After King Mohammed VI’s sister, Princess Lalla Meryem, officially opened the mall on Thursday, the US star became its first customer and capped the glitzy launch with a private concert.
“She was magnificent in that show,” a wealthy Moroccan businessman who made it on the very exclusive guest list told AFP Friday.
The sprawling “megamall”, which sits on 10 hectares (250 acres) of land facing the Atlantic Ocean, aims to attract 14 million visitors a year and become one of Africa’s top tourist destinations.
Among the 600 brands represented in the mall, the Galeries Lafayette outlet earned Italian architect Davide Padoa a Guinness World Record for “the largest in-store shop facade.”
“I am an artist, they call me the poet of architecture,” the 41-year-old Padoa told AFP.
One of the mall’s design landmarks is the central aquarium, which holds a million litres of water and has a lift running through its core.