can apply for full DSMG membership.
Any retail outlet that is in a DSMG member shopping mall can apply for Associate Membership.
As of early 2010, there are more than 30 members of the DSMG?
Number of Retail Outlets
Annual Subscription (2010 fees?)
Less than 350
List of DSMG member shopping centers and malls (last update July 2010)