In pictures: Design International's futuristic Silicon Oasis mall in Dubai

Designs have been unveiled for Dubai’s new mega mall by Design International, which will be located in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis
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Lulu Group, a UAE-headquartered retailer with operations around the Middle East, recently laid the foundation for a $272m (AED1bn) mall in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), due to be completed in time for Dubai Expo 2020. (Image: Design International)
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HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), unveiled the commemorative plaque and laid the foundation stone for Silicon Mall, which is planned to span 21.3 ha (2.3 million sqf). (Image: Design International)
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Design International has been selected to design the retail project. The design resembles five gigantic, pebble-like shapes inspired by “ancient Arabian movements across the desert”, according to a release. (Image: Design International)
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The mall is also designed to feature a “futuristic façade that is set to serve as its unique value proposition”, it was revealed. (Image: Design International)
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Corridors will be sky-lit to allow natural light-harvesting on all floors of the mall, which will also offer covered parking for up to 3,000 cars across two levels. (Image: Design International)
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More than 300 international and local brands will be included as retailers in the mall, with 12 anchor stores – including a two-level Lulu Hypermarket and Department Store – also planned for development. (Image: Design International)
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A 70,000 sqf Family Entertainment Centre area will be developed alongside more than 50 food and beverage outlets. (Image: Design International)
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“Construction of the mall, which is currently underway, will be completed by 2020, an important year when the nation expects to welcome approximately 25 million visitors hoping to enjoy the Dubai Expo 2020 and other unique national experiences and sights.” (Image: Design International)