Dubai Is Building The World’s Biggest Mall. It’s Actually More Like A City… And It IS Huge.

Dubai is building a lot of “world’s biggest”, “world’s tallest” and other similarly superlative structures these days. The latest to hit the headlines is called The Mall of the World and it is going to be the most ambitious one of the bunch, at least to date.

And, as you are about to discover, “mall” is a truly deceiving description of what this project will look like once it is complete for the Expo 2020 which will be held in Dubai. Here is how Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — the monarch of Dubai and prime minister of The United Arab Emirates — describes his vision for The Mall of the World:

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.

Mind, summer temperatures in Dubai are routinely well above 100F. The Mall will take up 48 million square feet and will feature the largest shopping mall on the planet, climate-controlled streets, the world’s largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments.

Additionally, the covered city will have health resorts, theaters, a Celebration Street modeled on the Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona, as well as “retail streets network” which will stretch over 4.5 miles.

Sheikh Mohammed added:

This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the two billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision.

The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai’s tourism infrastructure as soon as possible.

We are confident of our economy’s strength, optimistic about our country’s future and we continue to broaden our vision.

Some vision! (Scroll down for the video.)

1. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the launch of the Mall the of the World.

Dubai Is Building The World's Biggest Mall. It's Actually More Like A City... And It IS Huge.

Image Credit: WAM.

2. The Mall will take up 48 million square feet and will feature the largest shopping mall on the planet.

Dubai Is Building The World's Biggest Mall. It's Actually More Like A City... And It IS Huge.

Image Credit: WAM.

3. The Mall of the World is scheduled to be complete for the Expo 2020 which will be held in Dubai.

Dubai Is Building The World's Biggest Mall. It's Actually More Like A City... And It IS Huge.

Image: Dubai Holding.

4. The Mall will have climate-controlled streets to protect visitors from the searing desert heat.

Dubai Is Building The World's Biggest Mall. It's Actually More Like A City... And It IS Huge.

Image: Dubai Holding.

5. The Mall will feature the world’s largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments.

Dubai Is Building The World's Biggest Mall. It's Actually More Like A City... And It IS Huge.

Image: Dubai Holding.

6. The covered city will have health resorts, theaters, as well as a Celebration Street modeled on the Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona.

Dubai Is Building The World's Biggest Mall. It's Actually More Like A City... And It IS Huge.

Image: Dubai Holding.

And here is the video:

Source: Gulf News.

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