Cityland Group is to build a 1.6 million square feet mall complex next to Dubai’s Global Village.

The shopping centre will be a circular complex with 1.13 million square feet of leasable space and a 200,000 sq ft botan­ical garden at its centre, to be known as Central Park. This will include a mini-version of the group’s existing Miracle Garden attraction, an ancient tree garden, a Japanese Garden and a 360-degree rooftop garden flanked by cafes and restaurants.

The single-level building will also be flanked by shaded parking for up to 6,000 cars.

Fahimuddin Sharfuddin, Cityland’s chief executive, said that work is expected to start on the project next month and construction work is due to complete in less than 18 months, by March 2018. The mall is due to open shortly after that, during the second quarter of 2018.

The mall has been designed by MBA, the practice that created Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and a contract was signed last month with China National Aero Technology International Engineering Corporation to build it.

JLL has been appointed as project manager, while McArthur & Co is advising on lettings and will manage the completed mall.

The mall will have 350 stores built around six continent-themed pavilions. About 48 per cent of the space will be taken by fashion retailers, 27 per cent by non-fashion, 15 per cent by food and beverage outlets and 10 per cent by entertainment facilities. More info