Record-breaking mall to open at Dubai Creek Harbour

The new mall will include shops, restaurants and leisure across 8.07m sq ft

Record-breaking mall to open at Dubai Creek Harbour
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We love setting a record here in Dubai – and now it looks like we’re keen on breaking our own.

We’ve got the world’s tallest building, the world’s tallest hotel and the world’s biggest shopping mall on our doorstep, but is 5.9 million sq ft really enough space when it comes to shopping? Apparently not.

It’s equivalent in size to 50 football fields, but The Dubai Mall is to be trumped by a new shopping development in Dubai Creek Harbour, which will have 8.07 million sq ft of retail space.

The Dubai Square retail project is a new retail metropolis that will have nearly twice the gross leasable area than The Dubai Mall, with indoor and outdoor shopping spaces.

The sprawling mall will be set across three levels and we can only imagine the step number on our Fitbits.

Inspiration for the project comes from leading cities across the world, with fashion outlets drawn from London’s Oxford Street, Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills, Paris’ Champs-Élysées, Tokyo’s Ginza, Piazza della Republica in Florence and Madrid’s Plaza Mayor.

The project, which is being launched by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, is expected to drive more than $43.8billion (Dhs160.89bn) in sales by 2021 and is hoped to drive tourism even further in the region.

There’ll also be a technological approach to shopping at the new mall with mobile apps, quick check out solutions, mobile payments and the like. It will also be home to innovators in the automotive, computing, sustainable technologies, 3D printing, drones, artificial intelligence and other emerging industries – because this is Dubai.

Dubai Square will also be home to the Middle East’s largest Chinatown, and the ground floor of the mall will feature an events area.

The first floor has a four-lane boulevard lined with shops, restaurants and leisure outlets, while unique immersive experiences will elevate the fashion offering at Dubai Square with special VIP dressing rooms, smart fitting rooms with interactive mirrors, curated private fashion collections, 3D-printed clothing and accessories, fashion museums and more.

The second floor is a family-friendly haven featuring an array of activities at Ice Adventure, as well as a Cineplex, a waterpark, sports arena, supermarket and a metro link.

A futuristic entertainment arena with 3D projection mapping, theatrical sound and lighting, high wire rigging and other cutting-edge attributes will also feature and will host concerts and theatre shows, celebrity performances, acrobatics shows, museum-quality exhibitions.

Dubai Square also features an Art District, which will be driven by Art Emaar, an initiative launched recently to bring new aesthetic experiences to Emaar’s master-planned developments.

Watch this space for the opening date.

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