Dragon_Mart_(Dubai) Latitude and Longitude:

25°10′26″N 55°25′04″E / 25.17391°N 55.41788°E / 25.17391; 55.41788
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Dragon Mart 1 & 2
سوق التنين
Entrance hall of the mall
Entrance hall of Dragon Mart 1
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 25°10′26″N 55°25′04″E / 25.17391°N 55.41788°E / 25.17391; 55.41788
Address Al Awir Road, Dubai International City, Warsan First
Opening date1: 2004
2: 2015
Developer Nakheel Properties
No. of stores and services3,500 stores
52 restaurants
Total retail floor area1: 240,000 m2
2: 175,000 m2
No. of floors1: 1–2 levels
2: 2 levels
Parking1: 2,000 spaces
2: 4,500 spaces
Public transit accessBus transport connecting to Centrepoint metro station
Note that there are two adjacent malls:
Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2

Dragon Mart ( Arabic: سوق التنين) is a set of two adjacent shopping malls in Dubai International City, a suburb of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. [1] [2] Dragon Mart is 1.2 kilometre long and is the "largest Chinese retail trading hub outside mainland China". [3] It is includes the largest concentration of Chinese businesses in the UAE. [4]


There are two Dragon Mart malls in separate buildings next to each other. [2] The original Dragon Mart 1 shops are organized in various sections for each type of market, such as furniture, textiles, household items, lighting equipment, sports and garments, etc. The newer Dragon Mart 2 is more like a traditional shopping mall with four sections covering general merchandise, building materials, home appliances, and hardware and machinery. Dragon Mart is located south of Al Awir Road ( E 44) and east of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road ( E 311). It is north of the China Cluster, an area in Dubai International City.[ needs update]

Dragon Mart 1

The original mall, for the wholesale purchase of Chinese products, was the first to be developed by Chinamex as a key project in the expansion of Chinese ties in the Persian Gulf countries. [5] Inspired by the Forbidden City of Beijing, China, the original Dragon Mart 1 covers an area of 240,000 square metres with parking facilities for 2,000 cars, dating from 2004. [6] Dragon Mart was developed by Nakheel Properties in association with Chinamex.[ needs update]

Dragon Mart 2

After The mall has been a commercial success and has led to the construction of a second mall, Dragon Mart 2, adjacent to the original Dragon Mart mall, covering 175,000 square metres of space and with 4,500 parking spaces. [7] The project was completed in December 2015. The mall opened by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 9 Feb 2016. [8] Dragon Mart 2 have Novo Cinemas complex with 12 screens and a NestO supermarket. There are food courts in both malls.

Dragon City Bahrain

In September 2013, Chinamex signed a memorandum of understanding with the Diyar Al Muharraq authorities for the construction of a 120,000 m2 wholesale and retail mall entertainment complex in Bahrain branded as Dragon City. [9] Nass Corporation was commissioned to build the mall. With an investment of $100 million, the Dragon City opened in December 2015. Characterized by its oriental architecture, it also included 300 residential apartments. [10] [11] Dragon City Bahrain is a first-of-its-kind development that encompasses over 787 commercial units, making it the largest wholesale and retail trading centre in the Kingdom of Bahrain. [12]

6 months after the opening, 95% of store occupancy was reached. [13] In November 2016, Chinamex allocated an extra $200 million to roll out the second part of the project: a palatial hotel, restaurants area, and a recreational area. [14]

Dragon Mart Cancún

In conjunction with Mexican investors, Chinamex commenced construction of Dragon Mart Cancún, a $US180-million investment that includes 3,000 storefronts, along with apartments for the families of mall workers. ONGs and national institutions heavily criticized the project as soon as it was announced in 2011, arguing that the Mexican government did not conduct environmental impact assessments. Facing bad publicity, Chinamex rearranged its deal with its Mexican partners, allowing more countries to partake in the project, reducing the number of units reserved to Chinese businessmen, and giving up 10% of its 50-50 investment deal to the Mexican investors (60% MX, 40% CN). The project was approved on government and state levels by the end of 2012, but local authorities blocked and completely reversed the approval on all government levels. [15]

Construction was then halted due to an environmental enforcement action by Profepa, the Mexican environmental protection agency. Dragon Mart was fined $555,000 in 2014 by Profepa for neglecting the conduction of environmental impact assessments. In January 2015, Profepa canceled the project and fined Dragon Mart an additional $1.5 million. [15] An article in The Wall Street Journal noted that the planned DragonMart had unsettled Mexican business leaders who were anxious about losing market share to Chinese competition. [16]


Dragon Mart was developed by Chinamex (short for China Middle East Investment and Trade Promotion Centre), a Chinese real estate developer founded in 2000 specializing in the design and management of large malls and mixed use developments, branded as Dragon Mart and Dragon City, respectively, that are located in foreign countries. The malls are shopping hubs for retail and, especially, wholesale sales of Chinese products.

See also


  1. ^ "Dragon Mart". Visit Dubai. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Dragon Mart Dubai: The complete guide". My Bayut. Bayut. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Dragon Mart". Nakheel Properties. Archived from the original on 30 March 2023. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  4. ^ Yang, Fenggang; Giordan, Giuseppe; Cao, Nanlai, eds. (2020). Chinese Religions Going Global. Brill. p. 263. ISBN  978-9004443327.
  5. ^ "Avoiding Political Talk, Saudis and Chinese Build Trade". The New York Times. 23 April 2006.
  6. ^ "Forbidden City". Dubai City Guide. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  7. ^ Schumpeter (14 April 2012). "Mall of the masses: The traders in Dubai's Dragon Mart are kitting out the emerging world's new middle class". The Economist.
  8. ^ Gokulan, Dhanusha. "Shaikh Mohammed opens Dragon Mart 2; visitors thrilled". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  9. ^ "Chinamex to oversee Dragon Mart Bahrain". Construction Week. September 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Bahrain gears up for $100m China Town launch". 14 December 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Bahrain's $100m Dragon City set for official launch on Dec 27". 24 December 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  12. ^ "About Dragon City Bahrain". 16 June 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Dragon City dining outlets to open in Bahrain in 2016". 11 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Chinamex allocates $200m for the second phase of Dragon City". 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  15. ^ a b Edmund Downie (24 January 2017). "The Dragon Mart Fiasco Still Haunts China-Mexico Relations". Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Mexico Halts Chinese Expo Center on Environmental Concerns". The Wall Street Journal. January 27, 2015.

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