Dubai International City is a country-themed collection of residences, businesses, and tourist attractions. The International City residential district is planned to have numerous country-specific and themed residential developments and retail outlets. The plans include ten country-specific districts (or "clusters"): China; England mirroring traditional London architecture; France district featuring residential blocks characterized by long French windows, red and grey bricks, and pilasters or half-columns; Persia district situated in the heart of the residential district; Greece district; Russia district, the northernmost residential district; Spain district featuring three- and four-storey buildings designed according to traditional stucco exterior finish; Morocco district; Italy district; Emirates district. The Central District includes building security, pools, private parking, gyms, parks, and shopping areas. Other areas include the Lake District.
Inspired by the Forbidden City of Beijing, China, a shopping mall covering an area of 240,000 square metres with parking facilities for 2,000 cars has been constructed to the north of the China Cluster. Chinamex's DragonMart, developed by Nakheel Properties, is a large mall for wholesale purchase of Chinese products. The mall has been a commercial success and a second mall has been constructed, adjacent to the original Dragon Mart 1, that has 175,000 square metres of space and 4,500 parking spaces. The project was completed in December 2015.