Deira welcomes new waterfront fish souk and shopping area

Posted: 08-Sep-17 09:17

Dubai's new waterfront fish market, which replaces the old fish souk in Deira, will be officially opened to the public in October 2017. The 24-hour, air-conditioned Waterfront Market beside Dubai Creek includes an auction area, markets selling fresh produce, a spice souk and a hypermarket.

Deira welcomes new waterfront fish souk and shopping area

A brand new fish market situated alongside Dubai Creek in the city’s old Deira district is set to be officially opened to the public this October. Intended to replace Deira’s old fish souk with a new clean, neat and air-conditioned environment, the Waterfront Market is billed as a new foodie destination for tourists as well as locals, and will feature all manner of stalls and food stores under one roof.

The new state-of-the-art facility on Al Khaleej Road covers more than 100,000sqm of Dubai Creek waterfront, and includes a fish market and auction area, a fruit and veg market, meat and poultry stalls, and a souk for spices, honey, dates and dry goods.

There will also be a hypermarket situated alongside, plus retail stores and a promenade lined with cafes and restaurants. The market area has enough room to accommodate up to 500,000 visitors per month and has covered parking facilities nearby.

Traders began moving from Deira’s old fish market earlier in the year. The market had its soft opening in June, with fishermen, fishmongers and local buyers attending the very first fish auction at midnight on 11 June 2017.

Ithra Dubai, responsible for the development, commented:

“In line with Dubai’s tourism 2020 vision, the new Waterfront Market is set to be a winning attraction within the region. With the focus on increased footfall and awareness, the market opens the doors of Deira to new and exciting opportunities.”

According to tourism representatives Visit Dubai, the new market will be open 24 hours a day and will be one of the most important specialised markets in the Emirates. Besides being a fresh food shopping experience, it's an environment where local fishermen, butchers and vegetable and dry goods traders can grow – blending a traditional Emirati souk with a multi-cultural retail bazaar that reflects the evolving city of Dubai.

For more information please visit: www.waterfrontmarket.ae 

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