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The Dubai Mall is a mall being built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Emaar Properties. The mall is a part of “Downtown Dubai.” Developers claim it will be the largest mall in the world when completed. It will open on 31 August 2008.
It will cover a total area of 12.1 million ftÃ‚Â² , with 10 – 15 individual smaller malls built inside it, consisting of 9 million ftÃ‚Â² of shopping retail space (comprising of a total of 1200 stores). Featured attractions include the world’s largest gold souk; the 850,000 ftÃ‚Â² Fashion Island; one of the world’s largest aquariums; an Olympic-sized ice skating rink; Oasis Fountain Waterfall; WaterFront Atrium; a view of the (soon to be completed) world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai. The mall has already won five awards. It won two awards at the Retail Future Project Awards at MAPIC, Cannes, in 2004, for Best Retail Development Scheme (Large), Best Use of Lighting in a Retail Environment. And the Dubai Mall brochure has won three awards at the Summit Creative Awards 2005, in Portland, Oregon; Gold award for Best Art Direction / Graphic Design, Silver award for Best 4-colour B2B Brochure, and Judges Special Recognition award.
Currently, the largest mall in the world is believed to be the South China Mall in Dongguan, China, spreading over 9.6 million ftÃ‚Â²