Lonely Planet Writer

Dubai will build the 'world’s first nature-inspired mall' featuring botanical wonders

Dubai is set to get yet another incredible construction, this time what developers are calling the world’s first nature-inspired mall featuring botanical wonders.

Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden.
Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden. Image by Cityland Mall

Cityland Mall will be a giant single-level shopping centre with a “colossal green reserve” at its core. The 200,000-sq ft open-air garden, dubbed “Central Park”, will feature a mini-version of the famed Miracle Garden, a mini water park, 300-year old ancient tree garden, a Japanese garden, a 360-degree rooftop garden, and a cluster of restaurants and cafés overlooking the natural wonders of the garden.

Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden.
Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden. Image by Cityland Mall

In addition to all of the garden features, there will also be a 3000-seat amphitheatre for artistic performances and a walking track along the garden so people can get a bit of exercise. Access to the park will be free of charge. As Cityland Mall is being developed by the same company that maintains the Dubai Miracle Garden, they will use cutting-edge technology to keep flowers blooming in all seasons.

Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden.
Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden. Image by Cityland Mall

And, if taking in the wonders of nature grows tiresome, there will be a ton of shopping to pass the time. There will be 1.13-million square feet of retail areas dedicated to fashion, home furnishing, electronics, cosmetics and more. There will also be more than 75 global dining options in an area that borders the botanical gardens, and 14 to 16 cinema screens.

Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden.
Cityland Mall will house a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden. Image by Cityland Mall

“We are enhancing the ecosystem of malls in the UAE by allowing nature to lead the experience, not only for aesthetics, but to provide a holistic engagement with their environment. With Cityland Mall, shopping aficionados, food connoisseurs, and fashionistas will relish a touch of ecology, nature, and overall well-being,” said Abdel Naser Rahhal, vice-chairman of Cityland Group, in a statement. The mall is expected to launch in 2018.