Dubai To Build The World's First Climate-Controlled City

Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City

The United Arab Emirates has announced its plan to build a "pedestrian city" — a gargantuan mall that will take up over 48 million square feet. Remarkably, the facility will feature a temperature-controlled domed retail street network that will extend for 4.3 miles (7 km).

Advertisement

Called the "Mall of the World," the Dubai-based facility will contain the world's largest shopping mall and an indoor theme park covered by a retractable glass dome that opens during winter months.

Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City
Advertisement

The plan also provisions for a 3 million square feet wellness center, a cultural celebration district, serviced apartments, and a wide selection of hospitality options that will include 20,000 hotel rooms.

Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City

The shopping area will be based on London's Oxford Street and a theatre district modelled around Broadway in New York.

Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City
Advertisement

"We announced recently that we plan to transform Dubai into a cultural, tourist and economic hub for the two billion people living in the region around us; and we are determined to achieve our vision," noted PM Mohammed Bin Rashid in a Dubai Holding statement. "We are confident of our economy's strength, optimistic about our country's future and we continue to broaden our vision."

Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City
Advertisement

UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Al Gergawi added that: "The project will be built in phases in alignment with the gradual growth of family tourism in Dubai."

Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City
Advertisement

The Independent reports:

News of the project, which was announced to great fanfare in Dubai over the weekend, marks a return to the headline-grabbing mega projects that defined the desert state's rapid and extravagant development until the 2009 financial crash hit the property market.

That sparked a debt crisis that resulted in many large-scale projects having to be reduced in size or scrapped altogether. The Mall of the World, which was unveiled by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is designed to help the city become a year-round destination that authorities hope will pull in 180 million visitors annually when it is completed.

The Sheikh owns the company responsible for the development.

The facility is expected to be Dubai's primary focus at the UAE World Expo trade fair in 2020. But details of the timeframe and the cost of the project have yet to be released.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Dubai To Build The Worlds First Climate-Controlled City

[ The Independent | Design Boom | Dubai Holding ]

Images: Dubai Holding

Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

Corpore Metal

Reminds me a bit of how Las Vegas works.

I've been to Vegas a few times—didn't really like it (Except the Hoover Dam tour, which was AWESOME!)—but here's the thing, they make it so you can can walk from hotel/casino to hotel/casino (Provided they are owned by the same company.) without ever being outside. They have giant air conditioned tunnels that run underground. There are huge sections of Vegas that are fully climate controlled and indoors. It's like being in a gigantic shopping mall.

So that Dubai is doing the same thing, doesn't seem that incredible to me. I would imagine that eventally most major cities in the tropics and hot climates will do this.

And yeah, that's gonna take a lot of juice. Luckily they have plenty of solar energy to accomplish this.