Cityland Mall is a new nature-inspired shopping and entertainment complex being developed in Dubai, UAE. Image courtesy of Cityland Mall.
The mall will feature a 200,000ft² of open area called the central park. Image courtesy of Cityland Mall.
The Cityland Mall will be spread across 2.2 million ft². Image courtesy of Cityland Mall.
The central park will feature a range of attractions such as jogging track, children’s park, and roof garden. Image courtesy of Cityland Mall.
Cityland Mall was opened in 2019. Credit: Cityland Mall.
Fabyland includes games and rides for kids and families. Credit: Cityland Mall.
Fashion and homeware retailer Matalan is one of the major retailers at the mall. Credit: Cityland Mall.

The Cityland Mall is a nature-inspired retail and entertainment complex in Dubai, UAE.

Developed by Cityland Group with an estimated investment of $330m, the mall was opened in 2019.

The project won the award for the ‘Most Anticipated Opening of 2018’ at the Global Retail and Leisure International (RLI) Awards held at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

It was also recognised as the ‘Best Commercial Project’ at The Arabian Business Real Estate Awards in 2019.

Cityland Mall location

The mall is located in close proximity to neighbouring residential areas in Arabian Ranches, Majan, Al Barari, Layan, Sports City, Mudon, and Falcon City.

It is also located adjacent to Dubai’s Global Village, one of the biggest tourism and shopping centres in the city and is well-connected to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the Emirates Road.

Cityland Mall design and layout details

The mall covers an area of 2.2 million square feet (msf) in a circular layout and its design is inspired by nature. With a leasable area of 1.2msf, the mall houses restaurants and cafes, cinema screens, and more than 350 retail outlets.

The various shopping areas of the mall are organised around six continent-themed pavilions namely Arabic, African, Indi-Asian, European, Pan-American and Far-Eastern, encapsulating the distinct global culture, diversity, and eclecticism of each region. The areas are divided into categories to improve customer convenience and experience.

Retail and dining offerings at Cityland Mall

Fashion outlets occupy 48% of the total leasable area, of which 26,318ft² is leased by fashion and homeware retailer Matalan. Danish home furnishing retailer JYSK occupies a 14,400ft² store at the mall.

Another 27% or 415,000ft² is occupied by a range of home decor, furnishing, electronics, banking, and self-care outlets.

A hypermarket operated by Carrefour occupies 100,000ft² and offers up to 80,000 products.

Food and beverage outlets occupy 15% of the leasable area within the central part of the mall, while entertainment facilities occupy the remaining 10% leasable area.

Cityland Mall offers more than 75 dining options, ranging from international and regional cuisine to cafes with convenient pick-ups.

A unique botanical dining concept featuring indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks the mall’s iconic central park is also part of the mall.

Attractions and facilities at the Cityland Mall

A key feature of the project is the 200,000ft² open area called the central park, which is located at the core of the mall. It includes several amusement areas such as a miniature version of the Miracle Garden, an ancient tree garden, and a Japanese garden with a jogging track.

The central park also features an amphitheatre with a seating of 2,450, which is utilised for artistic purposes. A 360° roof garden, a 500m jogging track, a children’s water park with a swimming pool, and garden pavilions are also part of the park.

The mall also houses a cinema theatre spanning across 4,132m² and featuring 14-16 screens, which is operated by Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas’ brand VOX Cinemas.

Another attraction of the mall is Fabyland, a brand of Al-Othaim Leisure & Tourism.  The 35,700ft² Fabyland includes a variety of games and rides for kids and families.

Shaded parking spaces for more than 6,000 cars with multiple entry and exit points along with an operational bus terminus and a proposed metro line extension are also part of the project.

Financing of the Cityland Mall

A consortium of Emirates NBD and Burgan Bank approved a $142.74m loan in 2017 for the construction of the mall. Emirates NBD is the lead bank in the consortium.

Contractors involved

The mall was designed by Bayati Architects while McARTHUR+COMPANY provided design development, leasing, and design strategy services and was also appointed as the operator of the mall.

China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) was the main contractor for the project, while Verger Et Delporte UAE was the mechanical, engineering and plumbing contractor.

Hill International was responsible for project and cost management while MBA Engineering Consultant served as the consultant.

Emirates Central Cooling Systems (Empower) was contracted to provide district cooling services for the mall while Cityland Group subsidiary Miracle Garden Landscaping Services was appointed as the landscape designer.

Al Shirawi Interiors received the contract for the interior fit-out of the mall and undertook the fit-outs for the hypermarket and all the entrances, arenas, and restrooms.

Yardi® was contracted to implement its Yardi Voyager® end-to-end business platform at the mall in October 2018.

Unique Steel Contracting provided steel structural works for the project, while Vindico was contracted to deliver the retail component of the project.

Modest Security Services, Neolight Global, 3W Networks, KTC International, Muehlhan, TAB Engineering Services, Project Central and Capital Services are some of the other contractors involved in the project.