Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mecca Mall versus City Mall

Having just walked round Mecca Mall I am very impressed how clean and well maintained it is after being open for a few years now. They have kept an excellent standard. Spotless (though I did not look at the toilets!). In comparison I find City Mall a bit under the weather. Wilting plants in messy pots, dirty escalators and just a general sense of a careless finish. T


Blogger Hani Obaid said...

At least City mall allows young men to get in without a female escort.

I've come to resent Mecca mall.

I couldn't go shopping without asking my sister to come along.

Its uncivilised. They automatically assume every Jordanian man is a sick sexual pervert.

I mean if anyone makes trouble, by all means kick them out.

This assumption of guilt is very insulting and uncivilised.

Having also lived abroad, I can say that French and Italian men are much worse learers than Jordanian men. In case of Italians, they will also whistle, make advances, compliments, impromptu proposals etc...

Not in one Italian mall would you find security preventing young men from getting in. It is simply insane.

Thursday, November 01, 2007  
Anonymous Um Omar said...

I was so excited when City Mall opened because it said it was a "Smoke Free Environment." Yet, that has become a misnomer. The food court is the most disgusting smoke pit I have ever been in. I have asked again and again where is the management office so I can complain, and apparently it is offsite. So, I don't know to whom I should speak about this situation. I would like to get an ice cream there without choking. Anyone know who to call?

Thursday, November 01, 2007  
Blogger Hani Obaid said...

Um Omar, I look it up for you, they have feedback setup at:
and this email:

but their flash website is horrible.

Thursday, November 01, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

Hani - I wonder why Mecca Mall does not allow single men in? I presume from inappropriate behaviour by some which penalises the others. What do you think the answer is??? Safety and comfort for women or annoyance for a few who cannot get in without company. Wonder who makes the decisions and how they implement them (what age etc etc). T

Friday, November 02, 2007  
Blogger Hani Obaid said...

joladies, management obviously made the decision since I read an article about it in a newspaper where the writer spoke to the mall's PR.

As for who makes the decision on the spot, its the high school dropout mercenary standing at the door. About how, the younger you are, the less likely you are to get in. Also they're more likely to let in 1 guy by themselves than 2 or more. Last time I went there with my brother who was visiting from the US, and the guard asked us what we do for a living, what we are going to do at the mall ! Then he asked us to call a store owner inside the mall on our cel phone, ask them to come to the mall door and escort us inside, otherwise he won't let us in.

There's no way they would do that without instructions from management, so obviously the stupidity goes all the way upto the owner.

The solution ? A mall is for shopping by defnition. The normal procedure is to let everyone in, and if anyone makes trouble, then you ask them to leave.

Friday, November 02, 2007  
Anonymous Um Omar said...

Thanks so much Hani. I will check it out.

Saturday, November 03, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

Went to Mecca Mall this afternoon and there were plenty of single men around at the cafes. T

Sunday, November 04, 2007  
Blogger Hani Obaid said...

joladies, indeed.

My fault, I neglected to mention that the restriction on letting young men enter is only in effect on weekends and holidays.

In fact its so bad, that young men will be standing at the enterance asking couples for permission to "tag along" so the guards would let them in.

I tried City mall's new movie theatre today, the screen and sound were good, but 3/4 of the seats int eh room are much too low, and thre were only like 10 people in each show (I watched 2 movies).

Monday, November 05, 2007  

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