Saturday, May 23, 2009

40 villas on the roof top of Mall of Arabia

About 40 new villas are being planned on the roof top of Mall of Arabia, the centre-piece of the project, due to be the largest mall in the world, revealed senior officials at Dubailand's City.

The Executive Director at the City of Arabia, Syed Khalil, agreed that with projects such as City of Arabia, the Falcon City of Wonders, Dubai Sports City and the Universal Studios, Dubai will bounce into the next level and will do better than many other American cities in terms of tourism.

Although not much of progress is seen in Dubailand these days, the construction work at City of Arabia is making steady progress. There are about 9200 piles in the mall section of the project, making it one of the largest piling projects in Dubai, said Alex Vacha, the Deputy Director-Projects.

Spreading across 20 million square feet, with a total built-up area of 40 million square feet, the whole project will be encircled by a six-kilometre, battery-powered monorail circles, which will eventually mesh into Dubai Metro network.

The Mall of Arabia will be the largest mall in the world in terms of saleable area, with the first phase alone being 30 to 40 percent larger than Dubai Mall. The Mall of Arabia will include about 1400 retail outlets, spread across 10 million square feet of Gross Leasable Area (GLA). The mall will be home to several big anchor stores, and is due to be ready towards first quarter of 2011.

A residential and leisure venue, Wadi Walk, which includes restaurants, cafes and a six-kilometer stretch of water-way can carry people into mall on boats.

Attached to the Mall of Arabia is Restless Planet, housing 107 animatronic dinosaurs, designed by Steven Spielberg himself, who was also the man behind the movie Jurassic Park. Few of the dinosaurs are ready in Japan and are awaiting their flight to Dubai. One of the dinosaurs is about 16metres high.

Other features included in the theme park are the world-renowned Natural History Museum in London.

The development also includes about 8500 apartments, 34 towers for mixed-use purposes and seven to eight hotels.

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