Dubai launches its Mall of the World project

6 July 2014 (Last Updated July 6th, 2014 18:30)

Dubai is planning to build the world's first temperature-controlled city, Mall of the World, at Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

Dubai is planning to build the world's first temperature-controlled city, Mall of the World, at Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

Dubai Holding, which is developing the project, will also create an integrated pedestrian city connected to the mall.

The project will be spread across an area of 48 million ft² and will offer a wide range of leisure, retail, cultural, wellness, recreation and hospitality facilities under one roof.

Mall of the World will house the largest indoor theme park and the largest shopping mall in the world.

"The objective is to create an integrated city with a plethora of best-in-class options within pleasant environments." 

The entire theme park will be covered by glass dome and will be open during the winter months. The shopping mall will have an area of eight million ft².

Additionally, the project will feature a three million ft² wellness dedicated zone for medical tourists, 100 hotels with more than 20,000 rooms, serviced apartments buildings and parking space for 50,000 cars.

It will also house the Dubai Cultural District featuring a range of conference, wedding and celebration halls.

The 7km-long promenades will be covered during hotter temperatures in summer and will be open during the winter, providing visitors with pleasant temperatures throughout the year.

The completed Mall of the World is expected to attract 180 million visitors a year. Dubai Holding chairman Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi said that Mall of the World presents an innovative concept in the international hospitality sector, further strengthening Dubai's appeal as a tourism hub with a wide range of options.

"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," Al Gergawi said.

Dubai Holding CEO Ahmad bin Byat said the project will follow the green and environmentally friendly guidelines of the Smart Dubai model.

"It will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency," bin Byat said.