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Friday 28 June 2024

The world's most popular shopping destination is about to get even bigger

Dubai Mall is billed as the world’s largest shopping centre - and was the most visited place on Earth in 2023. 

Now it is about to become even bigger. 

United Arab Emirates real estate developer Emaar Properties has just announced a redevelopment project that will include 240 new luxury stores and food and beverage outlets. 

The project represents an investment of 1.5 billion dirhams - or just over $610 million. 

The shopping centre, already the largest in the world by total area, is currently home to over 1,200 retail spaces and over 200 food and beverage outlets. This is complemented by the mall’s attachment to the Burj Khalifa, as well as a complete 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton, the world’s largest mall aquarium, an immersive digital art museum, an Olympic-sized ice rink and a 26-screen cinema complex. 

Dubai Mall had 105 million visitors last year, a 19% increase from the year before. 

“The new Dubai Mall expansion is a great addition to one of the most visited sites in the world," said Emaar Properties founder Mohamed Alabbar. 

"We extend our gratitude to our esteemed guests and loyal customers, as well as our partners, retailers, and government authorities for their unwavering support. This expansion reflects Dubai’s ambitious vision to remain at the forefront of global innovation and culture, further solidifying our city’s position as a top global destination. 

"Our mall embodies the city’s vibrant spirit and dedication to excellence, turning the leadership’s vision into a reality. Being an integral part of Dubai’s economic fabric, we play a crucial role in the city’s success and innovation.”

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