We are glad to begin a series on the world’s most imteresting shopping destinations. Our first entry in the series is: The Dubai Mall, which when completed will be the world’s biggest. While the series is based on the selection of retail destinations made by Business Week, the content has been aggregated from various sources including Wikipedia.We plan to cover one retail destination every week.
Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping destination, which earlier was planned to be completed in 2006, when fully completed (in 2009) will boasts of more than 12 million square feet in total retail space, with 10 – 15 individual smaller malls built inside it, consisting of 9 million ft. The Mall will house more than 1000 stores, around 50% of which would not have been seen before in Dubai.
Dubai mall beside having the world’s biggest Gold Souk (market), will have 850,000 sq ft big Fashion Island; one of the world’s largest aquariums; an Olympic-sized ice skating rink; Oasis Fountain Waterfall; WaterFront Atrium; and a view of the (soon to be completed) world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai.
Aimed at revitalizing the downtown area, the mall is expected to meet the merchandising and entertaining needs of 35 million customers in the inaugural year itself.
The mall has already won five awards. It won two awards at the Retail Future Project Awards at MAPIC, Cannes, in 2004, for Best Retail Development Scheme (Large), Best Use of Lighting in a Retail Environment. The Dubai Mall brochure has won three awards at the Summit Creative Awards 2005, in Portland, Oregon; Gold award for Best Art Direction / Graphic Design, Silver award for Best 4-colour B2B Brochure, and Judges Special Recognition award.
Currently, the largest mall in the world is believed to be the South China Mall in Dongguan, China, spread over an area of 9.6 million sq.ft.