The Dubai Mall

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One of the world’s largest shopping mall has opened in Downtown Dubai despite the global economic gloom.

 
The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Mall was officially opened on 4 November 2008.

The Dubai Mall was officially opened on 4 November 2008.

More than 600 retail shops were reported to be ready for business when the doors officially opened at 2pm on 4 November.

The Dubai Mall under-construction in September 2008.

The Dubai Mall under-construction in September 2008.

A model of The Dubai Mall... super freaking huge!

A model of The Dubai Mall... super freaking huge!

Sprawling over a total area of 12 million sq ft, THE DUBAI MALL is situated at the foot of Burj Dubai — already the tallest building on the planet at around 700 meters (2,300 feet) and still under construction.

The Dubai Mall interior_1

The Dubai Mall interior_1

With a projected 1,200 retail stores, The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping centre-cum-entertainment hub in the Middle East.

The Dubai Mall interior_2

The Dubai Mall interior_2

The mall is scheduled to house branches of some of the world’s best known retail chains, such as London’s renowned toy store Hamley’s, French retailer Galeries Lafayette, UK’s luxury supermarket Waitrose; and Bloomingdales, which has never before had stores outside the United States.

Fashion Catwalk Atrium - a new concept of shopping mall centre court.

Fashion Catwalk Atrium - a new concept of shopping mall centre court.

The Gold Souk atrium

The Gold Souk atrium

Attractions within the mall that have opened include:

  • The mall’s main attraction is The Dubai Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquarium tank plus a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium will eventually house up to 33,000 aquatic animals, including 400 sharks and rays combined.
  • Adjoining with the aquarium is the Discovery Centre, an educational open-air experience with rainforest and oceanic settings. Here you’ll walk on the canopy above a miniature river or see exotic animals like the piranhas and humbolt penguins.   [www.thedubaiaquarium.com]   
  • The world’s largest Gold Souk (gold marketplace) with 220 retailers.
  • The Middle East’s first Olympic-size ice skating rink.   [www.dubaiicerink.com]
  • The 850,000 sq ft multimedia-enhanced Fashion Catwalk Atrium.
  • 14,000 undercover parking spaces.
The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium at the official opening.

Other attractions within the mall include:

  • Middle East’s first SEGA Republic indoor theme park covering 76,000 sq ft that will open early 2009. Expect high adrenaline thrills just like in SEGA video games!
  • KidZania, a 80,000 sq ft children’s edu-tainment centre that will open mid 2009.
  • Reel Cinema, a 22-screen cineplex with a total of 3,000 seats, including a 350-seater hall that will be Dubai’s largest, an arthouse cinematic hall and 4 premier class halls. Reel Cinema is a joint venture with Singapore’s Cathay and is due for opening later in 2009.
  • The Grove, a state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor retail concept with fully retractable roof, which will bring in an outdoor community feel with tree-lined walkways, a lifestyle retail mix and a mix of casual dining cafés and restaurants.  
  • Fashion Avenue with 70 flagship stores dedicated to haute couture.
  • Waterfront Atrium, with views of the Burj Dubai and the Dubai Fountain, a musical water fountain spreading over 2 soccer fields that shoot water to heights equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is currently under-construction.
  • Oasis Fountain Waterfall.
  • Adjoining The Address Downtown Burj Dubai and The Address Dubai Mall are two 5-star hotels opening in just a few weeks time.
The Grove @ The Dubai Mall

The Grove @ The Dubai Mall

Intereting retail outlets in The Dubai Mall include:

