Dubai is like the Texas of the Middle East: Everything is bigger.
Already the home of the world's tallest building, Dubai is slated to become the host of The Mall of the World. Developer Dubai Holdings says the city won't just have a glass-domed, climate-controlled interior, but hundreds of buildings, thousands of hotel rooms, and its own fully functional transit system, the company announced late last year.
The company says the Mall of the World will be completed in 2020. If it is, it'll be world's first domed city.
"We are making good progress with the planning and thoughtful approach to the development of Mall of the World," Dubai Holding COO Morgan Parker said in an email statement to Tech Insider. "It sits at the heart of Dubai and will be critical to the Emirate's economic growth."
Even with their hyper-purified climate, domed cities have an unsettling air to them.
Dubai Holding says the Mall of the World will consist of five main elements: retail, residential, office, hospitality, and entertainment. These will make up nearly 300 individual buildings in the city across 8 million square feet. The company expects to see 180 million visitors annually once it opens to the public.
The goal is unquestionably lofty.
We really hope it does.