Mall of the Emirates
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|Location||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Opening date||September 2005|
|Owner||Majid Al Futtaim (MAF Holding)|
|No. of stores and services||700+|
|No. of anchor tenants||11|
|Total retail floor area||2,400,000 square feet (220,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||4|
|Public transit access||Mall of the Emirates Metro Station
Bus routes: 84, 93, F29, F30, F33
|Website||Mall of the Emirates Website|
Mall of the Emirates is a shopping mall which was opened in November 2005 and it developed & owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties and located in Dubai at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed Road. The multi-level shopping center currently features more than 560 international brands, more than 700 stores, 11 anchor stores with a total gross leasable area (GLA) of 234,479 sqm including department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing outlets.
The family leisure includes Ski Dubai - the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park, DUCTAC- the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and more than 90 international dining and cafes.
On November 2005, Mall of the Emirates was awarded the title of The World's Leading New Shopping Mall at the World Travel Awards in London. 
Construction and History
The Project was launched in October 2003 with an estimate of AED 800 million (US $218 million) was scheduled to be completed in September 2005. The architecture in the three-storey mall complex combines both Arabic and Mediterranean elements, with each level connected to a car park.  The Mall of the Emirates was designed by the American architectural firm, F+A Architects. The main building contract was handled by Khansaheb while Ski Dubai contract was given to Pomagalski. The chair lifts in the snow park and the structural steel works were handled by Emirates Building System and the piling by Bauer. The Mall opened for business on September 28th 2005 with an official inauguration in November.  
Ski Dubai is a large indoor skiing facility and ski resort at Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, with snowboarding, ski lessons, children's play area, and hot chocolate at the Avalanche Cafe halfway up the chairlift. In November 2005 Dubai, the city opened its first indoor ski slope with genuine artificial snow. Ski resort measures 22,500 square meters covered with real snow all year round and houses the world’s largest indoor snow park at 3000 square meters. Ski Dubai has maintained temperature of -2° to -4° and has five different slopes of varying difficulty and lengthy with longest run of 400 meters. The indoor resort features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and various features (boxes, rails, kickers) that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. It offers a breathtaking mountain-themed snow setting to enjoy a range of snow-centered activities including skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or simply enjoying the sub-zero temperatures, away from the scorching heat of the desert. With a mountain resort theme, it is a home for 20 snow penguins and offers ‘Peng-friend’ encounter to guests. Ski Dubai is operated by Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment, one of the subsidiaries of Majid Al Futtaim Ventures.
DUCTAC(Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre ) is a modern, non-profit, cross-community creative centre in the Gulf that opened in November 2006, under the patronage of HRH princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.DUCTAC is spread over 7,424 square metres on the second floor of the Mall of the Emirates.The two-level Theatre has seating capacity for 530 seat studio theatre and rehearsal spaces, while the Arts Centre houses large and small art galleries, 16 general and specialised classrooms, studios for activities such as painting, pottery, sculpture and photography, a music school with sound proofed rooms, a lending library and a high specification visual arts gallery. 
On 10 September 2013, Mall of the Emirates announced a multi-stage redevelopment project worth an estimated AED 1 billion (US $274 million), which is called as Evolution 2015. Phase one of the project which will increase 5,000 sqm area more is already completed but expected to open in mid-2015 includes new shopping, dining and entertainment concepts. However, due to the limitations of its location, the mall will be expanded upwards by constructing a second floor on top of the Carrefour area. 
On 25 August 2014, Mall of the Emirates announced phase two of its strategic redevelopment project, Evolution 2015 which is now currently underway. In this stage, the mall will be expanded by gross leasable area of 25,000 meter sq. This project includes an additional of 1300 new spaces for car parking, 12 new restaurants, new prayer rooms for both, men and women and the relocation of the current VOX Cinemas which will now have 24 screens.
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