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Dubai Mall announces grand expansion: Dhs 1.5 billion budget allocated

Dubai Mall, already a retail giant and major tourist attraction, is about to supersize its offerings.

Emaar Properties, the mall’s owner, has unveiled a staggering AED 1.5 billion expansion plan that promises to add a whopping 240 new luxury stores and restaurants. This significant investment underscores Dubai’s unwavering commitment to innovation and its position as a premier global destination.

The expansion comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for Dubai Mall. In 2023, it claimed the title of “most visited place on earth,” further solidifying its reputation as a retail mecca. This isn’t the mall’s first growth spurt – it’s seen several expansions over the years, including the impressive Zabeel extension in 2019 and the exciting addition of Chinatown in 2023.

Currently boasting a total retail floor area exceeding 3.8 million square feet, Dubai Mall is already a shopper’s paradise. It houses more than 1,200 stores, offering everything from high-end fashion labels to everyday essentials. But that’s not all.This entertainment destination provides experiences beyond just shopping. Dive into the underwater world at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, lace up your skates at the Olympic-sized ice rink, or catch a blockbuster at Reel Cinemas.Feeling fancy? Indulge in a world-class meal at one of over 200 restaurants or stroll through the luxurious Fashion Avenue.

The expansion promises to elevate this experience even further. While details about the specific stores and restaurants are still under wraps, one thing’s for sure – it will cater to luxury shoppers and discerning palates. This aligns perfectly with Dubai’s vision of staying at the forefront of global trends and solidifying its position as a top destination for luxury tourism.

Construction is already underway, with the contractor mobilizing on-site. Though an official completion date hasn’t been announced, anticipation is building for the grand unveiling. This expansion is just one piece of Dubai’s exciting development puzzle. Just a stone’s throw away in DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre), a trio of multi-billion dirham projects are on the horizon, including the Four Seasons Private Residences, the opulent Janu Dubai by Aman Resorts hotel, and the futuristic Immersive Tower.

Dubai continues to redefine the shopping and entertainment experience, and the Dubai Mall expansion is a testament to that relentless pursuit. With even more luxury brands, diverse dining options, and who knows what other surprises, this expansion promises to be a game-changer for Dubai’s retail landscape.

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