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Dubai to Build Worlds First Temperature-Controlled Indoor City

Dubai to Build Worlds First Temperature-Controlled Indoor City

Dubai to Build Worlds First Temperature-Controlled Indoor City

Dubais Mall of the World will be the worlds first climate-controlled indoor city.

Dubais ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum hasunveiledplans for the Mall of the World a 48 million-sq.-ft. (4.5 million sq m) shopping center, to be the worlds largest, which will also form the worlds first temperature-controlled city.

Designed by developers Dubai Holding, the complex will be modeled on the cultural district around New Yorks Broadway and Oxford Street in London, and is expected to draw 180 million visitors to the city annually even during the sweltering 104F (40C) summer. (The complex will be opened to the elements during tamer winter months to allow fresh air to circulate.)

The growth in family and retail tourism underpins the need to enhance Dubais tourism infrastructure as soon as possible, Sheik Mohammedsaidin a statement. This project complements our plans to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the 2 billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision.

The ambitious project will include the worlds largest indoor amusement park and shopping mall, 100 hotels and serviced apartment complexes, an entertainment center to host 15,000 people, and a 3 million-sq.-ft. (300,000 sq m) wellness district for medical tourism. Buildings in the city will be connected by promenades stretching 4.5 miles (7 km). The plan is Dubais latest attempt to mark itself as the economic hub of the Islamic world; the UAEs most populous city alreadyboaststhe worlds tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,722 ft. (829.8 m).

In addition, as countries around the world struggle to reduce their greenhouse emissions, the project could lead the way for environmentally responsible urban planning. Ahmad bin Byat, chief executive officer of Dubai Holding, said in a statement that technology used will reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency.

The cost and timeline of the project have yet to be released, but it is expected to be a highlight at the UAE World Expo trade fair in 2020.

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