Could the Mall of the World be the first indoor city?

We all love a good shopping spree, but the experience is about to be utterly transformed... Enter the Mall of the World – a shopping district so huge, it has the potential to be the first ever indoor city. 

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Not content with hosting the world's tallest building, the world's longest driverless metro line, or the tallest ever hotel, Dubai is now set to take the shopping industry by storm.

Introducing the Mall of the World: seven kilometres of shops, hotels, entertainment and healthcare. It's estimated size...? 48 million square feet! That's approximately three times bigger than Disneyworld Florida.

Images courtesy of Dubai Holding

The idea has been in the pipeline since 2012, originally set to be the "biggest mall in the world". However, over the past few years, the project has taken on a life of it own, with the mall concept evolving into a bubble-protected hub. New designs were released earlier this year –taking inspiration from big-name Western shopping districts such as London's Oxford Street and New York's Broadway – making it clear that the plan is now to create a beautiful hybrid of absolutely everything, making it a major player in the tourism industry. 

 “We announced recently that we plan 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,” Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed explained upon the Mall's announcement. 

So, how exactly does such a gargantuan feat come together? 

Images courtesy of Dubai Holding

Images courtesy of Dubai Holding

The self-dubbed 'city within a city' is the result of the hard work of Dubai Holdings; a global investment company responsible for many of Dubai's great innovations. 

CEO of Dubai Holding, Ahmad Bin Byat told Arch Daily, “The project will follow the green and environmentally-friendly guidelines of the Smart Dubai model. It will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency.”

Images courtesy of Dubai Holding

As well as offering a multitude of complexes, cinemas, theme parks, hotels, and more, the project is also set to be built on a foundation of eco-friendly attitudes and self-sufficiency. For example, the retail promenade that shoppers will walk through will be temperature controlled – the first time such technology has been put into play. 

"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. " Sheikh Mohammed explained. 

The Mall of the World's biggest ideas

  • An events centre, slated to be Dubai's biggest venue housing over 15,000 people
  • Shopping districts emulating London's West End and New York's Broadway
  • A 'wellness district' for medical tourists 
  • ‘The Celebration Walk’ based on Las Ramblas in Barcelona
  • 100 new hotels 
  • Largest indoor family theme park in the world
  • a 7km retail street, with temperature control 
  • Parking areas big enough to accommodate 50,000 cars
  • A huge central waterfall
  • Over 120 clinics and hospitals 
  • The biggest indoor tourism hub the world has ever seen.

    If you could build your own Mall of the World what would you include? Let us know in the comments below.
Images courtesy of Dubai Holding


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