  • Hamley’s, 32,000 sq ft toy megastore that will include London’s Regent Street mini replica, has opened for business.
  • New York’s Bloomingdale’s first overseas branch that will open in 2010.
  • Galeries Lafayette, French departmental store opening in February 2009.
  • Waitrose, British high-end supermarket has opened.
  • Unconfirmed major tenant is Barneys of New York.
  • Other major tenants include Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Zara (flagship), Forever 21 (megastore), Kinokuniya Bookstore, Dean & Deluca, Crate & Barrell, etc. 
  • Close to 100 fashion stores, this mall is truly a global all-in-one fashion powerhouse – from Armani to Club Monaco, Dolce & Gabanna to Ed Hardy, Fendi to Gucci, Harley Davidson to Jean Paul Gaultier, Karen Millen to Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs to Porsche Design, Ralph Lauren to Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Baker to Van Cleef & Arpels, Versace to Zilli.
  • Dubai’s largest foodcourt with 40 outlets, plus an organic foodmart, plus another 120 restaurants, fastfoods and cafes.
  • Notable fastfood chains include Charley’s Grilled Subs, Fatburger USA, New York Fries, Taco Bell, Uno Chicago Grill. Cafes are aplenty – from Armani Cafe to Cold Stone Creamery, Espressamente Illy to Krispy Kreme, Le Pain Quotidien to Patchi Chocolates, Starbucks to Whittard of Chelsea.
The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink

The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink

The funny thing is Dubai has announced that it will build another mall that will be larger than this, to be called the – Mall of Arabia Dubai – that will have a total gross leasable area of 10 million sq ft as compared to The Dubai Mall’s 3.8 million sq ft.

Shop till you drop!

Shop till you drop!

The Dubai Mall expects an estimated 30 million visitors within the first year of opening. Globally, the mall has already won 5 distinctive awards prior to opening.

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Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, is renowned for grandiose and often extravagant projects, including a series of man-made islands and luxury hotels. In September, it launched the world renowned Atlantis-branded water-themed resort billed as the most unique in the Middle East.

The Atlantis on manmade Palm Jumeirah off Dubai coast was opened in September 2008.

The Atlantis on manmade Palm Jumeirah off Dubai coast was opened in September 2008.

The Race to Build the World’s Tallest

Malaysia City
Published: 23 October 2008

Financial bailouts and credit protection from London to New York to Sydney. We have heard about what might be the worst global economic crisis for half a century.

But wait a minute.

In the midst of worldwide stock markets tumbling as if Isaac Newton’s gravitional ideas were in control, three nations in the Middle East are battling all out to build the future world’s tallest skyscrapers. It sounds like a comic book fantasy to me but when I first saw the architects’ plans posted in an online forum, I was stunned for a moment.

Dubai’s state-owned master developer, Nakheel first unveiled their masterpiece in Cityscape 2008, a global real estate exhibition three weeks ago. Days later, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Al-Waleed unveiled his $27 billion wonderland to be built near Jeddah’s international airport. Kuwait’s ongoing ‘City of Silk’ project was also reportedly going for the challenge.

Ironically now is the best time for many Western architects.

Against all odds, Dubai is expanding its economy by building more and more before its oil runs out in a few years time. All this comes at a great cost: Dubai’s international borrowings were extremely high, given such tight credit market today. 

Statistics showed that Dubai’s oil exports currently account less than 10% of its total revenues, and that tourism, trade and finance were far more important to its growing economy.

No matter how the world thinks about Dubai, Dubai believes in one vision, and it is this vision that inspires this emirate to greater achievements.

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Malaysia City takes a review of some iconic, mind-boggling projects unveiled recently:

Proposed Jumeirah Gardens is near Burj Dubai

Proposed Jumeirah Gardens is near Burj Dubai

1. Three closely bunched inter-connected mega-skyscrapers would shoot in the sky, connected by skybridges and grand arches.

Each tower will be at least 600m/2,000 feet, housing hotels, offices, shops and luxury condominiums. The tallest tower will be at least 850m/2,790 feet making it the second tallest in the world.

Proposed One Dubai, Jumeirah Gardens

Proposed One Dubai, Jumeirah Gardens

The mega-structure would have more than 13 million square feet, making it one of the world’s largest as well as tallest complexes. Besides that, a tower of light would knife into the sky between the buildings. Canal boats would glide underneath. This is One Dubai to be built at the newly proposed US$95 billion Jumeirah Gardens by Dubai-based developer Meraas.

One Dubai in perspective...

One Dubai in perspective...

2. One Park Avenue, another mixed-use tower in Jumeirah Gardens that would rise about 600m/2,000 feet, its undulating form evoking Dubai’s heritage of pearl trading. The project would contain more than 4 million square feet of offices, condominiums, apartments and hotel rooms. Excavation has begun.

