United Arab Emirates’ vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid has announced the World’s first temperature controlled city to be constructed in Dubai. The vast 48 million square foot project, entitled ‘Mall of the World’, will contain the planet’s largest shopping mall and an indoor theme park covered by a retractable glass dome that opens during winter months. Additional aspects of the plan include a wellness center, a cultural celebration district and a range of hospitality options that include 20,000 hotel rooms. Once completed, the development will welcome around 180 million visitors each year, forming a year-round destination for guests of all ages.
Envisioned as an integrated pedestrian city, seven kilometer promenades connect the design, bringing together a wide variety of leisure, retail and hospitality options under one roof. A cultural district forms the hub of the site, with a dedicated theater quarter comprising a host of venues. The ‘celebration walk’ modeled on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas will connect the district with the surrounding mall containing a range of conference, wedding and celebration halls. Another component sees the completion of a 3 million square foot wellness district, dedicated to rejuvenation services. It will offer a holistic experience to medical tourists and their families, ensuring access to quality healthcare, specialized surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments and high-end hospitality options.