Creating a history in architecture has been a regular milestone for this country. Dubai, which was once famous for the desert safari, now strikes in the minds of the people only for its amazing architecture and unbelievable achievements in in the arena of infrastructure. Dubai has been home to a lot of man-made wonders like the Palm Jumeriah, the world’s tallest tower – Burj Khalifa, one among the world’s largest mall – the Mall of Dubai, the artificial creek which was man-made in the desert – the Dubai Creek and so on. The country is now all set to get yet another incredible construction, the Cityland Mall, which would be the world’s first nature-inspired mall featuring botanical wonders.
Cityland Mall will be developed as a single-level gigantic shopping centre with a “colossal green reserve” at the core or the heart of the mall. The mall will have a sprawling 200,000-sq ft open-air garden, also known as the “Central Park”, which will feature a mini-version of the famed Dubai Miracle Garden, a mini water park, a 300-year old ancient tree garden, a Japanese garden, a 360-degree rooftop garden, and a cluster of restaurants and cafés overlooking the natural wonders of the garden.
The Man-made Nature Wonder
In addition to all of these exquisite features of the Central Park, the mall will also have a 3000 seater capacity amphi theatre for the public to view artistic performances and a walking track along the garden so that people can enjoy a nice walk along the garden. The mall will always keep the access to the park free of charges, so that the entry to the public to enjoy the nature from this botanical garden in never restricted. The Cityland Mall is being developed by the same company which maintains the Dubai Miracle Garden, and it is much expected that they will use the same cutting-edge technology to keep flowers blooming in all seasons.
For those who are really not keen on nature or the wonders it brings in, the mall accommodates one of the biggest retail spaces in the country. A 1.13 million square feet that purely caters to shopping in the areas ranging from fashion, to home furnishing, to electronics, to cosmetics. The mall would be bringing more than 75 global cuisines as dining options around the botanical gardens and a Cineplex which would house about 14 to 16 screens is also on the cards.
Abdel Naser Rahhal, Vice – Chairman of the Cityland Group, mentions that the ecosystem of malls is being enhanced in the UAE by allowing nature to lead the experience, which is merely not only for aesthetics alone, but to provide a holistic engagement with the environment. With the Cityland Mall all set to open for public by 2018, not only will it be able to cater to people with varied interests like shopping, or food, or fashion, but will also let them relish the experience with a touch of ecology, nature, and overall well-being.