Dubai’s largest mall gets skylight and retractable roof
- Deira Mall – soon to become Dubai’s largest mall – has announced a retractable roof and skylight
- When it opens in 2019, the mall will become the city’s largest with more than 1,000 shops and restaurants
- The mall will sit at the centre of Nakheel’s Deira Island project overlooking Old Dubai
Dubai’s newest mall – Deira Mall – will be the city’s biggest by total area.
No surprises there. When most new buildings are unveiled here in Dubai, they tend to be the world’s biggest, (or longest, or largest, or highest, or most covered in gold, etc.).
But no one was expecting they would announce it would boast one of the world’s largest retractable roofs. When it launches later this year, Deira Mall will have a 77-metre x 418-metre retractable roof, with two big glass domes acting as skylights either side.
The idea is to fill the retail space – all 10.3-million-sq-feet of it – with natural light, letting shoppers enjoy Dubai’s near-constant sun without fear of overheating.
The length of the roof is most impressive. When measured from end-to-end, it’s about the length of five football pitches. The state-of-the-art retractable skylight has been designed by OpenAire construction company and is slated to be both environmentally friendly and easy to operate.
Deira Mall will sit at the heart of Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new 15-sq-km waterfront city that is part of Dubai’s 2021 plan. The development, which will be similar to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, will feature residences, office space and retail destinations.
The overall plan is to turn all four of Deira Islands into a world-class retail, tourism, living and leisure hub. Overlooking the area traditionally called Old Dubai’ the development will be home to more than 250,000 people when it’s complete.
Deira Mall itself will become the Emirates largest mall by total area. It clocks in an impressive ten million square feet, along with an almost four million square foot multi-storey car part with more than 8,400 spaces.
Deira Mall will feature more than 1,000 shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment outlets across three floors.