The Dubai Mall

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If you’ve done any research on global architecture within the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly come across the United Arabs Emirates city of Dubai numerous times. While the rest of the world’s economy is failing faster than Vista’s sales, Dubai flourishes in its exponential growth. With an estimated 25% of the world’s construction cranes, its no wonder how the list of new structures and architectural feats piles up so rapidly.

This week marked the opening of (the first phase of) The Dubai Mall. The 5.6-million-square-foot shopping center expects to receive 30 million visitors in its first year. Here is a brief list of stores and attractions:

  • 1,200 stores, including Versace, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Galliano, Hermès, Givenchy, Cerruti, Missoni, Tom Ford, and Ermenegildo Zegna
  • A 10-million-liter aquarium with 33,000 animals, at least 30 of which are, apparently, very aggressive
  • A 76,000-square-foot indoor amusement park called SEGA Republic, subdivided into themes including the Speed Zone, Sports Zone, and Redemption Zone
  • An Olympic-size skating rink, open year round
  • 14,000 indoor parking spaces

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