I don’t get it, wasn’t the 20 billion dollar, 5,400,000 sq feet complex enough? Apparently not! Dubai is absolutely aiming for the sky with this one, an unbelievably complex and unique construction that will make Dubai Mall look like another average Walmart. Though I wouldn’t really call this a mall.
Thanks to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoums’ extraordinary vision, The “Mall of The World” is a temperature controlled city (yes, a city!) that will feature an 8 million sq foot shopping mall – and that’s only the shopping mall! The whole project is estimated to be 48 million square feet, which includes: 100 hotels, the worlds’ biggest indoor theme-park, numerous top-notch theaters and even a culture celebration center (I don’t even know what that is) which will all be connected to the worlds’ first ever temperature-controlled city, according to The National.
This crazy “mall”, which is a part of the UAEs’ latest retail and leisure-based development project, aims at improving investor sentiment towards the rapid appreciation of the property prices, and accommodates over 180 million visitors annually – all under a giant glass dome.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President of the UAE, humbly stated that “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.” He continues by saying “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.”
Considering Dubai’s innovational and unbelievable constructions, Burj Khalifa, the Palm Island and of course, Dubai Mall, this is considered to be their biggest and most prestigious construction yet. But then again, this really comes as no surprise as it’s a big part of their long-term strategy to boost Dubai’s already booming tourist-based economy by providing them with possibilities no other country in the world could dream of.
Think I’m kidding, take a look for yourself!
Picture Credit: Khaleej Times