Dubai’s mega project: The Mall of the World

Dubai’s new economic hub-the Mall of the World project will be constructed along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The Prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum plans to build the world’s first temperature controlled city in Dubai. The ambitious project would occupy a total area of 48 million square feet. It would house the planet’s largest shopping mall and an indoor amusement park under a glass dome that would be opened during winter and a network of temperature controlled openable promenades”- all billed as “the world’s largest.”

World's First Climate-Controlled City
The Mall of the World also includes a wellness center, a cultural celebration district and a range of hospitality options that include 20,000 hotel rooms. Once completed, the City is expected to draw 180 million visitors annually, forming a year-round destination for visitors of all age groups.

“The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai’s tourism infrastructure as soon as possible,” Sheik Mohammed said in a statement. “This project complements our plans 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.”

World's First Climate-Controlled CityIn addition, as countries around the world struggle to reduce their greenhouse emissions, the project could lead the way for environmentally responsible urban planning. Ahmad bin Byat, chief executive officer of Dubai Holding, said in a statement that technology used will “reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency.”

The emirate is known for the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, which is 2,722 ft tall.

The budget and timeline of the project have yet to be released.