It won’t be quite plucking fruit straight from the trees, but a hypermarket has opened in Dubai’s first nature-inspired mall.
Carrefour is the first store to start trading at Cityland Mall, near Global Village (now shut, but back in October, theme park fans).
The 109,000 square foot store off the 311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Highway, will be joined by other retail brands over the coming months. No confirmed names yet, but there’ll be home furnishing stores, banks, exchange services, pharmacies, telecom providers and, of course, places to eat and drink.
Good news for residents of nearby Arabian Ranches, Majan, Al Barari, Layan, The Villa and Falcon City (plus upcoming communities like Villanova and the Arabian Ranches Extension) – the new hypermarket will sell fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, “high-quality non-food products” and have a Healthy Kitchen aisle, as well as Food2Go, and Cuisines of the World. Something for everyone.
Although the rest of the mall isn’t quite ready yet, once its doors open, it’s going to be like having the outdoors indoors. Main attraction at the 2.2 million sq ft space will be a 200,000 square foot open-air Central Park, overlooked by 22 restaurants and cafés. Some of them will even have roof-top terraces, for a real back-to-nature feel.
Not just a green space, Central Park will also be home to a cluster of 300-year-old trees, Japanese-inspired landscaping and a 360-degree rooftop garden.
Big enough to welcome 7,000 people, the park is being created by Miracle Garden Landscaping, the same team behind Dubai’s Miracle and Butterfly Gardens, who know a thing or two about creating green havens in challenging conditions.
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.
With summer coming up and the great outdoors becoming less hospitable, we can’t wait for Cityland Mall to fully open.