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Dubai Mall Expansion: A New Era of Luxury and Entertainment

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The Dubai Mall, already one of the largest malls in the world, is poised to become even more expansive with a planned extension costing an estimated 1.5 billion dirhams ($408 million). This expansion aims to further enhance the mall’s status as a premier global shopping and entertainment destination. The development reflects Dubai’s broader ambitions to cement its position as a top international hub for tourism, business, and luxury living. As the city continues to grow and innovate, the Dubai Mall remains a key symbol of its dynamic progress.

A Glimpse of Dubai Mall

The sprawling, glitzy shopping complex in the UAE’s commercial capital is already home to an impressive array of attractions:

  • 1,200 Stores
  • 200 Food and Beverage Vendors
  • A 10-Million-Liter Aquarium
  • An Olympic-Sized Ice Skating Rink
  • An Indoor Chinatown
  • A Virtual Reality Park
  • An Indoor SEGA Theme Park
  • One of the World’s Largest Candy Stores

Spanning 12 million square feet of floor space, the mall is also connected to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Expansion Plan

Emaar Properties, the developer behind the mall, recently announced the building’s expansion plan. The new addition will include:

240 New Luxury Stores
Additional Food and Drink Venues

Mohamed Alabbar, Emaar’s founder, expressed his excitement, stating that the expansion reflects Dubai’s ambition to solidify its position as a top global destination.

Dubai’s Economic Resilience

Dubai’s economy has rebounded strongly since the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to:

An early vaccination campaign
Opening doors to tourism and business while much of the world remained shut.

The UAE introduced innovative measures like remote worker visas, 10-year “golden” visas, and relaxed foreign ownership laws for businesses. The city also hosted major international events, such as Expo 2020 and COP 28.

Surging Population and Tourism

The population and tourism numbers have soared, particularly after Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, which led to an influx of Russians to Dubai’s sanction-free shores. By September 2023, Dubai recorded a 63% increase in residency visas issued in the first half of that year compared to the same period in 2022, as reported by Gulf News. In 2023, Dubai Mall received a record 105 million visitors, marking a 19% increase from 2022.

Emaar Properties: The Powerhouse Behind the Development

Emaar Properties is a Dubai-based multinational real estate developer. Its two largest shareholders are Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Investment Corporation of Dubai, a UAE sovereign wealth fund. As of the end of 2022, the company had a net asset value of $37.6 billion.

Future Plans

In February, Emaar’s founder announced plans for another innovative project: a new mall in Dubai’s Creek Harbor area that will allow visitors to drive through it in electric cars, as reported by the Khaleej Times.


The expansion of Dubai Mall is set to enhance its status as a premier global shopping and entertainment destination. With Emaar’s ambitious plans and Dubai’s thriving economy, the future looks bright for this iconic landmark.