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Dubai to Sink Mall Off Coast to Offer Unique Diving Facility

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An artist’s impression of how Mall Under The Waves will look


Dubai to Sink Mall Off Coast to Offer Unique Diving Facility

Mall Under The Waves is expected to welcome its first diving guests by next year

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One of Dubai’s less popular malls is set to become the city’s new must-visit destination – after it is sunk into the waters of the Arabian Gulf, two kilometres off the Jumeirah coastline.

Mall Under The Waves (formerly Deira Sunshine Plaza) is expected to be ready for visitors by the second half of next year. The mall will – according to reports – combine the excitement of SCUBA exploration with world-class retail opportunities.

“Not only are we creating a luxury watersports facility for residents and visitors alike, we’re breathing new life into one of our older malls,” said project manager Leighton Buzzard. “We expect ‘submarine urban regeneration’ to become the buzzword of next year.”

Buzzard also confirmed rumours that some parts of the mall would remain open for business while underwater, and that “several” big-name brands had expressed an interest in leasing space.

“We’re inviting diving enthusiasts to wave goodbye to reefs and say hello to retail,” added Buzzard. “Where else in the world could you see starfish in Starbucks, or mingle with manta rays in Massimo Dutti? Only at Mall Under The Waves.”

Buzzard also suggested that, given the site location, Mall Under The Waves will be able to offer duty free discounts.

“For those who forgot to stock up at the airport, this could be the perfect destination – just make sure your wallet is waterproof!” he chuckled.



  1. andy

    August 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

    i think this ideas gonna sink like a rock… and not be flooded with visitors

    ill get my toes wet and give it a go though…sink or swim

  2. NOora

    August 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I think it will be a good idea but also how will u shop or eat if all u will do is swim

  3. Happy Feet

    November 16, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Great idea, but whatever happened to some of yesterday’s great projects, such as the Jumeirah underwater golf course? And in RAK, the space station? I’m pleased to see the Iceland theme park has indeed taken off in RAK, so perhaps the space station could be combined with this? We could then claim another first – the first penguin into space. That would silence the cynics and naysayers.

  4. Clo

    November 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I am just waiting for the authorities to copy this initiative, same as they would create the 200 kmh lane

  5. Walter Black

    November 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I heard from an insider that Reel have won the bid for the underwater Cinema and have committed to only showing water based movies (Splash, Finding Nemo double bill anyone?)

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