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Dubai unveils plans for $2 billion tech-driven mega mall (Largest in the world)
CNN Travel ^ | August 12, 2018 | Selina Julien

Posted on 08/14/2018 9:25:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Plans for a sprawling "high-tech-meets-retail" metropolis have been unveiled in Dubai. The mega mall will be the largest leasable retail space in the world, spanning over 100 soccer fields in size.

Called Dubai Square, the $2 billion project in the Dubai Creek Harbour development will boast over 8 million square feet of retail space -- more than twice the size of Dubai Mall -- and will also be home to the Middle East's largest Chinatown.

Designed as a destination outright, the ground floor will host celebrity performances, concerts and theater shows in a futuristic entertainment arena with 3D projection mapping, theatrical sound and lighting. Families will be catered for with a cinema, water park, sports arena and supermarket. But it is the tech angle that most intrigues.

"Dubai Square pushes the boundaries of modern retail and leisure by drawing on next-generation technology," a spokesperson from Emaar Properties, who is developing the Dubai Creek Harbour in a joint venture with Dubai Holding, told CNN. "It is designed for the new era of customers, who are digital, connected and tech-savvy."

Features include immersive experiences, such as VIP dressing rooms, smart fitting rooms with interactive mirrors and curated private fashion collections....

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News
KEYWORDS: dubai; malls; retail; shopping; uae
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1 posted on 08/14/2018 9:25:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finally! A decent shopping mall in Dubai...


2 posted on 08/14/2018 9:26:58 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: BeauBo

The one I visited near the Burj khalifa was good enough.


3 posted on 08/14/2018 9:32:48 PM PDT by the_individual2014
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The one I visited near the Burj khalifa was good enough.

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They must rely on tourists.


4 posted on 08/14/2018 9:37:25 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just don’t drink a glass of wine in the flight there.


5 posted on 08/14/2018 9:37:49 PM PDT by Persevero (Democrats haven't been this nutty since we freed their slaves.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t understand the draw of Dubai. All it has is money and sand. Is it just a place for rich people to go to avoid the poor?


6 posted on 08/14/2018 9:59:41 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finally.. the people of Dubai will have some place to shop.


7 posted on 08/14/2018 10:01:55 PM PDT by libh8er
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About time.


8 posted on 08/14/2018 10:04:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: BeauBo

Now, don’t get all excited and lose your head over it.


9 posted on 08/14/2018 10:05:26 PM PDT by healy61
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lemme guess, you get to drive around the mall in a Tesla.


10 posted on 08/14/2018 10:07:24 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: laplata
The one I visited near the Burj khalifa was good enough.

They must rely on tourists.

I went to Mall of Asia. That was pretty nice. They have a full size ice hockey rink inside. I went ice skating ⛸ there.

11 posted on 08/14/2018 10:12:36 PM PDT by Mark17 (Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning GOD....And the rest, as they say, is HIS-story)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Once upon a time we used to build stuff like this...

Dubai Creek Tower...


12 posted on 08/14/2018 10:16:49 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s amazing is that there are muslim countries that haven’t moved a day past the 7th century and muslim countries that are at the leading edge of the 21st century.

I’m sure there’s a moral to that story. I just do’t know what it is yet.


13 posted on 08/14/2018 10:21:36 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: aquila48

Having spent the better part of the last three years in the UAE supporting aerospace projects, I can say that their leadership has a vision and also the money to have others implement it. They need the “West” to make their country work.


14 posted on 08/14/2018 10:28:57 PM PDT by Shark24
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To: Mark17

I think you told me about skating there.


15 posted on 08/14/2018 10:29:12 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: aquila48

The Emirate of Dubai( there are 7 emirates in the United Arab Emirates- like US States) was modernized because of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He’s a western Educated pretty cutting Edge thinking man. Anyway, he knows that the Oil money wont last forever so he heavily invests in other infrastructure that attracts the world’s travelers and that’s why Dubai is ahead of much of the rest of the region.


16 posted on 08/14/2018 10:30:29 PM PDT by airplaneguy
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To: Shark24

Beem there more than once and can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would pay to go there at all. It is precariously artificial and is maintained in its state only by massive expense.

I found much of the construction to be empty with only the facade finished.


17 posted on 08/14/2018 10:36:31 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (It feels like we have exchanged our dreams for survival. We just have a few days that don't suck.)
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To: laplata
I think you told me about skating there.

I think Dubai has snow skiing there too.

18 posted on 08/14/2018 10:40:04 PM PDT by Mark17 (Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning GOD....And the rest, as they say, is HIS-story)
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To: Sequoyah101

Agree. I spent most of my time in Abu Dhabi which is a far better place to live and work. I don’t think Dubai will be able to last another 50 years (they are out of oil/gas). Will see.


19 posted on 08/14/2018 10:41:41 PM PDT by Shark24
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To: Shark24

But they seem to have been able to successfully merge islam and the west, whereas the rest of the world has not.

It may come to pass that the answer to the culture war between the west and islam will be found in the Emirates.

Since you’ve been there for three years, how did they do it? What part of Islam did they keep and what part of the west did they adopt? Can that be transferred to the west?

Also on a more personal note, how did you find life there. What did you like and didn’t like?


20 posted on 08/14/2018 10:56:39 PM PDT by aquila48
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