210m walkway links Dubai Metro to Ibn Battuta Mall
The walkway is said to be part of Nakheel's expansion plans for Ibn Battuta Mall, which include the 372-key Premier Inn hotel due to open this October
Master developer Nakheel has opened a 210m walkway linking Ibn Battuta Mall with its closest Dubai Metro station.
The two-storey walkway will allow passengers of buses and the epynomous metro station direct access to the mall.
Designed in accordance with the architectural elements of the mall, the metro connection features 90 retail and dining outlets, that are expected to open later this year.
The walkway is said to be part of the Ibn Battuta Mall's expansion plans, the first phase of which includes the 2.7ha (300,000sqf) mall extension that opened in May, and a 372-room Premier Inn hotel also connected directly to the mall, due for operation in October.
Remarking on the walkway's opening, Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel, said: "With more than 20 million visitors a year, Ibn Battuta Mall is already one of Dubai’s ‘must-see’ destinations.
"The Metro link is a natural progression for Ibn Battuta that will inspire more visitors to discover its stunning architecture, intriguing history and retail offering – and encourage those who would normally drive to use public transport instead."
Future expansion plans for the mall cover 43.6ha (4.7 million sqf) of works, including a mall that features a glass-covered courtyard, a cinema complex, a multi-storey car park, and a second hotel, Dubai Media Office reported.