A Central Park-style botanical garden will be built in Dubai, covering 200,000 sq m of a massive 1.1m sq ft development called Cityland Mall.
Built by the same team behind Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden, it is expected to be launched in the middle of 2018. It will be free of charge to access, with 12 million visitors expected every year.
The garden, named after the iconic parkland in the heart of New York City, will feature a miniature version of the Miracle Garden, a miniature water park, a 360 degree rooftop garden, restaurants and cafes, and several species of rare flora.
Specific areas will include Japanese and Ancient Tree theming, as well as a Jungle Walk.
Other elements of the development include:
- 3,000-seat amphitheatre
- miniature amphitheatre for children
- giant hypermarket will
- 14-16 screen cinema
- 6,000 shaded parking spaces
Plans are also being developed to replicate the mall's concept in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.