Dubai Holding to build Mall of the World, a temperature-controlled pedestrian city

Dubai Holding has revealed the plans to build Mall of the World, world’s largest shopping mall and first temperature controlled city of the world.

Mall of the World - artist images

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Mall of the World, located at Mohammed bin Rashid City along Sheikh Zayed Road, will occupy a total area of 48 million sq. ft and will house the largest shopping mall in the world with an area of 8 million sq. ft.

Mall of the World

Temperature Controlled Pedestrian City

Mall of the World will take the form of an extended retail street network, which developers say will be different to the typical shopping mall concept currently available in Dubai. The project will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months.


Additional districts within the project will include a wellness dedicated zone catering to medical tourists, a cultural celebration district as well as a wide range of hospitality options comprising 20,000 hotel rooms catering to all types of tourists.

Once completed, the City is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually. Tourists will be able to enjoy a week-long stay without the need to leave the City or use a car. The 7km long promenades connecting all facilities will be covered during the summer and open during the winter, ensuring pleasant temperatures throughout the year. The project will see the addition of 100 hotels and serviced apartments building, as well as designated parking areas with a capacity to host up to 50,000 cars on the ground level.

Dubai Cultural District

Mall of the World will incorporate Dubai Cultural District, which will be the hub for national and multinational cultural festivities and events in UAE. The Celebration Walk, similar to the Ramblas Street in Barcelona, will connect the cultural district to the rest of the Mall.

Wellness District


Another component of Mall of the World is the Wellness District, which will cover a total area of 3 million sq. ft. dedicated to providing wellness and rejuvenation services.

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