The world’s first temperature-controlled city within a city is coming to Dubai as the Emirate plans to build the planet's biggest mall complete with theme park, theatres and 100 hotels.
The 'Mall of the World' will cover 743,000sq.m (four times the size of the Metrocentre in Gateshead - the largest shopping centre in Europe) and will hold 7km of thoroughfares based on London’s Oxford Street, a ‘Broadway’ theatre district and facilities for medical tourists.
The project is to be the retail and hospitality showpiece development for the Emirate’s 2020 Vision and Expo 2020 exhibition in Dubai. Alongside the Mall of the World showpiece development is the planned mega convention centre and related infrastructure that will help to bolster and support Dubai’s plans to become the most visited city in the world.
Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said: “The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai’s tourism infrastructure as soon as possible. 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.
"Our ambitions are higher than having seasonal tourism – tourism is the key driver of our economy and we aim to make the UAE an attractive destination all year round. This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.”