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An artist’s impression of Deira Islands Mall.

An artist’s impression of Deira Islands Mall.

Nakheel unveils key developments in Dubai

May 2015

Leading regional developer Nakheel has unveiled a range of new retail, residential and leisure developments for Dubai – with a combined built-up area of more than 23 million sq ft – at Deira Islands, Dragon Mart and Ibn Battuta Mall.

The new projects are a 6.5-million-sq-ft residential, retail and hotel extension for Dragon Mart that will bring the total size of the complex to around 11 million sq ft; a new, 4.7-million-sq-ft complex at Ibn Battuta Mall and a 12-million-sq-ft, 16-tower community at Deira Islands featuring a 4.9-million-sq-ft-mall, 2,400 homes and extensive parkland that will become the defining landmark of the Deira area of Dubai.

Nakheel said the Dragon Mart is to be transformed into a giant retail, residential and leisure destination, called Dragon City. The expansion includes a 2.2-million-sq-ft retail component with nearly 1.3 million sq ft of leasable space and an integral car park with more than 6,200 spaces. The new Dragon Mart extension also has a two-tower residential component with 1,120 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and a separate, 250-room hotel.

This new expansion project complements the existing, 2.95-million-sq-ft Dragon Mart extension which includes a mall, car park and hotel, said the Dubai developer.

According to Nakheel, its ambitious Ibn Battuta Mall – the largest themed shopping mall in the world – is to undergo an extension featuring a one million sq ft retail component with 766,000 sq ft of leasable retail space; a new multi-storey car park for 7,000 vehicles and a four-star hotel with around 370 rooms.


The centrepiece of the extension is a 300,000-sq-ft courtyard, featuring extensive green landscaping and a retractable glass roof.

The new extension is in addition to Ibn Battuta Mall’s Phase Two complex, currently under construction and due to open this year, and will bring the total size of Ibn Battuta to more than seven million sq ft, it added.

Unveiling the new developments at Deira Islands, Nakheel said the 12 million-sq-ft retail, residential and leisure development is set to become the heart of the new, four-island Deira Islands waterfront city.

Deira Islands Mall, Towers and Boulevard will offer spectacular shopping and luxury living facilities that includes around 1.7 million sq ft of green, communal parkland.

The complex includes Deira Mall, a new destination development designed to symbolise the modern city of Dubai while reflecting its past, present and future. It includes 2.9 million sq ft of leasable space and a car park for more than 8,400 vehicles.

The mall will be surrounded by the 16-tower Deira Islands Towers community, comprising over 2,400 apartments and townhouses spread over four clusters. The towers will be built atop four podium retail developments with 670,000 sq ft of leasable space.

Integral to the Deira Islands Towers project is Deira Islands Boulevard, a 400,000-sq-ft walkable shopping and dining promenade.

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