Dubai launches project to build World's biggest mall

Posted on 7th July 2014

Dubai Holding the construction conglomerate that includes the Jumeirah group,  is launching a project to build an entertainment and hotel district that will include the world's largest shopping mall, the emirate's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, revealed to Reuters on Saturday.  The eight million square ft "Mall of the World", for which plans had been revealed 18 months ago,  will be connected to a theme park, theatres, medical tourism facilities and 100 hotels and serviced apartments.

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Saturday's announcement appeared to indicate that substantial work on the project would now begin, though the statement did not say when construction would be completed, how much it would cost or how it would be financed.“The project will be built in phases in alignment with the gradual growth of family tourism in Dubai,” said Mohammed Abdullah al-Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding, which is Sheikh Mohammed's personal investment vehicle and will develop the project.

Plans also include a 3 million square feet wellness district to cater to medical tourists, 7 kilometers of shop-lined streets and a cultural district inspired by the Ramblas in Barcelona and London’s Oxford Street.  The entire project, sprawled across 48 million square feet, also claims what would be the world’s biggest indoor theme park.  The complex would be able to host 180 million visitors annually. Seven kilometres (4.4 miles) of promenades connecting the facilities would be opened to the air during the winter but covered and air-conditioned during the hot Gulf summer.

For detailed information on this project – Mall of the World on Sheikh Zayed Road 

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