Remember that giant mall that’s supposed to be being built? The one that’s meant to be bigger than Dubai Mall?

Well, they’re moving the location.

A release by Dubai Holding on the Mall Of The World website says that they’ve taken the decision to move the mall to a spot on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. 

Why? So that the “project’s positive tourism contribution can be fully realised”.

Mall Of The World was announced back in late 2012, with its original location set to be in Mohammed bin Rashid City.

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Mall of the World as conceptualised from afar

In July 2014, Dubai Holding changed the location again to Al Sufouh district along Sheikh Zayed Road.

It’s now going to be on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

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Big. Very big. Approximately 48 million square feet to be exact.

For reference, Dubai Mall is 12 million square feet. 

That’s roughly 10 times bigger than the Vatican City.

They’re not going to build it all in one go though. The first of four phases which will be 8 million square feet will be completed by 2020. 

Once constructed, inside Mall Of The World you’ll find the largest indoor game park in the world with a dome that can be opened throughout winter, as well as theatre areas, cultural events, over 100 hotels, apartment buildings and 7 kilometres of covered streets. Oh, and all of it will be climate controlled.

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A covered walkway concept reminiscent of Times Square in New York

It was confirmed in March that Mall Of The World would take 15 years to complete. The money needed to complete it? Dhs80 billion. 

One thing’s for sure – you’re going to have to invest in one of those little hoverboards to make it around the mall. Or, if you fancy going hardcore, you may have to book yourself into a hotel halfway.

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