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Young people don't have many places to socialize in conservative Algeria. But now the North African's country's youth are discovering something their counterparts in the West embraced a generation ago: the shopping center.The enormous Bab Ezzouar mall, opened in 2010 in a new business district near the Algiers airport, was Algeria's first major shopping center.In a country where three-quarters of the population is under 35, new malls are sprouting up for youths like Rym and Meriem who don't have many other places to hang out.Attracted by Algeria's economic growth and rising income levels, investors have recently opened shopping centers in the capital, second city Oran and the northeastern city of Setif, with others planned or under construction.Up to 7.6 million people have visited the capital's Bab Ezzouar center since it opened, equivalent to an average of 21,000 customers per day, says Alain Rolland, the Swiss director of the Company of Algerian Shopping Centres that owns it.
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