They’re calling it Mall of the World and Dubai is taking on another first as it takes on the project of building the first ‘Temperature Controlled City’.

Developers Dubai Holding has officially announced their plans of building a domed tourist district that will feature the world’s largest mall, a theme park, cultural district and 20,000 hotel rooms. It’s estimated to be a ten-year project.

According to the press release, there’s hope to host 180 million visitors annually.

“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,” said Dubai’s ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid in a statement.

This Mall of the World has plans to take on 48 million-sq.-ft. and is the latest move Dubai’s making to prove itself as the economic hub of the Islamic world.

Let’s talk about the energy efficiency and sustainability plan

Time is suggesting this project could set quite the example for an environmentally thoughtful and sustainable way of urban planning:

“In addition, as countries around the world struggle to reduce their greenhouse emissions, the project could lead the way for environmentally responsible urban planning,” reports Time.

After all, Ahmed Bin Byat, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, addressed the energy efficiency and sustainability aspect of the whole project.

“The project will follow the green and environmentally friendly guidelines of the Smart Dubai model,” said Ahmed Bin Byat, “It will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency.”

Here’s the video Dubai Holding put out

A glimpse into the futuristic looking first temperature-controlled indoor city.

Well, that’s neat.


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