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Ornate malls mushroom in Iran to attract elite

Developers have broken ground on 400 shopping malls across the country, 65 in Tehran alone

Tehran, Iran

THE low rumble of powerful engines reverberated against the high-rises of Zaferanieh, an upmarket neighbourhood, as Porsches and Mercedes lined up to enter the multistorey parking lot of a fancy new shopping mall, the Palladium, the latest addition to Tehran's shopping scene