Reworked plans for Dubai’s Mall of the World a journey into retail evolution

19 September, 2015


Morgan Parker, the new chief operating officer of Dubai Holding’s AED25 billion Mall of the World project, was keen to stress during this month’s Cityscape that redeveloped plans for the site represent “an evolution”, not a revolution. He says the new plan is a “transport-led solution” with a more logical system for connecting to transport infrastructure. For instance, the Mall of the World plot is served by two existing Dubai Metro stations – Mall of the Emirates and Sharaf DG – but the site will have a transport hub that will link to three lines of the Dubai Tram – the existing Marina line, the spur towards Jumeirah and a new line that will be built towards Arabian Ranches. It will also house a bus station. The main change, however, seems to be the insertion of a series of roads through the site, meaning it is less of a solid mass and more of a collection of tree-lined streets with a smattering of new parks.

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