The 2.2 million sq ft development will be home to a sprawling 200,000 sq.ft. open-air garden created by the same team behind Dubai’s Miracle and Butterfly Gardens.
So, they know a thing or two about creating green havens in challenging conditions.
Expected to launch in the second half of 2018, the AED 1.1 billion development will include a scaled down of Dubailand’s Miracle Garden; mini water park; ancient garden of 300 year old trees; Japanese-inspired garden; 360-degree rooftop garden, and a cluster of restaurants and al fresco cafés overlooking it all.
There’ll also be a 3,000-seat amphitheatre for hosting theatre shows and the whole outdoor area will be circled by a track, so a trip to the mall could actually become a workout.
More than 12 million visitors are expected when the single-level Cityland opens beside Global Village.
It’ll be designed around six themed pavilions, each based around a distinct culture and design (sounds like Ibn Battuta).
Inside, they can choose from 75 restaurants, 16-screen cinema (including the latest snazzy immersive 4DX technology) and 1.13 million sq.ft. retail area with 350 stores and a supermarket.
Oh, and 6,000 shaded parking spaces.
Abdel Naser Rahhal, vice chairman of Cityland Group, said access to the park would be completely free of charge, adding: “We are bucking the trend of visitors leaving the mall premises with only shopping bags.
“With Cityland Mall, they will also take home a part of nature and start the next day with rejuvenated spirit.”
Plans for the future include bringing three mid-market three to four stars hotel to the development.
And eventually there could be Cityland Malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.