In GCC countries malls culture, although fairly new, is dominant for all sectors of their societies, not only for shopping, but for social gatherings, entertainment, dinning, and even events. That is why in each country the developers are always competing to find the trendiest and most inventive way to bring as many people as possible to their venues. The biggest reason for that is nature of their climate, which often calls for indoor activities. Kuwait has probably the harshest summer climate amongst its neighbors, and that is why they have so many malls.
Of all the malls I visited in my short visit to Kuwait, 360 Mall left the greatest impression in me, because it has the best characteristic and personality. It is large enough but not mega huge. It has a roundabout circular shape (hence the name 360 Mall) with large plazas that house many restaurants and cafes, and it has high glass ceiling that allows the natural sunlight in during the day, combined with panoramic glass entrance that makes it look rather inviting and as natural as a mall can be. There are also many green spots and plants scattered around inside, and many palm trees surrounding it from the outside, with some water streams, which makes it very distinctive and eye catching. As I mentioned before, it has many restaurants, cafes, high end shops, international brands shops, a big supermarkets, an arcade, and a food court with free Wi-Fi, and a multiplex with the only IMAX screen in Kuwait.
While in Kuwait, you might hear that The Avenues Mall is THE Mall, and while that might be true when it comes to size, 360 Mall is the better looking and more hip younger sibling that will more likely impress you. Just hope for a good parking spot, because even though parking spaces are plenty, it gets really hectic especially on weekends.
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