Proposed One Park Avenue, Jumeirah Gardens

Proposed One Park Avenue, Jumeirah Gardens

3. Park Gate, which would consist of six midrise towers arranged in facing pairs, creating a shaded garden space (garden hanging at the top upside-down?) comparable to Middle Eastern markets. The mixed-use project would allow energy from one building to be shared with another. Quoting the developer’s statement, foundation work has begun.

4. Park Gate will further be complimented by Meraas Tower, a mixed-use skyscraper of about 550m/1,800 feet tall, combining hotel space, offices and living units.

Proposed Park Gate and Meraas Tower, Jumeirah Gardens

Proposed Park Gate and Meraas Tower, Jumeirah Gardens

5. The Atrium at Madinat Al Arab, Waterfront Dubai will rise as two arching towers, blending together at the 47th level as one to form a sculpted gateway, framing and maximising view to the Gulf and the City. The distinguished design captures the sophisticated essence of the international and dynamic city that is Dubai. Scheduled for completion in 2013, this project is the second by Gold Coast, Australia developer Sunland Group.

The Atrium Tower, Madinat Al Arab, a Waterfront Dubai precinct

The Atrium Tower, Madinat Al Arab, a Waterfront Dubai precinct

[Located on the western shores of Dubai , Waterfront Dubai will transform 1.4 billion square feet of empty desert and sea into an international community – for an estimated population of 1.5 million people – that is twice the size of Hong Kong Island. For more info, click here.]

Crazy? Not just yet.

6. The Anara Tower will stand next to the American University of Dubai, along Sheikh Zayed Road. When completed, the tower will be the third tallest building in the world with about 650m/2,150 feet in height.

Proposed Anara, Sheikh Zayed Road

Proposed Anara, Sheikh Zayed Road

The multi-use building will feature offices including the developer, Tameer’s own global headquarters, retail, a 250 room super-luxury hotel, 300 apartments, penthouses and even a major art gallery with a mixture of auctions and exhibitions of some of the world’s great art – something Dubai has lacked.

Anara is topped by a massive circular void with a huge glass pod in the middle aimed at being the ultimate high-rise restaurants in the world. The restaurant is supported by three legs as if they are blades of a wind turbine.

But this is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, already home to numerous man-made wonders such as the artificial palm-shaped islands and the current world’s tallest structure, proclaimed even before it is due for completion next year.

The same developer for the Palm and The World islands three weeks ago made public for an even-taller, mixed-use skyscraper, one that that would rise to a height of more than 1,000m or 1km/3,281 feet — easily taller than two Sears Towers (or equivalently two Petronas Towers in Malaysia), or three Empire State Building stacked on end.

7. Nakheel Harbour & Tower will be the most ambitious urban project ever undertaken. It is a new city within the city of Dubai. The exact site for the proposed project is adjacent to Nakheel’s Discovery Gardens.

The man-made artificial inland harbour will be the first of its kind in the world. The masterpiece of the harbour will be the world’s tallest structure – Nakheel Tower – standing more than 1,000m/3,281 feet (the official planned height is a secret but a leaked report mentioned 1,440m or 4,600 feet above ground), and will be surrounded with another 40 towers ranging in height from 20 floors to 90 floors.

Proposed Nakheel Harbour & Nakheel Tower

Proposed Nakheel Harbour & Nakheel Tower

The Nakheel Tower itself is expected to take more than a decade to be built. The single structure is essentially made out of 4 individual towers connected with skybridges at every 25m – an engineering feat! The reason to this is to allow wind to flow through and thus putting a limit to the sway of the supertall tower during windstorms. When completed, it is expected to be home to more than 55,000 people and a work place for more than 45,000 people.

Some staggering facts and figures: 

– 4 towers interconnected – bisected glassy retail podium of 100,000 sqm connecting to a canal – projected 228 floors – 14,000 residential apartments – 14 luxury hotels (within a single building) offering 3,500 rooms – 150 high-speed lifts – 2 million m2 of space – the building will experience 5 different microclimatic conditions due to its height – due to the high-speed shuttle lifts one may be able to see the sunset twice from the bottom and again from the top of the building

A comparison of the tallest towers built (left) and under-construction (right)

A comparison of the tallest towers built (left) and under-construction (right)

8. Ziggurat was unveiled at the recent Cityscape Dubai. It is by far the “funkiest” project ever envisioned. Ziggurat is an environmentally sustainable futuristic city housed inside a pyramid. The city will be entirely self-sufficient in energetic terms and supported by a carbon neutral system producing zero carbon dioxide emissions.

