Plans unveiled for $300m nature-inspired mall in Dubai

Developer Cityland Group to build a 1.13 million sq ft shopping mall with green area at its core

Dubai Media Office

Cityland Group has announced plans to build a AED 1.1 billion ($300m) nature-inspired mall in Dubai, which is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2018.

The Cityland Mall, which will be connected to Global Village, will be a single-level shopping complex with 1.13 million square feet of leasable space, all of which will be built around a massive green reserve at its core, the developer said in a statement.

“We are delighted to reveal the details of Cityland Mall – a property that will carve a niche in the country’s bustling leisure and shopping sector,” said Fahimuddin Sharfuddin, chief executive officer and board member of Cityland Group, during a press conference to announce the project.

“The mall guarantees an immersive experience for all members of the family, led by a strong selection of renowned fashion retailers, convenience store, cinema theatre and dining options that are both internationally reputed and locally popular.

“What sets Cityland Mall apart is an open-air botanical garden that forms the nucleus of the Mall – both literally within the mall architecture and symbolically, since it will be its hallmark attraction. Families, children and environment enthusiasts will be treated to an awe-inspiring assortment of floral specimens,” he added.


Cityland Group previously developed Dubai’s Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden.

The new shopping mall will mix a retail experience with ecological preservation, sustainable design and interaction with nature, the developer added. More than 12 million visitors are expected annually.

The 20,000 sq ft garden at the centre of the project will consist of a mini-version of Dubai Miracle Garden, a mini-water park, a 300-year-old ancient tree garden, a Japanese garden, a 360-degree rooftop garden and a few restaurants and cafes, the developer explained.

Furthermore, a 3,000-seat amphitheatre and a mini-amphitheatre for children will provide space for performance arts and educational events. A walking track will also run through the garden.

“This property furthers our legacy in championing green spaces that deliver meaningful entertainment and a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” said Abdel Naser Rahhal, vice-chairman of Cityland Group.

“A central attraction within the mall, access to the park will be free of charge, and will ensure repeat visits owing to its invigorating environment that is carefully planned to cultivate a soulful experience. We are bucking the trend of visitors leaving the mall premises with only shopping bags. With Cityland Mall, they will also take home a part of nature and start the next day with rejuvenated spirit.”


Cityland Mall’s interior design will consist of six themed pavilions, each displaying a distinct culture and design style that will reflect the UAE’s many nationalities. A 14- to- 16-screen cinema will also be built, along with a 6,000-space carpark.

“Cityland Mall will be launched at an exciting time for Dubai. The city is building a robust canvas for projects that provide a holistic sensory experience, setting off a ripple effect of commercial activity in the area,” said Rahhal.

“With this mall, communities surrounding Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road, or E 311, will be turned into a mega destination with new theme parks and Global Village in close proximity. This is line with the trajectory of the city as it emerges a one-stop hub for unique shopping and entertainment for a global audience.

“We are enhancing the ecosystem of malls in the UAE by allowing nature to lead the experience, not only for aesthetics, but to provide a holistic engagement with their environment. With Cityland Mall, shopping aficionados, food connoisseurs, and fashionistas will relish a touch of ecology, nature, and overall well-being.”


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