Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Calling All Shopaholics, Dubai is Building The Biggest Mall in the World!

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The world's first temperature-controlled city, Mall of the World, will house the biggest mall in the world and it will be located in Dubai.

Occupying a total area of 48 million sq. ft., the project will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months.

The project, with an area of 8 million sq. ft., will take the form of an extended retail street network, different to the typical shopping mall concept currently available in Dubai.

Additional districts within the project will include a wellness dedicated zone catering to medical tourists, a cultural celebration district as well as a wide range of hospitality options comprising 20,000 hotel rooms catering to all types of tourists.

Once completed, the City is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually. Summer temperatures in Dubai are routinely well above 100F, and so the climate control is a necessity

The Mall of the World is to be located along Shaikh Zayed Road. But in its conceptualization, the project – which will be managed by Dubai Holding - will be nothing less than a city-within-a-city and also include 100 hotels

Additionally, the covered city will have health resorts, theaters, a Celebration Street modeled on the Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona, and the “retail streets network” will stretch over 4.5 miles.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — the monarch of Dubai and prime minister of The United Arab Emirates — describes his vision for The Mall of the World:

Our ambitions are higher than having seasonal tourism. Tourism is key driver of our economy and we aim to make the UAE an attractive destination all year long. This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.

This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the two billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision.

The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai’s tourism infrastructure as soon as possible.

We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision.

All I can say is WOW! They plan for the complex to be ready for an expo holding in 2020.

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