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Bawadi Mall shopping center Dubai

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Bawadi Mall shopping centre in Dubailand, Dubai

The Bawadi Mall in Dubai is a shopping center planned for the Bawadi project in Dubailand, first announced in May 2007, with completion of phase I originally planned for 2012 (although that's less likely given the development slowdown due to the 2008-2009 financial crisis). When completed, the Bawadi Mall is expected to be the largest in the world, or Dubai, or Bawadi, or something, surpassing the Mall of Arabia, Dubai Mall, and Mall of the Emirates. The mall will be part of a large shopping area (or will be the shopping area), in Bawadi, expected to be about 40 million sq ft (four times the size of The Dubai Mall). The Dubai Bawadi Mall is unrelated to the Al Ain Bawadi Mall which opened in March 2009.

Information based on press release 26 May 2007

Okaz Souq

The original Okaz Souq (souk) was the first, or one of the first, souqs in the Middle East, dating back to 500 BC or AD (both figures seen), located 40-50km north of Taif in the Al Hawaya region of Saudi Arabia. The Bawadi Mall plans include a new version of the historic souk. They're not the only ones. In February 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that they would redevelop the Souq Okaz area as a cultural and intellectual center. From 19-26 August 2008, Saudi Arabia held a week-long Souk Okaz cultural festival in the area.

Last update Tuesday 02-Mar-2010
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