ravel agents and tour operators who
book vacation packages at any Las Vegas hotel can obtain shopping
discount cards for their clients under a Passport program at Desert
Passage mall, adjacent to the Aladdin Resort & Casino.
Under the program, arriving guests present their Passport at the
guest service desk, which is located in the Sultan's Palace section
of the mall.
The discounts, which are updated daily, can be used in
restaurants or for purchases.
Agents and operators must arrange in advance for the discount
cards by calling (888) 800-8284. They can also request the
appropriate number of passports through the Desert Passage Web site
at www.desertpassage.com by clicking the Travel &
Tourism link on the home page and sending an e-mail.
Desert Passage, which boasts more than 100 retail shops, is open
until midnight; the Blue Note Jazz Club there swings until 4
The mall has evolved into "a sort of 24-hour street scene," said
Paul Beirnes, marketing developer for the Los Angeles-based
TrizecHahn Development Corp., which owns and manages Desert
A crowd of more than 55,000 people streams into the mall daily
from a network of access points from both the street and the
casino, according to Beirnes.
The A-shaped mall can be entered from a Morocco Gate and an
India Gate situated on opposite ends of an 800-foot walkway that
fronts the Aladdin on Las Vegas Boulevard.
A 6,000-space parking garage, located at Las Vegas Boulevard and
Harmon Avenue, provides another mall access. The Aladdin and the
Desert Passage mall share the parking area.
In addition, three crossovers from the Aladdin access the
Inside the mall, visitors can stroll through exotic regions that
suggest the street markets of Tangier, Fez or Marrakesh in North
Africa or along the corridors that attempt to replicate the spice
route that reaches from Africa to the Arabian Sea and India.
Inside the main entrance Morocco Gate, visitors pass a 40-foot
olive tree as they approach the Fragrance Market, where Clinique,
Origins, Aveda and Sephora display luxurious cosmetics.
In the Lost City, where a public square lies at the base of an
85-foot re-created mountainside, Endangered Species, the Discovery
Channel Store and Thomas Kincade Gallery are prominent. The Medina
area allows visitors to take in exhibits at such art outlets as the
Addi Galleries and Z Gallerie.
In the Merchant's Harbor section, a 155-foot ship modeled after
a 19th-century North African vessel is berthed beside an actual
water harbor and is used to move cargo to such outlets as Tommy
Bahama, Chico, the Honolulu Surf Co., North Beach Leather, White
House/Black Market, Clio Blue Paris and Jahane Barnes. Nearby is an
open-air market with street performers.
The Alhambra is the theme of the mall's arched Hall of Lamps, an
entry point to the Aladdin's Theatre for the Performing Arts. St.
Croix Knits, Joan Vass, Ancient Creations, Pat Areias Sterling and
Bernard K. Passman are among the shops in the Alhambra
The journey through the mall finds the Commander's Palace, a
branch of the New Orleans-based eatery that opened this month.
Restaurants in the mall total 11.
A directory of stores may be obtained by calling the Desert
Passage at (702) 866-0703.