Roberto Santiago Designed Brazil’s Largest Mall Called Manaira

Roberto Santiago is a successful Brazilian businessman and entrepreneur. He owns the Manaira, a popular shopping mall located in Joao Pessoa. Santiago owns and established Manaira which is the biggest mall in Brazil’s Paraiba State. In 1987 Mr. Santiago purchased the land that the Manaira Mall now sits on and evolved its construction until the mall opened in 1989. His acute real property skills allowed Roberto to also start another shopping mall called Mangerira which he developed in 2013. Both Manaira and Mangerira are successfully operated and has vastly improved the city and its population. Roberto Santiago has a commitment to give Brazil a more modern place to shop. In addition, Roberto also encourages Brazil’s young people to become young entrepreneurs.


The Manaira shopping mall is designed with unique amenities for Brazilian shoppers and features a beautiful water fountain, plants, and floral landscape. The Manaira includes The Domus Hall which is a concert hall located on the mall’s rooftop and which can accommodate over 8,000 people. The Domus Hall hosts many fun and entertaining events that local Brazilian artists have performed at, including many international artists. Brazilian residents can also use Domus Hall for special and public events like weddings, anniversaries, graduations, art exhibitions, cultural festivals, and trade fairs.


Manaira Mall contains several 3-D movie theaters, a large gaming area, a multi-lane bowling alley, a large food court that features fashionable chef-inspired dining and many fast food brands. Shopping at Manaira offers everything that Brazilian shoppers need like furniture, jewelry, cosmetics, sports attire and gear, book stores, clothing stores, and more. The multi-tier Manaira Mall also is designed with nightclubs, bars, and banking institutions. Amazingly, Roberto Santiago has established a school called the College Higher Education of Paraiba. Manaira Mall is in a great location for both its urban and city dwellers.


Roberto Santiago was born in Joao Pessoa in 1958. He attended the Pio X-Marist College and the University Center of Joao Pessoa with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, Mr. Santiago started a Cartonnage industry (paper, cardboard, and packaging) which led to his idea of creating an up-scale mall for his home town and his neighbors.