On parle très souvent de la tour-la-plus-haute-du-monde parce qu'architecturalement parlant, le phallisme est toujours payant, et pas assez de ce mégaprojet qu'est The Dubai Mall, le centre commercial qui, dans deux jours, enfoncera les records de surface commerciale et sera le navire-amiral de la raison d'être de Dubaï : shopping et projet immobilier confondus. Voici la photo de la maquette, je serai parmi les lécheurs de vitrine, samedi et je vous rapporterai des photos toutes fraiches - revenez tantôt !
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The Dubai Mall represents 3.77 million square feet of total gross leasable area. With many retailers making their Middle East debut, and entering the Dubai market for the first time or opening up their first standalone stores, revitalising the region’s shopping industry. The flagship development of Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destinations featuring over 1,200 retailers. Of these, more than 165 are opening in Dubai or the Middle East region for the very first time, offering a fresh international retail mix that spans fashion and apparel, accessories to homewares, jewellery and entertainment concepts. Galeries Lafayette, the prestigious French retailer and Bloomingdale’s, America’s leading department store are confirmed key anchors, marking the first time each retailer will be opening a store outside their country of origin. Hamley’s, London’s famous toy store is launching their Middle East flagship store in The Dubai Mall to the delight of children and families across Dubai. A 55,304 sqaure feet Waitrose, ‘voted Britain’s best high street retailer’, is the mall’s anchor supermarket and the largest in the growing Downtown Burj Dubai development. Waitrose in The Dubai Mall will be the first ever store outside the UK, and a regional first. Expected to have a loyal following in Dubai, Waitrose’s commitment to freshness and innovative, quality food products will be on offer in its bakery, butchery, fishmongers and market-style fresh fruit and vegetable area. Yousif Al Ali, General Manager, The Dubai Mall, said: “The Dubai Mall is not only revolutionising the shopping mall experience, but providing a revitalising boost to the city’s retail offer by introducing over 165 new stores from around the globe. To deliver a fresh retail experience, it was important for us to bring in names that are new to the region. Therefore, we developed partnerships with leading international retailers for opening their doors for the very first time here. These top names in the retail industry will further enhance Dubai’s reputation as one of the prime shopping and leisure destinations in the world.” Kinokuniya, is a bookstore chain originating in Japan with widespread global presence. Already popular in Australia, Far East Asia and the United States, Kinokuniya makes its Middle East debut with a 68,850 square feet store in The Dubai Mall. Featuring tens of thousands of quality publications across multiple languages, Kinokuniya will be one of the largest bookstores in Dubai. Retailers opening in Dubai for the first time, or opening up their first-stand alone store at The Dubai Mall cover a range of product categories including fashion, jewellery, food and beverage, home furnishings and specialty stores. Alberta Ferretti, Joseph, Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik, Agent Provocateur, Galliano, Tom Ford and Lanvin are leading names in the fashion sector. Armani Casa, Walentowski Gallery and Bloomingdale’s furniture offer first-time services in home furniture, while Burj Al Hamam, Fauchon Café, Rainforest Café, Café Nero, MBCo (Montreal Bread Company), Vapiano, Carluccio’s, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Roadster Diner and The Noodle Factory add to the food and beverage roster. Bubbles & Giggles, Armani Junior, Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Kids Puzzle, Theopille & Patachou and Cacharel Paris are new names in children’s and maternity wear, while Jacob & Co, Piaget Boutique and Panerai are new entrants in the watches and jewellery sector. Emaar Retail has also announced a strategic partnership with Armani Casa to develop Armani Casa stores across the UAE, with the first and flagship store at The Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall has a total area of 12.1 million square feet, with an internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet and a gross leasable space of 3.77 million square feet. It will feature more than 1,200 stores and over 160 food & beverage outlets. There are over 14,000 undercover car park spaces and the adjoining The Address, Dubai Mall luxury 5-star hotel with 250 rooms and 450 serviced residences. The Dubai Mall expects an estimated 30 million visitors within the first year of trade. Source: bi-me.com - October 27th, 2008