Dubai plans to break own record of 'world's biggest shopping mall'
Dubai has announced plans to build the world's largest shopping mall in the city despite currently boasting of the world's largest mall, called the Dubai Mall.
However, that's only a small part of the latest announcement for yet another spectacular tourism and retail development project in the city of glittering global superlatives.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, revealed plans for the new tourism city via an official statement and Twitter.
"Today we launched new city in Dubai, it will host world's largest mall accommodating 80 million shoppers a year and a park that will receive 35 million," the CNN quoted Al-Maktoum's tweet, as saying.
Named after the sheikh, Mohammed bin Rashid city will aim to connect the tourism growth in Dubai.
Dubai's official statement estimated current tourism growth at 13 percent and retail sales growth at 25 percent annually.
In addition to the new world's biggest mall, which will be named 'Mall of the World,' the project will also build 100 hotels, a park that will be '30 percent bigger than Hyde Park in London' (totalling 455 acres) and an international family attraction in collaboration with Universal Studios.
The family attraction will be the biggest of its kind in the Middle East and African region.
"The objective of this new initiative is take our economic development to a new level and promote the UAE globally," the sheik tweeted.