Mall of the Emirates
|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|
The multi-level shopping center currently features more than 560 international brands, more than 700 stores and 11 anchor stores. It has a total gross leasable area of 234,479 sqm. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai (the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park) and the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. There are more than 90 food outlets.
On November 2005, it was named the World's Leading New Shopping Mall at the World Travel Awards in London.
Construction and history
The project was launched in October 2003 at an estimated cost of AED 800 million (US $218 million), and was scheduled to be completed in September 2005. The architecture in the three-storey complex combines Arabic and Mediterranean elements, with each level connected to a car park.
The mall was designed by the American architectural firm F+A Architects. The main building contract was handled by Khansaheb, while the 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.
- September 2005 - Mall of the Emirates opens
- November 2005 - Opening of Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park
- April 2006 - Kempinski opens hotel at the mall
- September 2008 - mall announces expansion to increase facilities for shopping, dining and parking
- September 2009 - completion of metro link to mall from the Red Line of the Dubai Metro
- August 2010 - launch of Fashion Dome
- 2012 - ranked the 7th most productive shopping centre in the world, earning USD 1,423 per square foot per annum, according to research by the international Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)
- June 2013 - Mall of the Emirates announces Evolution 2015, a multi-stage AED 1 billion redevelopment project
Shops at the mall include a Carrefour hypermarket, Centrepoint, Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, Home Centre, Jashanmal and Marks & Spencer. There are outlets for books, stationery, toys, gift, fashion, art, accessories, electronics, jewellery, watches, furniture, cosmetics, perfumes and financial services.
The mall also hosts a number of family leisure offerings. These include the Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen VOX Cinema, Ski Dubai, and the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre.
Ski Dubai is a large indoor skiing facility at Mall of the Emirates, offering snowboarding, ski lessons, children's play area and cafe. It opened in November 2005 and houses the world’s largest indoor snow park. It is operated by Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment.
Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre
Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) is a non-profit, cross-community creative centre that opened in November 2006, under the patronage of Princess Haya bint Hussein. It is spread over 7,424 square metres on the second floor of the Mall of the Emirates. There is a two-level theatre and rehearsal spaces, along with an arts centre housing galleries, classrooms, studios, music school, library and high specification visual arts gallery. 
VOX Cinemas provides customer-focused cinema experience with the high-resolution 4K digital protection. VOX at Mall of the Emirates has a 14-screen VOX multiplex cinema including 2 VOX Gold screens, totalling 6038 square meters. VOX Cinemas is owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, which is the cinema arm of the wider Majid Al Futtaim Ventures group of businesses.
Magic Planet is an indoor family entertainment centre in Dubai. It has two entertainment zones, for children and young adults. It has a 12 Lane Cosmic 10 Pin bowling with ‘Glow in the Dark’ bowling balls and pins, 5 pool and billiard tables and 180 Amusement machines, and other attractions like Carousel, Jumping Star, Soft play and Bumper cars. Magic Planet offers unique attractions, such as:
- RoboCoaster: a two-person thrill ride unique to the Middle East
- Realistic motion platform Racing Simulators
- 4D theatre
- XD Dark Ride, 7D adventure that comes equipped with 3D movie graphics and 4D effects like motion, wind, and light-transporting players directly into a 3D movie
- Restaurants & cafes including 8 restaurants in the Fashion Dome
- 2 International food courts
- Restaurants including St. Maxim’s, Salmontini, Apres and Sezzam in an area called ‘The West End’
- UAE’S African-themed diner Tribes at the Fashion Dome
- Häagen Dazs cafe
- The American restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, in the UAE
- Al Halabi- Lebanese restaurant
- P.F Chang’s- The American Chinese restaurant
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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