Dubai to Build Mall of the World, World’s First Indoor City [PHOTOS]

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on July 09 2014 11:25 AM
Mall of the World
Developer Dubai Holding announced the Mall of the World, which will cover 48 million square feet. Dubai Holding

Dubai, home of the world's tallest building, is aiming for another superlative in its cityscape: the world's largest mall and indoor park. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, announced plans for the new "Mall of the World" at a press conference this week. 

The project in UAE's most populous city, where the average temperature is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, will result in a 48 million-square-foot, climate-controlled complex under a glass dome that will include an 8 million-square-foot shopping mall, a Broadway-style cultural district and the largest indoor family theme park in the world. Hotel facilities and a wellness district will round out the indoor pedestrian city. Once the project is completed, developer Dubai Holding expects it to attract 180 million visitors each year. 

Check out the concept art for the ambitious project below: 

dubai1 A tram network will connect all parts of a mall through its 7-kilometer promenade.  Dubai Holding

dubai6 Temperatures in Dubai can easily exceed 100 degrees, so walkways connecting the city will be air-conditioned and covered in the summer.  Dubai Holding

dubai2 Plans include a cultural district that will serve as the hub for national and multinational cultural festivities. Celebration Walk, a walkway similar to Barcelona's Ramblas Street, will connect the cultural district to the rest of the mall.  Dubai Holding

dubai5 A dedicated theater district will be modeled after New York City's Broadway and London's West End.  Dubai Holding

dubai3 The covered city will include indoor parks and a wellness district offering spas and specialized surgical and cosmetic treatments.  Dubai Holding

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