The 50m sq ft Dubai Sports City (DSC) development in Dubailand is set for a huge retail expansion.Â
Vijay Sajjanhar, DSC’s Chief Financial Officer, has said that the focus has shifted from the residential plots to retail space.
Sajjanhar said "now as the population has grown and the number of visitors has grown it’s very important for us to have the right kind of mix within the community. That’s the reason why we started focusing on retail."
DSC plans to build a mall similar in size to the 2.4 million sq ft Mall of the Emirates. Work on the "Arena Mall" was carried out by an unnamed American firm working with a local company.
Sajjanhur said "The mall (will have) around 1.4 million sq ft of leasable space. The mall has been configured in a way so people come to the events via the building."
The new mall will also contain a 140,000 sq ft hypermarket as well as an interactive and educational family entertainment centre, a cinemaplex, two food courts and other attractions.
DSC was opened in June this year at a total cost of $4bn.