Gateway Theatre of Shopping

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Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Gateway Theatre of Shopping logo.jpg
Gateway Theatre of Shopping Exterior.jpg
Exterior view of Gateway.
Alternative names Gateway
General information
Address 1 Palm Boulevard , Umhlanga
Town or city Durban
Country  South Africa
Construction started 3 March 1998
Inaugurated September 2001
Renovated April 2003
Owner Old Mutual Property
Technical details
Floor area 220,000 square metres or 2.36 million square feet of retail space [1]
Design and construction
Architecture firm Johnson Murray Architects (original mall) CHT Architects (various major alterations 2003-2011) Stauch Vorster Architects (Gateway Hotel)
Structural engineer Torbell Stretch
Main contractor Grinaker LTA
Renovating team
Architect Stan Hayman ; Umesh Ramnath
Renovating firm CHT Architects
Other information
Number of stores 400+[2]
Parking 12,000 spaces
Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Gateway is a shopping centre located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the largest mall in Africa. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is also the largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere[citation needed] and one of the top 50 largest malls in the world. Construction commenced on 3 March 1998 and the mall officially opened in September 2001. Gateway has almost all of South Africa's and most major international retail stores. Gateway sees more than two million visitors coming through its doors per month.[3] The centre was modeled on the Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall centres and was developed by Old Mutual Properties.[4]

The construction and opening of Gateway Theatre of Shopping has also been the driving force for many new developments in the area. Originally a sugar cane plantation, the establishment of Gateway on the site has led to the development of a new town centre and both commercial and residential developments within the region. There is also a hotel attached to the mall called the Gateway Hotel operated by the Three Cities Group.[5]

Mall contents[edit]

Gateway has 18 movie theatres, 6 Nouveau Cinemas, two 3D cinemas, a playhouse, more than ninety restaurants, more than 400 stores, an arcade and theme park, indoor fun fair, a 4000 sq. metre skate park designed by Tony Hawk, 3 Flow Riders, a gym, the highest fountain in Africa, a tenpin bowling alley, valet parking,[6] and a science theme park.[7]


Mall map

Services include parking for almost 12,000 vehicles, a car wash, and a shuttle service.[citation needed] Family rooms are provided for baby feeding and changing nappies, and all cubicles in the family rooms have panic buttons in case of emergency. A fire marshal patrols the centre, and there is an emergency helipad at Gateway. IMAX Theatre , Virgin Active Gym , Wavehouse waterpark , Outdoor Go-Karting , Skatepark , Concert Venue , Hotel and Road Lodge services are available on the premises[8]


  1. ^ "South African Malls Keep Popping up, Getting Bigger". AFKinsider. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Shop Directory". Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gateway". eThekwini Online. City of Durbin. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Global award for Gateway Theatre of Shopping". Old Mutual. 223 March 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Clur, Belinda (2007). "South African Property Market Continues to Sizzle". Research Review. International Council of Shopping Centers. 14 (2): 67. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Valet Parking". Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Zulu Kingdom tourism site". 
  8. ^ "Customer Care". Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°43′32″S 31°04′00″E / 29.725589°S 31.066547°E / -29.725589; 31.066547