A CITY WITHIN A CITY
Dubai’s latest development to redefine new-age destinations through leveraging cutting-edge technologies to create exceptional blended retail, dining, hospitality, entertainment and residential offering.
Nestled in the heart of Dubai is Meydan Group’s latest retail project that aims to reimagine urban life. Meydan One was designed around a simple idea: What if it was possible to build a mall that is not just a place to shop but also a vibrant lifestyle destination where people can live, work and play? Thus began the development of the sprawling multifunctional space that is set to become a retail centre, a funfair, a holiday haven and a place to call home – all rolled into one.
Located in the heart of Dubai, Meydan One is just a short drive from the city’s bustling neighbourhoods such as Downtown Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre and Jumeirah. Accessible through arterial road networks as well as public transportation options, such as Dubai Metro and Dubai Water Taxi via Dubai Canal, the destination will serve as the epicentre of the Meydan One residential community, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, a planned mixed-use development. The project will also be integrated with Meydan Racecourse that showcases Dubai’s strong equestrian heritage.
Meydan One’s use of innovative technology and design that enables the space to cater to the full spectrum of needs of the modern-day consumer will set it apart from every other destination in the UAE. In future-proofing the shopping experience, the project will bring out the best in every retailer in a highly competitive marketplace.
With a large-scale investment in operational automation, the integrated experiential destination is taking shape on a foundation that allows for significant scalability and upgrades in the future. The project seeks to disrupt convenience, customer service and ease of movement through advanced wayfinding solutions, captured in its omnichannel Smart app that will provide virtual access to the destination, enabling visitors to start their Meydan One experience at home or at the airport.
Upon completion, the destination will house over 550 retail outlets – including a 13,200sq m hypermarket, 30 anchor stores and 80 flagship luxury stores – and 180 restaurants, located both indoors and outdoors. Unique features, such as an imposing retractable skylight spanning over 100m, will offer a vibrant new approach to al fresco dining.
Meydan One will also feature an Incubation District – a fully enabled plug-and-play facility for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in fashion, beauty, F&B and other sectors. The dedicated startup space will offer leasing incentives, mentorship and support to help emerging brands – born in Dubai and proudly nurtured at Meydan One – go global.
Entertainment concepts will take up almost 15 per cent of the development’s GLA, including a 21-screen cinema with an adjacent food court. In addition, the destination will be home to a 28,000sq m Experience Zone – an entire floor of meticulously programmed innovative entertainment, edutainment and e-gaming experiences. With over two billion people around the world reportedly engaged in gaming, this space is anticipated to appeal to a large segment of the population.
Set to make waves as one of the main attractions at Meydan One, the largest dancing fountain in the world will span a phenomenal 380m in length, enhanced by a 100m vertical laser light colour display and choreographed through a digital screen. Meanwhile, the 1km indoor ski slope is poised to attract skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts from across the region.
The 8.2km Crystal Lagoon will feature a 300m white sandy beach, an exclusive beach club with a lounge area, and water park facilities for adults and kids, as well as activities such as kayaking and paddle boating. Hospitality elements, comprising a lifestyle and a luxury hotel, as well as hotel apartments, directly connected to the destination, will complement Meydan One’s portfolio. The space will also house a 5,430sq m medical centre, and a 20,000sq m Grade A Office Tower. Meydan One will also provide the highest number of car parking spots per square meter in the UAE, with more than 12,000 spaces available to choose from. Visitors will be able to reach Meydan One conveniently from the neighbouring main road arteries, thanks to a carefully designed access network, free of any obstruction.
Meydan One is set to carve a niche of its own as a city within a city that offers a wholly reimagined lifestyle.