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VIDEO: Dubai unveils plans for largest shopping centre - world's first 'temperature-controlled city'

Proposed 8 million sq ft mall in Dubai will connect to 100 hotels in world’s first ‘temperature-controlled’ city is set to provide huge AC challenge

Dubai has announced plans to build the largest shopping mall in the world under a giant air-conditioned glass dome. The mall ranks as one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted in the emirate – even by the elevated standards of the region.

Dubai Holding, the conglomerate that owns the Jumeirah Group, plans to develop the 8 million- square-foot ‘Mall of the World’ along sheikh Zayed Road.

The domed mall will be the world’s first ‘temperature controlled city’.

Plans also include a 3 million-square-foot wellness district to cater to medical tourists, 7 kilometres of shop-lined streets and a cultural district inspired by Las Ramblas in Barcelona and London’s Oxford Street. The mall will also house what would be the world’s biggest indoor theme park.

The development of the shopping centre is part of a strategy by Dubai Holdings to turn the emirate into a year-round tourist destination.  “We announced recently that we plan to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the 2 billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“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. This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.”

Mohammad AlGergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding said: “The project will be built in phases in alignment with the gradual growth of family tourism in Dubai.”

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