Mid-East’s second largest shopping mall shines in Isfahan

On the outskirts of Iran’s historic city of Isfahan, one of the largest shopping malls in the Middle East has taken shape.

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, in the past few years. Several more are currently under construction — with the biggest concentration being in the city’s well-heeled, tree-lined northern neighborhoods.

Yet none of those in the capital can match the size and ambition of the Isfahan City Center shopping mall on the outskirts of Iran’s fabled historic city and former capital.