World’s First Temperature Controlled City – Mall Of The World
Dubai’s ruler unveiled plans to construct Mall of World, Mall that can be best described as a city in its own that has been designed for hospitality and retail development for the Expo 2020 in Dubai. It is supposed to be constructed alongside the Mega convention center and the final design is expected to be released by the design board soon enough. If you want to be more specific, it will be located on the Shaikh Zayed Road and shall be managed by Dubai Holding. The construction, as expected, will be phased and the cost of the project has not yet been revealed. However, what we do know is that it will have 100 hotels within itself while covering a staggering area of 8 million sq. ft. and is the world’s first ‘temperature controlled pedestrian city’ that too with a 48 million sq. ft. spread. This will be achieved by making use of a glass dome enclosure. According to the working that has been done, once complete, the Mall of World will cater to 180 million visitors per year.
His Highness, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the launching of this project said; ‘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. We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision. We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision.’
If this all wasn’t enough, the Mall of World will also host the largest indoor theme park the world has ever seen. It will be constructed as a retail street network where it will stretch a little more than 7 kilometers. The project Mall of World hopes to combine two entities; shopping and leisure living. Owing to this approach, there will be 100 hotels with a total of 20,000 rooms. Shaikh Mohammad says; ‘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. This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.’
Other highlights include a 3 million sq. ft. worth space reserved for ‘Wellness District’ that will provide the top-notch medical care. A ‘Dubai Cultural District’ is also in consideration along with the ‘Celebration Walk’. Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, said; ‘We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision. We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision.’
Here are a few interesting features about the Mall of the World:
Four times the size of Dubai Mall
Located along Shaikh Zayed Road, the mega structure will occupy a total area of 48 million square feet which will be covered by a glass dome. The world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall, covers 13 million square feet, which is about the size of more than 50 football pitches. The proposed indoor city will be nearly four times the area occupied by Dubai Mall. That’s approximately 200 football pitches combined.
Aside from featuring an 8 million square feet of shopping centre, the Mall of the World will provide links to 100 hotels and serviced apartment buildings that have 20,000 rooms.
Residents and visitors in Dubai won’t need to venture out of town just to spend a day in a theme park. The Mall of the World complex will house an indoor family theme park, which will be the largest in the world, so it will just be right next door.
Air-conditioned retail streets
For those who dread going to the shops during the summer months, when temperatures hit more than 40 degrees, the Mall of the World may provide a much-needed relief. If plans push through, the complex will feature a seven-kilometre promenade that will be lined with retail shops. Think about taking a stroll down London’s Oxford Street during winter. “Tourists will be able to enjoy a week-long stay without the need to leave the city or use a car,” Dubai Holding said in a statement.
Requiring a cosmetic procedure? How about a surgery? Occupying a total area of 3 million square feet will be the wellness district. This section of the complex will provide wellness and rejuvenation services, a “holistic experience to medical tourists and their families” and ensure access to quality health care, specialized surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments, wellness facilities and high-end hospitality options.