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“Mall of the World” Features to be the “Future City”

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“Mall of the World”, the mega development project was announced at Cityscape 2014 but the construction work was not commenced due to a number of reasons. However, now the Dubai Holding is re-working on the master plan of the project development and the authority aims to develop it as the “future city” in Dubai. Mall of the World is proposed to be a massive temperature-controlled indoor city in Dubai that will also have a shopping complex. It will be encompassing an area of 8 million square feet while being connected to a theme park, 100 hotels and serviced apartment buildings with 20,000 rooms.

Now it will also include residential and office developments with the entire plan being re-designed to integrate public transport systems in form of metro, tram, buses, and water transport to ease out the traffic flow and avoid traffic jam issues within and outside the development. Previously, it was also told that the project will take 10 years to complete. The project is not stalled but is in redevelopment phase, so the developer has not yet given fixed completion time.

Recently, Morgan Parker has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Mall of the World to manage the project and oversee its progress. Upon completion, the project is supposed to be a superlative addition to the emirate’s tourism, retail and hospitality portfolio. “With layouts of malls, world’s largest theme park, a wellness zone, a cultural celebration district, street markets, air-conditioned arcades, departmental stores, high-end street shops, entertainment venues, hotels, offices and residences, the project is set to transform the city’s urban landscape,” states Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Holding.

“We are trying to forecast what Dubai is going to be 50 years from now and so we are not building a project that is a statement on the world today,” said Morgan Parker, new Chief Operating Officer of Mall of the World. “Our challenge is being to create a tourism destination in a climate controlled environment and not to create any congestion and traffic jams,” he further asserted.

The proposed site for the project is currently occupied by the Dubai Police Academy, which will not be relocated anywhere in the next two years. And the construction phase of the development will begin only after the relocation of Dubai Police Academy. “It is not just about creating the world’s largest mall, but seamlessly integrating the hospitality, residential, commercial and entertainment lifestyle options into the bigger picture,” states Morgan.