Cityland Mall is a single-level shopping and entertainment complex being developed in Dubai, by the Cityland Group.

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.

The mall is being developed with an estimated investment of $330m and is set to open by the end of 2018.

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 will spread across 2.2 million square feet in a circular layout and its design will be inspired by nature. It will house approximately 75 restaurants and cafes, 12 cinema screens, and 350 retail outlets.

The various shopping areas of the mall will be organised around six continent-themed pavilions. The areas will be divided onto categories to improve customer convenience and experience.

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

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

Another 27% or 415,000ft² will be occupied by a range of home decor, furnishing, electronics, banking, and self-care outlets. A hypermarket operated by Carrefour will occupy 100,000ft² and offer up to 80,000 products.

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

Attractions and facilities at the Cityland Mall

A key feature of the project is the 200,000ft² open area called the central park, which will be located at the core of the mall. It will include 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 will also feature an amphitheatre with a seating of 2,450, which will be utilised for artistic purposes. A 360° roof garden, a 500m jogging track, a children’s water park with a swimming pool, and garden pavilions will also be part of the park.

The mall will also house a cinema theatre spanning across 4,132m² and featuring 10-12 screens, which will be 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 will include a variety of games and joyrides for kids and families.

Shaded parking space 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

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

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

Al Shirawi Interiors received the contract for interior fit-out of the mall and have undertaken 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 is providing steel structural works for the project, while Vindico has been contracted to deliver the retail component of the project.

Modest Security Services, Neolight Global, and Capital Services are some of the other contractors involved in the project.