Ziggurat - a sustainable concept under one roof

Ziggurat - a sustainable concept under one roof

The city will employ natural renewable energy resources of solar, wind and steam making it completely self-sustainable. A transport system with vertical and horizontal links connects all parts of the pyramid.

Ziggurat - the future is here

Ziggurat - the future is here

The ginormous pyramid will cover 2.3 square kilometers, will be able to sustain a “community” of up to 1 million and will have plenty of green spaces for recreation and agriculture.

9. Dubai City Tower (aka Dubai Vertical City) is a “visionized” proposal (recent proposal) for a 400-storey skyscraper of 2.4km/1.5 miles in height, almost twice the height of Nakheel Tower mentioned above. No official details are out yet so it remains a mystery.

Dubai City Tower is as good as a vision

Dubai City Tower is as good as a vision

In the past, there has been some futuristic mile-high proposals such as Tokyo’s X-Seed 4000 and Millenium Tower, but none are as real as the above.

Elsewhere in the region, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait is giving Dubai a run for the world’s tallest building title.

10. Kingdom City Tower is a masterminded project of Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. He was quoted as saying he will build the world’s tallest building in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The building will be more than a kilometer high (1,000m/3,281 ft) high and will be part of a larger urban project that will cost 100 billion Saudi riyals (US$26.7 billion).

Kingdom City was announced shortly after Nakheel Harbour

Kingdom City was announced shortly after Nakheel Harbour

The tower itself will span 23 million square meters (248 million square feet) and will include luxury homes, hotels and offices.

11. The City of Silk is a US$132 billion urban development located 120km from Kuwait City. It is inspired by the historical trade route of Silk Road between Asia and Europe. The new city is hoped to create a new sustainable metropolis that will be home to an estimated one million people. The project also aims to reduce Kuwait’s dependence on revenues from oil.

The City of Silk is Kuwaits vision

The City of Silk is Kuwait's vision

The centre-piece of this city will be Burj Mubarak al-Kabir, a 1,001m tall tower, almost 200 metres taller than the Burj Dubai and twice the height of Taipei 101. Its height is a reference to the classic work of Arabic literature, The One Thousand and One Nights.

The architects have said that three blades will be built near the top of the tower, that will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions.

The project also includes the contruction of several artificial islands, a 26km highway, Olympic facilities and an education hub. 

Closer to home, Shanghai has also announced a new supertall that would succeed the recently completed tallest building in China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre. 

12. Shanghai Center is a proposed development adjacent to SWFC and Jin Mao in Pudong district.  The tower will host 9 indoor gardens and a public park. Construction is expected to start pretty soon and scheduled to be completed in 2013, unfortunately after the World Expo in 2010. 

The winning bid for Chinas upcoming tallest tower

The winning bid for China's upcoming tallest tower

 

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References: Skyscrapercity World and UAE; AME Info; The National UAE; Gulf News; Nakheel LLP; Nakheel Harbour & Tower; Meraas Development; Tatweer; Timelinks; CNN; Chicago Tribune; Gensler; Wikipedia

Badawi’s legacy in Medini Iskandar

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has unofficially resigned so to speak, but will only officially do so in March next year after his party polls.

The question is how well will his tenure be remembered?

Or has he left any good legacy for the country and people, at least so far? I wouldn’t want to mention deeply about this issue but all I can remember from his few years of popular-then-very-unpopular premiership was nothing more than his so-called “Economic Corridors”.

This week at a global real estate event in Dubai, Iskandar Malaysia – one of Mr Badawi’s brainchild corridor project has revealed an ambitious multi-billion dollar development in the Iskandar region of Johor, the southern state neighbouring Singapore.

Medini - Iskandars Financial District

Medini - Iskandar's Financial District

It is called Medini Iskandar (City) or simply known as Iskandar Financial District, which is to be developed by a consortium of investors mainly from the Middle East. (It was also announced that the Iskandar region would have at least three world-class theme parks.)

