By  on October 15, 2013

DUBAI — The man responsible for building The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest, is similar to the mayor of a city. He worries about services, is responsible for the employment of tens of thousands of people and feels the pressure to constantly innovate and keep up with the demands of a young and captive audience.

And at over 12 million square feet, the area he presides over is much like a mini metropolis, home to a hospital, ice skating rink, amusement park, mega grocery store and the highest concentration of luxury stores in one place. As the chairman of the $9.3 billion company responsible for building and operating the mall, Mohammed Alabbar of Emaar Properties proudly explains that visitor footfall in 2012 topped 65 million people. This year they expect to have 71 million and $4 billion in revenues.

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