UAE: Cityland to build mall with botanical garden
Upon its launch in Q2 2018, Cityland Mall will also feature 10.5ha in leasable space and a direct link to Global Village's premises
An investment company will develop a mall comprising a 1.8ha (18,600sqm) botanical garden in Dubai.
Officials from Cityland Group, the development company behind Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden, said Dubailand-based Cityland Mall will be launched in Q2 2018.
The single-level mall will offer 10.5ha (1.13 million sqf) in leasable space for up to 350 retailers, and will be linked with the premises of Global Village.
The botanical garden, titled Central Park, will form the mall's core, and will feature a miniature version of the Miracle Garden, a miniature water park, a rooftop guarden, restaurants and cafes, and several species of rare flora.
An arch structure will envelope a dining area with wooden interiors to form the outer-perimeter of the botanical garden.
Access to the park will be free of charge.
Fashion outlets will cover 48% of the mall's total leasable area, with 27% assigned for retail and service outlets, 10% for entertainment spots, and 15% for food and beverage outlets.
The mall's interiors will be arranged based on six themes, each displaying a diverse culture keeping in line with the UAE's multinational demographics.
A 3,000-seat amphitheatre, and a miniature amphitheatre for children, will be built as part of Cityland Mall, and a 9,300sqm hypermarket will also be developed within the facility, making it Dubailand's largest space of its kind.
A movie theatre with 14 to 16 cinema screens, including a dedicated kid's version, have also been planned for development.
More than 6,000 shaded parking spaces with multiple ingress and egress points will be developed for the mall.
Officials expect Cityland Mall to receive 12 million visitors annually.
Remarking on the development, Fahimuddin Sharfuddin, CEO and board member at Cityland Group, said: "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.
"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 of both international repute and local popularity.
"What sets Cityland Mall apart is an open-air botanical garden, that forms the nucleus – both literally in mall architecture and symbolically as this will be the hallmark attraction."
Commenting on Central Park, Abdel Naser Rahhal, vice chairman of Cityland Group, added: "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."
Cityland Group's future plans could include the development of three three- to four-star hotels around the mall.
Plans are also being developed to replicate the mall's concept in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.