Dubai Mall to open on August 28

DUBAI — Emaar Malls Group will open its flagship shopping mall development, The Dubai Mall, on August 28, 2008. This was announced at a retailer reception hosted recently at the mall premises, attended by over 700 guests including Mohammed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, key senior management, government officials and retailers who have leased space within The Dubai Mall.

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Published: Thu 10 Apr 2008, 9:25 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:37 AM

Addressing the retailers, Mohammed Ali Alabbar said that The Dubai Mall will be a premier lifestyle destination of choice for Dubai's huge catchment area across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Indian Subcontinent. "Burj Dubai and The Dubai Mall are strong building blocks of Dubai's growth, and The Dubai Mall will bring to Dubai and its business economy a strong platform for sustainable growth."

Alabbar added: "Business growth is about seizing the right opportunity at the right time. With The Dubai Mall, we are creating a unique combination of several niche malls. In the very first year, we expect 30 million visitors to the mall."

One of the world's largest shopping and entertainment destinations, The Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft and gross leasable space of 3.77 million sq ft, which is equivalent to the size of 50 football fields put together. The mall will feature over 1,200 stores, including two anchor department stores and 120 food and beverage outlets.

The key components of the mall include one of the world's largest indoor Aquariums featuring 33,000 living animals; the world's largest indoor Gold Souk with 220 retailers; the Middle East's first Galeries Lafayette department store; an Olympic-size ice rink; and The Grove, an indoor-outdoor streetscape with fully retractable roof, will open on August 28, along with the 14,000 covered car parking facility. The entertainment section comprising the region's first SEGA indoor theme park; KidZania, an 80,000 sq ft children's 'edu-tainment' centre and a 22-screen cineplex, will open later this year as completion requires a dust-free environment.

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