Move over China, it's Dubai's turn

 

Dubai is to build the world's largest shopping mall

by 08 July 2014

Dubai is about to host the world’s largest shopping mall as it recently released plans to build a 48 million square foot retail paradise.

The new project hopes to attract around 180 million visitors per year.

It will be the world’s first temperature-controlled, 7km-long pedestrian city in the summer and will be open-air during the winter when its glass dome will open. The project will include designated parking areas with a capacity to host up to 50,000 cars on the ground level and will also be Dubai’s largest celebration centre with a capacity to accommodate 15,000 visitors at one time.

The mall will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability. It will also feature the largest indoor theme park in the world. In addition, the space will host a wellness dedicated zone providing rejuvenation services. From holistic experience, healthcare, surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments, wellness facilities will be available, as well as serviced apartments buildings with 20,000 hotel rooms.

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The project will take its inspiration from combined experiences built around New York’s Broadway, The Celebration Walk, similar to the Ramblas Street in Barcelona, and shopping streets based on London’s Oxford Street.

The complex will be built near the Mall of the Emirates, which boasts an indoor ski slope, and a short drive from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, and the adjacent Dubai Mall.

The Mall of the World is expected to open in 2020.