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Malled: Dubai, Like Nowhere Else

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Renderings from the Dubai Mall Project via WWD

Material Interest reports some key information on the first phase of the world's largest mall, which opened this week in Dubai. Developed by Emaar Malls Group, the 5.6-million-square-foot mega mall estimates 30 million visitors in its first year. And, for some amazing data: The mall includes 1,200 stores, "including Versace, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Galliano, Hermès, Givenchy, Cerruti, Missoni, Tom Ford, and Ermenegildo Zegna"; a "10-million-liter aquarium with 33,000 animals, at least 30 of which are, apparently, very aggressive"; a "76,000-square-foot indoor amusement park called SEGA Republic, subdivided into themes including the Speed Zone, Sports Zone, and Redemption Zone"; and "14,000 indoor parking spaces." Now, that's retailtainment.
· Scenes from a mall in Dubai [Material Interest/]