Dubai Mall to expand in line with “evolution in expectations”

One million square foot expansion for one of world’s largest malls

Dubai Mall – the world’s largest when it opened in November 2008 – is to expand by 1 million sq feet, according to developer and owner, Emaar Properties.

Part of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Downtown development, Dubai Mall already covers 12 million sq feet and welcomed more the 54 million visitors last year.

“The record footfall achieved 2011 is a compelling testament on the success achieved by Dubai and the mall in attracting visitors from all over the world,” commented Emaar Properties chairman, Mohamed Alabbar.

“We are further building on this through our new expansion plan. The addition of modern retail, leisure and hospitality choices as part of the 1 million sq ft expansion will take The Dubai Mall and Downtown Dubai into the next era in retailing and lifestyle development.”

The expansion is part of the “continuous evolution in customer expectations and aspirations”, said Emaar.

The additional space will house a number of new hotel rooms, entertainments and lifestyle outlets and attractions.

Currently, the store has more than 1200 stores and 160 f&b outlets.

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