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MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 06/07/2014
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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, launched Saturday the world's first temperature-controlled city, Mall of the World, 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 and the largest shopping mall in the world with an area of 8 million sq. ft

The mall will take the form of an extended retail street network, different to the typical shopping mall concept currently available in Dubai, in Addition to 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

The City is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually

"The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubai's tourism infrastructure as soon as possible." Sheikh Mohammed said

"This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the two billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision." Sheikh Mohammed added

Sheikh Mohammed confirmed the need to work towards achieving Dubai's ambitious tourism vision

"Our ambitions are higher than having seasonal tourism, tourism is key driver of our economy and we aim to make UAE an attractive destination all year long." Said sheikh Mohammed

"This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months, we are confident of our economy's strength, optimistic about our country's future and we continue to broaden our vision." added Sheikh Mohammed

The new project, developed by Dubai Holding, will introduce an innovative concept of an integrated pedestrian city connected to the mall and offering a wide range of leisure, retail, cultural, wellness, recreation and hospitality options under one roof

The 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

The project will see the addition of 100 hotels and serviced apartments buildings, including 20,000 hotel rooms, to Dubai's hospitality sector

The project will also include designated parking areas with a capacity to host up to 50,000 cars on the ground level

Dubai Cultural District will be the hub for national and multinational cultural festivities and events in UAE, a dedicated theatre district with host of venues similar to some of the world's most renowned landmarks such as London's West End and New York's Broadway

The Celebration Walk, similar to the Ramblas Street in Barcelona will connect the cultural district to the rest of the Mall

Dubai Cultural District will include a range of conference, wedding and celebration halls with a capacity to host thousands of revelers, befitting the multicultural social fabric of Dubai

The Mall will offer a holistic experience to medical tourists and their families, ensuring access to quality healthcare, specialized surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments, wellness facilities and high-end hospitality options

"Mall of the World presents an innovative concept in the international hospitality sector, further strengthening Dubai's appeal as a tourism hub with a wide range of options." Chairman of Dubai Holding Mohammed Al-Gergawi said

This project is a product of extensive research studying international and regional tourists' requirements and preferences; the objective is to create an integrated city with a plethora of best-in-class options within pleasant environments, he added

"We are ready to move forward with this unique concept, whose distinctive offering and strategic location will play an instrumental role in advancing the growth of Dubai's tourism sector." he said

The project will follow the green and environmentally friendly guidelines of the Smart Dubai model; it will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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