Dubai launches planet's first temperature controlled city - The Mall of the World
48 million sq. ft
Dubbed 'The Mall of the World' the impressive project will act as the retail and hospitality showpiece development for the Expo 2020 in Dubai, alongside the actual expo convention centre. The 48 million square foot development – 8 of which will be dedicated purely to the mall – will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road and is practically a 'city inside a city' – with plans for over 100 hotels and the world's first temperature controlled 'pedestrian city'. The concept will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months.
UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said of the launch: "This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the 2 billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision." Going on to add: "The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai's tourism infrastructure as soon as possible," and concluding, "We are confident of our economy's strength, optimistic about our country's future and we continue to broaden our vision."
The Mall of the World will incorporate the world's largest indoor theme park and the development will be lead with a 'retail street network' design stretching to over 7km.
Referring to the heat Dubai faces in the Summer months, Sheikh Mohammed explained "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," adding "This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months."
A full-scale 'Wellness District' will be spread over 3 million square feet – offer not onlyt cosmetic and wellness treatments but top-of-the-line healthcare and specialised surgery.
The 'Dubai Cultural District' aims to replicate the vibe of London's West End and New York's Broadway. The development will also feature a 'Celebration Walk', mirroring Barcelona's Ramblas Street.
With the Mall of the World announcement, Dubai and its leaders are ensuring that there are projects in place to generate awe and longterm tourism prospects until the Expo 2020 draws closer.
"This project is a product of extensive research studying international and regional tourists' requirements and preferences," said Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding - the company developing the Mall.
"The objective is to create an integrated city with a plethora of best-in-class options within pleasant environments. The project will be developed in phases in alignment with the gradual growth of family tourism in Dubai."
Once completed, the City is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually.
A rendering of the outside of The Mall of the World