World’s First Temperature-Controlled City Coming to Dubai, It’s a Mall

July 8, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Dubai Holding developers have announced plans for the “Mall of the World” spanning 8 million square feet and covered with a glass dome. You will never have to step outside, which is good, because Dubai’s outside is 104 degrees Farenheit in the summer. The dome will be open in the winter months. Here are some featured highlights which include the “largest indoor family theme park in the world” and a replica of New York’s Broadway.

World’s largest mall occupying 8 million sq. ft. connected to 100 hotels and serviced apartments buildings with 20,000 hotel rooms
Temperature-controlled covered retail street network spreading over 7 km
Largest indoor family theme park in the world
Wellness district catering to medical tourists in a 3 million sq. ft. area
Cultural district comprising theatres built around New York’s Broadway, The Celebration Walk, similar to the Ramblas Street in Barcelona and shopping streets based on London’s Oxford Street
Dubai’s largest celebration centre accommodating 15,000 revellers

“The objective is to create an integrated city with a plethora of best-in-class options within pleasant environments,” said United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Translation: if you’re into luxury shopping, exotic medical procedures and “culture” aka replicas of the world’s most touristy shopping places — but not so into harsh desert climates –this is the mall-city for you!

The United Arab Emirates is known throughout the world for its oil and its ambitious construction projects (and subsequent worker abuse). Dubai, in particular, is famed for the world’s tallest building, the 2,722 foot Burj Khalifa. There’s also a mall in it. (Images: Gulfnews, WAM, Khaleej Times)