Sheikh Mohammad, second from right, looks at the mock-up of the “Mall of the World” project during its presentation in Dubai.
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The shopping-loving city that is home to one of the world's largest shopping malls wants to build one even bigger. Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum has laid out plans for a sprawling real estate project known as Mall of the World that will include the 743,224 square meter mall, a climate-controlled street network, a theme park covered during the scorching summer months and 100 hotels and serviced apartments.The complex will be built near the Mall of the Emirates, which boasts an indoor ski slope, and a short drive from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, and the adjacent Dubai Mall.Dubai has long used high-profile, big-ticket real estate projects to drive economic growth and establish itself as an international tourist destination.
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