The multi-level Mall of the Emirates shopping mall features more than 630 retail outlets, 7900 parking spaces, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. It has a total gross leasable area of 255,489 sq mtrs. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai (the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park), the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and Magic Planet, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centres in Dubai.
The project, completed in September 2005 at an estimated cost of AED 800 million (US $218 million). The architecture of the three-storey complex combines Arabic and Mediterranean elements, with each level connected to a car park.
The American architectural firm F+A Architects designed the mall with the main building contract handled by Khansaheb, while the Ski Dubai contracted to Pomagalski. The chair lifts in the snow park, and the structural steel works entrusted to Emirates Building System and the piling by Bauer.
In 2011 Majid Al Futtaim commissioned architectural photographer Mitch Duncan to photograph aspects of Mall of the Emirates over several days to include the beautiful lines of the Fashion Dome to illustrate various marketing initiatives.