Dubai plans 'Mall of the World'
DUBAI is planning to build a temperature-controlled city featuring the world's largest mall and an indoor park, as well as hotels, health resorts and theatres, a developer said.
Already home to one of the world's biggest indoor shopping complexes, Dubai Mall, the glitzy emirate known for its love of grandiose projects said it is now planning to build the "Mall of the World".
The all-pedestrian complex would occupy a total area of 48 million sq ft (4.45 million sq m), said Dubai Holding, the developer owned by Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
The project "will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world" under a glass dome that would be opened during winter, it said in a statement.
The 7km-long promenades connecting the facilities would also be covered and air-conditioned during summer, it added.
"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," said Sheikh Mohammed.
"This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months."
The statement issued late on Saturday did not say when construction would begin, nor did it reveal the cost of the project.
Dubai hopes the "Mall of the World" can attract more than 180 million visitors each year.