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Top 10 construction world record holders

on Sep 27, 2010


Dubai Mall
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World’s largest mall

Dubai Mall
There are a few that claim the title of world’s largest mall. The New South China Mall has the largest Gross Leasable Area (GLA) of any mall in the world at 600,000m2, while Dubai Mall’s 350,000m2 GLA ranks it just sixth largest in the world.

However, when it comes to total area, Dubai Mall’s 1,124,000m2 easily eclipses all others to claim rights to the title of world’s largest mall.

Built within the Burj Khalifa complex and with over 1000 shops and several separate malls-within-a-mall, Dubai Mall also has an aquarium with 33,000 animals and a 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel, aquatic zoo, Olympic-sized ice-skating rink, 22-screen multiplex cinema, SEGA theme park, children's play zone and numerous other attracttions to keep shoppers entertained.

Dubai Mall also holds two other world records: one for the Dubai Aquarium’s largest acrylic panel ever made (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245 tons).

The other is for the world’s largest dancing fountain which, at 275m (902.2ft) long, is longer than the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.


Statistics
Building: Dubai Mall
Location: Dubai, UAE
Work started: 2004
Completed: November 2008
Developer: Emaar Properties
Main contractors: JV between Dutco Balfour Beatty, Al Ghandi/CCC
Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd
Size: 1.124million m2
Nearest rival:
Achievements:
- World’s largest mall by area
- World’s largest acrylic panel (aquarium)
- World’s largest dancing fountain

Fast Facts
2,600 --Pieces of external pre-cast concrete erected
1,930,000 -- Amount of stone, in square feet, laid within the mall
13,800 -- Amount of structural steel, in tonnes, used in the mall

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