Brave New World: Dubai Announces World's First Climate-Controlled City
Dubai announces plans for world’s first climate-controlled city (Photo: Dubai Holdings)
Imagine what the AC bill will look like.
Dubai — continuing its quest to become the world’s most over-the-top tourist destination — has announced plans for the world’s first climate-controlled city.
"Mall of the World" would include the world’s largest indoor shopping mall (Photo: Dubai Holdings)
The project, called Mall of the World, would potentially allow residents and visitors to avoid stepping outside for weeks at a time — an appealing notion considering summer temperatures in the United Arab Emirates routinely top 100 degrees.
Temps in Dubai can top 100 degrees in the summer, so a climate-controlled city might sound appealing (Photo Dubai Holdings)
This city will consist of 100 hotels and apartments, an 8 million-square-foot shopping mall (which would be the world’s largest), a domed indoor family theme park (which also would be the world’s largest), a theater district, a shopping district, and a “wellness district” catering to medical tourists willing to travel for outpatient surgeries. All the facilities would be connected by 4-mile-long enclosed promenades that will be covered during Dubai’s harsh summers. They’ll be opened during Dubai’s mild winters to air the place out.