The world’s largest shopping mall is set to be constructed in Dubai as part of the “world’s first temperature-controlled city.”
The planned Mall of the World would have a dome over it which would open during the cooler winter months.
The proposal would boost Dubai’s tourism economy by offering a further attraction for visitors during the hot months.
Dubai Holding, owners of Jumeirah Group, intends to develop the 743,000m2 mall across Sheikh Zayed Road from Mall of the Emirates.
“We announced recently that we plan 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,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“Our ambitions are higher than having seasonal tourism. Tourism is a key driver of our economy, and we aim to make the UAE an attractive destination all year long. This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.”
Plans also include a wellness district to cater to medical tourists, seven kilometres of shop-lined streets and a cultural district inspired by the Ramblas in Barcelona and London’s Oxford Street along with 100 hotels and an indoor theme park.