IN PICS: Inside the new Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall has had its first 30 Sand Tiger sharks delivered. The aquarium, one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, will open on October 30, two months behind schedule, alongside the mall opening.
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Developed by Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world and will feature over 1,200 retail stores and over 120 restaurants and cafes.
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An artist's impression of how one of the mall wings might look when it opens in October. Emaar say the mall will have a shopping area the size of 50 football fields and is part of a $19 billion Downtown Burj Dubai development.
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The Dubai Mall will include the city’s ultimate chill out venue with Dubai Ice Rink. Located in the comforts of a climate-controlled environment, it will be a year-round family attraction for skating enthusiasts or the fresh beginner. A dedicated team of instructors and education coordinators will ensure Dubai Ice Rink provides both a scholastic approach to learning, under the watchful eyes of trained professionals.
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The mall is expecting 30 million customers in the first year of trade and that to support this, it will have over 14,000 car park spaces and a dedicated bridge from Sheikh Zayed Road for direct access.
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Construction workers on their daily chores at the Al Manzil Area, Old Town Downtown Burj Dubai. The Dubai Mall project is part of the $19bn Downtown construction scheme. (ITP Images)
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The October opening date for the Dubai Mall coincides with an extended retail season in the region marked by the UAE National Day, Eid Al Adha, New Year and the Dubai Shopping Festival. Pictured is construction work ongoing at the Downtown Burj Dubai site. (ITP Images)
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The ceiling structure taking shape at the Dubai Mall. (ITP Images)
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Another shot on construction work inside what will be Dubai Mall with its 1,200 shops and 120 food and beverage outlets. (ITP Images)