Projects signal robust UAE-China ties as Xi Jinping visits

Dragon Mart 2 opened in 2015, and there are plans for four more Dragon Marts.
Dragon Mart 2 opened in 2015, and there are plans for four more Dragon Marts.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/DRAGON MART

DUBAI - On the outskirts of Dubai, a 1.2km-long sprawling mall in the shape of a dragon stands proof of the growing relationship between the United Arab Emirates and China.

Dragon Mart, which opened in 2004, is China's biggest trading hub outside the mainland, selling Chinese goods from textiles and trinkets to the latest tech gadgets.

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