We’ve plenty a shopping mall in Dubai, but new project The Outlet Village hasn’t gone for the luxury look, instead opting for that of a quaint, Italian town.

The mall will be situated down in Jebel Ali next to the new mega theme park Dubai Parks and Resorts, and plans to open by October this year.

Looking like something from Milan’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Outlet Village will play home to over 100 brands, with over 25,000 square metres of leasable area, making it about a tenth of the size of Mall of the Emirates.

Outlet Village


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While the brands setting up shop in the Italian-style mall have yet to be announced, shoppers can expect plenty of fashion brands, as well as popular sportswear, furniture and household goods for “attractive” prices, as well as a plethora of food and beverage outlets.

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The design of the mall has been inspired by a hilltop town and UNESCO World Heritage site San Gimignano, in Italy’s Tuscan countryside. Expect architecture along the lines of medieval-style towers, arched walkways, bridges, stone foundations, courtyards and even a stone wishing well.

Outlet Village


Outlet Village

Much of the stonework was done by hand.

The brains behind Outlet Village are Meraas, who’ve been on a real spree as of late. This year alone Meraas have announced the video game theme park, Hub Zero, at City Walk – a 15,000 square metre space filled with various gaming attractions set to open this summer, as well as a rainforest biodome, again at City Walk, which will host over 3,000 plants and animals.

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Speaking about Outlet Village, Omar Ghalib Al-Bustami, Meraas director for project management, leisure and entertainment said: “The Outlet Village brings together striking aesthetics inspired by a rich past with contemporary lifestyle, inviting visitors to explore the contrast between old and new.

“We have spared no effort to evoke the charms of San Gimignano and ensure that this distinctive shopping experience includes much-loved and prestigious brands to perfectly match the needs of today’s sophisticated customer.”

Basically, it’s as close as you’re going to get to shopping in Italy without having to step foot on a plane.

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