Transport links updated for $7bn Mall of the World
by Neha Bhatia
Dubai Holding has announced amended plans for its $6.8bn Mall of the World project, which include improving access and transport links for the mega development.
The main aim of the changes will be to refocus the as a "mixed-use centre," rather than a low density urban development, newly appointed chief operating officer at Dubai Holding, Morgan Parker said, according to Arabian Business.
“While everyone is waiting for us to ‘build, build, build’, there are real serious issues we are dealing with,” Parker added.
“That change takes a few years to plan because it has implications on traffic systems. If we don’t get that change right, then I’m fearful of what the result can be.”
Work on the development is likely to begin in 2016, with phase one of the project expected to complete in 2018.
Speaking about the updated transport links, Parker said: “What has changed is the way in which we’ve been thinking about the development. If you just build 3.5 million square metres of stuff on the site in the way other developers do, we are going to contribute to congestion."
Two existing stations of Dubai Metro – Mall of the Emirates and Sharaf DG – will serve the development.
Mall of the World will also be linked to the Dubai Tram network in Dubai Marina, and a new line will also be built linking it to Arabian Ranches.
The plans will also include an improved road network, which will result in a series of tree-lined boulevards and a series of new green areas, the report added.
“The problem with the site is that it’s right on Sheikh Zayed Road. Most people think, ‘Isn’t that great?’ but if you’ve ever been on Sheikh Zayed Road, it’s a barrier," Parker said.
"People are going along there at 100km an hour and getting on and off it is problematic," he added.