Mall’s on the move again

The Mall of the World project is shifted to another lo­ca­tion

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Ryan @ThatPad­dyRyan pa­

The much-vaunted Mall Of The World looks fur­ther away than ever.

It was an­nounced yes­ter­day that the lo­ca­tion of the mall would now be mov­ing to a site on Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Zayed Road.

This is the third lo­ca­tion that has been as­so­ci­ated with the mall that was an­nounced in a blaze of pub­lic­ity as “big­ger than the Vat­i­can City”.

When the mall was an­nounced in 2014, it was claimed that it would boast more than 100 ho­tels and apart­ment build­ings and a 7km in­door street net­work.

Ini­tial plans said it would be built on Sheikh Zayed Road op­po­site Mall of the Emi­rates.

There was no sug­ges­tion as to where the new site of the mall will be ex­actly.

Dubai Hold­ing is­sued a state­ment yes­ter­day, at­trib­uted to Ah­mad Bin Byat, Vice Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor.

“Tourism re­mains a ma­jor part of Dubai’s di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion strat­egy and Mall of the World will be a crit­i­cal part of that vi­sion,” he said.

“Dubai Hold­ing is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing Mall of the World, a ma­jor re­tail and leisure des­ti­na­tion in the re­gion, and be­lieves that the new lo­ca­tion on Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Zayed Road, will be an out­stand­ing home for the project, as it will al­low Dubai Hold­ing to fur­ther ex­pand as needed in the fu­ture ac­cord­ing to mar­ket needs.”

7DAYS con­tacted Dubai Hold­ing for fur­ther com­ment, to be told no­body was avail­able but we should “stay tuned”.

The project was launched in July 2014 by HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“The growth in fam­ily and re­tail tourism un­der­pins the need to en­hance Dubai’s tourism in­fra­struc­ture as soon as pos­si­ble,” Sheikh Mo­hammed said at the launch.

“This project com­ple­ments our plans to trans­form Dubai into a cul­tural, tourist and eco­nomic hub for the two bil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in the re­gion; and we are de­ter­mined to achieve our vi­sion.”

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