The unveiling of this urban-centric project came after the privately-funded Penang Global City Centre project in the northern economic region of Penang, another brainchild of the Prime Minister, was scrapped by the recently-elected Opposition government of Penang.

Medini Iskandar

Medini Iskandar

I’m here trying to be a little pessismistic on the prospect of Iskandar Malaysia, not really because it was a brainchild of an unpopular Prime Minister but more of the fact that our political uncertainty since March 2008 is taking its toll (or has had) by driving out the “forces” to other emerging economies, perhaps China and India.

The fact is Malaysia last year already had an “investment deficit” or negative flow of investments due to fund outflows exceeding the inflow of funds (such as FDI and tourism receipts?) into our country, according to the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2008. What more can you say for this year.   

And then we have a record-breaking inflation rate then doesn’t seem to drop at all when crude oil prices already trade well below the $100 per barrel mark (consumer prices at pump have dropped a little). So I ponder why is our government putting enormous importance to mega-projects that no one cares at all than the welfare of the people who are suffering from a 27-year high inflation?      

It is even harder to believe the viability of this dream corridor amidst a very nasty financial crisis evolving in the developed world. The ongoing crisis in the US and Europe will certainly hit Malaysia’s export-oriented economy very very hard. And we all know this for sure.  

In the end, many corridor projects will just be Dreams, not until everything in the world including Malaysia gets better. Mr Badawi would certainly want his Iskandar Malaysia legacy to live on under the hands of his successor, that most of us already know.

Putrajaya Waterfront

Malaysia City hereby presents you an approved waterfront residential development in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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[Source: World Architecture News]

The city of Putrajaya is the new administrative capital of Malaysia, a few miles south of Kuala Lumpur.

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_1

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_1

The new city is based on a system of connected islands created by overflowing a very large plantation of oil palms. The Public Administration buildings are in the centre of the islands, the residential units face the water.

“The key of the overall planning for the waterfront is the relationship to the waterfront or lakefront. Whilst the buildings on the boulevard predominantly reinforce the alignment of the boulevard, the waterfront planning should tie the boulevard back to the waterfront. The current masterplan creates large building block footprints that remain heavy a reminiscent of old American models.”

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_2A

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_2A

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_2B

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_2B

The main residential complex is conceived like a fleet of majestic Sail-Boats floating in the lagoon.

“Our conceptual approach is relative to context and tropical climate. Three factors influence our sketch planning approach: allow permeable building blocks, smaller block sizes and radiate the buildings to enhance the visual corridors and links between the boulevard and the lakefront; varying the building height of ten storey restrictions heightening at nodal points for massing hierarchy; unify the buildings by introducing a canopy roof uniquely tropical.”

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_3

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_3

The rib-like structural system forms the outer skin of the Sail-Boats and gives an important contribution to shadow the inner spaces of the various apartments without interfering with the view of the artificially created lagoon.

“The new urban plan places integration with landscaping and view as priorities. It encourages creating “fingers” of developments towards the water body and infused with park, creating a series of green forecourts.”

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_4

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_4

All the apartments face the opposite sides of the Sail-Buildings as to create bilateral ventilation, with positive bio-climatic effects.

“The urban plan suggests the building orientation and massing provide maximum view toward the water and development across the lake. The massing is broken into smaller components with different heights. This approach will ensure the integration of landscape and building massing. The landscape and public areas will be larger and located in between the building fingers, which will create an interesting “journey” towards the waterfront.”

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_5

Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Residence_5

Project details:

“Putrajaya Waterfront Luxury Condos” @ Core Island Precinct 4

Architects: Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti www.manfredinicoletti.com and Malaysian architect: HijjasKasturi www.hijjaskasturi.com

Developer: Putrajaya Holdings www.pjh.com.my

Description: The project will probably be launched at the end of the year. Selling price starting from RM 700 per sqft. Development will be in two phases, 4 blocks launched in each phase. Currently open for registration. (Source: Rizalhakim)

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Meanwhile, a new hotel is opening in Putrajaya beginning this November 2008.

Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside by Accor Hotels & Resorts is a 5-star hotel featuring 282 rooms with a unique traditional South-east Asian theme.