By Taazakhabar News Bureau
The 20-billion-dollar Dubai Mall complex located in the heart of Downtown Dubai– with close to 1,200 shops —is the second-largest mall in terms of total land area in the whole world after the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. It is a 21st-largest shopping mall in the world in terms of gross leasable area—way behind the world’s largest New South China Mall and others big malls like Golden Resources Mall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.
One of the most-visited shopping and leisure destination on planet earth surpassing visitor arrivals at world-famous landmarks and tourist destinations like Times Square (39.2 million), Central Park (38 million), and Niagara Falls (22.5 million), The Dubai Mall in United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers fascinating view of Burj Khalifa, Souk Al Bahar and The Dubai Fountain. The mall is only 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport and attracts over 54 million visitors each year.
The Mall built over an area of 13 million square feet—equal to more than 50 football fields, accommodates over 250-room luxury hotels, 22 cinema screens besides 120 restaurants and cafes. It also has a parking space for over 14,000 vehicles in 3 car parks with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.
For lovers of high fashion, The Dubai Mall offers over 70 signature outlets from the world-renowned designers and brands such as Bloomingdale’s to Cartier, Fashion Avenue, Versace, Burberry, Gold Souk and Galeries Lafayette, the first in the Middle East.
Apart from all these, it has the World’s largest acrylic panel Aquarium and Underwater Zoo accommodating over 300 varieties of aquatic animals, including sharks and rays.
An Olympic-sized Ice Rink, children’s ‘edutainment’ concept Kidzania, one of the largest open-air lap pools and exotic pool-side restaurant, Cabana are- some of the ways to keep everyone busy.
Karat, the lobby lounge, serves contemporary and modern Arabic culinary delights.
One of the star attractions of the Dubai Mall is Bridal Sales Centre — one of Dubai’s most attractive wedding hot-spots. The Bridal Sales Centre, offer a prelude to the crucial aspects of the wedding, while the VIP multi-purpose room is a convenient space for the bride or bridal party to prepare for the reception. The Spa at Address Dubai Mall offers a blissful experience to nourish the mind, body and soul. All in all the Dubai Mall offers a unique combination of venue, décor and catering, to make your wedding into an intimate and fairy tale memory.
A one of its kind, longest of Metro link close to a kilometre in length connects the world’s biggest shopping mall to the Burj Khalifa Metro station. The walkway and it is 70 to 120 meter-long travellators can accommodate more than 13,500 pedestrians an hour. It also provides access to Souq Al Bahar, Emaar Square and Emaar Boulevard.
Some of the other outstanding features of the mall include:
• More than 750,000 visitors every week
• The largest mall in the world with a total area of 1,124,000 square meters.
• “Candylicious”– the world’s largest sweet shop, spanning over 930 square meters.
• The world’s largest OLED screen.
The mall was built by Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan workers on behalf of Emaar Properties and officially inaugurated on September 9, 2009.